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Study examines physician-industry conflict of interest issue from MS patient perspective
(University of Vermont) A new study explores what multiple sclerosis patients know, and want to know, about their physician's financial relationship with the pharmaceutical company sponsoring a clinical trial.

Local media have positive slant toward local businesses, Rice University expert finds
(Rice University) When local news media report about hometown companies, they use fewer negative words than when reporting about nonlocal companies, according to research by business experts at Rice University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

JRC Annual Report 2014 is now available
(European Commission Joint Research Centre) The Annual Report giving an overview of the JRC work in 2014 has been published. It provides highlights of research activities carried out over the year in support of the main EU policies. Topics include economic and monetary union; innovation, growth and jobs; digital agenda; energy and transport; environment and climate change; agriculture and global food security; security and disaster risk reduction; health and consumer protection and nuclear safety and security.

Economic models provide insights into global sustainability challenges
(Purdue University) Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.

Hospitals face growing active shooter threat
(Brown University) The number of active shooter incidents in US hospitals has increased over the last decade to a frequency of more than one a month. In a new Viewpoint in JAMA, authors suggest that hospitals examine their security plans.

Traditional forms of media coverage valued over advertising, UGA study finds
(University of Georgia) In an age where digital media is constantly changing, public relations practitioners and business professionals still see the benefits of traditional media coverage, according to a recent Public Relations Journal study.'We have this intuitive idea that getting our messages covered by the news media makes those messages more credible than when we put them out there ourselves,' said the University of Georgia's Lynne Sallot. 'Everyone believes this, but it's been difficult to prove it.'

Better genes for better (more adaptable) beans
(Botanical Society of America) Out of thousands of legume species, only a few are used in mainstream agriculture. Among the underutilized legume species are crops that can tolerate poor soil with limited water. A new genetic resource identifying over 30,000 genes and nearly 3,000 genetic markers will help researchers link genetic sequences to traits found in legumes that thrive in harsh environmental conditions. This study, published in Applications in Plant Sciences, marks a new, valuable genetic resource for Fabaceae.

New research signals big future for quantum radar
(University of York) A prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems has been developed by an international research team led by a quantum information scientist at the University of York.

Food security in Africa needs a tailored approach, suggests new research
(Elsevier) A one-size-fits-all approach to African agriculture development will not lead to growth, suggests research published in Food policy. The authors of the study say that instead of blindly adopting 'solutions' that have worked in other continents, governments and researchers should consider the context more closely and develop a tailored approach. Selected by an international advisory board, the research paper has been awarded this month's Elsevier Atlas award.

'Blue-green algae' proliferating in lakes
(McGill University) The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries -- and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century, according to an international team of researchers led by scientists at McGill University.

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