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2012-02-23 10:12:28

By global standards, health risks caused by environmental factors are low in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), new studies by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers show. In an effort to keep those risks low, Emiratis are working with UNC public health researchers to find ways now to avoid problems in the future. What´s more, researchers and officials believe their approach could be used to address similar issues in other rapidly developing nations and regions....

Study Suggests Pre-Autism Brain Differences In Six Month Olds
2012-02-18 06:14:47

Brain changes in infants as young as six months of age suggest that MRIs could be used to detect autism in children at least half a year before the emergence of other symptoms, according to a new study published online Friday in the American Journal of Psychiatry. According to Lara Salahi of ABC News, Dr. Joe Piven, director of the University of North Carolina´s (UNC) Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and senior author of the study, and colleagues studied 92 infants...

2012-02-14 14:16:55

Large college athletics departments talk the talk when it comes to concern for the environment and environmental sustainability, but only a small percentage of these departments actually walk the walk in making their operations “greener.” It turns out there´s a large disconnect between athletics departments and other campus departments charged with advancing environmental sustainability, says Dr. Jonathan Casper, a North Carolina State University associate professor of...

2012-01-30 09:22:16

Imagine a contraceptive that could, with one or two painless 15-minute non-surgical treatments, provide months of protection from pregnancy. And imagine that the equipment needed were already in physical therapists' offices around the world. Sound too good to be true? For years, scientists thought so too. But new research headed by Dr. James Tsuruta in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, published Monday in the journal Reproductive Biology and...

2011-12-20 18:17:31

Size matters“¦ but apparently so does shape — when it comes to conducting heat in very small spaces. Researchers looking at the thermal conductivity of boron nanoribbons have found that they have unusual heat-transfer properties when compared to other wire/tube-like nanomaterials. While past experiments have shown that bundles of non-metallic nanostructures are less effective in conducting heat energy than single nanostructures, a new study shows that bundling boron...

A Third Of Young Adults Get Arrested By Age 23
2011-12-19 14:36:53

A new study has found that about one in three teens and young adults will get arrested by the age of 23. The researchers said that those arrests are for everything from underage drinking and petty theft to violent crimes. They said that the increase since the 1960s may not necessarily reflect more criminal behavior in youth, but rather a police force that is more apt to arrest young people. The team from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte analyzed data from a...

Moms Who Work Feel Better
2011-12-13 12:02:44

Mothers with jobs report fewer symptoms of depression, better overall health Mothers with jobs tend to be healthier and happier than moms who stay at home during their children's infancy and pre-school years, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers analyzed National Institute for Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development data, beginning in 1991 with interviews of 1,364 mothers shortly after their...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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