Reducing work-family conflicts in the workplace helps people to sleep better

A multi-institution team of sleep researchers recently found that workers who participated in an intervention aimed at reducing conflict between work and familial responsibilities slept an hour more each week and reported greater sleep sufficiency than those who did not participate in the intervention. Their study is published in Sleep Health, Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. —> Read More Here

Morphine following common childhood surgery may be life threatening

The study identified a significant risk for potentially-fatal breathing disruption when morphine is administered at home after surgery to treat pain in children who undergo tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy. This surgery is commonly and effectively used to treat childhood sleep apnea. The study also showed ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative. —> Read More Here

Daily drinking increases risk of alcoholic cirrhosis

Approximately 170,000 people die from alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver in Europe every year. Although alcohol is the most important risk factor, less is known about the significance of different patterns of drinking. Currently scientists believe that cirrhosis is a function of the volume of alcohol consumed irrespective of patterns of drinking. Investigators have now established that alcohol drinking pattern has a significant influence on the risk of cirrhosis and that daily drinking increases that risk compared with drinking less frequently. —> Read More Here

A Fortress For Cougar Kittens

Two of four kittens born to F47 in 2013, an adult female mountain lion in northwest Wyoming.
Two of four kittens born to F47 in 2013, an adult female mountain lion in northwest Wyoming.

We suspected F47, an adult female mountain lion followed by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project, was pregnant in Spring of 2013; during the winter, we had caught her on camera consorting with M85, the resident male that overlapped her territory (see Rare Video Footage Shows the Dynamics of Cougar Courtship). In late Spring, F47 began to make large loops about her home range characteristic of pregnant females—perhaps she was seeking that perfect place to give birth where she felt safe from predators, or perhaps she was driven by discomfort or hormones…who can say for sure. But like clockwork, 90 days after the intimacy she shared with M85 during winter, she stopped traveling; she did not move for 10 full days in early June.

Several weeks later, F109 gave birth to a new litter as well. One of the endless fascinating quirks about mountain lions is that unlike bobcats and Canada lynx, they can mate and give birth at any time of year. But in truth, they typically don’t, at least in the temperate environments in the Northern Rockies of North America. Several researchers —> Read More Here

NASA Marching Towards Milestone Test Firing of Space Launch System Booster

The first qualification motor for NASA's Space Launch System's booster is installed in ATK's test stand in Utah and is ready for a March 11 static-fire test.   Credit:  ATK

The first qualification motor for NASA’s Space Launch System’s booster is installed in ATK’s test stand in Utah and is ready for a March 11, 2015 static-fire test. Credit: ATK

The first solid rocket booster qualification motor for NASA’s mammoth new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is aimed and ready to fire in a major ground test after NASA and ATK finished its installation at a test stand in Utah, and confirms that the pace of SLS development is gaining momentum. (…)
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