To Reduce Youth Violence, Prescribe a Summer Job

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Troubling tales of race, poverty and violence seem to span the contours of today’s media. However, University of Pennsylvania criminologist Sara Heller’s research1, published last month in Science, contributes a hopeful voice to the dialogue. In a randomized controlled trial of disadvantaged youth in Chicago, her study shows a significant link between joblessness and youth(...)

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Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer via MicroRNAs

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Since their discovery in the early 1990s and 2000s, microRNAs have been implicated in a variety of human conditions. Most recently, however, microRNAs are being scrutinized under a different light: not as causative agents in human diseases, but rather as potential guides for cancer detection. The microRNA is a short nucleotide sequence, usually 21 to(...)

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Pediatric Mental Illness Crisis: Barriers to Pediatric Mental Health Services in Our Current EMS System

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Imagine you are a pediatrician working in an emergency department when a young female patient who was recently diagnosed as bipolar is brought in by her mother. She is visibly angry upon arrival, and her mother looks tired and distressed. When you enter the room, the young girl begins the interaction with foul language. She(...)

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With Disaster Comes Hope

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On the afternoon of May 12, 2008, a magnitude-8 earthquake hit Sichuan province, a mountainous region in western China. Official figures stated that 69,197 were confirmed dead, including 68,636 in Sichuan province, and 374,176 injured, with 18,222 listed as missing. The earthquake left about 4.8 million people homeless,though the number could have been as high as(...)

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Lessons from the Dr. Oz Senate Appearance

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As 2014 ended, Medscape released “The Year in Medicine 2014: News That Made a Difference.” Among the notable stories were the Dr. Oz Senate hearings, in which the celebrity doctor was censured for “perpetuating weight loss fraud.” He defended himself, saying he believed in his products, though still admitting the products’ claims were not backed(...)

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Scientists Discover Widespread Age-Associated ‘Fingerprints’ in the Human Brain

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An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Lieber Institute and Johns Hopkins has discovered more than 50,000 regions of the genome that show different levels of activity in the brain across six stages of human development. Their report1, published online on Dec. 15 in Nature Neuroscience, highlights the complexity of genes associated with brain growth(...)

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More Colds in the Cold?

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While we’ve all heard the tired warning to wear our coats outside so we don’t get sick, it’s fair to wonder how much validity there is to such reasoning. Are we really more likely to catch a cold in colder weather? Lucky for us, scientists at Yale are looking into it. Their recent article1, published(...)

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