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Newswise:Video Embedded from-breast-cupcakes-to-breast-surgery
Released: 18-Feb-2020 11:15 AM EST
From breast cupcakes to breast surgery
Beaumont Health

Angela used her experience with breast cancer treatment at Beaumont to help her family, friends and surgeons see the benefits of infusing treatment with humor.

Newswise: Money spent on beer ads linked to underage drinking
Released: 18-Nov-2019 11:15 AM EST
Money spent on beer ads linked to underage drinking
Iowa State University

Advertising budgets and strategies used by beer companies appear to influence underage drinking, according to new research. The findings show that the amount of money spent on advertising strongly predicted the percentage of teens who had heard of, preferred and tried different beer brands.

Released: 8-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Augustana University Professor’s Research Leads to Surprising Mating Decision in Butterfly Species
Augustana University, South Dakota

The males of one species of butterfly are more attracted to females that are active, not necessarily what they look like, according to a recent research conducted at Augustana University.The paper, “Behaviour before beauty: Signal weighting during mate selection in the butterfly Papilio polytes,” found that males of the species noticed the activity levels of potential female mates, not their markings.

18-Jun-2018 4:05 PM EDT
Alcohol, Anger and Genetics May Increase the Risk of Intimate Partner Violence
Research Society on Alcoholism

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent, affecting individuals from adolescence through adulthood. While alcohol is a known contributing cause of IPV, researchers are examining why some individuals who drink become violent but others who drink do not. These results and others will be shared at the 41st annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in San Diego June 17-21.

Newswise: Smithsonian Snapshot: Remembering James Joyce on Bloomsday
Released: 15-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Smithsonian Snapshot: Remembering James Joyce on Bloomsday
Smithsonian Institution

Echoing Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, James Joyce’s novel Ulysses follows the exploits of Dubliner Leopold Bloom during the course of a single day, June 16, 1904. Not long after the book’s publication in 1922, June 16 was rechristened Bloomsday, and it’s still celebrated in Dublin and around the world with readings of Ulysses, academic conferences, musical and theatrical performances, costume contests, pub crawls and more.

Newswise: Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Released: 24-Jul-2017 12:05 PM EDT
New Reports Provide Insights Into Role of Comedy in Social Change
American University

Politics and comedy. Although the two seem like night and day, comedy has proven itself as a powerful tool, prompting people to take action. An expert at American University is available to discuss the intersection between comedy and social justice, and the future of comedy as a change agent.

Released: 29-Mar-2017 4:45 PM EDT
Creator of The Onion to Present “The Real Story of Fake News”
St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland welcomes The Onion creator Scott Dikkers on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center, 19050 Hill Commons Drive. Dikkers will discuss “The Real Story of Fake News” in what promises to be a hilarious and insightful lecture.

Newswise: Prof Digs Up Truths About Zombies
Released: 9-Feb-2017 2:05 PM EST
Prof Digs Up Truths About Zombies
Texas A&M University

Just like the flesh-eating creatures themselves, the zombie phenomenon is showing no signs of dying anytime soon. We asked Professor of Anthropology Vaughn Bryant, who has studied the real-life origins of zombies, to drop some knowledge on the “undead.”

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