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New research characterizes in-flight pediatric deaths
(University Hospitals Case Medical Center) In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital found that lap infants may be at greater risk for death on a commercial airline flight. The study analyzed pediatric medical emergencies on flights worldwide between January 2010 and June 2013 and found 90 percent of deaths occurred in children under the age of 2.

Expressive writing may help breast cancer survivors
(University of Houston) Writing down fears, emotions and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian-American breast cancer survivors, according to a study conducted by a researcher at the University of Houston.

Society bloomed with gentler personalities and more feminine faces
(Duke University) A Duke University study finds that human skulls changed in ways that indicate a lowering of testosterone levels at around the same time that culture was blossoming. Heavy brows were out, rounder heads were in. Technological innovation, making art and rapid cultural exchange probably came at the same time that we developed a more cooperative temperament by dialing back aggression with lower testosterone levels.

History of culture visualized through art history, physics, complexity
(University of Miami) Schich and his fellow researchers reconstructed the migration and mobility patterns of more than 150,000 notable individuals over a time span of 2,000 years. By connecting the birth and death locations of each individual, and drawing and animating lines between the two locations, Schich and his team have made progress in our understanding of large-scale cultural dynamics.

Advances in assisted reproduction create more options and new legal issues for LGBT couples
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals who want to conceive a child may face the same problems as some of their heterosexual and cisgendered peers, such as reduced fertility, but in addition they often face additional physiological and legal challenges to become parents. A comprehensive review of the most recent advances in assisted reproduction options is published in LGBT Health a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers.

LSUHSC Nursing awarded $1 million grant to improve care for veterans
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing an Advanced Nursing Education grant in the amount of $1,049,739 over three years. The funding will support training interprofessional teams of students to improve the quality of care for military veterans and diverse populations with behavioral health disorders and multiple chronic conditions.

Lewis to receive GSA's 2014 Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award
(The Gerontological Society of America) The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Carole B. Lewis, Ph.D., as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award.

Harrington Meyer, Leist, Hessel, Avendano to receive GSA's 2014 Kalish awards
(The Gerontological Society of America) The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Madonna Harrington Meyer, Ph.D., of Syracuse University; Anja K. Leist, Ph.D., of the University of Luxembourg; and Philipp Hessel, M.A., M.Sc., and Mauricio Avendano, Ph.D., of The London School of Economics and Political Science as the 2014 recipients of the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Awards.

Curran to receive GSA's 2014 Nathan Shock New Investigator Award
(The Gerontological Society of America) The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Sean P. Curran, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California as the 2014 recipient of the Nathan Shock New Investigator Award.

O'Neill to receive GSA's 2014 Joseph T. Freeman Award
(The Gerontological Society of America) The Gerontological Society of America -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Desmond 'Des' O'Neill of Tallaght Hospital Dublin and Trinity College Dublin as the 2014 recipient of the Joseph T. Freeman Award.

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