Small City Sets Example for Floating Solar, Empowered by NREL Data Set

A First-Ever Approach to Municipally Owned Floating Solar Emerges in Upstate New York Two city employees of Cohoes, New York, were brainstorming how to power the city’s municipal buildings with renewable energy, but few options made sense. Cohoes does not have acres of unused land for solar panels, and the slate-topped buildings cannot hold rooftop … Read more

Placebo Response in Neuropathic Pain Trials

The study covered in this summary was published in medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Both placebo and nocebo effects can greatly affect the interpretation of outcomes in randomized controlled trials of chronic neuropathic pain treatments. When trials are being designed and interpreted, these effects need to be … Read more

Debate Heats Up on How Best to Treat Gender-Questioning Kids

The past week has seen heated debate about the complex issue of how to best treat children with gender dysphoria, with further developments in a number of US states as well as in Sweden and France. In the United States, more states have moved to prevent the use of any medical treatment, such as puberty … Read more

Biden Touts 4-Step Pandemic Plan, Other Health Initiatives in SOTU

In his first state of the Union address, President Joe Biden urged Americans to not let their guard down against COVID-19, touting a four-step pandemic plan that pledged to make more tests and treatments available, while also promising action on other health inititatives Such as the opioid epidemic and mental health challenges for children. Biden … Read more

‘Robust’ Increase in Tics During the Pandemic Explained?

Updated March 4, 2022 // Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional comments from Davide Martino, MD, PhD, of the University of Calgary, Canada. Early results from a new study show a significant correlation between tic initiation and social media use during the COVID pandemic in adolescents with a preexisting tic disorder. Dr … Read more

Prescription Video Game Focuses Attention in ADHD

A prescription, digital therapeutic shows measureable brain changes that correlate with improved attention control in children with attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Investigators found children who used the video game-based therapy (EndeavorRx) experienced increased brain activity related to attention function, as measured by EEG, which correlated with improvements in objective behavioral measures of attention. “While the … Read more