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Behavioral and Social Research to Address Health Disparities in the U.S. (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

NIH Funding Opportunities - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:05
Funding Opportunity PA-19-226 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed to support administrative supplements to funded NIA behavioral and social science research projects to addresses disparities in aging and health. Supplements can either (a) add a health disparities component to a project that doesnt already have a focus on disparities, or (b) expand the health disparities focus in a health disparities project.
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Instagram's New Shopping Feature Makes it Easier Than Ever to Never Leave Facebook

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:01

Instagram's new shopping feature 'Checkout' allows users to make in-app purchases.


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EPA Chief Calls Unsafe Water a Bigger Threat than Climate Change, Despite Data

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:47

EPA Chief Calls Unsafe Water a Bigger Threat than Climate Change, Despite Data


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The Psychology Behind People Who Fake Cancer

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:28

"That was a spectacularly rare case," said Marc Feldman, a psychiatrist whospecializes in factitious disorders and the author of Dying to Be Ill


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U.S. oil prices rise above $60 per barrel on tightening supply

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:27

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. crude prices rose to a four-month high above $60 a barrel after government data showed tightening oil supplies in the United States, but gains were capped by concerns over global economic growth due to the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute.


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Can the U.S. Save Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:23

The author of Spaceport Earth explores Inside the past and future of a spaceport with a tragic, checkered past.


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More evidence that breastfeeding may lower the risk of heart disease

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:19

New Australian research has found that breastfeeding may help protect women against developing or dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD). The findings, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, showed that women who breastfed had a 14 percent lower risk of developing, and a 34 percent lower risk of dying from CVD, compared to women who had children but hadn't breastfed. The results also held true even after the researchers had taken into account potentially influencing socio-economic and lifestyle risk factors.


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NICHD Data and Specimen Hub (DASH) Releases New Functionality for Biospecimen Requests

NIH Funding Opportunities - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:17
Notice NOT-HD-19-004 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
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Ocean mission's emergency ascent caused by motor burning out

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:10

ALDABRA, Seychelles (AP) — A drama in which a submersible made an emergency ascent from 250 meters (820 feet) below the Indian Ocean was caused by condensation burning out a small motor in the cockpit, the director of the British-led Nekton Mission said on Wednesday.


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U.S. government failed to consider climate impacts of oil, gas: judge

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:09

The ruling, by U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras, was issued late on Tuesday, according to court documents. The Department of Interior, which is the defendant in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. DOI oversees the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is responsible for oil and gas development on federal lands.


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Merkel Forms ‘Climate Cabinet’ as Carbon Pollution Fines Loom

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 09:57

Cabinet members including Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier and Environment Minister Svenja Schulze will meet regularly to devise policy to cut carbon emissions in sectors from power generation to agriculture, the government said on Wednesday. While the group’s main job is to map out steps to reduce carbon emissions in their sectors by 2030 in line with Paris Climate Accord pledges, their efforts will come too late to make good on Germany’s current record, Schulze’s ministry said in an email.


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Dementia rates falling thanks to smoking reductions, report finds

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 09:55

The risk of developing dementia is falling, thanks to lifestyle improvements such as reductions in smoking, new research has found. Researchers have said that while the overall number of cases is rising due to the population living longer, an individual’s chances of having the disease is going down. A review of five studies including nearly 60,000 people across Europe and the US found that rates are declining by up to 15 per cent every 10 years. Dementia currently affects 850,000 people in the UK and is the leading cause of death. Prof Albert Hofman, who led the research at the Harvard School of Public Health, said: “We know that recent decades have seen a radical decline in smoking rates for men. While many people may have been persuaded to stop smoking due to an increased risk of cancer or heart disease, it is also a key risk factor for dementia. “With other dementia risk factors such as obesity and diabetes on the rise, this apparent decline in dementia rates may not continue for long." A recent poll conducted by the Alzheimer’s Research UK, at whose conference the new results were presented, found just a third of people think it is possible to reduce their risk of developing dementia while 77 per cent of people think it’s possible to reduce their risk of heart disease. Prof Alina Solomon, from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, told the gathering: “In future, prevention strategies that combine drug treatments and lifestyle changes may be the most effective strategy to limit the impact of dementia. “While new drugs take many years to develop, lifestyle changes are available to us all.” “We’re working to identify diet, physical activity and brain training programmes that will be most impact on dementia risk.”


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Study links drinking hot tea with elevated esophageal cancer risk

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 09:40

The research hails from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran and is published in The International Journal of Cancer. Scientists followed 50,045 individuals between the ages of 40 and 75 from 2004 to 2017. During this period, 317 new cases of esophageal cancer were identified. Drinking 700ml of tea per day at a temperature greater than or equal to 60°C was associated with a 90% higher risk of esophageal cancer.


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Finland tops world's happiest countries list again: U.N. report

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 09:37

Finland topped the ranking of the world's happiest countries for the second year in a row, with the Nordic countries taking the leading spots, an annual survey issued on Wednesday showed. South Sudan came last in the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network's 2019 World Happiness Report. It ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.


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Lyft Analyst Sees ‘Almost Nothing’ in Filing to Assess Business

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 09:35

Nine days away from its Nasdaq debut, Lyft’s executives are in Boston on Wednesday as part of a nationwide pitch to potential investors for its initial public offering. Citing Netflix Inc. and Spotify Technology SA as examples of more transparent firms, Wallace said Lyft “had an opportunity to be forthcoming” in its metrics, such as separating the acquisition costs of drivers versus passengers, disclosing churn rates or breaking out scooters and bikes. One reason Triton is bearish about Lyft’s missing metrics is the management compensation structure, which is based on two triggers -- a sale or IPO.


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Pfizer/Merck KGaA End Bavencio+Talzenna Ovarian Cancer Study

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Wed, 03/20/2019 - 09:30

Pfizer (PFE) and Merck KGaA terminate a late-stage study on Bavencio and its new PARP inhibitor, Talzenna. This is the third ovarian cancer study failure in less than six months.


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