Higher COVID-19 death rates in the southern U.S. due to behavior variations, study finds

Journal Reference: Michael A. Stoto, Samantha Schlageter, John D. Kraemer. COVID-19 mortality in the United States: It’s been two Americas from the start. PLOS ONE, 2022; 17 (4): e0265053 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0265053 The study, by Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies researchers, appeared April 28, 2022, in PLOS ONE. Excess mortality, which helps account … Read more

Study shows creativity assessments progressing slowly, including racialized, gendered approaches

Journal Reference: Haiying Long, Barbara A. Kerr, Trina E. Emler, Max Birdnow. A Critical Review of Assessments of Creativity in Education. Review of Research in Education, 2022; 46 (1): 288 DOI: 10.3102/0091732X221084326 KU researchers analyzed studies published in eight major creativity, psychological and educational journals between 2010 and 2021 to get a better picture of … Read more

‘Keto’ molecule may be useful in preventing and treating colorectal most cancers, study suggests

Journal Reference: Oxana Dmitrieva-Posocco, Andrea C. Wong, Patrick Lundgren, Aleksandra M. Golos, Hélène C. Descamps, Lenka Dohnalová, Zvi Cramer, Yuhua Tian, Brian Yueh, Onur Eskiocak, Gabor Egervari, Yemin Lan, Jinping Liu, Jiaxin Fan, Jihee Kim, Bhoomi Madhu, Kai Markus Schneider, Svetlana Khoziainova, Natalia Andreeva, Qiaohong Wang, Ning Li, Emma E. Furth, Will Bailis, Judith R. … Read more

Study reveals set of brain regions that control complex sequences of movement

Journal Reference: Duo Xu, Mingyuan Dong, Yuxi Chen, Angel M. Delgado, Natasha C. Hughes, Linghua Zhang, Daniel H. O’Connor. Cortical processing of flexible and context-dependent sensorimotor sequences. Nature, 2022; 603 (7901): 464 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04478-7 The research, they say, could one day help scientists find ways to target those regions in people and restore motor function … Read more

Study suggests tree-filled spaces are more favorable to child development than paved or grassy surfaces

Journal Reference: Ingrid Jarvis, Hind Sbihi, Zoë Davis, Michael Brauer, Agatha Czekajlo, Hugh W. Davies, Sarah E. Gergel, Martin Guhn, Michael Jerrett, Mieke Koehoorn, Lorien Nesbitt, Tim F. Oberlander, Jason Su, Matilda van den Bosch. The influence of early-life residential exposure to different vegetation types and paved surfaces on early childhood development: A population-based birth … Read more

Obsession with failure and hunt for perfection linked to burnout, sports study uncovers

Journal Reference: Luke F. Olsson, Michael C. Grugan, Joseph N. Martin, Daniel J. Madigan. Perfectionism and Burnout in Athletes: The Mediating Role of Perceived Stress. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 2021; 1 DOI: 10.1123/jcsp.2021-0030 More than 250 sportspeople — across individual and team sports — were examined and it was discovered hyper self-critical competitors who … Read more

Glowing spider fossils prompt breakthrough study of how they were preserved at Aix-en-Provence

Journal Reference: Alison N. Olcott, Matthew R. Downen, James D. Schiffbauer, Paul A. Selden. The exceptional preservation of Aix-en-Provence spider fossils could have been facilitated by diatoms. Communications Earth & Environment, 2022; 3 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s43247-022-00424-7 The Aix-en-Provence formation is particularly known for its fossilized terrestrial arthropods from the Oligocene Period (between roughly 23-34 million … Read more

Study finds offshore wind could drive down energy costs in New England, US

Journal Reference: Kerem Ziya Akdemir, Jordan D. Kern, Jonathan Lamontagne. Assessing risks for New England’s wholesale electricity market from wind power losses during extreme winter storms. Energy, 2022; 251: 123886 DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2022.123886 Although very high wind speeds during winter storms could cause turbines to go temporarily offline, they found the largest risk of sudden losses … Read more

Skin bacteria may boost immune response of mice vaccinated with smallpox vaccine, study shows

Journal Reference: Evgeniya V. Shmeleva, Mercedes Gomez de Agüero, Josef Wagner, Anton J. Enright, Andrew J. Macpherson, Brian J. Ferguson, Geoffrey L. Smith. Smallpox vaccination induces a substantial increase in commensal skin bacteria that promote pathology and influence the host response. PLOS Pathogens, 2022; 18 (4): e1009854 DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009854 The smallpox vaccination was administered via … Read more

Stop the clocks: Brisk walking may slow biological aging course of, study shows

Journal Reference: Paddy C. Dempsey, Crispin Musicha, Alex V. Rowlands, Melanie Davies, Kamlesh Khunti, Cameron Razieh, Iain Timmins, Francesco Zaccardi, Veryan Codd, Christopher P. Nelson, Tom Yates, Nilesh J. Samani. Investigation of a UK biobank cohort reveals causal associations of self-reported walking pace with telomere length. Communications Biology, 2022; 5 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s42003-022-03323-x Confirming a … Read more

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