The Average Teacher Salary In Your State May Surprise You

School funding is a hot-button topic, and many people (rightly) are quick to point out when teachers are forced to work second jobs or fundraise to buy much-needed classroom supplies. But is more school funding the cure-all? HeyTutor, an online tutoring company, crunched the numbers around school performance and funding. Using publicly available data, the report looks at which states […]

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Wearable and implantable devices may transform care for patients with kidney failure

A feature article appearing in an upcoming issue of CJASN highlights the potential of wearable and implantable devices for treating kidney failure. In their feature article, Shuvo Roy, Ph.D. (University of California, San Francisco) and his colleagues note that traditional hemodialysis performed in clinics has a number of shortcomings, with patients reporting burdens related to fatigue, poor sleep, inability to […]

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Can’t stop putting your hand in the candy dish? Scientists may have found why

A national team of scientists has identified a circuit in the brain that appears to be associated with psychiatric disorders ranging from overeating to gambling, drug abuse and even Parkinson’s disease. “We discovered the brain connections that keep impulsivity in check,” said Scott Kanoski, a neuroscientist and associate professor at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “The key […]

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Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate aging, even if it doesn’t reach your eyes

Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it’s not shining in your eyes. New research at Oregon State University suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes damage cells in the brain as well as retinas. The study, published today in Aging […]

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Q&A: Mild hypothyroidism may not need treatment

Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently was diagnosed with mild hypothyroidism that isn’t causing symptoms. My doctor says I don’t need treatment now, but she wants me to come back for regular checkups. Does hypothyroidism usually get worse over time? If it does, how is it treated? A: For mild cases of hypothyroidism, not all patients need treatment. Occasionally, the condition […]

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Headache from epidural for labor may up subdural hematoma risk

(HealthDay)—The presence of presumed postdural puncture headache after neuraxial anesthesia (epidural or spinal) in childbirth is associated with an increased risk for being diagnosed with an intracranial subdural hematoma, according to a study published online Sept. 16 in JAMA Neurology. Albert R. Moore, M.D., from McGill University in Montreal, and colleagues examined the correlation between postdural puncture headache and postpartum […]

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NIH-funded study suggests teen girl ‘night owls’ may be more likely to gain weight

Teen girls—but not boys—who prefer to go to bed later are more likely to gain weight, compared to same-age girls who go to bed earlier, suggests a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The findings by researchers at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, and other institutions appear in JAMA Pediatrics. A total of 804 adolescents (418 girls and […]

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Papillomaviruses may be able to be spread by blood

Papillomavirus has traditionally been considered strictly a sexually transmitted disease, but a recent study found that rabbit and mouse papillomaviruses could be transferred by blood to their respective hosts. Penn State researchers on the study said this raises the possibility that human papillomavirus (HPV) may also be transferable by blood in humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Early life environment may lead to high blood pressure in children

Where a mother lives and the temperature outside while she is pregnant, among other environmental factors, can impact whether her child is prehypertensive or hypertensive during childhood, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Exposure to negative lifestyle factors in pregnancy, such as obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet, and alcohol and tobacco […]

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