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Oh, rats! Designer animals reveal possible heart disease genes
Every year, heart disease claims an estimated 7 million lives, according to the World Health Organization. Scientists have struggled to pinpoint the precise genes behind this complex disease. Now, however, they have a new research ally: the designer rat.
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Medicaid matters to children: How Medicaid can help drive quality improvement in pediatrics
The nation's leading children's healthcare leaders gathered today to begin building a coalition to safeguard Medicaid and improve quality measurement standards. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, along with the National Association of Children's Hospitals, joined forces to create an alliance advocating for quality improvement measures to not only strengthen Medicaid but also to improve the state of pediatric practice.
American Journal of Education
Full-day vs. half-day kindergarten
In an important new longitudinal study drawing on a sample of more than 8,000 kindergarteners and 500 public schools, researchers find that full-day kindergarten programs, which are most commonly available to less-advantaged children, are roughly equivalent to an additional month of schooling each year when compared to half-day programs.
Illinois pig to make history as source of first complete swine genome
A pig used for research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a home in history. Its DNA will provide the first sequence of the swine genome to be completed with the help of a two-year $10 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture.
US Department of Agriculture
Siblings' bad habits brush off
Brothers and sisters are more powerful role models than friends or parents when it comes to teenage drinking and smoking, research has shown.
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Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology
Donner Party cannibalism legends remain unproven
The Donner Party used tea cups and other tableware and ate domestic and wild animals while stranded in the Sierra Nevadas during 1846-47, but all group members may not have resorted to cannibalism.
Journal of Studies on Alcohol
Early drinking in teens linked to alcohol use in movies
Seeing movies that feature characters drinking alcohol can predispose young adolescents to experiment with alcohol at an early age, concludes a study led by Dartmouth Medical School researchers. It is the first research study to measure the influence of alcohol use in movies and, using data from more than 600 films and 5,000 students, found that movies play a significant role in an adolescent's decision to drink at a young age.
NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Penguins waddle but they don't fall down, UH researchers say
With their feathery tuxedoes and charming Chilly Willy-waddle, penguins are the quintessence of cute. Small wonder they're featured in Coke commercials, movies like "Madagascar" and "March of the Penguins" and children's toys galore. But one University of Houston professor is looking into a serious side of these ultra-cute creatures. Dozens of teeter-tottering penguins are the subjects of a research project investigating balance and locomotion, expected to help those with walking challenges.
Journal of American College of Cardiology
Caloric restriction appears to prevent primary aging in the heart
Eating a very low-calorie yet nutritionally balanced diet is good for your heart. Studying heart function in members of an organization called the Caloric Restriction Society, investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that their hearts functioned like the hearts of much younger people. The researchers report their findings in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Whitaker Foundation; American Heart Association; Alan A and Edith L. Wolff Charitable Trust
Crater drilling declared major success
Following three months of around-the-clock work, the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Deep Drilling Project successfully completed its operations, extracting more than a mile-long segment of rocks and sediments from the Earth. On Dec. 4, the drill bit reached a final depth of 5,795 ft (1.1 miles, 1.77 kilometers) within the structure of the crater.
US Geological Survey, International Continental Scientific Drilling Program
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