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Hurricane Sandy still taking a toll nearly 3 years later


Hurricane Sandy continues to affect the lives of tens of thousands of New Jersey residents, who are still dealing with unfinished repairs, disputed claims, and recurrent mold—after-effects that are linked to an increased risk of mental health distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression.

Auctions aren’t best for abandoned buildings


To help distressed cities recover, managed sales programs are a better way to sell abandoned properties than are auctions, a new study says.

Drinking problems dry up when couples say ‘I do’


Marriage can lead to a dramatic decrease in drinking among young adults—even those who have a severe drinking problem.

First dirty diaper can reveal alcohol exposure


A newborn’s first stool, called the meconium, can signal the child may struggle with persistent cognitive problems, report researchers.

Shark gives birth after storing sperm for 45 months


Brownbanded bamboo sharks have a surprising way of producing offspring. The females can be separated from the male fathers of their pups for an astounding 45 months and still have a viable baby.

Racial segregation is still high in U.S. suburbs


Racial segregation in the United States is declining between neighborhoods, but it hasn’t gone away. It’s just manifesting itself in other ways.

Pair of compounds could ‘shock’ HIV


Highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) has helped millions of people survive HIV. Unfortunately, HIV has a built-in survival mechanism, creating reservoirs of latent, inactive virus that are invisible to both HAART and the immune system.

Autism costs in U.S. could reach $1 trillion by 2025


Economists have tallied up how much it will likely cost to care for all Americans with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) this year: $268 billion.

Earth’s magnetic field may be 4 billion years old


Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field was 3.45 billion years. But new data show it could be as much as 500 million years older than that.

Does drinking at conception risk baby’s future health?


Babies of mothers who drink alcohol around the time of conception face dramatically increased risks of type 2 diabetes and obesity in early middle age, research with rats suggests.

Can fishing and corals coexist in the Bering Sea?


North of the Aleutian Islands, canyons in the cold waters of the eastern Bering Sea contain a “green belt” that is home to many deep-water corals as well as many fish and marine mammals.

Imported pet salamanders carry killer fungus


Five amphibian experts are urging the US Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately stop salamander imports.

Your grip may say a lot about your diabetes risk


How strong your grip is could offer clues as to whether or not you have undetected diabetes or high blood pressure—especially if you have “skinny fat.” The condition is characterized as having a body mass index within the normal range, but a high proportion of fat to lean muscle, typically more than 25 percent body fat in men and 35 percent in women.

Most fitness apps for iPhones fall short


Only one of 30 popular free fitness apps for iPhones meets the majority of recommended guidelines for physical activity, a new study shows.

Neuron ‘tips’ let flies wake up in summer


New research links changes in the structure of a handful of central brain neurons to understanding how animals adjust to changing seasons.

Rewards really pay off for kids with ADHD


Recognition for a job well done means even more to children with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) than it does to typically developing kids.

Free ‘poop app’ detects liver disease in babies


A diaper-decoding smartphone app accurately analyzes a newborn’s poop color to screen for a rare but life-threatening liver disorder.

Are too many seniors taking antidepressants?


Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health medications at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, a new study finds.

Blood pressure drops when doctors, pharmacists team up


If you have hypertension, adding a pharmacist to your medical care team could help lower your blood pressure and reduce your stroke risk.

Memories of a parasite can linger in the skin


The immune system remembers pathogens it has encountered in the past. T cells with these memories circulate in the blood stream looking for sites of new infection.


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