A new study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that use of marijuana in e-cigarettes at least once varies by racial group among U.S. youth, highlighting the importance of equitable implementation of health education and targeted intervention strategies against vaping as it becomes increasingly common.
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered that the brain regions involved in processing spatial information are also involved in inferring social relationships and hierarchies, as they navigate attention shifts in both social knowledge situations and external spatial knowledge.
Researchers with the University of Pennsylvania's Behavior Change for Good Initiative sent "text-based nudges" to patients with primary care doctor's appointments reminding them to get a flu shot, leading to increased vaccination rates and lending support to a similar texting system for similar interventions, including COVID-19 vaccines.
A large collaboration of scientists has sequenced and identified more than 98% of the genes in a bonobo, one of humans' closest evolutionary cousins, revealing surprising speed and complexity in the evolution of genes within the great-ape family and marking a significant improvement from earlier sequencing.
Scientists have devised a more objective way of measuring itch with a wearable sensing technology that tracks how often people scratch themselves and accurately distinguishes real scratching from similar motions, potentially giving physicians better information to help patients with eczema and other itch-related conditions find relief.
Considering race and ethnic background when assessing disease burden is believed to walk a fine line between informed care and systemic racism, but arguing that heritage can weigh heavily on one's propensity for illness, researchers are advocating for a refined way of incorporating genetic ancestry without teetering toward the side of prejudice.