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Unrestricted hospital visiting hours up patient satisfaction

Unrestricted hospital visiting hours up patient satisfaction | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Open visitation improves the patient and family experience and does not cause interference for hospital staff, according to research published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.
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People lacking insurance not likely to migrate to obtain Medicaid coverage

People lacking insurance not likely to migrate to obtain Medicaid coverage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Amidst the patchwork nature of Medicaid expansion in the U.S. under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some have worried that low-income adults in states without expanded coverage might move to states that have chosen to expand—thus placing a financial burden on those states. But a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study finds little evidence of such cross-state migration.

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Tropical medicine study finds most rapid way to detect dengue

Tropical medicine study finds most rapid way to detect dengue | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
University of Hawaii Mānoa scientists have found that a commercially available, FDA-approved dengue detection kit bests the former 'gold standard' test by producing results in under five hours.
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Uruguay marijuana draws pharmaceuticals' interest: report

Uruguay marijuana draws pharmaceuticals' interest: report | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Foreign pharmaceutical companies have expressed interest in buying marijuana for medical uses from Uruguay, which last month became the world's first country to legalize the cultivation and sale of the drug, local media reported Monday.
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Zynga adoption pushes Bitcoin back over $1,000

Zynga adoption pushes Bitcoin back over $1,000 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The virtual currency Bitcoin jumped back over $1,000 Monday after online gaming company Zynga began a test operation to accept Bitcoin in some of its games.
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NVIDIA mobile processor paves the way for self-driving cars

NVIDIA mobile processor paves the way for self-driving cars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
NVIDIA's new Tegra K1 mobile processor will help self-driving cars advance from the realm of research into the mass market with its automotive-grade version of the same GPU that powers the world's 10 most energy-efficient supercomputers.
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Mine landslide triggered quakes

Mine landslide triggered quakes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Last year's gigantic landslide at a Utah copper mine probably was the biggest nonvolcanic slide in North America's modern history, and included two rock avalanches that happened 90 minutes apart and surprisingly triggered 16 small earthquakes,...
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To curb China's haze and air pollution, use water

To curb China's haze and air pollution, use water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new idea to cut back on air pollution: spray water into the atmosphere from sprinklers atop tall buildings and towers, similar to watering a garden.
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How a one-inch plastic pipe could stop an inland tsunami and power a village

How a one-inch plastic pipe could stop an inland tsunami and power a village | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —With world temperatures rising, the prospect of inland tsunamis in countries containing glacial lakes, such as Bhutan, is increasing but QUT researchers believe they have come up with a solution that would also help provide power to...
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US Midwest records could break in historic freeze

US Midwest records could break in historic freeze | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(AP)—A deep freeze expected soon in the U.S. Midwest, northeastern New England states and even the South will be one to remember, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia.
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79 years of monitoring demonstrates dramatic forest change

79 years of monitoring demonstrates dramatic forest change | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Long-term changes to forests affect biodiversity and how future fires burn. A team of scientists led by Research Ecologist Dr. Eric Knapp, from the U.S.
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9 Tips for Reducing Food Waste: Scientific American

9 Tips for Reducing Food Waste: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nutrition Diva: Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous
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Join the Corps! | Education Outside

Join the Corps! | Education Outside | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Are you passionate about nature, building community, social justice, the environment, elementary education, science, or public service? Are you a natural leader?

 

We’re looking for recent college graduates who share these passions to join our growing Corps for Education Outside—the nation’s first-ever science-and-sustainability service corps.

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CDC addresses burden, threat of antibiotic resistance

CDC addresses burden, threat of antibiotic resistance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The burden and threats posed by antibiotic resistance infections are discussed in a report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Noting that antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem, researchers from the CDC discuss the burden and threat of antibiotic resistance to bacteria that can cause severe human infections.

 

The researchers note that antibiotic resistance causes an estimated minimum of two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths per year, and one of the most urgent threats isClostridium difficile, which causes an estimated minimum of 250,000 illnesses and 14,000 deaths per year. The estimated costs of antibiotic resistance could be as high as $20 billion in direct costs and $35 billion in indirect costs such as lost productivity. Antibiotic use is the most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance, with up to 50 percent of antibiotics prescribed inappropriately. The spread of resistant strains from person to person or from non-human sources is also a major factor in antibiotic resistance.

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Brief fever common in kids given influenza, pneumococcal vaccines together

Brief fever common in kids given influenza, pneumococcal vaccines together | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Giving young children the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines together appears to increase their risk of fever, according to a study led by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the Centers for Disease Control and...
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US marks four straight years of slowing health costs

US marks four straight years of slowing health costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's health care law has divided the nation, but government experts are saying his first term produced historically low growth in health costs.
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Toyota bumps up hydrogen-powered car in US to 2015 (Update)

Toyota bumps up hydrogen-powered car in US to 2015 (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Toyota said Monday that a hydrogen-powered vehicle that emits only water vapor as exhaust will go on sale in the U.S. in 2015, a year earlier than it promised just two months ago.
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Technology one step ahead of war laws

Technology one step ahead of war laws | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Today's emerging military technologies—including unmanned aerial vehicles, directed-energy weapons, lethal autonomous robots, and cyber weapons like Stuxnet—raise the prospect of upheavals in military practices so fundamental that they challenge...
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Supervolcano triggers recreated in X-ray laboratory

Supervolcano triggers recreated in X-ray laboratory | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists have reproduced the conditions inside the magma chamber of a supervolcano to understand what it takes to trigger its explosion.
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Suburban sprawl cancels carbon footprint savings of dense urban cores

Suburban sprawl cancels carbon footprint savings of dense urban cores | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
According to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse gas emissions per person than other areas of the country, but these cities' extensive suburbs essentially wipe out...
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Weakened 'polar vortex' blamed for N. American chill

Weakened 'polar vortex' blamed for N. American chill | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The bitter chill gripping North America is a result of Arctic air that has spilled southwards, and global warming may be a cause, an expert said on Monday.
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An icebreaker gets stuck in the ice, photos are used to mislead

An icebreaker gets stuck in the ice, photos are used to mislead | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and by now you might have seen dramatic images of passengers on stranded icebreaker Akademik Shokalskiy being rescued by helicopter last Friday after becoming lodged in Antarctica sea ice on...
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Brazil moves to evict invaders from Amazon's Awa lands

Brazil moves to evict invaders from Amazon's Awa lands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Brazilian authorities said they are taking steps to remove illegal invaders from the Amazon heartland of the threatened Awa indigenous tribe.
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Why a Safety Device That Can Stop Overdoses by Kids Isn't Widely Used: Scientific American

Why a Safety Device That Can Stop Overdoses by Kids Isn't Widely Used: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A flow restrictor on liquid medicine bottles could prevent accidental ingestions, but drugmakers have yet to promise or deliver such protection on many pediatric medicines
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U.S. Maps Route to Reduce Global Warming Pollution: Scientific American

U.S. Maps Route to Reduce Global Warming Pollution: Scientific American | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The plan would help the U.S. meet its pledge under the international effort to combat climate change
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