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Early exposure to cat urine makes mice less likely to escape from cats
(Society for Experimental Biology) Mice that are exposed to the powerful smell of cat urine early in life do not escape from cats later in life. Researchers at the A. N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russia, have discovered that mice that smell cat urine early in life, do not avoid the same odor, and therefore do not escape from their feline predators, later in life.

REM sleep critical for young brain development; medication interferes
(Washington State University) Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains reports a new study from Washington State University Spokane. The finding, published in Science Advances, broadens the understanding of children's sleep needs and calls into question the increasing use of REM-disrupting medications such as stimulants and antidepressants.

Millions of children's lives saved through low-cost investments
(Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis in The Lancet. From 2000 to 2014, low- and middle-income country governments spent $133 billion on child health. Donors spent $73.6 billion. The governments saved about 20 million children, and the donors saved an additional 14 million children.

WATCHMAN device gives patients alternative to blood thinners and reduces stroke risk
(MedStar Washington Hospital Center) MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center was the first in the Washington metropolitan region to implant the newly approved WATCHMAN Device. The new device is designed to prevent stroke in high-risk patients with atrial fibrillation who are seeking an alternative to blood-thinning medication. Blood thinners are effective in stroke risk reductions for A-fib patients, but many cannot tolerate these drugs because of the risk of bleeding. Now, there's a new option.

Do you really think you're a foodie?
(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Think you're a foodie? Adventurous eaters, known as 'foodies,' are often associated with indulgence and excess. However, a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study shows just the opposite -- adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

Long-term memories are maintained by prion-like proteins
(Columbia University Medical Center) Research from Eric Kandel's lab has uncovered further evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of time.

Cancer survivors who smoke perceive less risk from tobacco
(American Cancer Society) Cancer survivors who smoke report fewer negative opinions about smoking, have more barriers to quitting, and are around other smokers more often than survivors who had quit before or after their diagnosis.

Study: Sharing knowledge positively impacts innovation in retail
(University of Texas at Dallas) A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas finds that a retail store should share customer service experiences with other units in the same chain to have more innovative behavior in its own store.

Two new studies on the connection between hypertension and cognitive decline
(Oxford University Press USA) With the number of individuals affected by cognitive decline expected to rise over the next few decades, investigating its potential causes is of major public health interest. Two new studies published today in the American Journal of Hypertension delve into the connection between hypertension and cognitive decline.

Romeo and Juliet roles for banded mongooses
(University of Exeter) Female banded mongooses risk their lives to mate with rivals during pack 'warfare' and both males and females have also learned to discriminate between relatives and non-relatives to avoid inbreeding even when mating within their own social group.

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