Unraveling complicated issues of inequality in workplaces, communities

African American health care workers are there for a reason.A new book by a Washington University in St. Louis social scientist shows how hospitals, clinics and other institutions participate in “racial outsourcing,” relying heavily on black doctors, nurses, technicians and physician assistants to do “equity work” — extra labor that makes organizations and their services more accessible to communities of color.

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Study shows warming Arctic temperatures contributing to North American heat waves

New research, conducted in part at Texas State University, suggests that warming temperatures in the Arctic may be contributing to a rise in North American heat waves.The study highlights a statistical relationship between Arctic sea ice and extreme weather events in the United States. The research suggests that during warmer years in the Arctic when sea ice is low, heat waves are more frequent to the south across much of the eastern half of the U.S. due to North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere interactions involving jet stream currents in the Northern Hemisphere. The evidence suggests these factors allow specific weather patterns, including heat waves, to persist for longer periods than the historical norm.

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Quantum computers to clarify the connection between the quantum and classical worlds

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have developed a new quantum computing algorithm that offers a clearer understanding of the quantum-to-classical transition, which could help model systems on the cusp of quantum and classical worlds, such as biological proteins, and also resolve questions about how quantum mechanics applies to large-scale objects.

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‘Kangaroo Care’ Reduces Pain from Needle Pricks in Preterm Infants Across Hospital Admission

For preterm infants in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), skin-to-skin contact with the mother – sometimes called “kangaroo care” – reduces pain from repeated painful procedures, reports a study in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

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UNH Research Finds Shale Natural Gas Development Impacting Recreationists

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire took a closer look at shale natural gas energy development (SGD) and how it is affecting the experiences of outdoor recreationists, like hikers and campers. They found a significant number of recreationists encountered SGD-related activities and a smaller number even changed their outdoor behaviors or experiences as a result of encountering SGD.

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Volunteers and Deep Computer Learning Help Expand Red Tide Warning Systems

A new study published in the peer-review journal PLoS ONE shows that citizen science volunteers using a relatively low-cost tool can help increase the size and accuracy of a red tide monitoring network to better protect public health from the impacts of toxic algae in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Parents’ Mental Illness Increases Suicide Risk in Adults with Tinnitus, Hyperacusis

A study is the first to examine the relationship between parental mental illness like anxiety and depression in childhood and the risk of suicide and self-harm in adults who suffer from tinnitus, noise or ringing in the ears, and hyperacusis, extreme sensitivity to noise. Results show that among patients seeking help for these debilitating hearing disorders, poor mental health in their parents was associated with suicide and self-harm risk across the life span in addition to their own current depression level.

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Mesa Biotech to Present Comparative Flu & RSV Detection Analysis with Other FDA-Cleared Molecular Assays at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Lecture Series

Stephen Young, PhD, Director of Research and Clinical Trials at TriCore Reference Laboratory will present performance comparisons of the Accula visually read PCR testing platform with other FDA-cleared molecular tests for influenza A/B and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) assays. The lecture will take place on August 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm in theater 3 of the exhibit hall at AACC.

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