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New tool expands tracking of personal data on the Web
(Columbia University) A team of Columbia researchers has developed a second-generation tool called 'Sunlight' that matches user-tailored ads and recommendations to tidbits of information supplied by users at a greater scale and level of accuracy than its predecessor, XRay.

Using optical fiber to generate a two-micron laser
(Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne) Lasers with a wavelength of two microns could move the boundaries of surgery and molecule detection. Researchers at EPFL have managed to generate such lasers using a simple and inexpensive method.

Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril
(University of Exeter) A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans.

Is the eco-tourism boom putting wildlife in a new kind of danger?
(Cell Press) Many tourists today are drawn to the idea of vacationing in far-flung places around the globe where their dollars can make a positive impact on local people and local wildlife. But researchers writing in Trends in Ecology & Evolution on Oct. 9 say that all of those interactions between wild animals and friendly ecotourists eager to snap their pictures may inadvertently put animals at greater risk of being eaten.

Teens value results of genetic tests to inform future life decisions
(American Society of Human Genetics) Most teens in grades 7-12 would prefer to know the results of unanticipated findings found in whole exome sequencing genetic testing, even if the findings are not medically actionable until adulthood, according to survey data presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The survey addressed secondary findings gleaned from sequencing the protein-coding regions of a person's genome.

Breakthrough drug approval signals great advances in lung cancer treatment
(International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer says the move by the US Food and Drug Administration to grant accelerated approval for a cutting-edge lung cancer treatment is a positive step forward that may help many patients improve their survival.

Federal truck size and weight study falls short of congressional requirements, says new report
(National Academy of Sciences) Although a US Department of Transportation report on federal truck size and weight limits acknowledges gaps in addressing its legislative charge, a more comprehensive and useful response would have been possible, says a new letter report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Emergency department CT scans can change physicians' diagnoses and management decisions
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Technology assessment finds that, after viewing CT scan results, physicians in the emergency departments of four major academic medical centers made key changes in clinical decision-making for patients with symptoms frequently seen in emergency rooms. make ocean conservation work we should keep the noise down
(Elsevier) Quiet areas should be sectioned off in the oceans to give us a better picture of the impact human generated noise is having on marine animals, according to a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin. By assigning zones through which ships cannot travel, researchers will be able to compare the behavior of animals in these quiet zones to those living in noisier areas, helping decide the best way to protect marine life from harmful noise.

Expanded AGS Beers Criteria offer new info, tools for safer medication use in older adults
(American Geriatrics Society) Reflecting expert review of 6,700 studies, updates to the AGS Beers Criteria -- one of the American Geriatrics Society's most frequently cited references -- will enhance care quality as a platform for considering the risks and benefits of certain medications.

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