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More Evidence That Severe Poverty Harms Kids' Health
Severe poverty is a threat to young children s health and development, a new study suggests. Deep poverty, which affects approximately 3.9 million young children, clearly makes large numbers of U.S. children vulnerable to health and developmental problems that limit their life opportunities, said study senior author Sheila Smith. She is director of early childhood at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University s Mailman School of Pub ...
Healthday - Mon. Jan 18
What are the Key Dispositions of Good Critical Thinkers?
As human beings, we make thousands of decisions every day. Every time we go to the shop to buy bread we must decide whether we would prefer white bread, brown bread, small or large loaf, barrel or sliced, etc. The same goes for the simple task of ordering a coffee. For example, if you enter Starbucks, it s been estimated that there are over 19,000 possible beverages available to you Vohs et al., 2014 . Indeed, we are immersed in increasingly complex and di ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jan 18
Moral Function and Moral Perfection
Is stealing from you just as wrong as stealing from a stranger If a street gang kidnaps a Guatemalan oligarch, is it just as condemnable as kidnapping your brother If toxic waste is illegally dumped in a poor Bangladeshi village, is that just as reprehensible as dumping it in your town Ideally, we d like to think so, no After all, right is right and wrong is wrong and it shouldn t matter where or to whom the offense is committed it s still immoral. This is ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jan 18
Why No-Nonsense Classrooms Are Less Terrible Than Usual Ones
Children, would you please pick up your pencils and do Problems 1 through 8 in your workbooks The grammar is that of a polite question, as if the teacher were asking a favor and the children had a choice. But every child knows that this is not a question it s an order. So, why not state it as one Pick up your pencils and do Problems 1 through 8 in your workbooks. Why the hypocritical pretense that the children are complying from their own free will rather ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jan 18
The Surest Way to Spot a Good Manager
Trouble with managers in the past The bad news is it s unfortunate. The good news is you re not alone. With around 70 of the U.S. workforce disengaged, that suggests a whole lot of employee-manager conflict or at the very least, sub-optimal relationships . As the old saying goes, People leave managers, not companies . So how do you avoid that How can you improve the odds of finding a more hospitable career harbor I wrote a piece recently The Surest Way To ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Jan 14
Declutter NOW! How Prospect Theory Clutters Up Our Closets
Why do we have cluttered closets, kitchen drawers, or stacks of untouched supplies in our office It is easy to accumulate things, but so hard to then get rid of them. One explanation is that we feel our prized possessions are worth more than they really are, even to us But once we get rid of them, we may hardly even notice they are gone. The act of getting rid of something, including our junk, hurts us more than we think, so we would rather just hold on to ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Jan 14
The Curious Incident of the Black NFL Kicker
In one of Sherlock Holmes most famous pieces of detective work , his attention to detail oriented him toward something that was missing Inspector Gregory Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention Sherlock Holmes To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Gregory The dog did nothing in the night-time. Holmes That was the curious incident. Captured in the exchange above, Holmes classically pointed out that if Inspector ...
Psychology Today - Thu. Jan 14
School shootings and street violence: How they're alike and different
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The two types of youth gun violence couldn t be more different, but the ways to prevent them remain largely the same, according to a new report by some of America s top violence researchers. School rampage shootings and street shootings by youth differ in dramatic ways They are done by different types of youth for different reasons, and often have very different risk factors. It is amazing how different school shooters are from street shoo ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
High-deductible plans linked to lower use of medical imaging studies
January 14, 2016 - Patients enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans have lower rates of use and lower costs for imaging tests, suggests a study in the February issue of Medical Care . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Increased patient cost-sharing may contribute to reductions in diagnostic imaging utilization and spending, report Sarah Zheng, MA, of Boston University Questrom School of Business and colleagues. But they cite potential ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
A coffee to keep New Year fitness resolutions
For anyone struggling to keep the New Year Resolution to Do More Exercise science shows a solution could be found in a simple cup of coffee. In a paper published this month in the scientific journal Sports Medicine , Professor Samuele Marcora, a University of Kent endurance expert, suggests the use of caffeine could help people stick to their fitness plans. Responding to the findings that the majority of people give up their resolution to do more exercise ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Health warning labels may deter parents from purchasing sugar-sweetened bevera...
PHILADELPHIA - Health warning labels similar to those found on tobacco products may have a powerful effect on whether parents purchase sugar-sweetened beverages SSB for their children, according to a new study led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study is the first of its kind to examine the influence of SSB warning labels. Results show that regardless of a parent s level of education, they may be significantly less ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
Study finds how diabetes drug metformin inhibits progression of pancreatic can...
Massachusetts General Hospital MGH investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of the diabetes drug metformin to inhibit the progression of pancreatic cancer. In their report that has been published in the open access journal PLOS One , the research team describes finding that metformin decreases the inflammation and fibrosis characteristic of the most common form of pancreatic cancer. Their findings in cellular and animal models ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Jan 14
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