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New Tools for Designing Powerful Studies
Why do studies fail to replicate There are several possible explanations but a notable one is that many studies are underpowered that is, they have sample sizes that are simply too small given the size of the effect under investigation. In an article in Psychological Science , researchers from the University of Notre Dame explain why many studies end up inadequately powered and offer open-source tools that can help researchers proactively avoid the problem ...
Psychological Science - Fri. Oct 20
Study calls for less shame and secrecy around menstruation in global conflict ...
A new study by researchers at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health and the International Rescue Committee IRC found that girls and women in emergency contexts have inadequate access to safe and private facilities and supplies for menstrual hygiene management MHM , and are provided with insufficient guidance by response teams on the basics of managing menstruation. Moreover, many staff have a limited understanding of what an improved respon ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 16
Childhood poverty, poor support may drive up pregnant woman's biological age
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Pregnant women who had low socioeconomic status during childhood and who have poor family social support appear to prematurely age on a cellular level, potentially raising the risk for complications, a new study has found. Researchers at The Ohio State University examined blood from pregnant women to evaluate the length of telomeres - structures at the end of chromosomes that are used by scientists as a measure of biological as opposed to ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 16
Social media accounts promote skeletal images of women
Skeletal images of bodies featuring protruding bones and pencil-thin limbs are being shared and promoted on social media, new research shows. A study by the University of Exeter shows how Twitter and Instagram accounts are celebrating extreme thinness, with users invited to say they like images. This so-called bonespiration content features selfies by young women of their skeletal bodies featuring protruding collar bones, hip bones and spines in a variety ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 16
Stress might be just as unhealthy as junk food to digestive system
We all know that a poor diet is unhealthy, but a new BYU study finds that stress may just as harmful to our bodies as a really bad diet. In a new paper published in Nature Scientific Reports , BYU professor of microbiology and molecular biology Laura Bridgewater found that when female mice were exposed to stress, their gut microbiota -- the microorganisms vital to digestive and metabolic health -- changed to look like the mice had been eating a high-fat di ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 16
Sleep duration may affect the integrity of sperm DNA
A new study found a link between sleep duration and a measure of chromosomal health in sperm. The findings are published in the Journal of Sleep Research . In the study of 2020 semen samples provided by 796 male volunteers from colleges in Chongqing China from 2013 to 2015, volunteers with more than 9 hours per day of sleep and those with 6.5 hours or less per day sleep had 41 and 30 lower High DNA Stainability--an index that represents the proportion of s ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 16
New UTSA study describes how dopamine tells you it isn't worth the wait
How do we know if it was worth the wait in line to get a meal at the new restaurant in town To do this our brain must be able to signal how good the meal tastes and associate this feeling with the restaurant. This is done by a small group of cells deep in the brain that release the chemical dopamine. The amount of dopamine released by these cells can influence our decisions by telling us how good a reward will be in the future. For example, more dopamine i ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 16
West Virginians say Opioid epidemic most important health issue in the state
Arlington, Va. - Oct. 16, 2017 - The opioid epidemic is the most important health issue in West Virginia, above obesity, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD and dental disease, according to a state-based public opinion survey commissioned by Research America. A strong majority of West Virginians 84 say prescription pain medication abuse and addiction is a major problem in their community, and more than two-thirds 71 say they know someone who ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 16
Study reveals risk factors for substance use problems, as well as resilience
A new study finds that, despite a very high prevalence of numerous, serious risk factors and structural and environmental challenges, the rate of substance use problems is low -- and comparable to the general U.S. population -- for a substantial proportion of African-American Black and Latino adults residing in a high-risk urban community. Published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Public Health , the study identifies both risk factors for substance ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Oct 16
Bullying harms children's mental health, but for how long?
A new study in twins - which allowed researchers to control for the impact of shared environmental and genetic factors - looked into the effect of bullying on young children, and whether or not these effects are long-lasting.
Medical News Today - Mon. Oct 16
Good Citizens Needed to Support People With Mental Illness
In school, we all learned several ways to be a good citizen vote, participate in community service, be a good neighbor, follow the rules, and treat others with respect. All of these are important responsibilities which contribute to a better society. But did you ever stop to think about how you can be a good citizen by supporting people with mental illness This is not something most of us were ever taught when we were growing up. Consequently, many intelli ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Oct 16
Why Do People Think Animals Make Good Therapists?
In his groundbreaking new book The Animals Among Us How Pets Make Us Human, the pioneering anthrozoologist and Psychology Today blogger John Bradshaw , writes I have found the most interesting feature of the pets as panacea meme to be the enthusiasm with which the general public has accepted it. Pet Memes Memes, of course, are Richard Dawkins hypothetical contagious elements of culture that spread from human mind to human mind via imitation and language. M ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Oct 16
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