Advocacy and Policy News

Safe, Walkable Neighborhoods Enhance Mental Health in Older Latinos

December 10th, 2014
Older Latinos living in the U.S. who feel that their neighborhoods are safe and walkable exhibit fewer symptoms of depression, and the effect may be long-term, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. “Many times we look at individual-level factors ...

Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

December 10th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that posts on the social media site Twitter can be a quick and inexpensive source of health information. The posts have been used to map the outbreak of flu and now, a group of Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their ...

Teaching Kids to Tell the Truth

December 9th, 2014
New research discovers that if you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. In the study, Canadian researchers from McGill University in Montreal performed a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ...

Football Brain Injuries Require More Study

December 8th, 2014
The claim that playing football can result in lifelong damage to the brain may be premature. Reports have routinely linked aggression, violence, depression, and suicide with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative brain disease linked to playing football. But just how CTE and behavioral ...

Obesity Can Shorten Life Up to 8 Years

December 8th, 2014
A new Canadian study finds that overweight and obese individuals may have their life expectancy shortened by up to eight years. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, examined the relationship between body weight and life expectancy. Their study is published in the journal ...

Bilingual Cognitive Advantage May Be Less than Advertised

December 8th, 2014
A new study challenges the idea that bilingual speakers have a cognitive advantage. The research suggests that a publication bias in favor of positive results may skew the overall literature on bilingualism and cognitive function. The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal ...

Higher Birth Weight Linked to Better School Performance

December 7th, 2014
A new study has found that the higher a child’s weight at birth, the better that child performed on reading and math tests in school. According to researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University, this holds true throughout elementary school and ...

Summer Jobs Program Linked to Less Youth Violence

December 7th, 2014
A summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study. The study evaluated the impact of Chicago's One Summer Plus program, which offers eight ...

Mentally Ill More Likely to Be Tested for HIV

December 6th, 2014
People with mental health disorders are more likely to get tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a new report by Penn Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, those with the most severe ...

Longer the Commute, the Less Satisfied with Life

December 6th, 2014
A Canadian study has found that the more time you spend commuting to work, the less likely you are to be satisfied with life. "We found that the longer it takes someone to get to work, the lower their satisfaction with life in ...