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Finding connections to nature in cities is key to healthy urban living
The modern city is a place where a vibrant array of ideas, sights, sounds and smells intermingle to spawn creativity, expression and innovation. We are drawn to the noise, the constant connectivity and the delicious food. Simply put, society is tuned to the pulse of the city -- but at what cost That s the question explored in a recent Science perspective piece co-authored by University of Washington researcher Peter Kahn. Its authors discuss the growing te ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 3
Diabetes drug metformin holds promise for cancer treatment and prevention
CHICAGO -- Use of Metformin - commonly used as the front-line treatment for type 2 diabetes - improves survival for some breast cancer patients, and shows promise as a treatment for patients diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia, according to the results of two new studies presented by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania at the American Society of Clinical Oncology ASCO Annual Meeting. In one study abstract 1 ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 3
PTSD may negatively affect sex life satisfaction in male and female veterans
New research reveals that posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD was a strong, negative predictor of sexual satisfaction in both male and female veterans who returned from warzones in recent Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. For the Journal of Traumatic Stress study, investigators assessed 1581 males and females from the Veterans After-Discharge Longitudinal Registry VALOR , a gender-balanced registry of VA healthcare-seeking veterans with and without PTSD. Sexu ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Jun 3
New Research From Psychological Science
Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science Searching for Category-Consistent Features A Computational Approach to Understanding Visual Category Representation Chen-Ping Yu, Justin T. Maxfield, and Gregory J. Zelinsky Categories provide a fundamental structural framework that guides human cognition. When we encounter a single object, we typically understand that it belongs to a hierarchy of different categories that range from very sp ...
Psychological Science - Fri. Jun 3
The Trouble With Post-Traumatic Growth
You ve probably heard of post- traumatic growth. It s been touted in the New York Times the surprisingly positive flip side of PTSD , studied in countless empirical papers, and sermonized in TED talks , books, and academic research centers. It s one of those zeitgeist ideas upon which entire empires are built First, we had PTSD, but now we have post-traumatic growth.
Psychology Today - Thu. Jun 2
Helping Sisyphus: Stopping the “Summer Slide” in Reading
In spite of decades of ever-increasing national attention and funding, many children in the United States still fail to learn to read fluently and with adequate comprehension. In fact, the recently released 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress NAEP scores estimate that nearly a quarter of all eighth graders 24 can not read even at the most basic level, and this percentage has actually risen slightly since 2013. Surprisingly, these struggling re ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Jun 2
Is It Solitude or Loneliness?
Everyone needs their own space from time to time. But certain forms of seclusion can become unhealthy indeed, there s a big difference between rejuvenating solitude and fear -driven avoidance. So how can you tell if your seclusion is problematic Ask yourself these questions 1 Does your stomach drop when the phone rings Does your heart race when you are invited to a party Essentially, how does your body react to the possibility of social interaction When so ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Jun 2
Americans need easier access, more affordable options for hearing health care ...
WASHINGTON - Hearing loss is a significant public health concern, and efforts should be made to provide adults with easier access to and more affordable options for hearing health care, especially for those in underserved and vulnerable populations, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report called for greater transparency and changes in the cost of hea ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jun 2
Watch your step -- blur affects stepping accuracy in older adults
June 2, 2016 - Visual blurring -- like that produced by bifocals or multifocal lenses -- may cause errors in foot position when walking. And that could contribute to the risk of tripping and falling in older adults, suggests a study in the June issue of Optometry and Vision Science , official journal of the American Academy of Optometry . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . The effects of blur on stepping accuracy are greatest when the person is l ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jun 2
Commercial weight-loss programs: Evidence of benefits for diabetics still too ...
Johns Hopkins scientists who indirectly investigated the blood sugar effects of 10 out of 32 selected commercial weight loss programs say a few show promise of benefit for diabetic patients, but far more rigorous research is needed before doctors can wholeheartedly recommend them. A few of these programs may be a viable option for improving blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes and those at risk for the disease, says study leader Zoobia Chau ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jun 2
How the Great Recession weighed on children
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers have found that increases in unemployment in California during the Great Recession were associated with an increased risk for weight gain among the state s 1.7 million public school students, suggesting that economic troubles could have long-term health consequences for children. The researchers, publishing online June 1 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health , say that for every one ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jun 2
Florida drug database and 'Pill Mill' reg curbed state's top opioid prescribers
In the first year that two Florida laws aimed at curbing opioid prescriptions were in effect, the state s top opioid prescribers wrote significantly fewer prescriptions of this type of pain medication, a new analysis led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds. At the same time, the law did not effect the extreme concentration of opioid prescribing among a small group of providers - approximately four percent of prescrib ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jun 2
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