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Flu Season Resources

Flu season is here! Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. What are scientists, public health practitioners, and the rest of us doing to limit the flu’s spread? Explore this collection of resources from the National Academies to learn about the science of influenza, its public health challenges, and what you can do to protect yourself and others:

Data on People’s Self-Reported ‘Experienced’ Well-Being Could Help Inform Policies

A new report from the National Research Council says gathering survey data on “experienced” well-being – the self-reported levels of contentment, joy, stress, frustration, and other feelings people experience – would be valuable to inform policies and practices in such areas as end of life care, commuting, child custody laws, city planning, and more.   
 

New Report Calls Attention to Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change

Climate change has increased concern over possible changes in Earth’s physical climate system, including its atmosphere, land surfaces, and oceans. Some of these changes could occur abruptly—within a few decades or even years—leaving little time for society and ecosystems to adapt. In a new report, an expert panel assembled by the National Research Council summarizes the current state of knowledge about abrupt climate change.

New Insights on How False Memories are Formed

Past research has suggested that memories are somewhat dynamic, rather than being set in stone. As a result, people can develop “memories” of events that never actually happened. A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) used MRI brain scanning to pinpoint the region of the brain responsible for flexible memory processes that allow people to revise memories to include new (and sometimes false) information.
 

Science Academies Issue Call for Action on Antimicrobial Resistance

The Global Network of Science Academies (IAP) and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) recently issued a joint statement on "Antimicrobial Resistance: A Call for Action" highlighting the critical role that antimicrobial drugs play in today's medical practices and drawing attention to the dramatic increases in the number of pathogens developing resistance to these drugs.

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