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Improving Diversity and College Access for Low-Income Native American Students Amherst Hosts College Horizons Summit

Making good on a pledge to even further expand on its commitment to student diversity, Amherst College recently hosted a group of Native American high school students for a weeklong summit intent on helping students get to college.

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Here’s Why Run-Down Schools Trigger Low Test Scores

Lorraine Maxwell, an associate professor of design and environmental analysis at Cornell University, studied more than 230 New York City public middle schools and found a chain reaction at work: leaking toilets, smelly cafeterias, broken furniture, and run-down classrooms made students feel negatively which lead to high absenteeism and in turn, contributed to low test scores and poor academic achievement.

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Iowa State dietetic interns to work virtually with low-income families to improve nutrition

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Iowa State University dietetic interns will provide nutrition coaching and wellness information to low-income families as part of a national health initiative. Interns will connect virtually with their clients using a smarthphone app.

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Gates Institute Announces ‘The Challenge Initiative’

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is launching The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a global urban reproductive health program supported by a three-year, $42 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Cornell Experts Applaud House Passing GMO Labeling Bill Which President Is Expected to Sign

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Income Inequality Leads Millennials to Start Families Before Marriage

Rising income inequality, and the resulting scarcity of certain types of jobs, is a key reason young Americans are having babies before getting married.

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Federal Grant Helps UC San Diego Program Bring Healthy Food to Low-Income Families

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The University of California San Diego School of Medicine Center for Community Health recently received a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase affordable food access to low-income community members who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Small Rise in Booze Duty Could Cut Violence-Related Emergency Visits by 6,000 a Year

A small rise of 1% in alcohol prices could significantly reduce violence-related injuries in England and Wales, consequently reducing their burden on hard-pressed emergency departments, concludes a study by Cardiff University.

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NYU Study Identifies “Book Deserts” – Poor Neighborhoods Lacking Children’s Books – Across the Country

A study led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development finds a startling scarcity of children’s books in low-income neighborhoods in Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

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Research: Watching Right TV Shows Can Help Kids Develop Social Skills

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Researchers in mass media and autism education found young children who watch “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” learn empathy and other school readiness skills.

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Researchers to Use Innovative Alternative to Autopsy to Better Understand Child Mortality

The Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) has been awarded a large grant for research that will help determine why so many children under five are dying in the world’s poorest countries. The grant will fund use of an innovative alternative to traditional autopsy known as minimally invasive tissue sampling.

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To Improve the World’s Health, Experts Call for a Standard List of Essential Diagnostic Tests

A team of experts has put together a list of the key diagnostic tests that every country should have available, with high quality standards, in order to make the best use of the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines. Many developing countries will need help with establishing high-quality labs to use them, but in the end it may be cost effective.

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“Leaning in” Hurts Poor Women When Childcare Is Scarce

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Poor moms who return to the workforce after a period of unemployment suffer significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety and physical symptoms of stress when they don’t have access to decent childcare, according to Vanderbilt sociology graduate student Anna Jacobs.

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Marriage Not a Protective Mechanism Among Low-Income Urban Women

Marriage may not be the protective mechanism it was thought to be when it comes to poverty and child well-being among low-income urban young women, particularly those who have experienced trauma, finds a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.“Marriage, per se, did not appear to buffer the likelihood of having other negative adult outcomes for women with children,” said Melissa Jonson-Reid, professor at the Brown School and co-author of the paper, “Family Formation: A Positive Outcome for Vulnerable Young Women?” published in the August issue of the journal Children and Youth Services Review.

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How Is Our Control Over Our Actions Influenced by Luck?

Does a person’s negative circumstances – particularly those including poverty, lack of education, lack of strong parental support – affect whether they are morally responsible for their behavior? That’s just one of the questions Matthew Talbert, associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at West Virginia University, asks in his new book, “Moral Responsibility: An Introduction.”

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Lack of Transportation Hampers Hungry Children From Receiving Free Summer Meals, Baylor Study Finds

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Lack of transportation is a hurdle for many families in Texas whose children could benefit from free summer meals, a federally funded program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, according to a study by the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University.

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Low-Income Single Moms Show Greater Earnings Mobility Than Men, People with Disabilities, Others

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Single mothers in Georgia who participate in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) experience greater income mobility than males, whites and people with disabilities according to a study by Georgia State University economists.

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Cancer Patients Miss Appointments, Prescriptions Due to Inability to Afford Care

Researchers report preliminary findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2016 that 26 percent of a survey of adult cancer patients reported they paid more for medical care than they could afford. Those patients also reported missing appointments and prescriptions because of affordability issues.