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'Breath test' shows promise for diagnosing fungal pneumonia

Thursday, 23 October, 2014

Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach—analyzing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe—may help detect invasive aspergillosis, a fungal infection that is a leading cause of mortality in patients with compromised immune systems, according to a proof-of-concept study now online in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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New study finds that the probability of unprotected intercourse in hookups doubles between freshman and senior year

Friday, 17 October, 2014

An article released by Social Forces titled, “Casual Contraception in Casual Sex: Life-Cycle Change in Undergraduates’ Sexual Behavior in Hookups” by Jonathan Marc Bearak (New York University) explores  the changes in undergraduate uncommitted sexual behavior during years 1–4 of college. The article provides reasoning for the decline in the use of condoms, and explains how changes in the odds of coitus and condom use depend on fam­ily background, school gender imbalance, and whether the partners attend the same college.

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Sharks that hide in coral reefs may be safe from acidifying oceans

Thursday, 16 October, 2014

A study published online today in the journal Conservation Physiology has shown that the epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) displays physiological tolerance to elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) in its environment after being exposed to CO2 levels equivalent to those that are predicted for their natural habitats in the near future.

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Many older adults still homebound after 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

A new study, published online in the journal Age and Ageing, shows that the homebound status of adults over the age of 65 in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake is still a serious public health concern. Of 2,327 older adults surveyed, approximately 20% were found to be homebound.

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100 years after Hjort - special issue of ICES Journal of Marine Science

Tuesday, 07 October, 2014

100 years ago, Johan Hjort wrote his seminal fisheries science work, Fluctuations in the great fisheries of northern Europe, which featured new conceptual ideas about the formation of strong year classes based on age determination techniques from fish scales. Hjort's research still receives 40–50 citations every year, making it an exceptionally influential study that continues to drive fisheries science to this day.

To commemorate the centenary of Hjort's work, the ICES Journal of Marine Science (IJMS) has published a special issue of thirty-two articles that demonstrate the deep influence he has had, and continues to have, on fisheries and marine science.

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