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Thursday, August 11, 2016

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Regular Exercise Can Lead to Heart Disease Misdiagnosis

Scientists have shown that people who exercise for even a few hours each week can enlarge their hearts. This is a normal and beneficial response to exercise, but until now has only been recognised in athletes. The researchers say that doctors should now consider an individual’s activity level before diagnosing common heart conditions.

– MRC Clinical Sciences Centre/Institute of Clinical Sciences (ICS) Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging

Embargo expired on 08-Aug-2016 at 16:00 ET

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Study Sheds Light on Use and Effectiveness of Sexual Assault Hotlines

Since the 1970s, sexual assault hotlines have grown in popularity in North America as conduits for survivors, their loved ones and professionals to unite for immediate support. Today, there are more than 1,000 crisis hotline affiliates in the U.S. alone. Yet, despite their widespread use, much remains unknown or unclear about their service efficacy.

– Florida Atlantic University

Violence Against Women


Partisan Media Can Influence Viewers to Reject Facts

A new nationwide study suggests why heavy users of partisan media outlets are more likely than others to hold political misperceptions.

– Ohio State University

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

'Aggressive Drunk' Gene May Protect Carriers From Obesity and Associated Risks

University of Helsinki researchers have previously demonstrated that a point mutation in a gene of serotonin 2B receptor can render the carrier prone to impulsive behaviour, particularly when drunk. Now the research group has established that the same mutation may shield its bearers from obesity and insulin resistance, both of which are associated with type 2 diabetes.

– University of Helsinki

Journal of Psychiatric Research

Case Workers Need More Holistic Approach to Identifying Chronic Child Neglect

A new study by researchers at the University at Buffalo suggests that Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers may need to use a more all-encompassing approach to improve how they respond to cases of chronic neglect.

– University at Buffalo

Children and Youth Services Review

New Study Evaluates Link Between Young Women's Beliefs on Alcohol Use and Sexual Risk-Taking

A new University of Cincinnati study looks at how young women's beliefs about alcohol and sex affect condom usage during sexual encounters involving alcohol.

– University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic Health Center


Hashtags, Turf, and Classrooms

A survey of university turf students regarding social media use and attitudes suggests ways to increase student engagement.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Natural Science Education, February 5, 2016


Clinton Gains 5 Points to Tie Trump in Post-DNC Daybreak Poll

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump are nearly tied the week after the Democratic National Convention and after a series of controversies for the Trump camp, according to the USC Dornsife/LA Times Presidential Election Daybreak Poll.

– University of Southern California (USC)


Volunteering Later in Life Can Enhance Mental Health and Wellbeing

Becoming a volunteer later on in life can result in good mental health and wellbeing, according to researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Birmingham. However, the study which is published in the BMJ Open online, found these effects did not apply before the age of 40, suggesting that the association with volunteering may be stronger at certain points of the life course. The results also point to the need for further efforts to engage middle aged and older people in volunteering activities. Researchers from the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Centre reviewed over 66,000 responses by British adults to questions posed through the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS).

– University of Southampton

BMJ Open 8 August 2016

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Nature, Not Nurture, Defines Cricket Social Networks

The social lives of crickets are similar generation to generation, even though the insects can't learn directly from their mum and dad.

– University of Exeter

BMC Evolutionary Biology

Are Science and Religion at Odds? WVU Sociologist Says the Answer Is Not So Simple

Society has long assumed that science and religion are at odds. But research by West Virginia University sociologist Christopher Scheitle demonstrates that the assumption is not so simple—or accurate. Scheitle recently collaborated with colleagues to explore some of the dynamics between religion and science when it comes to issues like parents’ influence on children’s career choices and lawmakers’ motivations for supporting anti-evolution legislation.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Journal of Career Development

New Study Confirms Adage that with Age Comes Wisdom

A new study led by Professor of Psychology Frank Durgin, which appears in the journal I-Perception, finds that older adults are better at interpreting the correct slope of a hill than young adults, which he believes is because of greater life experience.

– Swarthmore College




The American Public Thinks Very Differently About Wealth- and Race-Based Educational Inequality

When asked about wealth- and race/ethnicity-based academic achievement gaps, Americans are more concerned about the gap between poor and wealthy students, more supportive of policies that might close it, and more prepared to explain the reasons behind it.

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Educational Researcher

Embargo expired on 11-Aug-2016 at 00:00 ET


School Quality, Genetics Play Role in Child’s Reading Ability

Natural smarts can only take a child so far if they are also attending a poor school, according to new educational research from Florida State University.

– Florida State University

Life in the Empty Nest: Four Tips to Help Parents Make the Adjustment

Change will come as students move from their homes to college campuses across the nation these next few weeks. For the parents left behind, that pivot to the “empty nest” and a new stage in life can spark myriad emotions and some challenging moments, said Becky Scott, M.S.W, lecturer in Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. She offers four tips to help parents adjust when their children transition to college.

Expert(s) available

– Baylor University


Hard Work Is Kennesaw State Alum's Prescription for Success

After graduating from KSU with a chemistry degree, Myles Robinson earned a $200,000 scholarship to one of the top medical schools in the country

– Kennesaw State University

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Specialists Offer Top Five Back to School Tips for Parents and Kids

With a little advance planning, going back to school can be a fun and exciting adventure for kids and parents. The specialists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have put together their top five tips to ensure parents and kids transition smoothly from summer vacation to the new school year.

Expert(s) available

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Law and Public Policy


Assisted-Living Facilities Limit Older Adults’ Rights to Sexual Freedom, Study Finds

Older adults in assisted-living facilities experience limits to their rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these facilities, according to research conducted by the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University.

– Georgia State University

Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Arkansas University Earns 525k Contract to Study Minority Contact in the Criminal Justice System

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Criminal Justice has entered into a seven-year contract worth more than half a million dollars with the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services to assess disproportionate minority contact within the criminal justice system.

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

LifeWire Announcements

DoD’s Deployment Psychology Center Celebrates 10th Year

More than 40,000 behavioral health providers across the country have been trained in aspects of military psychology by experts at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) over the past decade to help address chronic pain, depression, substance abuse, suicide, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other issues affecting some of the more than 2 million U.S. service members who deployed in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Federal Grant to Saint Louis University Increases Nursing Scholarships

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant to Saint Louis University will help students who don't have the financial means to pursue their dreams of becoming nurses.

– Saint Louis University Medical Center

HRSA grant T08HP30219

UCI Shatters Research and Philanthropic Funding Records

Highlighted by the largest gift in campus history and an investment of more than $40 million in cancer studies, the University of California, Irvine continues advancing toward its brilliant future with a record-breaking year in both research funding and philanthropic support.

– University of California, Irvine

Kennesaw State to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship

Georgia's first entrepreneurship B.B.A. program will begin in fall 2017 at KSU

– Kennesaw State University

UNC Charlotte Pioneers Carolina's First Doctorate in Business Administration

UNC Charlotte and the Belk College of Business will pioneer the first Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) program in the Carolinas. Led by Professor and Addison H. and Gertrude C. Reese Endowed Chair Franz Kellermanns, the DBA program is a professional doctoral degree taught in an executive format. The Belk College program will enroll its first class in the fall of 2017 and will be exclusively attended by 20 doctoral candidates all with a master’s degree and more than five years of business experience.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Temple University Study Examines Penalty Consistency of NCAA Infractions

NCAA conference membership generally has no influence on the severity of penalties issued when schools are found responsible for violating NCAA rules, according to an independent study released by Temple University’s Sport Industry Research Center that analyzed all major NCAA infractions cases over a 61-year period.

– Temple University





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