Advocacy and Policy News

Autism Underreported in Minorities

November 7th, 2014
A new study suggests autistic black and Hispanic children are not being identified in national counts. Jason Travers, an assistant professor of special education at the University of Kansas co-authored a study that analyzed administrative identification of autism in every state for ...

Politicians Deny Problems When They Do Not Like the Solution

November 7th, 2014
A new study on the heels of the latest political elections provides insights as to why the current political climate is so full of acrimony. Duke University researchers believe there is a scientific explanation for why conservatives and liberals disagree so vehemently over ...

Alternative Therapy Guidelines Issued for Breast Cancer Survivors

November 6th, 2014
Experts say more than 80 percent of breast cancer survivors in the United States rely on some form of complementary or integrative therapies such as vitamins, acupuncture, meditation, massage, and yoga. Despite their widespread use, there has been little rigorous research to see ...

Study Shows No Influence of Media Violence on Societal Violence

November 6th, 2014
A new report suggests societal violence is not influenced by violence depicted over media and movies or video games. The finding is sure to spark controversy as some scholars and politicians have long blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing ...

Breathing Dirty Air During Pregnancy May Hike ADHD Risk

November 6th, 2014
A new study suggests exposure to dirty air during pregnancy increases the risk of odds of behavior problems associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health discovered prenatal ...

Is Thinking Outside the Box The Wrong Approach?

November 6th, 2014
Over the past few decades the concept of “thinking outside the box” to jumpstart the creative process has gained considerable attention and support. Creativity traditionally connected extant ideas and built on the past to create something new. New research evaluates the two approaches. That ...

Mice Study Suggests Exposure to Smoke Can Lead to Weight Gain

November 5th, 2014
While many people smoke as a means to control their weight, provoking new research suggests the effects of smoking can actually cause weight gain. The finding comes with a caveat as the potential to gain weight comes from exposure to secondhand smoke. “For people ...

Youth Pastors Challenged by Adolescent Mental Health Issues

November 5th, 2014
Adolescence is a time in life when mental health issues often lead youth to seek counsel from college and youth pastors. The pastors can either provide assistance or steer youths elsewhere to obtain help. However, new research discovers many of those pastors feel ...

Conflict Stalemates Can Stem from Misreading Motivations

November 5th, 2014
A new study suggests intractable conflicts are often the result of misunderstanding what is motivating each side. Researchers believe the setting, be it politics in the United States or violent conflict in the Mideast, can be corrected by a better understanding of motivations ...

Should Individual Happiness Be a Political Goal?

November 5th, 2014
A new study examines the benefit of developing a unit of measurement that could serve as a proxy for individual happiness and psychological well-being. The measure could reflect societal conditions and the effectiveness of social policies. The metric could then be used in ...