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2011-09-08 11:50:10

℠Sunk-cost´ mindset also keeps losers in the stock market Within hours this summer, 30 American troops died in a strike in Afghanistan and millions of American investors watched the Dow Jones Average shed an astonishing 634 points in one day. While it might be difficult to find similarities in the two events, social psychologists can detect a common theme: In each case, investments (money and human lives) were made, and those resources were painfully lost. The...

2011-09-03 07:00:00

Missouri Foundation for Health and Washington University in St. Louis launch new site designed to help schools, organizations, businesses and communities assess and update existing policies to prevent obesity and promote wellness. (PRWEB) September 03, 2011 The Missouri Foundation for Health and the Center for Obesity Prevention and Policy Research at Washington University (COPPR) have unveiled Policy Lift, a free online policy resource to help anyone create or update obesity-related policy...

2011-08-31 23:31:06

Study shows noninvasive, fast way to map heart's electrical activity in one heartbeat Just one second, one heartbeat. That's what is needed for a new, noninvasive functional imaging technology to record data for locating the source in the heart of a dangerous cardiac arrhythmia called ventricular tachycardia (VT). VT is an abnormal, fast beating of the heart, which, if ignored, can lead to ventricular fibrillation, which causes some 400,000 cases of sudden death yearly in the United...

2011-08-17 23:55:51

Every day we make thousands of tiny predictions "” when the bus will arrive, who is knocking on the door, whether the dropped glass will break. Now, in one of the first studies of its kind, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are beginning to unravel the process by which the brain makes these everyday prognostications. While this might sound like a boon to day traders, coaches and gypsy fortune tellers, people with early stages of neurological diseases such as...

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2011-08-07 06:35:43

A St. Louis hospital is testing a sensor network that allows vital signs to be tracked even as patients move about By Diana Lutz, Washington University in St. Louis A clinical warning system that uses wireless sensors to track the vital signs of at-risk patients is undergoing a feasibility study at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. When the full system is operational sensors will take blood oxygenation and heart-rate readings from at-risk patients once or twice a minute. The data will be...

2011-08-03 22:05:02

Human hearts respond differently than mouse hearts to two cardiovascular drugs Anyone who follows science has read enthusiastic stories about medical breakthroughs that include the standard disclaimer that the results were obtained in mice and might not carry over to humans. Much later, there might be reports that a drug has been abandoned because clinical trials turned up unforeseen side effects or responses in humans. Given the delay, most readers probably don't connect the initial success...

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2011-07-25 08:35:00

Nature of mysterious hot spot revealed by "photogeology" By Diana Lutz, Washington University in St. Louis Analysis of new images of a curious "hot spot" on the far side of the Moon reveal it to be a small volcanic province created by the upwelling of silicic magma. The unusual location of the province and the surprising composition of the lava that formed it offer tantalizing clues to the Moon's thermal history. The hot spot is a concentration of a radioactive element thorium sitting between...

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2011-07-14 11:36:21

By Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis Bariatric surgery is not only cost-effective for treating people who are severely obese, but also for those who are mildly obese, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings support making bariatric surgery available to all obese people, the researchers say. Patients who have the surgery are more likely to keep weight off over time and have fewer medical problems related to...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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