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Residents concerned about use of genetically modified mosquitoes to curb insec...
A small survey of residents of a Florida Keys neighborhood where officials hope to release genetically modified mosquitos to potentially reduce the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika finds a lack of support for the control method, according to new research from former and current students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings, published last month in PLOS Currents Outbreaks, suggest that people s attitudes toward ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 6
Hearing problems reduce the quality of life of older people
Research has found that hearing loss has wide-ranging impacts not only on older people s ability to communicate, but also on their ability to move about and participate in different hobbies and activities. This has been revealed in studies funded by the Academy of Finland whose results have been published in international scientific journals. In our recent studies, we ve observed that older people with hearing problems have a more limited life space, and t ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 6
Lean gene discovery could lead to new type 2 diabetes therapies
People with type 2 diabetes could be helped by the discovery of a gene linked to leanness. A drug that affects the activity of the gene has been shown to reduce the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in obese mice. Researchers say an improved version of the medicine could be developed as a therapy for people with the condition. The treatment improved sensitivity to insulin - a hormone that controls blood sugar levels - and could also help obese people reduce thei ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 6
Intervention reduces rates of overweight tots by half
Mothers who practiced responsive parenting -- including reacting promptly and appropriately to hunger and fullness cues -- were less likely to have overweight babies at their one-year checkup than those who did not, say health researchers. Parents should expect infants to triple their birth weight by their first birthday, but some babies gain weight more quickly than others. This rapid weight gain is associated with risk for becoming obese later in life. O ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 6
Faithfulness is in the eye of the beholder
Though they meet thousands of new people in their lifetime, what underlying psychological factors might couples use to stay committed to their partners According to a recent study, people in relationships actually see tempting people outside of their partnership as less attractive. This perceptual bias could represent a non-conscious method of self-control that assists in overcoming temptations in order to facilitate long term goals of staying with a roman ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 6
Genetic Variations Linked with Social and Economic Success
Psychological characteristics link genes with upward social mobility, according to data collected from almost 1000 individuals over four decades. The data suggest that various psychological factors play a role in linking a person s genetic profile and several important life outcomes, including professional achievement, financial security, geographic mobility, and upward social mobility. The findings are published in Psychological Science , a journal of the ...
Psychological Science - Mon. Jun 6
Will I Be Alone Forever?
On a recent cross-country flight, I settled into my seat with an icy Diet Coke and a stack of academic papers to read. But I never read those papers. The two women seated next to me, strangers when they boarded, instantly became close confidants, sharing loudly with each other the harrowing and juicy details of their love lives. One woman was an uber- confident 24-year-old who channeled Taylor Swift s style and eyewear, and boasted about the dozens of date ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Jun 5
What Is the Meaning of Life for You?
What is the meaning of life I struggled with this question throughout my teenage years and young adulthood. My parents tried to convey their meaning of life to me when I was a teenager. Yet my contrarian streak prevented me from really listening to them. Instead, I thought and talked about the meaning of life with my friends. I remember long conversations when we would discuss and debate this topic with each other. I particularly remember one conversation ...
Psychology Today - Sun. Jun 5
Hispanic and black young adult cancer patients more likely to die of their dis...
Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black cancer patients between ages 15 and 29 may be more likely than same-aged white patients to die of their disease, according to a University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology ASCO Annual Meeting 2016. The finding is partially but not wholly explained by socioeconomic status, meaning that in addition to the health risks associated with low socioeconomic status or stage ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Jun 4
Why are we all so worked up in the US?
It does not take a rocket scientist to notice how stressed out US-Americans feel. Despite improved life circumstances, so Gregg Easterbrook, the author of The Progress Paradox , our subjective well-being is going down. Why is that Easterbrook believes that we suffer from choice anxiety variety can drive you crazy -- as well as from denying our abundance how often do you celebrate what you ve got Instead, he argues, we ought to recognize our good fortune, f ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 4
An Existential Take on Cell Phones
Some people we remember vividly because of their pithy, playful way with words, their ability to make observations that stay with us. One of those people was my University colleague, Dr. Will Kouw, a hearty Dutchman and European-trained existential psychologist. Will was once asked by a student to explain the essence of the Existential point of view. He stroked his beard for a moment and replied Existentialists take Nothing for granted. I loved the play on ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 4
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Gifted Intensity
Like so many other fans, I have caught Hamilton fever. I ve read the Chernow biography, listened to the soundtrack more times than I m willing to admit, watched video interviews, tuned in to podcasts, and was lucky enough to see the musical on my birthday this year. While the music and production are addictive enough, just as fascinating is the story of its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Psychology Today - Sat. Jun 4
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