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Patients with advanced, incurable cancer denied palliative care
(European Society for Medical Oncology) Many patients with advanced, incurable cancer do not receive any palliative care, reveals new research to be presented later this month at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain, Sept. 26-30. The findings are astonishing as they come at the same time as 15 new oncology centres in Europe, Canada, South America and Africa are being awarded the prestigious title of 'ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.'

New high-resolution satellite image analysis: 5 of 6 Syrian World Heritage sites 'exhibit significant damage'
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) In war-torn Syria, five of six World Heritage sites now 'exhibit significant damage' and some structures have been 'reduced to rubble,' according to new high-resolution satellite image analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hispanic Physicists Society organizes under SURA sponsorship
(Southeastern Universities Research Association) Last month, representatives of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists and the Southeastern Universities Research Association met to formalize an affiliation agreement on terms of the Southeastern Universities Research Association's sponsorship to provide group tax exemption status to the National Society of Hispanic Physicists

Decision-support program helps keep seniors out of the emergency room
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) An emergency room decision-support program can significantly reduce emergency room visits and hospital admissions among older adults on Medicare. This could have important economic implications, helping to reduce the nearly 33 percent of avoidable emergency room visits that contribute to about $18 billion in unnecessary healthcare costs each year. Details of a successful emergency room decision-support program that had a positive return on investment are published in an article in Population Health Management.

New insights into eyewitness memory from groundbreaking replication initiative
(Association for Psychological Science) An innovative research replication initiative has generated results that have important implications for eyewitness memory. The project confirms earlier findings that asking witnesses to provide a verbal description of a suspect can impair their ability to select that suspect from a lineup -- the so-called 'verbal overshadowing' effect. This Registered Replication Report is the first completed project from an initiative launched in 2013 by the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, a publication of the Association for Psychological Science.

UT Dallas study uncovers factors in students' reporting of weapons at school
(University of Texas at Dallas) University of Texas at Dallas criminology researchers discovered that academic achievement and knowledge of security measures increased the likelihood that high school students would report a knife or gun at school.

Tropical fish a threat to Mediterranean Sea ecosystems
(University of New South Wales) The tropical rabbitfish which have devastated algal forests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea pose a major threat to the entire Mediterranean basin if their distribution continues to expand as the climate warms, a new study warns. Researchers surveyed more than 1000 kilometers of coastline in Turkey and Greece, where two species of plant-eating rabbitfish have become dominant, and found regions with abundant rabbitfish had become rocky barrens.

Middle school dilemma: Girls' body image affected by older peers
(SAGE Publications) The media is highly criticized for contributing to body image issues in adolescents. However, a study out today in Psychology of Women Quarterly finds a different source for body dissatisfaction among young girls: older girls at school.

Gun deaths twice as high among African-Americans as white citizens in US
(BMJ-British Medical Journal) Gun deaths are twice as high among African-Americans as they are among white citizens in the US, finds a study of national data, published in the online journal BMJ Open. But the national figures, which have remained relatively steady over the past decade, mask wide variation in firearms deaths by ethnicity and state, the findings show.

Failed Medicare payments law remains relevant
(Brown University) In a new commentary in the journal JAMA Surgery, Dr. Eli Adashi recounts what he and other advocates saw as merits of the originally bipartisan Sustainable Growth Rate Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014. The perennial trouble with how Medicare pays doctors will return in the 114th Congress, and broader trends in health care practice that the bill attempted to address will remain just as strong.

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