Biting backfire: Some mosquitoes actually benefit from pesticide application

IMAGE: This is a predatory damselfly from the bromeliads. view more  Credit: Jennifer Weathered/Utah State University The common perception that pesticides reduce or eliminate target insect species may not always hold. Jennifer Weathered and Edd Hammill report that the impacts of agricultural pesticides on assemblages of aquatic insects varied resulting in distinct ecological winners and losers…

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Tanning industry uses promos, cheap prices to lure adolescents and young adults

Everyone knows cigarette smoking causes cancer and as a result, prices and advertising are closely regulated to discourage youth from starting. But another cancer risk, indoor tanning, which has been shown to cause melanoma, lags in regulation. Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health have found that the tanning industry uses marketing strategies that…

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Lumping all Hispanic Americans together masks the differences in cancer outcomes

IMAGE: SDSU public health researchers Caroline Thompson and Steven Zamora studied cancer mortality statistics by separating out data for each Hispanic American ethnic group. view more  Credit: San Diego State University A San Diego State University study is among the first to describe trends in cancer mortality by specific Hispanic group for the 10 leading causes…

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Columbia researcher studies how climate change affects crops in India

Kyle Davis is an environmental data scientist whose research seeks to increase food supplies in developing countries. He combines techniques from environmental science and data science to understand patterns in the global food system and develop strategies that make food-supply chains more nutritious and sustainable. Since joining the Data Science Institute as a postdoctoral fellow…

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NIH to host session on newborn genomic sequencing findings

Researchers will review findings on implications for health and care of newborns at the final public session of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Newborn Sequencing in Genomic Medicine and Public Health (NSIGHT) program. NSIGHT investigators will present their work addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with the possible use of genomic sequence information for…

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FDA designates molecular test for concussions as ‘breakthrough device’

IMAGE: By evaluating cognitive performance while a person is undergoing advanced brain imaging, scientists with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute will determine the accuracy and relationship of blood biomarkers indicating brain… view more  Credit: Virginia Tech A portable test to help people suspected of having concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries has received a boost from…

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