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Arsenic stubbornly taints many US wells, say new reports
(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) Naturally occurring arsenic in private wells threatens people in many US states and parts of Canada, according to a package of a dozen scientific papers to be published next week. The studies, focused mainly on New England but applicable elsewhere, say private wells present continuing risks due to almost nonexistent regulation in most states, homeowner inaction and inadequate mitigation measures.

Stress shared by same-sex couples can have unique health impacts
(San Francisco State University) New research by Allen LeBlanc, Health Equity Institute Professor of Sociology at San Francisco State University, studies how minority stress -- which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society -- affects same-sex couples' stress levels and overall health. LeBlanc asserts that the health effects of minority stress shared by a couple can be understood as distinct from individual stress, a new framework in the field.

Research uncovers connection between Craigslist personals, HIV trends
(University of Minnesota) Craigslist's entry into a market results in a 15.9 percent increase in reported HIV cases, according to research from the University of Minnesota published in the December issue of MIS Quarterly.

EARTH Magazine: Asbestos found in Nevada and Arizona
(American Geosciences Institute) The discoveries, in Clark County in southern Nevada and across the border in northwestern Arizona, suggest that asbestos may be more widespread than previously thought; they also raise questions about the potential health hazards of naturally occurring asbestos.

Fluorescent dyes 'light up' brain cancer cells, reports Neurosurgery
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Two new fluorescent dyes attracted to cancer cells may help neurosurgeons more accurately localize and completely resect brain tumors, suggests a study in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

'Vast majority' of neurosurgeons practice defensive medicine
(Wolters Kluwer Health) More than three-fourths US neurosurgeons practice some form of defensive medicine -- performing additional tests and procedures out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, reports a special article in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Mobile and interactive media use by young children: The good, the bad and the unknown
(Boston University Medical Center) Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools, as well as their potential detrimental role in stunting the development of important tools for self-regulation.

LSU Health New Orleans makes discovery key to preventing blindness and stroke devastation
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) Research conducted at the LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence has discovered gene interactions that determine whether cells live or die in such conditions as age-related macular degeneration and ischemic stroke. These common molecular mechanisms in vision and brain integrity can prevent blindness and also promote recovery from a stroke.

Tweeting about sexism may improve a woman's wellbeing
(British Psychological Society) Publicly tweeting about sexism could improve a woman's wellbeing as it has the potential to let them express themselves in ways that feel like they can make a difference.

DNA clock helps to get measure of people's lifespans
(University of Edinburgh) Scientists led by the University of Edinburgh have identified a biological clock that provides vital clues about how long a person is likely to live.

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