• NBC News Nov 27, 2019

    Moms Are Binge Drinking More, But So Are All Women, Study Finds

    Moms are binge drinking more, but they’re not the only ones: According to a study released Tuesday, binge drinking rates are on the rise for nearly all groups of Americans, whether they have children or not, NBC News reported. “There had been a lot of media attention on the ‘mommy drinking phenomenon,’” said the study’s lead author Sarah McKetta, a...

  • NBC Nov 25, 2019

    New Hampshire Hospital's Study Urges Ski Helmet Use But Notes Limitations

    At the start of the skiing and riding season, trauma physicians from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center are sharing the takeaways from a new study into helmet use among skiers and riders. Dr. Eleah Porter, the study’s lead author, and her colleagues at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s trauma center say helmets can provide a critical buffer against skull fractures and certain spine injuries, but...

  • NBC Nov 25, 2019

    New Study Strongly Urges Helmet Use But Notes Limitations

    Thanksgiving week marks the unofficial kickoff to the busiest part of the ski season and doctors at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have come out with new findings that look into the safety of the sport.

  • New England Nov 22, 2019

    Scientists Discover Big Storms Can Create ‘Stormquakes'

    Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes — and they’re calling them “stormquakes.” The shaking of the sea floor during hurricanes and nor’easters can rumble like a magnitude 3.5 earthquake and can last for days, according to a study in this week’s journal Geophysical Research Letters.

  • NBC News Oct 13, 2019

    Laser-Scanning Tech Uncovers Huge Network of Ancient Mayan Farms

    Deep within a rainforest in Belize, scientists using lasers beamed from an airplane to peer beneath the dense foliage have discovered evidence of a vast network of ancient Maya farms that date back thousands of years, NBC News reports. The findings, part of more than 20 years of research in this part of Central America, show how the ancient Maya...

  • California Jul 31, 2019

    A Patch of Garbage in the Pacific Is Now Twice the Size of Texas

    Imagine trillions of pieces of plastic debris that, if strung together end to end, would line every inch of coastline in the world at least three times over. That’s how much garbage researchers found pollutes a remote area in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. The phenomenon is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and researchers with The...

  • NBC News Jul 25, 2019

    Report: Latina, Black Adolescents May Be More Vulnerable to Reproductive Coercion

    Approximately one-in-eight sexually active high school girls have experienced reproductive coercion, a form of relationship abuse that increases the risk for unintended pregnancy and can include contraception sabotage, condom manipulation and pressure for the partner to become pregnant when they don’t want to be, according to a recent study published in the journal “Obstetrics & Gynecology,” NBC News reported. “Reproductive...

  • California Jul 22, 2019

    More Women Are Using Cannabis Before and During Pregnancy Study Shows

    The Kaiser Permanente study examined over 250,000 women living in California before the legalization of cannabis.

  • California Jul 20, 2019

    Pot During Pregnancy: A Growing Number of Expecting Mothers Are Using Cannabis

    An increasing number of women are using cannabis before becoming pregnant, as well as early in the pregnancy, according to a new study published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open. The findings, from Kaiser Permanente Northern California, are based on reports from 276,991 women living in California before recreational marijuana was legalized in that state. The women were asked...

  • Massachusetts May 29, 2019

    Link to Stress, Health of New England Whales Might Be in Giant Mouths

    Whale researchers in New England believe they’ve found a new way to measure the amount of stress felt by whales when they experience traumas such as entanglements in fishing gear, and they say the technique could help protect the massive sea creatures from extinction. The scientists, with the New England Aquarium in Boston, said the method involves measuring stress hormones...

  • NBC May 29, 2019

    Animals Will Downsize Over the Next Century, Study Finds

    Large birds and land mammals that live long lives, like rhinos and eagles, will die out over the next century while small, insect-eating animals that die young will predominate, according to new research. NBC News reported that rodents and songbirds will win out as the climate changes, forests disappear and cities grow; large birds and land mammals are known to...

  • Boston Children’s Hospital May 28, 2019

    Teens Still Commonly Prescribed Opioids, Study Finds

    Opioid prescriptions remain common for teens and young adults, a new study finds. NBC News reported that, from 2005 to 2015, nearly 15 percent of teens and young adults received an opioid prescription during an emergency room visit, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics. That’s compared with 3 percent among those who were seen in an...

  • NBC Apr 22, 2019

    Vaping Teens Don't Know They're Exposed to as Much Nicotine as Tobacco Smokers, Study Finds

    People who use e-cigarettes are often inhaling high levels of nicotine, but many teenagers who vape don’t realize it, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. NBC News reported that 40 percent of teens who thought their e-cigarettes were free of nicotine tested positive for it. “This is one of the first studies showing the amount of nicotine...

  • NBC News Apr 17, 2019

    Stonehenge Built by Neolithic Migrant Descendants, Study Finds

    We may not know exactly how or why Stonehenge was built, but new research affords a glimpse of the people who erected England’s iconic stone monument some 5,000 years ago, NBC News reported. The study, which examined the origins of farming in Britain, shows that the people living in the region at the time Stonehenge was built were descended from...

  • NBC News Feb 5, 2019

    New Research Finds Void Growing Under Glacier in Antarctica

    An enormous void six miles long and 1,000 feet deep has been discovered under an Antarctic glacier, raising the prospect that the ice sheet is melting faster than scientists realized, NBC News reported. The cavity under the Thwaites Glacier was discovered through analysis of data gathered by satellites and aircraft equipped with ice-penetrating radar. It was described in a Jan....

  • Boston Dec 17, 2018

    Child Abuse Climbs After Friday Report Cards, Study Says

    Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who had figured abuse might go up regardless of the specific day kids got their grades. But their study of reports to a child abuse hotline that included...

  • United States Nov 27, 2018

    How Many Kids Have Autism? US Government Measures 3 Ways

    How many American children have autism? The U.S. government answers that question at least three different ways and says the latest estimate — 1 in 40 kids — doesn’t necessarily mean the numbers are rising.

  • United States Oct 31, 2018

    Halloween Can Be Deadly for Pedestrians, Traffic Study Says

    Trick-or-treaters beware: Halloween can be deadly for pedestrians and children face the greatest danger. Research published Tuesday found a 43 percent higher risk of pedestrian deaths on Halloween night than on other nights near that date. The study was based on four decades of U.S. traffic data, including 608 pedestrian deaths on 42 Halloweens.

  • Asher Klein Oct 24, 2018

    ‘Headless Chicken Monster' Spotted Off Antarctica

    A sea creature nicknamed the “headless chicken monster” was seen near Antarctica on a long-line fishing company’s underwater camera system. The bizarre-looking creature is actually a sea cucumber.

  • CEO Aug 9, 2018

    Terraforming Mars Is Impossible With Today's Technology, Study Says

    Before humans can colonize Mars, we’ll need to figure out a way to make it a bit more hospitable. But a new study suggests that “terraforming” Mars into an Earthlike planet simply isn’t possible with today’s technology, NBC News reported. The study, published July 30 in the journal Nature Astronomy, seems to throw cold water on those fictional terraforming schemes...

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