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Countries can learn from Cyprus' 2013 economic crash, according to Imperial report
(Imperial College London) Countries can learn lessons from Cyprus' economic crash and subsequent bailout package in terms of preventing future financial crises, according to a report out today.

Sexual fantasies: Are you normal?
(University of Montreal) Hoping for sex with two women is common but fantasizing about golden showers is not. That's just one of the findings from a research project that scientifically defines sexual deviation for the first time ever.

Report examines health care challenges for pregnant women enrolled in covered California
(George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health) A new report by Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University examines the challenge of maintaining enriched health care for pregnant women who are enrolled in Covered California and who are also eligible for Medi-Cal, which includes the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program.

NYU research: Majority of high school seniors favor more liberal marijuana policies
(New York University) The study analyzed adolescents' positions toward marijuana decriminalization and legalization. In the analysis, Palamar identifies how positions toward various marijuana policies differ by gender, race, political affiliation and religion. He also examined how lifetime and recent marijuana use relate to such positions.

The digital therapist
(Acoustical Society of America) A program that analyzes your speech and uses it to gain information about your mental health could soon be feasible, thanks in part to research from the University of Maryland showing that certain vocal features change as patients' feelings of depression worsen.

NIMH creates new unit to support its research domain criteria initiative
(NIH/National Institute of Mental Health) A new effort by the National Institutes of Health will facilitate communication among scientists, clinicians, and the public to reframe mental health research, from diagnosis to treatment. The Research Domain Criteria unit was recently established by the National Institute of Mental Health, part of NIH, to support the development of the institute's RDoC initiative.

Himalayan Viagra fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush
(Washington University in St. Louis) Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale -- implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

Celebrating the work of the 2014 Nobel Laureates
(Wiley) John Wiley & Sons, Inc., would like to congratulate all of the 2014 Nobel laureates and is proud to have published work by nine of the laureates. To celebrate their achievements Wiley has made a selection of content from the 2014 winners free to access until the end of the year.

Study shows vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors
(Peters Communications) Findings published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation show that imperceptible vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly study participants. The vibratory stimulation is delivered by a urethane foam insole with embedded piezoelectric actuators, which generates the mechanical stimulation.

What do American babies eat? A lot depends on Mom's socioeconomic background
(University at Buffalo) Pediatrics researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that dietary patterns of babies vary according to the racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds of their mothers.

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