Advocacy and Policy News

Study Finds Smokers More Prone to Anxiety, Depression

March 1st, 2015
A new study shows that cigarette smokers have a 70 percent greater risk for anxiety and depression than do non-smokers and ex-smokers, refuting the commonly held notion that smoking helps relieve stress. The temporary relief from anxiety that smokers experience is only a brief ...

Great Recession Tied to More Older Adult Suicides

February 28th, 2015
Suicide rates for adults in the United States between the ages of 40 and 64 have risen about 40 percent since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007, according to a new study. A possible explanation for the jump could be the detrimental ...

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It ...

Traveling in Social Circles is Important to Improving Cities

February 27th, 2015
Where we go and who we visit is an important issue to urban planners as they work to improve our cities and our environment. A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study discovers that twenty percent of our movement around town is ...

Negative Workers More Likely to Become Mentally Fatigued

February 26th, 2015
A new first first-of-its-kind study finds that although employees who point out problems in the office may help the company improve, they could be hurting themselves in the process. Michigan State University researchers found that such negative-minded workers are more likely to become mentally ...

Study On B Vitamins and Dementia Slammed

February 26th, 2015
A study published last year claiming that B vitamins play no role in preventing dementia is coming under sharp criticism. Medical experts are concerned that patients who are in the earliest stages of dementia could miss out on a potentially effective treatment if ...

Sleeping Long Hours Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

February 26th, 2015
Emerging research suggests people who sleep more than eight hours a night may have an increased risk of stroke. The study has been published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers discovered people who slept more than eight ...

Wellness Advice Often Lacking for Mentally Ill

February 25th, 2015
A new study finds health care providers often fail to provide dietary and exercise advice to patients with diabetes, or to those who display symptoms of mental illness. People with mental illness are often at high risk for diabetes as well as other "lifestyle" ...

Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked

February 25th, 2015
New research suggests people tend to avoid direct confrontation with a cyberbully, even when they have an opportunity to make a difference. In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get ...

Excess Work Hours + Family Demands = Higher BMI

February 25th, 2015
A new study discovers working long hours while raising a family can take a toll on the body mass index of individuals in dual-earner families. Dr. Amit Kramer, a University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor also found that an increase in ...