“What is really novel here is not just that carbon from the surface ocean can reach the deep ocean on relatively short timescales, but that the ‘young’ carbon produced in the surface ocean is fueling, or sustaining, life in the deepest trenches,” said Rose Cory, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, on radioactive carbon from nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and ’60s reaching the deepest parts of the world’s oceans.
“In Phase 1, Trump knew special counsel Robert Mueller could never lay a glove on him because of the Department of Justice policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Now that Trump faces investigation from a coequal branch of government that actually could remove him from office through impeachment, the Phase 2 strategy kicks in: Fight everything,” wrote Barbara McQuade, professor from practice at the Law School.
Although opioid overdose deaths are rising faster for blacks than for whites, the latter have had near exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving for opioids and reduces the chance of a fatal overdose, according to Pooja Lagisetty, assistant professor of internal medicine, and colleagues: “This epidemic over the last few years has been framed by many as largely a white epidemic, but we know now that’s not true.”
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“I think it’s likely helpful for parents to talk about the benefits of healthy food with their children in a child-friendly way, and also to model it. But also, all children have a different ‘temperament’ when it comes to eating, so don’t get too worried about your child being a picky eater unless they’re not growing,” said Alison Miller, associate professor of health behavior and health education.
Erin Bonar, assistant professor of psychiatry, says the inclusion of wrap-around services — including housing services and transportation — in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to combat opioid abuse nationwide is important: “Hitting all aspects of people’s lives is very important to being able to get people the tools to successfully live their lives without having an opioid addiction.”
Research led by Elizabeth Tibbetts, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, found that paper wasps use a form of logical reasoning to infer unknown relationships from known relationships: “Our findings suggest that the capacity for complex behavior may be shaped by the social environment in which behaviors are beneficial, rather than being strictly limited by brain size.”
“As a linguist … I am not certain if the label of mother tongue for Sanskrit reflects reality,” said Madhav Deshpande, professor emeritus of Sanskrit and linguistics, questioning how native languages are determined by the Census of India — which lists Sanskrit as the 22nd-most common but fastest-growing language.
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“The upshot is that insiders are not much impressed with the current market’s prospects. … They seem to be focusing on the risks rather than opportunities at this time,” wrote Nejat Seyhun, professor of finance, who noted that the average insider’s buying activity over the last two years was slightly below the 10-year average of 27 percent.
“Finger-wagging doesn’t work. There’s excellent data (that) directive advice doesn’t work, when you use what we call the language of control: you must, you should, you have to,” said Ken Resnicow, professor of health education and health behavior, about advice given by doctors to patients that often goes unheeded.
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A federal website created to help patients find high-quality doctors is missing so much information on individual providers that it may not be helpful, says Jun Li, a doctoral student at the School of Public Health: “To truly be able to inform patient decision-making, it is imperative that the data accessible to patients and their caregivers capture a large swath of clinicians.”