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Growing Legumes and Cultic Sexual Symbols at an Israeli Stone Age Site
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Archaeology News Report – 18 minutes ago
A new site dating to the Stone Age was exposed in large scale archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is carrying out at Ahihud Junction prior to the construction of a new railroad line to Karmiel by the National Roads Company. In the excavations, which are spread over 1,800 square meters, remains of two main periods were discovered: the Pre-Pottery Neolithic per… more »

Aspirin May Lower Melanoma Risk
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Health News Report – 3 hours ago
A new study has found that women who take aspirin have a reduced risk of developing melanoma — and that the longer they take it, the lower the risk. The findings suggest that aspirin’s anti-inflammatory effects may help protect against this type of skin cancer. The study is published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. In the Women’s Health Initiative, researchers observed US women aged 50 to 79 years for an average of 12 years and noted which individuals developed cancer. At the beginning of the study, the women were asked which medicat… more »

Two cups of coffee a day=risk of low birth weight
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Health News Report – 3 hours ago
Drinking just two cups of coffee a day is associated with the risk of low birth weight. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have conducted a study on 59,000 women in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Expectant mothers who consume caffeine, usually by drinking coffee, are more likely to have babies with lower birth weight than anticipated, given their gestational age. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, conducted a study on 59,000 pregnant Norwegian women in collaboration with the Norwegian Instit… more »

Fluoride in Drinking Water Cuts Tooth Decay in Adults
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Dental News Report – 3 hours ago
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Adelaide, Australia, has produced the strongest evidence yet that fluoride in drinking water provides dental health benefits to adults, even those who had not received fluoridated drinking water as children. In the first population-level study of its kind, the study shows that fluoridated drinking water prevents tooth decay for all adults regardless of age, and whether or not they consumed fluoridated water during childhood. Led by UNC School of Dentistry faculty member Gar… more »

Archaeologists have unearthed a ‘Black Death’ grave in London
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Renaissance Faires – 22 hours ago
Archaeologists have unearthed a ‘Black Death’ grave in London, containing more than a dozen skeletons of people suspected to have died from the plague. The victims are thought to have died during the 14th century and archaeologists anticipate finding many… more »
Mindfulness at school reduces likelihood of depression-related symptoms in adolescents
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 22 hours ago
Mindfulness is a form of meditation therapy focused on exercising ‘attentiveness’. Depression is often rooted in a downward spiral of negative feelings and worries. Once a person learns to more quickly recognise these feelings and thoughts, he or she can intervene before depression sinks in. While mindfulness has already been widely tested and applied in patients with depression, this is the first time the method has been studied in a large group of adolescents in a school-based setting, using a randomised controlled design. The study was carried out at five middle schools in Flan… more »

Dating in middle school leads to higher dropout, drug-use rates
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 22 hours ago
Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the University of Georgia. “Romantic relationships are a hallmark of adolescence, but very few studies have examined how adolescents differ in the development of these relationships,” said Pamela Orpinas, study author and professor in the College of Public Health and head of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior. Orpinas followed a… more »

HPV vaccine trends point to failures in patient education, vaccine programs
Jonathan Kantrowitz at CT Free Radicals – 23 hours ago
Staggeringly low uptake rates amongs females and males across a range of ages, socio-economic spectrum Completion rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series across both genders continue to remain alarmingly low nearly seven years after its introduction, suggesting that better patient education and increased public vaccine financing programs are needed, according to new research

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