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Study Identifies ‘Quack’ Child Psychology Practices

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Child psychologist Gerald Koocher led a recent poll of 139 experts to discredit “quack” treatments and assessments for children. Published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, the study identifies and rates pseudoscientific and potentially harmful practices.

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Avoiding Buyer's Remorse: Is Product Satisfaction Higher When Consumers Are Flush?

According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers are less satisfied with what they have purchased with their bottom dollar compared to when they have money in the bank.

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Study Finds Potential Genetic Link Between Epilepsy and Neurodegenerative Disorders

A new University of Iowa study, published online July 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals a potential link between epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders.

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National Survey Examines Perceptions of Health Care Provider Quality

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released the results of a major survey examining the public’s opinions about what it means to be a quality health care provider in the United States. The survey, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sheds new light on how American adults perceive the quality of their health care and doctors, as well as the information they use and trust when making health care decisions. The survey produces new and actionable data during a crucial period of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. Interviews were conducted with 1,002 adults age 18 and over.

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We, Robot: AU Prof. Despina Kakoudaki Available for Comment

Robots and androids hold a powerful sway on our cultural imagination. Countless science fiction books and films have depicted artificial intelligence. Why do we find artificial people fascinating?

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Lacking Trust in One's Doctor Affects Health of Emotionally Vulnerable Cancer Patients

The physical and mental well-being of people with cancer may be affected by how they feel about their relationship with their physician and by differences in attachment styles, finds a new study from General Hospital Psychiatry.

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In Asthma, It’s Not Just What You Smell, But What You Think You Smell

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New research from the Monell Center reveals that simply believing that an odor is potentially harmful can increase airway inflammation in asthmatics for at least 24 hours following exposure. The findings highlight the role that expectations can play in health-related outcomes.

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New Knee Implant Saves the Ligaments

A new total knee replacement that saves all of the ligaments can make a person’s knee feel and move just like the original.

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Researchers Create Vaccine for Dust-Mite Allergies

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University of Iowa researchers have created a vaccine for dust-mite allergies. In lab tests and animal trials, the nano-sized vaccine package was readily absorbed by immune cells and dramatically lowered allergic responses. Results appear in the AAPS Journal.

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Research Finds Charter Schools Nationwide More Cost-Effective, Produce Greater ROI

A first-ever report released July 22 by the University of Arkansas, which ties charter school funding to achievement, finds that public charter schools are more productive than traditional public schools in all 28 states included in analyses of cost-effectiveness and return on investment.

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