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Biopolitics for understanding social regulation and control
(Carlos III University of Madrid) People, as the biological beings that we are, can be socially regulated by mechanisms such as taxes, property or family relationships. This constitutes part of the social policy that the Roman government put into practice during its expansion throughout the Mediterranean, which left its mark on the eastern plateau of Spain, the historical Celt Iberian territory, as has been shown by biopolitical research that was recently carried out at la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Avoiding ecosystem collapse
(Stanford University) Three new studies describe concrete actions to prevent or reverse abrupt ecological shifts.

Teens prescribed anxiety, sleep medications likelier to illegally abuse them later
(University of Michigan) The medical community may be inadvertently creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers, say University of Michigan researchers.

G20 talk fest echoed on Twitter
(Queensland University of Technology) Brisbane's G20 Leaders' Summit proved a Twitter talk fest, attracting 1.02 million tweets since October 23.Almost half of those tweets mentioned the US delegation in some form, making President Barack Obama the most talked about leader during Brisbane's G20 Leaders' Summit.

Fiddler on the roof?
(Marine Biological Laboratory) The fiddler crab, Uca pugnax, has migrated nearly 50 miles north of its supposed natural range along the US East Coast. This may be another sign of climate change.

Not all baseball stars treated equally in TV steroid coverage, says study of network news
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Retired baseball stars Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro each had Hall of Fame-worthy numbers, each hitting more than 500 home runs. All three also were tarred by allegations of steroid use. Their stories, however, received very different treatment over 12 years of national television news coverage, says University of Illinois professor Brian Quick, lead author on a paper about that coverage and its effects, published online Nov. 20 by the journal Communication Research.

Research examines an emerging issue: Treatment of transgendered prison populations
(University of Cincinnati) The perceptions and treatment of transgendered populations will be examined at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology.

Internists stress critically important issues to congressional leaders
(American College of Physicians) It is critical that Congress consider two issues in this post-election lame-duck session the American College of Physicians today told Senators Reid and McConnell and Representatives Boehner and Pelosi.

11-country survey of older adults: Americans sicker but have quicker access to specialists
(Health Affairs) A survey of older adults in eleven countries found Americans were sicker than their counterparts abroad, with 68 percent living with two or more chronic conditions and 53 percent taking four or more medications. More Americans, 19 percent, reported cost-related care expenses than residents in other countries -- whereas 83 percent of US respondents had treatment plans they could carry out in their daily lives, one of the highest rates across the surveyed countries.

Not tonight, I have a headache
(Rutgers University) Kempner, whose own migraines began when she was only 5, examines how migraines disrupt so many lives yet still continue to be trivialized by so many. She asks why migraines aren't taken seriously by doctors, policymakers or society at large. Over the past 150 years, she says, migraines have been and still are plagued by gendered images, metaphors and stereotypes.

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