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Health insurance coverage among cancer patients varies greatly by demographics and cancer type
(Wiley) A new analysis has found that, among patients with cancer, rates of health insurance coverage vary by patient demographics and by cancer type.

Despite warnings, health food stores recommend OTC dietary supplements to minors
(North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System) Fifteen year olds are not only able to buy over-the-counter dietary supplements from a sampling of health food stores across the country, the staff at those stores actually went so far as to recommend certain products, despite labels reading 'for adult use only.'

'Summer slide' reduced by letting kids pick their own summer reading
(University of Rochester Medical Center) At the end of the school year, districts often send stacks of books home with their students in the hopes of combating the 'summer slide,' the literacy loss experienced during the long break that hits low-income students particularly hard. But a study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that these programs can be made significantly more effective with only a small tweak: Let the kids choose the books.

Researchers find alarming rise in cost of MS drugs over past 2 decades
(Oregon Health & Science University) A new study, led by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University, shows an 'alarming rise' over the last 20 years in the costs of drugs used to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis or reduce the frequency of attacks.

To improve STEM diversity, fix higher education, scholar says
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) To increase diversity in US STEM workforce, policymakers and educators need to address factors in college programs that discourage minority students, contribute to their noncompletion of degrees.

ASHG announces 2015 winners of National DNA Day Essay Contest
(American Society of Human Genetics) In commemoration of National DNA Day, ASHG hosted its 10th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest to encourage high school students and teachers to learn about human genetics concepts beyond the standard curriculum. DNA Day commemorates the discovery of DNA's double helix and the completion of the Human Genome Project. Since 2006, ASHG has run a DNA Day Essay Contest to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts by writing an original essay.

Texas A&M study finds we think better on our feet, literally
(Texas A&M University) A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time.

York's anti-malarial plant given Chinese approval
(University of York) A new hybrid plant used in anti-malarial drug production, developed by scientists at the University of York's Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, is now registered as a new variety in China.

Are hospitals doing all they can to prevent C. diff infections? Not yet, new study finds
(University of Michigan Health System) Nearly half of hospitals aren't taking key steps to prevent a kind of gut infection that kills nearly 30,000 people annually -- despite strong evidence that such steps work, according to a new study. While nearly all of the 398 hospitals in the study use a variety of measures to protect their patients from Clostridium difficile infections, 48 percent haven't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics that can allow the dangerous bug to flourish.

The power of best friends
(University of Vermont) When parents of children with disabilities drop their child off at kindergarten they often worry about whether they will make friends -- a key factor in reducing anxiety, depression and the likelihood of being bullied. The response from schools has been to create inclusive classrooms, where a significant number of students with disabilities receive their education. A new study, however, finds that inclusive classrooms with disability awareness curricula alone do not increase friendships for those students.

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