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March 22, 2019

Stricter US State Gun Laws Linked to Safer High Schools

Mar. 21, 2019 — Adopting stricter state gun laws is linked to a safer school experience for students, a new study has found. Strengthening gun laws at state level was associated with teens being less likely to ... read more

First of Its Kind Statistics on Pregnant Women in US Prisons

Mar. 21, 2019 — In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind systematic look at pregnancy frequency and outcomes among imprisoned US women, researchers say almost 1,400 pregnant women were admitted to 22 US state ... read more

C-Sections Are Seen as Breastfeeding Barrier in US, but Not in Other Global Communities

Mar. 21, 2019 — A new study finds that indigenous mothers in farming communities in Yucatán, Mexico, breastfeed for about 1.5 months longer following cesarean deliveries than they do following vaginal deliveries. ... read more

How Measurable Is Online Advertising?

Mar. 21, 2019 — New research sheds light on whether common approaches for online advertising measurement are as reliable and accurate as the 'gold standard' of large-scale, randomized ... read more

Neglected Diseases Continue to Require Attention Despite Progress

Mar. 21, 2019 — Few novel drugs have been developed to treat neglected diseases in recent decades, Brazilian researchers ... read more

African-Americans More Likely to Be Misdiagnosed With Schizophrenia, Study Finds

Mar. 21, 2019 — African-Americans with severe depression are more likely to be misdiagnosed as having schizophrenia, according to a new ... read more

Mar. 21, 2019 — Protecting houses against mosquitoes with netting window screens can suppress malaria vector populations and dramatically reduce human parasite infection prevalence, according to new ... read more

Research Investigates Impact of Climate Change on Glacier-Fed Rivers in Peru

Mar. 21, 2019 — Remote communities in the Peruvian Andes, as well as communities downstream, depend on the water from melting glaciers and mountain ecosystems to provide them with food and power, and to support ... read more

Analyzing a Facebook-Fueled Anti-Vaccination Attack: 'It's Not All About Autism'

Mar. 21, 2019 — Pitt scientists find a viral anti-vaccination Facebook campaign wasn't 'all about autism,' but instead centered on four distinct ... read more

Turn Off a Light, Save a Life

Mar. 20, 2019 — We all know that turning off lights and buying energy-efficient appliances affects our financial bottom line. Now, according to a new study, we know that saving energy also saves lives and even more ... read more

Complex Societies Gave Birth to Big Gods, Not the Other Way Around

Mar. 20, 2019 — Big data analyses by an international research team suggest that moralizing gods are rather the product than the drivers of social ... read more

IPCC Is Underselling Climate Change

Mar. 20, 2019 — A new study has revealed that the language used by the global climate change watchdog, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is overly conservative - and therefore the threats are ... read more

Chicago's Large Lot Program Sowing Change in Inner-City Communities

Mar. 19, 2019 — Chicago's Large Lot Program is promoting positive change in inner-city neighborhoods by enabling residents to buy and repurpose vacant lots that currently attracted crime and other ... read more

Medical Marijuana Laws Linked to Health and Labor Supply Benefits in Older Adults

Mar. 19, 2019 — A study that examined older Americans' well-being before and after medical marijuana laws were passed in their state found reductions in reported pain and increased hours worked. The study ... read more

Mar. 18, 2019 — As states around the country move to stiffen punishments for animal cruelty, researchers have found a correlation between the types of animal abuse committed and the perpetrator's relationship ... read more

Using Thoreau, Scientists Measure the Impact of Climate Change on Wildflowers

Mar. 14, 2019 — A new study is using observations made by Henry David Thoreau -- 19th-century American naturalist, social reformer, and philosopher -- to explore the effects of climate change on tree leaf-out and, ... read more

Thanking and Apologizing: Talk That Isn't Cheap

Mar. 14, 2019 — Researchers have introduced a framework, 'Responsibility Exchange Theory,' for understanding why thanking and apologizing, as well as bragging and blaming, matter so much, and presents ... read more

Central American Kidney Disease Epidemic Linked to Occupational Heat Exposure

Mar. 14, 2019 — For two decades, Nicaragua and El Salvador have seen increasing mortality from an unusual form of chronic kidney disease (CKD), also called Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN). The disease has ... read more

College Drinking Intervention Strategies Need a Refresh

Mar. 14, 2019 — Peer approval is the best indicator of the tendency for new college students to drink or smoke according to new research from Michigan State University. This new finding is key to help universities ... read more

The Importance of Puberty: A Call for Better Research Models

Mar. 14, 2019 — Puberty is much more than just a time of biological overdrive, propelled by sexual maturation. Progress in developmental science has greatly broadened the perspective of this critical maturational ... read more

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