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Can Public Policy Reduce Obesity?

Can Public Policy Reduce Obesity?

March 23rd, 2015
As the obesity epidemic spreads across America, new public policies seek to incorporate environmental solutions as a method to improve health. However, the value or efficacy of the interventions are often obscure. New health policies include banning sodas from school vending machines, building walking ...
Suspension Boosts Marijunana Use In Teens

Suspension Boosts Marijunana Use In Teens

March 22nd, 2015
New research has found that suspending teens from school for using marijuana is likely to lead to more marijuana use among their classmates. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and in Australia, found that counseling was a more effective ...
Age in Kindergarten Tied to Later Dropping Out, Crime

Age in Kindergarten Tied to Later Dropping Out, Crime

March 21st, 2015
A new study has found that students who are older when they start kindergarten are more likely to drop out of school and commit serious crimes as teenagers. Additionally, this negative outcome is significantly more likely for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to ...
News Consumers Driving Negative News Trend

News Consumers Driving Negative News Trend

March 21st, 2015
News consumers have only themselves to blame for the negative news phenomenon, find researchers in a new study, as the results show that it's actually consumer buying habits that are driving the negative press. The study, conducted by Professor Jill McCluskey from Washington ...
Mobile Tablets Aid Perinatal Depression Assessments

Mobile Tablets Aid Perinatal Depression Assessments

March 20th, 2015
A new project levers the ubiquity of mobile technology to improve depression screening among pregnant and new mothers. Researchers from the University of Illinois believe the use of tablet computers will foster universal screening for perinatal depression at public health clinics. Investigators call ...
Low Vitamin D Linked with Depression in Young Women

Hostile Power Seekers May Have Increased Risk for Heart Disease

March 20th, 2015
Researchers from the University of Utah have determined that aggressive power-seekers may have a shortened life because of increased vulnerability to cardiovascular disease. The personality type, described by doing whatever it takes to climb the social ladder and gain power, is vividly represented ...
Low Vitamin D Linked with Depression in Young Women

Low Vitamin D Linked with Depression in Young Women

March 20th, 2015
Emerging research suggest an association between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women. Oregon State University (OSU) researchers found that young women with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have clinically significant depressive symptoms over ...
Empathy Influenced by Brain Chemistry

Empathy Influenced by Brain Chemistry

March 20th, 2015
Provocative new research suggests the neurochemical balance in a part of the brain influences our sensitivity to inequality. Conceptually, this finding could lead to development of a pill that could make a person more compassionate. University of California, Berkeley scientists believe they have taken ...
Antipsychotic Drugs Can Harm Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic Drugs Can Harm Dementia Patients

March 19th, 2015
New research suggests medications aimed at improving behavioral problems among patients with dementia may actually may be hastening death. The study adds more troubling evidence to the case against antipsychotic drugs as a treatment for the behaviors that accompany Alzheimer's disease and other ...
Social Media Provides Support for Medical Care

Social Media Provides Support for Medical Care

March 19th, 2015
A new study suggest people are turning to online social networks for support and advice prior to serious medical interventions. Despite the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, scientists are only beginning to learn how they affect human interaction and influence human ...