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Largest-of-its-kind coral study offers plan to save the planet’s reefs

Largest-of-its-kind coral study offers plan to save the planet’s reefs

Science
Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A new survey of coral communities -- the largest of its kind, according to the research team -- has offered a roadmap for protecting Earth's reefs. The international team of scientists, including researchers with conservation groups, government agencies, and universities, identified three main strategies that can be quickly enacted to save reefs from climate change and human impacts. To identify where and how to save reefs, researchers measured coral abundance on more than 2,500 reefs along the coasts of 44 countries in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Their analysis proved a majority of reefs host functioning coral communities with a diverse and architecturally complex cover of species. After the El NiƱo event that lasted from 2014 to 2017, which triggered the largest cor
Not all youth with psychiatric disorders need thyroid tests, study says

Not all youth with psychiatric disorders need thyroid tests, study says

Health
Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Many health professionals recommend children with anxiety or depression get tested for a thyroid disease, a new study says. Now, researchers say those screenings need to be targeted to young people who meet certain physical and family criteria for abnormal thyroid function, according to findings published "I was interested in devising this study because I wanted to better understand any relationship between the physical illness and mood disorder," Marissa Luft, a researcher at University of Cincinnati and study lead author, said in a news release. The thyroid gland controls the rate at which the body converts food to energy. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the gland produces too many hormones, bringing on anxiety, appetite loss, weight loss and lack of focus. Conversely, hyp...
Study: 90 percent of youth gun deaths are assault, suicide

Study: 90 percent of youth gun deaths are assault, suicide

Health
Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Although more children are dying from gun violence than ever, not enough research exists to address the problem, researchers say in a new metanalysis of previous research. About 90 percent of firearm deaths among young people up to age 17 are classified as assault or suicide, according to research published Thursday in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. To address the lack of coverage on this topic, researchers at the University of Michigan and National Institutes of Health examined previous research on five key areas associated with Firearm Injury Prevention among children and adolescents. "Firearm injuries and deaths have the potential to be understood much the same way as many other public health threats have been understood -- using scientific methods," Rebecca M. Cu...
Kids overeat when given more options, study shows

Kids overeat when given more options, study shows

Health
July 19 (UPI) -- Having too many junk food options may lead to children eating too much, a new study says. The larger the quantities and wider the arrays of snack food options snack for kids, the more likely they are to overeat, according to research published Thursday in the International Journal of Obesity. "There has been a popular push by nutritionists and public health officials towards replacing large dishware with smaller versions to nudge people towards healthier decisions," Jessica Kerr, a researcher at Murdoch Children's Research Institute and study author, said in a news release. "But we have found dishware size has very little effect on the amount of food consumed." The researchers gave snack boxes filled with crackers, cheese, a muesli bar, biscuits, a container of peaches a...