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Impact of a Supermarket on Children’s Diets

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Locating full-service supermarkets within neighborhoods considered to be “food deserts” may not result in healthful dietary habits or reductions in childhood obesity -- at least in the short term, according to a new study by NYU Langone Medical Center researchers in the February 26th online edition of the journal Public Health Nutrition.

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Loyola Students and Staff to Participate in Poverty Simulation

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Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences students, faculty and staff will participate in simulations to help them better understand what it is like to live in poverty. The simulations will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 am to noon at St. Eulalia’s Church at 1851 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood and on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 pm in Mundelein Auditorium located at 1020 W. Sheridan Road on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

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Parents’ Reliance on Welfare Leads to More Welfare Use by Their Children, Study Finds

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In a new study published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Mogstad and his co-authors at University of California, San Diego, and the University of Bergen in Norway investigated family welfare cultures in the context of Norway’s Disability Insurance System. From 14,722 parent-child observations, they have found strong empirical evidence that reliance on welfare in one generation is likely to cause greater welfare use in the next generation.

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Berkeley Lab’s List of Top 50 Game-Changing Technologies for Defeating Global Poverty

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The aim of the 50 Breakthroughs study is to give philanthropies, aid agencies, businesses, and technologists a blueprint for where to invest their resources to achieve the highest impact.

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Students Attending Summer Learning Programs Returned to School in the Fall with an Advantage in Math

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Students attending voluntary, school district-led summer learning programs entered school in the fall with stronger mathematics skills than their peers who did not attend the programs, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

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Homeless, Mentally Ill Women Face a Vicious Cycle in India

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An award-winning study has documented how homeless, mentally ill women in India face a vicious cycle:

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Philly Issues First ‘Code Blue’ of Season: USciences Prof Explains What That Means to Homeless Population

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Those fortunate enough to be somewhere warm during this recent cold snap might wonder how Philadelphia’s homeless population can survive the frigid outdoor conditions, said Stephen Metraux, PhD, associate professor of health policy and public health at University of the Sciences

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Lean Times Ahead: Preparing for an Energy-Constrained Future

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Some time this century, the era of cheap and abundant energy will end, and Western industrial civilization will likely begin a long, slow descent toward a resource-limited future characterized by "involuntary simplicity."

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Being Poor Is Not the Same Everywhere

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Young people growing up in impoverished neighborhoods who perceive their poor communities in a positive light report better health and well-being than those with worse perceptions of where they live, new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

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Survey of Perceptions of Homelessness Finds Evidence of Stigma

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Treatments for homelessness are increasingly community-focused, yet little is known about whether those who are currently or formerly homeless are accepted by their communities.