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Physician Burnout: Doctors In Smaller Practices Less Likely To Commit Medical Errors

Physicians who practice in small, independent practices have better psychological well-being and are less likely to commit medical errors. Experts said that unsafe work settings and burnout go hand-in-hand in the risk of medical errors.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Investigation Points To China As Source Of Increased Levels Of Banned Ozone-Depleting Gas

At least 18 companies in China were found still using banned ozone-depleting gas called CFC-11. The investigation followed a study published recently, citing that the harmful gas might still be used somewhere in Eastern Asia.

Earth/Environment July 10, 2018

State Approves Use Of Medical Marijuana For Treatment Of Autism, 10 Other Debilitating Conditions

Autism and 10 other debilitating conditions, which include chronic pain, spinal cord injury, and Tourette’s Syndrome, are now allowed to be treated with medical marijuana. Patients are required to be a registered voter of Michigan to qualify.

Public Health July 10, 2018

New IVF Regulation Protects Patients From Expensive And Potentially Dangerous Fertility Add-Ons

Additional treatments for in vitro fertilization did not show evidence of safety and efficacy. The UK government implemented a color coding scheme so patients can know which treatments are supported by clinical data.

Public Health July 9, 2018

Just Thinking About Stress In The Morning Could Lower Cognitive Capacity Throughout The Day

Waking up in the morning anticipating stress could affect how a person learns and retains memory throughout the day. A new study further investigates the use of wearable devices to analyze how stress affects the body and behavior.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 9, 2018

New Breed Of Wasp With Exceptionally Large Stinger Discovered In The Amazon

Scientists discovered a new breed of wasp in the Amazonian rainforest that have exceptionally long stinger. The stinger is used not only to inject venom to the enemy but also to lay eggs.

Animals July 7, 2018

Johns Hopkins Declares Zero Risk After Accidental Release Of Tuberculosis Bacteria

Vials of tuberculosis were accidentally released in two buildings at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Authorities said employees on the site do not need to do additional tests as authorities declared no incidence of health risks.

Public Health July 6, 2018

SpaceX 15th ISS Resupply Mission Launches Carrying AI Robot CIMON

Scientists experimented on the use of artificial intelligence to reduce stress levels of humans in space. The goal is also to simplify tasks so astronauts at the International Space Station can focus on other science projects.

Space July 1, 2018

New Drug Can Save Thousands Of Women From Excessive Bleeding Following Childbirth

Women who suffer from hemorrhage after childbirth are normally given oxytocin. However, oxytocin is difficult to transport and store in sites where refrigeration is not available.

Medicine June 28, 2018

Commercial Airlines Worried: Billionaire Space Race Means Heavier Air Traffic And More Flight Delays

Commercial airlines incurred excessive costs in effect of increasing number of space launches each year. A recent report estimated that companies spend an additional $70,000 for every 10 minutes of a flight delay.

Space June 28, 2018

European Astronaut Explains Why Training With The Chinese Space Agency Makes All The Difference

China is inviting other members of the United Nations to send their proposals for future space experiments. Approved applicants can use the facilities in the China Space Station, which will be operational in 2023.

Space June 27, 2018

Study Finds Women With Denser Breasts Have Worse Cancer Outcomes

Possible cancer tumors are more difficult to detect in women with dense breast than those with non-dense tissues. A new study looking at breast density can now classify dense breasts more accurately.

Public Health June 27, 2018

Historians Use Modern X-Ray Technology To Recover Missing Images From The 19th Century

Scientists recovered images from a lost daguerreotype plate which dates back from the 19th century. Daguerreotypes, considered to be the oldest form of photography, use silver-coated copper plates to take images.

Ancient June 26, 2018

Stonehenge Builders Used Pythagoras' Theorem Way Before The Philosopher’s Birth: Giants, Aliens, Other Theories On Its Origin

Several theories attempted to explain how the Stonehenge was formed. One of the most popular is the notion that aliens built the massive stone monument, while other accounts looked into giants helping humans.

Ancient June 22, 2018

NASA Prepares For Robot Lunar Exploration In An Attempt To Send Humans Back To The Moon

NASA said they are now focusing on partnerships with public and private enterprises to bring humans back to the moon. The first set of lander missions is expected to launch in 2022.

Space June 22, 2018

Thickening Haze In Mars Is Now A ‘Planet-Encircling’ Global Dust Storm

The dust storm in Mars has engulfed almost the entire planet as haze levels reach the highest in history. The Curiosity rover is not affected by the lack of sunlight as it is powered by nuclear energy.

Space June 21, 2018

NASA Curiosity Rover Shows Mars Surface In Stunning Selfie During The ‘Worst’ Dust Storm

Curiosity rover took a series of selfies during the worst dust storm in Mars. Meanwhile, the Opportunity rover went offline as it is running out of power due to lack of sunlight.

Space June 20, 2018

Giant Clams Can Tell The History Of Typhoons And Predict Future Storms

The shells of giant clams can record changes in the environment such as water temperatures and typhoons. Experts said they can use this data to predict storm patterns in the future.

Earth/Environment June 19, 2018

Experts Argue That Paying People To Work Less And Consume Less Can Save The Environment

The idea of universal basic income is that a financial payment from the government is given to every citizen. The people will feel less obligated to consume more as a reward for their hard work.

Earth/Environment June 14, 2018

Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma and Sackler Family For OxyContin Profiteering Amid Opioid Crisis

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for misleading doctors into prescribing excess OxyContin. Eight members of the Sackler family, the owner of Purdue, were named in the complaint.

Public Health June 13, 2018

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