Advocacy and Policy News

Virtual Body-Swapping May Reduce Racism

December 16th, 2014
A new study uses technology to create illusions that may be used to reduce prejudice and racism. An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Though illusions distort reality, they are generally shared ...

Skipping Meals Linked to Child Obesity

December 16th, 2014
It may seem paradoxical, but new research discovers children who skip main meals are more likely to have excess body fat and an increased cardiometabolic risk. Remarkably, Finnish investigators discovered the link may be apparent by the age of six to eight years. Researchers ...

War Metaphors for Cancer Are Not Helpful

December 16th, 2014
The use of war metaphors such as “fight” and “battle” are commonly used to encourage and motivate patients with cancer. A new study, however, suggests that using those words can have an unintended negative effect. David Hauser, a University of Michigan doctoral student, and ...

Prenatal Exposure to Household Chemicals May Reduce Kids’ IQ

December 15th, 2014
A new study finds that children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common household chemicals had a significantly lower IQ score than children exposed at lower levels. The chemicals, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP) are found in a wide ...

Teaching Elderly to Use Social Media Improves Well-being

December 15th, 2014
A new landmark study from the UK finds that training older people in the use of social media has a myriad of benefits. Researchers found that proficiency in social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence, and could have a ...

Keeping Weight Off Requires Personalized, Innovative Approach

December 15th, 2014
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy, fellowship, and family -- but it is also a time when many people struggle with weight control. A new National Institutes of Health (NIH) report explains that weight loss and long-term weight control ...

Researchers ID New Early Warning Signs of Psychosis

December 13th, 2014
Researchers have identified a new cluster of preclinical symptoms that may indicate when a young person is at greater risk for developing a psychotic illness, including schizophrenia. The researchers also identified several biological processes that typically occur during a person’s transition from minor ...

Looking at Social Media Reactions After Terrorist Attack

December 13th, 2014
How do people from distant communities react just after a terrorist attack? As they reach out through social media, how do they show their support and express their own fears? These were some of the questions pursued by researchers from the University of ...

Work-Sleep Tradeoff Leads to Sleep Deficits

December 12th, 2014
New research suggest that later starting times for work or school may help to reduce chronic sleep loss. University of Pennsylvania investigators discovered paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep. As such, chronic sleep loss potentially could be ...

Research Fails to Support Mindfulness as Weight Loss Technique

December 12th, 2014
A new review finds that there is little documented evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. Ohio State University researchers analyzed 19 studies that promoted the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. Although 13 of the studies documented weight loss among participants ...