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New study reveals limited public understanding of dementia globally
(Trinity College Dublin) Believing that dementia is a normal part of aging is the most common misconception about dementia, according to a new global study conducted by Irish researchers.

Study: Burnout impacts transplant nurses
(Henry Ford Health System) More than half of nurses who work with organ transplant patients in the United States experience high levels of emotional exhaustion, a primary sign of burnout, according to a study published by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital.

Griffith nursing researcher honored by prestigious academy
(Griffith University) Professor of Nursing, Claire Rickard from Griffith University has been made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. This is the first year the honor has been extended to nurses.

The science of retweets
(University of Maryland) What's the best time to tweet, to ensure maximum audience engagement? Researchers at the University of Maryland have demonstrated that an algorithm that takes into account the past activity of each of your followers -- and makes predictions about future tweeting -- can lead to more 'retweets' than other commonly used methods, such as posting at peak traffic times.

Rebates a cost-effective way to boost healthy eating among low-income people, study finds
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Nationwide expansion of USDA's Healthy Incentives Pilot would promote purchase, consumption of fruits, vegetables, and slightly increase longevity of SNAP recipients.

Predicting which soldiers will commit severe, violent crimes
(Harvard Medical School) A new report shows that a machine learning model using Department of Defense and Army administrative records was able to identify in advance the 5 percent of US Army soldiers serving from 2004 to 2009 who later committed more than one-third of all major Army workplace violent crimes over that time period.

New human ancestor's feet resemble our own, Dartmouth scientist finds
(Dartmouth College) As a specialist in fossil feet, Dartmouth anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva has scrutinized Homo naledi, the latest addition to the human ancestral lineage, which was announced Sept. 10.

We Robot 2016 April 1-2 at University of Miami
(University of Miami) We Robot 2016 is a conference at the intersection of the law, policy, and technology of robotics, to be held in Coral Gables, Florida on April 1-2, 2016. We Robot is now in its fifth year, returning to the University of Miami School of Law after being hosted by the University of Washington Stanford Law School last April. The conference website is

NSF PIRE grant to translate science of language learning to education
(Penn State) Speaking two or more languages makes minds more open to learning and more flexible, and a $5 million dollar grant over five years from the National Science Foundation's Partnerships in International Research and Education aims to translate the science of language learning for education and the classroom.

If relationships are good -- positive, negative humor by leaders improves job satisfaction
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Past research about the use of humor by leaders suggests that positive humor should result in happier subordinates who are satisfied with their jobs. Conventional wisdom also suggests that leaders should avoid negative humor. Now, a study from the University of Missouri has found that the relationship between leader-humor and job satisfaction is dependent on the quality of the relationship between leaders and their subordinates not the positive or negative tone of the leader's humor.

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