Advocacy and Policy News

Specific Games Enhance Child’s Spatial Reasoning

January 29th, 2015
New research shows that some games can help a child develop important cognitive skills. Using data from a nationally representative study, researchers from Rhodes College determined that children who play frequently with puzzles, blocks, and board games tend to have better spatial reasoning ability. The ...

Teen Body Image Perceptions Influence Adult Body Type

January 29th, 2015
New research discovers that teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are at greater risk of obesity as adults. The finding confirms the belief that an inappropriate body image can lead to a variety of issues during adolescence and adulthood. “Our research shows that ...

Social Networks Can Help Dieters Lose Weight

January 29th, 2015
A recent study has found that online dieters with a high social presence lost more weight than those who did not connect with anyone. Northwestern University researchers found that those who logged in regularly to an online weight management program and "friended" other ...

Chronic Insomnia Increases Risk of High Blood Pressure

January 28th, 2015
New research discovers insomniacs who take longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep face a greater risk of hypertension. The study, conducted at West China Hospital, is the first to test whether insomnia taking longer to fall asleep -- called physiological hyperarousal -- ...

Teen ‘Pharming’ Is a Rising Concern

January 28th, 2015
A new review suggests new initiatives are needed to address the rise of “pharming,” or recreational use and abuse of prescription drugs, among teenagers. Teens often believe the drugs are harmless with the abuse of prescription medications now the second-most commonly abused drug ...

Economic Benefits from Team Hospital Care for Violence

January 28th, 2015
A new model of clinical care incorporates a team-based public health approach to care for and manage violent injuries. The innovative strategy which empowers health care professionals to prevent violent events, not just treat them, is used in more than 25 hospitals across ...

Sleep Rules and Routine Improve Kids’ Slumber

January 27th, 2015
New research finds household rules and regular sleep-wake routines help kids get better and more age-appropriate sleep. Pennsylvania State researchers found that well-established rules for getting good sleep, such as limited caffeine and a regular bedtime, led to sufficient sleep quantity and adequate sleep ...

Management Strategies Reduce Mental Health Stigma

January 27th, 2015
A new Canadian survey finds that nearly 40 percent of workers would not tell their managers that they have a mental health problem. However, approximately half of those surveyed report they would help a coworker if the worker has a mental health ...

For Some Parents, Kids Are College-Bound From Day One

January 26th, 2015
New research suggests parents’ beliefs that a child will attend college is strongly associated with academic success beginning in prekindergarten. Studies have shown that success in kindergarten is often associated with a number of socioeconomic factors. Children whose parents are more educated and ...

When Do We Turn to Superstition and Charms?

January 25th, 2015
Many people seem to have a lucky charm, maybe a lucky pair of socks or a piece of jewelry. New research shows that we are more likely to turn to superstitions or a lucky charm to achieve a performance goal rather than a ...