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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The American Psychological Association's task force on violent media claims that research has found a link between playing violent video games and aggression. A new report states, "The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect and decreases in pro-social behavior, empathy and sensitivity to aggression." Task force chairman Dr. Mark Appelbaum said, "Scientists have investigated the use of violent video games for more than two decades but to date, there is very limited research addressing whether violent video games cause people to commit acts of criminal violence. However, the link between violence in video games and increased aggression in players is one of the most studied and best established in the field."


Monday, August 03, 2015

Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times: A healthy 40-year-old woman had fallen deathly ill [at the UCLA hospital] after a routine procedure. A long black scope had been threaded down her throat to treat troublesome gallstones. Now antibiotics were powerless to stop a raging infection. Her physicians called in Dr. Zachary Rubin, the hospital's director of clinical epidemiology and infection prevention, and its top disease detective. He immediately suspected the scope itself -- a dirty one could cause this kind of infection. ... But he didn't realize that the woman wasn't an isolated case. A superbug outbreak was already spreading inside UCLA on that day in mid-December.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Until two days ago, Walter Palmer was a "very private" man living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with his wife and two children. He practised general and cosmetic dentistry from a red brick surgery in nearby Bloomington and hunted animals with a bow and arrow for leisure. Then Zimbabwean conservationists named him at a press conference on Tuesday as the killer of Cecil, a beloved lion and prime tourist attraction at the Hwange National Park. read more


Friday, July 24, 2015

Paul James Lioy, an environmental scientist known for his analysis of the health effects of the dust produced by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, died this week after collapsing at Newark Liberty International Airport. He was 68. The cause of death has not been determined, his wife Jean Lioy told the New York Times. After witnessing the dust rising from the ruins of the Twin Towers all the way from his home in Cranford, New Jersey, Lioy became one of the first scientists to gather samples and test the dust from the site. According to Lioy, three factors caused the [World Trade Center cough]. "First, cement dust was very alkaline ... that irritated the linings of the lungs. Second, glass fibers got stuck in people's upper airways ... That trapped the cement particles and enhanced the irritation. [V]ery coarse particles that comprised the vast quantity of the dust mass." read more


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