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New Study: Consumers Don't View GMO Labels as Negative 'Warnings'

Results from polling data released as U.S. Senate considers controversial GMO labeling law ...

Research says tackling homelessness early is cost-effective

A study by researchers at the University of York and Crisis shows how intervening to help people when they first become homeless ...

What is the best way to protect the community from sex offenders?

Punitive measures alone may not be the best way to make communities safer from sex offenders ... Full story

Cellphones Seen as Change Agents for Health Among Young, Poor, Urban Women in Need of Care

Johns Hopkins study reveals potential of cellphone interventions among diverse inner city pregnant and postpartum women ... Full story

Are fish getting high on cocaine?

Drugs in wastewater contaminate sources of drinking water ... Full story

New Source of Lead in Drinking Water Identified: Galvanized Steel Pipe Coatings

New Rochelle, NY —When unsafe levels of lead are found in drinking water, the culprit has typically been lead pipes or lead-containing brass and bronze fittings, but in a new study researchers clearly show that lead present in the zinc coating of galvanized steel pipes can be a very significant long-term source of lead in water. ... Full story

UC Health initiative cuts costs, improves quality

A University of California initiative to reduce costs and improve quality across UC’s five academic medical centers has saved more than $70 million in its first year. ... Full story

Do Sex and Violence Sell? Maybe Not, Says New Study

Advertisements in violent programming appear to have decreased effectiveness, research says ... Full story

How Disability Fraud is Hurting the Disabled

Social Security disability insurance is designed to provide monetary support to people who are unable--physically or mentally--to hold down a job or perform the duties of their jobs. It is an overwhelmingly positive and important safety net. Unfortunately, a lot of people have been abusing the system to help bring in some extra cash. ... Full story

Stanford researchers find prawn solution to spread of deadly disease

New Stanford research shows that the river prawn, a natural predator of parasite-carrying snails, proves effective at curbing the spread of schistosomiasis in West Africa. ... Full story

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