Ethnicity News

Many Teens Get Lots of Pot Tweets

June 30th, 2014
It appears that many teens are being bombarded with tweets encouraging marijuana use. A new study discovered that during an eight-month period in 2013, a marijuana-related Twitter account sent out more than 2,200 messages to some one million followers, 73 percent of whom ...

Mother’s Birthplace a Risk Factor for Autism

June 28th, 2014
The place where a woman was born and raised can be a risk factor for autism in her children, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. In the U.S., children of foreign-born women tend to have a higher risk for ...

Character Traits, Not Test Scores, Predict PhD Success of STEM Students

June 15th, 2014
Character Traits, Not Test Scores, Predict Success of Science, Engineering MajorsIf schools were to choose graduate students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs based on each student's character rather than  standardized test scores, they ...

Kids’ Sleep Deficits Can Increase Body Fat, Obesity

May 20th, 2014
Kids' Sleep Deficits Can Increase Body Fat and Obesity Emerging research suggests sleep deficits during infancy and early childhood can increase body fat and obesity for children by as early as age seven. As noted in ...

Favoritism, Not Hostility, Said To Account For Most Discrimination

May 20th, 2014
Favoritism, Not Hostility, Said To Account For Most DiscriminationA provocative new look at discrimination suggests that a majority of discrimination results from actions that do not reflect an intent to harm, rather as a method ...

Candy-Flavored Cigars Drive Sales in Young Adults

May 17th, 2014
Candy-Flavored Cigars Drive Sales in Young AdultsCigars flavored as if they were sold in a candy store -- vanilla, cherry, chocolate, grape -- are making it difficult for anti-smoking campaigns to get through to ...

Parents Play Role in Teens’ Prescription Drug Abuse

May 13th, 2014
Parents Play Role in Teens' Prescription Drug AbuseInvestigators believe parental beliefs on drug use may help to explain racial/ethnic variations in prescription drug misuse among teens. "Our findings add support to growing evidence that parents ...

Integrating Mental Health with Ob/Gyn Visits Eases Women’s Depression

May 10th, 2014
Integrating Mental Health with Ob/Gyn Visits Eases Women’s DepressionWomen who received collaborative care for depression at two University of Washington Medicine obstetrics and gynecology clinics showed fewer symptoms after treatment than women receiving usual ...

Babies More Likely to Tolerate Unfairness When It Benefits a Group Member

April 20th, 2014
Babies More Likely to Tolerate Unfairness When It Benefits a Group MemberIn a new study, developed to test how race and fairness influence babies’ selection of a playmate, researchers found that 15-month-old babies mostly ...

Extroverted Behavior Reaps Happiness in Many Cultures

April 16th, 2014
Extroverted Behavior Reaps Happiness in Many Cultures A new study suggests that behavior can drive emotion -- at least in the case of displaying extroversion which is associated with being happy. So, happy is as ...