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Hospital patients on opioids need more monitoring

Nearly 75 percent of hospitalized patients receiving opioids for pain management are not monitored according to hospital guidelines, report researchers.

More legal pot, but fewer teen pot problems

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 US states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is going down.

Dead leaves under lake hint at Greenland’s past

The remains of long-dead aquatic plants, collecting at the bottom of lakes in horizontal layers that document the passing years, chronicle the history of Greenland’s snowfall.

Appalachia is a gold mine for rare earth elements

The content of rare earth elements in US coal ashes shows that coal mined from the Appalachian Mountains could be the proverbial golden goose for hard-to-find materials critical to clean energy and other emerging technologies.

‘Nagging is caring’ for husbands with diabetes

A strained marriage may actually improve the health of men with diabetes, new research shows. Why? It may be because wives are constantly regulating their husband’s health behaviors, especially if he is in poor health or diabetic.

Fossil clarifies dolphin-like creature’s murky start

A newly-discovered fossil is changing ideas about the evolution of the dolphin-like ichthyosaurs, marine reptiles that lived at the same time as land dinosaurs.

Missing enzyme in skin turns cardinals yellow

Scientists have discovered the gene that produces the brilliant red color in male birds like the northern cardinal.

Mysteriously itchy? Blame your immune system

People who suffer persistent itching without any clear cause may have previously unrecognized defects to their immune system, according to a small study.

Star’s disk suggests big planets can form fast

Astronomers have found a giant planet in close orbit around a star so young that it still retains a disk of circumstellar gas and dust.

How bad will a hurricane get? Fly in to find out

“Hurricane hunters” can improve hurricane intensity predictions by up to 15 percent, new research finds.

Team scaled the Alps to scan prehistoric paintings

With only car batteries for power, archaeologists have managed to scan prehistoric rock paintings located in the Southern French Alps.

45% of antidepressants aren’t taken for depression

Antidepressant use in North America has jumped in the last two decades, perhaps because doctors are increasingly prescribing them for conditions other than depression, like anxiety, pain, and insomnia.

Prosthetic foot designed for really high heels

Lots of prosthetic feet are available, but most are built to fit men’s shoes, and none can adjust to a heel more than 2 inches high.

New labels tell Americans how much sugar is in food

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled a new required nutritional information label for packaged foods.

Would you get more done if you weren’t sitting down?

New research suggests standing desks could improve productivity at work. The researchers examined the productivity differences between two groups of call center employees over the course of six months and found that those with stand-capable workstations—those in which the worker could raise or lower the desk to stand or sit as they wished throughout the day—were about 46 percent more productive than those with regular desks and chairs.

Don’t let grilling lodge metal wires in your throat

From 2002 to 2014, more than 1,600 people went to the emergency room because of injuries from wire-bristle grill brushes, according to new research.

Why some U.S. kids don’t get brain injury rehab

Language can be a barrier to treatment from Spanish-speaking children who’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, according to a study of health care providers in Washington state.

Just a few genes let corals build skeletons

A new study shows how stony corals create their hard skeletons. In addition, researchers have conducted the world’s most comprehensive analysis of coral genes, focusing on how their evolution has allowed corals to interact with and adapt to the environment.

Will conspiracy theories on Twitter hamper Zika vaccine?

Researchers warn that misinformation and conspiracy theories posted on Twitter could undermine efforts to deliver a Zika vaccine.

Parasitic fungi attack lots of different bugs

Zombie ants are just one entry in a newly compiled database of insect-fungi interactions. “I couldn’t find a place with broad information about all groups of fungi that infect insects in the same study,” says Joao Araujo, graduate student in biology at Penn State.