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Stroke damage mechanism identified
(University of Leeds) Researchers have discovered a mechanism linked to the brain damage often suffered by stroke victims -- and are now searching for drugs to block it.

Most American presidents destined to fade from nation's memory, study suggests
(Washington University in St. Louis) American presidents spend their time in office trying to carve out a prominent place in the nation's collective memory, but most are destined to be forgotten within 50-to-100 years of their serving as president, suggests a study on presidential name recall released today by the journal Science.

Social media data contain pitfalls for understanding human behavior
(McGill University) A growing number of academic researchers are mining social media data to learn about both online and offline human behavior. In recent years, studies have claimed the ability to predict everything from summer blockbusters to fluctuations in the stock market. But mounting evidence of flaws in many of these studies points to a need for researchers to be wary of serious pitfalls that arise when working with huge social media data sets.

Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment
(University of Edinburgh) Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and McGill University have identified a chemical pathway that goes awry in the brains of Fragile X patients. A drug that targets this pathway reverses behavioral symptoms in mice and offers hope of new treatments for people with this common form of inherited autism.

OU professor and team discover first evidence of milk consumption in ancient dental plaque
(University of Oklahoma) Led by a University of Oklahoma professor, an international team of researchers has discovered the first evidence of milk consumption in the ancient dental calculus -- a mineralized dental plaque -- of humans in Europe and western Asia. The team found direct evidence of milk consumption preserved in human dental plaque from the Bronze Age to the present day.

Education is key to climate adaptation
(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) According to new IIASA research, education makes people less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, landslides, and storms that are expected to intensify with climate change.

Using social media for behavioral studies is cheap, fast, but fraught with biases
(Carnegie Mellon University) The rise of social media has seemed like a bonanza for behavioral scientists, who have eagerly tapped the social nets to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing. But computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and McGill University warn that those massive datasets may be misleading.

INFORMS gives Wagner Prize to Ford for identifying supply chain risks, reducing disruption
(Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the leading professional association for analytics professionals, today announced that the winner of the Daniel H. Wagner Prize judged by CPMS, the association's practice section, is Ford Motor for an innovative approach to an important issue facing companies with a global presence: Early identification of supply chain risks and a new process to respond when things go wrong.

UT Arlington wins grant to educate Hispanics about depression, treatment
(University of Texas at Arlington) Katherine Sanchez, assistant professor in the UTA School of Social Work, will use a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant to educate Hispanic patients about depression and reduce barriers to treatment.

Saving ovaries does not help prevent prolapse for women after menopause
(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)) Removing ovaries at hysterectomy does not increase a woman's risk of pelvic organ prolapse after menopause. In fact, removing ovaries lowers the risk of prolapse. This surprising finding from a Women's Health Initiative study was published online this week in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society.

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