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Compelling evidence that doctors get influenced with sponsored meals

Compelling evidence that doctors get influenced with sponsored meals

Many studies carried out lately have provided compelling evidence that when doctors are provided treated with meals being sponsored by pharmaceutical companies then they are more likely to prescribe drugs of that specific brand than doctors who do not accept such offerings.

A latest study has highlighted the ways with which doctors may feel inclined to prescribe a drug even after receiving just a small gift. The bend could be seen even when the drug is costly for patients and their insurance plans.

Southern states’ smokers can still find plenty of places to spread secondhand smoke to others, Report finds

Southern states’ smokers can still find plenty of places to spread secondhand smoke to others, Report finds

A latest report has found that smokers in southern states can still locate numerous places to spread secondhand smoke to others. In fact, a federal government said that in the US Southeast no states have comprehensive smoke-free laws for the protection of nonsmokers from tobacco fumes.

Under such kind of law, smoking isn’t allowed in all indoor places of workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Jaw surgery leaves Texas woman with British accent

Jaw surgery leaves Texas woman with British accent

Could you believe that a brain injury could lead to a rare condition known as Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS)? Yes, it can and in fact, it has happened with a Texas woman, who after a jaw surgery in December woke up with this unexpected side effect in which she was speaking with a British accent.

Research explores how people expect their self-driving cars to act when faced with extreme situations

Research explores how people expect their self-driving cars to act when faced with extreme situations

Research work is as how to develop and refine the algorithms of autonomous vehicles, which are considered to be the future of the roads. Now, a very logical question has come up that what would happen in extreme situations, where a crash and injury or death is unavoidable.

This question has been picked up in a research paper titled, ‘The Social Dilemma of Autonomous Vehicles’ published in the journal Science. The research paper makes an attempt to understand as to how people want their self-driving cars to act when faced in an extreme situation that could lead to death.

Ohio: Brain-eating amoeba takes life of girl

Ohio: Brain-eating amoeba takes life of girl

On Wednesday, health officials said that a brain-eating amoeba has killed a teenager who had gone on a church trip in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mitzi Kline, director of communication for Franklin County Public Health said that the 18-year-old Ohio woman lost her life to primary amebic mengioencephalitis on Sunday.

It is an uncommon but deadly brain infection by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has verified the amoeba’s presence in her cerebral spinal fluid.

Dormant supermassive black hole consumes star

Dormant supermassive black hole consumes star

A dormant supermassive black hole was woken up by a star that came closer to it. The black hole started shredding the star off releasing light detected by scientists recently. The dormant black holes do not devour matter actively and as a result, no light or radiation is emitted to give evidence of their existence. They only come visible during tidal disruption event on releasing light.

Computer image shows huge sections of California rising and sinking around San Andreas fault

A First: Computer image shows huge sections of California rising and sinking around San Andreas fault

Scientists have for the first time come up with a computer picture demonstrating large parts of California rising and sinking in the area surrounding the San Andreas fault. Seismic strain has caused this vertical movement that will be released in a huge earthquake ultimately.

The San Andreas fault is the longest earthquake fault in California, and is among the state’s most dangerous ones. Since long, scientists thought that some parts of California are rising, while other parts sink in the areas around the fault in a quite subtle and extremely slow ongoing way.

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