Editor's Picks

Our reads for the weekend

March 9, 2012

The Daily Briefing editorial team highlights several studies and articles that got us talking this week.

Funding shortages have prevented one North Carolina nursing school from expanding beyond its existing 275 slots, leaving 1,000 aspiring students on the waiting list. The New York Times examines the impact of higher education cuts on health care. More
One year after Fukushima, health experts weigh in on Japanese nuclear disaster. More.

With a 90% mortality rate, Ebola is "one virus you never want to catch. Ever," NPR's "Shots" reports. A new study in Science Translational Medicine suggests that cancer drugs eventually could be used as a weapon against the deadly disease. More.

Will amateur biologists create the next mutant flu virus? The New York Times explains why some are worried. More.

As it turns out, the carrot trumps the stick. A study in Current Directions in Psychological Science finds that, under stress, our brains remember rewards, not punishments. More.

Writing in the New York Times, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Kent Sepkowitz explains that even physicians sometimes count on luck. More.

According to the United Nations, two billion people gained access to safe drinking water from 1990 to 2010. More.

Exercise burns calories and…changes your DNA? A surprising study in Cell Metabolism. More.

In couple’s therapy, spouses are not always invited. The Wall Street Journal explains why sometimes the sessions work better when one partner goes solo. More.

Leading a hospital can be difficult. Matt Tavenner does it under the watchful eye of his mother, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. NPR's "Shots" has the story. More.

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