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Newswise: Is the Most Effective Weight-Loss Strategy Really That Hard?
20-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Is the Most Effective Weight-Loss Strategy Really That Hard?
University of Vermont

Dietary self-monitoring is the best predictor of weight-loss success. But the practice is viewed as so onerous, many would-be weight-losers won’t adopt it. New research published in Obesity shows for the first time how little time it actually takes: 14.6 minutes per day. Frequency of monitoring was the key success factor.

Newswise: In Disasters, Twitter Influencers Get Out-Tweeted
7-Feb-2019 11:30 AM EST
In Disasters, Twitter Influencers Get Out-Tweeted
University of Vermont

A first-of-its-kind study on Twitter use during 5 of the costliest U.S. natural disasters offers potentially life-saving insights. The research, in PLOS ONE, finds that Twitter users with small networks (100-200 followers) increase activity more than those with larger networks in these situations. It also finds that each disaster type (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) has a unique pattern of social media use.

Newswise: Farm Manure Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions –
Even in Winter
Released: 22-Jan-2019 2:30 PM EST
Farm Manure Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Even in Winter
University of Vermont

Researchers have shown, for the first time, that manure used to fertilize croplands in spring and summer can dramatically increase greenhouse gas emissions in winter. While it’s known that farmers’ decisions to add nutrients to their fields affects greenhouse gas emissions during the growing season, the study is the first to show that these choices have long-lasting effects, especially as winters warm and soils thaw more frequently.

Newswise: On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account
18-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
On Facebook and Twitter your privacy is at risk -- even if you don't have an account
University of Vermont

A study from the University of Vermont shows that if a person leaves a social media platform--or never joined--the online posts and words of their friends still provide about 95% of the predictive accuracy of a person's future activities--even without any of that person's data.

Newswise: Wearable sensor can detect hidden anxiety, depression in young children
11-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
Wearable sensor can detect hidden anxiety, depression in young children
University of Vermont

Anxiety and depression in young children are hard to detect and often go untreated, potentially leading to anxiety disorders and increased risk of suicide and drug abuse later. In a PLOS ONE study, researchers showed a wearable sensor detected these "internalizing disorders" in children with 80 percent accuracy, reducing to 20 seconds what would take clinicians months to diagnose, opening the door to inexpensive screening that could be part of routine developmental assessments.

Newswise: Study: Despite Progress, Gay Fathers and Their Children Still Structurally Stigmatized
Released: 15-Jan-2019 3:45 PM EST
Study: Despite Progress, Gay Fathers and Their Children Still Structurally Stigmatized
University of Vermont

A study published in the February 2019 “Pediatrics” journal suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in multiple social contexts.

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Released: 28-Nov-2018 11:35 AM EST
The Secret to Better Berries? Wild Bees
University of Vermont

New research shows wild bees are essential for larger and better blueberry yields – with plumper, faster-ripening berries. The study is the first to show that wild bees improve not only blueberry quantity, but also quality. It finds they produce greater berry size (12%), quantity (12%), size consistency (11%), and earlier harvests – by two and a half days.

Newswise: Study: Tall Plants More Likely to become Invasive
Released: 8-Nov-2018 1:05 PM EST
Study: Tall Plants More Likely to become Invasive
University of Vermont

New research from the University of Vermont provides insight to help predict which plants are likely to become invasive in a particular community. The results showed that non-native plants are more likely to become invasive when they possess biological traits that are different from the native community and that plant height can be a competitive advantage.

Newswise:Video Embedded microbiome-implicated-in-sea-star-wasting-disease
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Released: 7-Nov-2018 10:50 AM EST
Microbiome Implicated in Sea Star Wasting Disease
University of Vermont

A first-of-its-kind study shows that the sea star microbiome is critically important to the progression of a disease that is killing millions of sea stars from Mexico to Alaska—and that an imbalance of microbes might be the culprit.

Newswise:Video Embedded fish-give-up-the-fight-after-coral-bleaching
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19-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT
Fish give up the Fight After Coral Bleaching
University of Vermont

Researchers found that when water temperatures heat up for corals, fish ‘tempers’ cool down, providing the first clear evidence of coral bleaching serving as a trigger for rapid change in the behavior of reef fish. Publishing in Nature Climate Change, the researchers show how butterflyfish, considered to be sensitive indicators of reef health, offer an early warning sign that reef fish populations are in trouble.


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