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One in four women in the UK have experienced physical or sexual abuse from their husband or a partner. A programme of training and support for GPs, practice nurses and GP receptionists can substantially increase the identification of women experiencing domestic violence and their referral to specialist advocacy services, according to new research from the University of Bristol, published today in The Lancet.

Autism is normally diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 3. But new research is finding symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in babies as young as 12 months. If children could be diagnosed earlier, it might be possible to help them earlier—and maybe even stop them from developing autism, according to the author of a new paper published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Can we feed the 9 billion-plus people anticipated to live on this planet in 2050 without destroying Earth's life support systems? A team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, Sweden, and Germany concluded that it can be done –– by creating a recipe for globally sustainable agriculture.

Researchers report that there is a strong relationship between memory and time perception abilities.  Psychologists have long been interested in the relationship between memory and time.  For example, why is it easier for a person to remember where the car was parked on Tuesday, not Wednesday, for the current week versus last week?

Previous studies have documented that women with disabilities are more likely to be sexually assaulted than women without disabilities. A new study published online today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine is the first population-based investigation to examine sexual violence victimization against men with disabilities. Researchers report that men with disabilities are more than four times more likely to be victimized by sexual assaults compared to men without disabilities.

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, medical and technical products and services, introduces the Protein Interaction Browser, a new application available on SciVerse ScienceDirect.