Radical transformations likely needed to achieve universal health care

Public Release: 23-Aug-2018 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Boston, MA – Technological innovation, expansion of the use of frontline personnel such as community health workers, and rapid increases in health care financing are likely to be instrumental to achieving universal health care (UHC) in countries around the world, according to a new analysis…

Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo caused in part by Indonesian volcanic eruption

Public Release: 22-Aug-2018 Imperial College London Electrically charged volcanic ash short-circuited Earth’s atmosphere in 1815, causing global poor weather and Napoleon’s defeat, says new research. Historians know that rainy and muddy conditions helped the Allied army defeat the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo. The June 1815 event changed the course of…

Should all babies have their genomes sequenced?

Public Release: 15-Aug-2018 The Hastings Center As the cost of genome sequencing decreases, researchers and clinicians are debating whether all newborns should be sequenced at birth, facilitating a lifetime of personalized medical care. But while sequencing the genomes of some infants may be appropriate in specific contexts, genome-wide sequencing of all newborns should not be…

Top 43 reasons why men remain single — according to Reddit

Public Release: 8-Aug-2018 Analysis of comments on popular news aggregation site shows that some single men may not have developed the necessary social skills demanded to find a partner in the modern Western world Springer In the past, forced or arranged marriages meant that socially inept, unattractive men did not have to acquire social skills…

North American diets require more land than we have: Study

Public Release: 9-Aug-2018 University of Guelph Credit: University of Guelph If the global population adopted recommended North American dietary guidelines, there wouldn’t be enough land to provide the food required, according to a new study co-authored by University of Guelph researchers. The researchers found that global adherence to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines…

Common painkillers triple harmful side effects in dementia

Public Release: 24-Jul-2018 Commonly-prescribed opioid-based painkillers led to harmful side effects tripling in people with dementia University of Exeter Commonly-prescribed opioid-based painkillers led to harmful side effects tripling in people with dementia. Researchers from the University of Exeter, King’s College London and the University of Bergen are presenting two studies at the Alzheimer’s Association International…

Empathetic dogs lend a helping paw

Public Release: 24-Jul-2018   Study shows that dogs that remain calm and show empathy during their owner’s distress help out faster Springer Many dogs show empathy if their owner is in distress and will also try to help rescue them. This is according to Emily M. Sanford, formerly of Macalester College and now at Johns…

People love to hate on do-gooders, especially at work

Public Release: 20-Jul-2018 University of Guelph Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to be a do-gooder, according to a new University of Guelph study. Highly cooperative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive circumstances, the research found. “Most of the time we like the cooperators, the good guys. We like it when…

Democracy in decline for one-third of the world

PUBLIC RELEASE: 20-JUN-2018   TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP 2.6 billion people – a third of the world’s population – live in countries where democracy is in retreat, according to a new study based on the largest dataset on democracy, published today in Democratization. The research also found that only 15 per cent of people globally…