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Released: 3-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Baby boomers show concerning decline in cognitive functioning
Ohio State University

In a reversal of trends, American baby boomers scored lower on a test of cognitive functioning than did members of previous generations, according to a new nationwide study.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 9:55 AM EDT
For urban conservation, local resident involvement is key
Ohio State University

Conservation projects in cities are most likely to succeed when nearby residents are part of the planning and design process and feel ownership over the projects, researchers who spent seven years studying conservation in Cleveland say.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Owe the IRS? No problem, some Americans say
Ohio State University

A new study shows the surprising way that many American taxpayers adjust their standard of living when they owe money to the IRS versus when they receive tax refunds.

Newswise: Same-day IUD placements hard to come by in Ohio, study finds
Released: 27-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Same-day IUD placements hard to come by in Ohio, study finds
Ohio State University

Though same-day access to IUDs increases the likelihood a woman will get the reproductive health care she wants and decreases the chance she’ll become pregnant when she doesn’t plan to, most providers in Ohio don’t offer the service, a new study has found.

Released: 27-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Study identifies top reasons for sewer line failure
Ohio State University

Concrete sewer pipes around the world are most likely to fail either because their concrete is not strong enough or because they can’t handle the weight of trucks that drive over them, a new study indicates.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:20 PM EDT
How a few negative online reviews early on can hurt a restaurant
Ohio State University

Just a few negative online restaurant reviews can determine early on how many reviews a restaurant receives long-term, a new study has found.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Even if you want to, you can’t ignore how people look or sound
Ohio State University

Can you ignore how someone looks or how they sound if you’re told it is not relevant? Probably not, at least in most cases, a new study found.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 11:15 AM EDT
How adding green tea extract to prepared foods may reduce the risk for norovirus
Ohio State University

Infusing prepared foods with an edible coating that contains green tea extract may lower consumers’ chances of catching the highly contagious norovirus by eating contaminated food, new research suggests.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Scientists publish largest 3D map of the universe ever created
Ohio State University

A new three-dimensional map, built after decades of collecting and analyzing data from the skies, shows how the universe has changed and expanded over an 11-billion-year period. The map, published online late Sunday, is the largest 3D map of the universe ever created, and shows that about 6 billion years ago, the universe began accelerating more rapidly than it had in the 8 billion years that came before.

Released: 16-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Why governments have the right to require masks in public
Ohio State University

Requirements for consumers to wear masks at public places like retail stores and restaurants are very similar to smoking bans, according to three university experts. In a paper published today (July 16, 2020) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the professors say mask requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19 should be considered “fundamental occupational health protections” for workers at stores, restaurants and other public places.

Released: 15-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
In the sharing economy, consumers see themselves as helpers
Ohio State University

Whether you use a taxi or a rideshare app like Uber, you’re still going to get a driver who will take you to your destination. But consumers view an employee of a taxi company differently from an independent driver picking up riders via an app.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Researchers find the worst reason to give a gift
Ohio State University

Here’s a good way to make sure a friend hates a gift from you: Say it will save him money. In a series of studies, researchers found that people reacted negatively to gifts that they were told – or that they inferred – were given to help them save money.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 9:25 AM EDT
What happens when food first touches your tongue
Ohio State University

New research explains why humans register taste more quickly when food or drink moves over their tongues quickly, as compared to when they are held in their mouth steadily.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 2:50 PM EDT
How good gut bacteria help reduce the risk for heart disease
Ohio State University

Scientists have discovered that one of the good bacteria found in the human gut has a benefit that has remained unrecognized until now: the potential to reduce the risk for heart disease.

Released: 2-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
In mouse study, black raspberries show promise for reducing skin inflammation
Ohio State University

Eating black raspberries might reduce inflammation associated with skin allergies, a new study indicates.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
School absenteeism has surprising consequences for adults
Ohio State University

Kids who miss a lot of school from kindergarten to eighth grade may suffer unexpected costs as young adults, a new study finds. Researchers found that those who were more regularly absent in these early years of school were less likely to vote and reported more economic difficulties when they were 22-23 years old.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Using your phone’s microphone to track possible COVID-19 exposure
Ohio State University

Signals sent and received from cell phone microphones and speakers could help warn people when they have been near someone who has contracted COVID-19, researchers say. In a new paper, researchers described a system that would generate random, anonymous IDs for each phone, automatically send ultrasonic signals between microphones and speakers of phones within a certain radius, and use the information exchanged through this acoustic channel for contact tracing.

Released: 29-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
One-third of jobs lost to COVID-19 were back online in May
Ohio State University

About one-third of U.S. workers who were laid off or absent from work in April because of COVID-19 were back to work in May, according to a new analysis of employment data.

Released: 24-Jun-2020 6:25 PM EDT
Twitter posts reveal polarization in Congress on COVID-19
Ohio State University

The rapid politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen in messages members of the U.S. Congress sent about the issue on the social media site Twitter, a new analysis found.

Released: 24-Jun-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Turning alcohol into key ingredients for new medicines
Ohio State University

Chemists have found a way to turn alcohol into amino acids, the building blocks of life.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Income, race are associated with disparities in access to green spaces
Ohio State University

Access to green spaces in metro areas—parks, trails, even the tree cover in a neighborhood – is largely associated with income and race, new research indicates.

Released: 23-Jun-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Role-play shows which expectant dads will thrive as new fathers
Ohio State University

A five-minute role-play done with men before the birth of their first child predicted the quality of their parenting after the baby arrived, a new study showed.

Released: 22-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Smokers good at math are more likely to want to quit
Ohio State University

For smokers who are better at math, the decision to quit just adds up, a new study suggests. Researchers found that smokers who scored higher on a test of math ability were more likely than others to say they intended to quit smoking.

Released: 15-Jun-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Candidates Who Use Humor on Twitter May Find the Joke Is on Them
Ohio State University

Political candidates’ use of humor on social media could sometimes backfire on them with potential supporters, new research suggests.

Released: 2-Jun-2020 4:55 PM EDT
A satisfying romantic relationship may improve breast cancer survivors’ health
Ohio State University

Breast cancer survivors in romantic relationships who feel happy and satisfied with their partners may be at lower risk for a host of health problems, new research suggests.

Newswise: Gap between rich, poor neighborhoods growing in some cities
Released: 28-May-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Gap between rich, poor neighborhoods growing in some cities
Ohio State University

New research provides insight into how housing prices and neighborhood values have become polarized in some urban areas, with the rich getting richer and the poor becoming poorer.

22-May-2020 11:45 AM EDT
A few months of vaping puts healthy people on the brink of oral disease
Ohio State University

The collection of oral bacteria in daily e-cigarette users’ mouths is teeming with potent infection-causing organisms that put vapers at substantial risk for ailments ranging from gum disease to cancer, researchers found.

Released: 26-May-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Chinese, American scientists leading efforts on COVID-19
Ohio State University

Despite the political tensions between the United States and China, scientists in the two countries are working together more than ever to study the COVID-19 virus, a new study suggests.

19-May-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Researchers: As Ohio Abortion Regulations Increased, Disparities in Care Emerged
Ohio State University

Ohio has seen a growing disparity between abortion rates in rural and urban communities, later abortions, and less use of medication abortion care as the state has heavily regulated abortion and clinics have closed, a new study has found.

Released: 20-May-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Inspiring stories from women like themselves helped these moms improve their diet
Ohio State University

When researchers asked overweight low-income moms who should be in study videos promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors, moms said they wanted to see themselves. The researchers obliged. And the intervention they designed produced the desired results when it came to improving participants’ diet.

Released: 18-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Mindfulness training shows promise for people with MS
Ohio State University

New research suggests mindfulness training may help multiple sclerosis patients in two very different ways: regulating negative emotions and improving processing speed.

Released: 14-May-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Praying together over Zoom: How religion sounds during a pandemic
Ohio State University

Researchers at the American Religious Sounds Project, led by The Ohio State University and Michigan State University, are collecting and cataloging those sounds in an attempt to understand how the pandemic is changing religion around the United States.

Released: 13-May-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Job skills training leads to long-term reduction in drug abuse
Ohio State University

Job skills training for low-income youth does more than just help them get better jobs – it makes them significantly less likely than others to use some illicit drugs, even 16 years later.

Released: 12-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Our ability to focus may falter after eating one meal high in saturated fat
Ohio State University

Fatty food may feel like a friend during these troubled times, but new research suggests that eating just one meal high in saturated fat can hinder our ability to concentrate – not great news for people whose diets have gone south while they’re working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 11-May-2020 8:15 AM EDT
State actions played lesser role in COVID-19 economic damage
Ohio State University

Actions by state governments to try to limit the spread of COVID-19 played only a secondary role in the historic spike in U.S. unemployment in March, according to new research.

Released: 7-May-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Glacial ice will likely hold records of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say
Ohio State University

Ice from glaciers around the world, undisturbed for centuries, show changes in how societies functioned throughout history – and will likely hold a record of the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations.

Released: 5-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
How Race Affects Listening During Political Conversations
Ohio State University

A new study offers a rare look at how black and white people listen to each other during political discussions, including those that touch on controversial issues about race.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Breastfeeding moms’ exposure to nicotine linked to infant skull defect
Ohio State University

Lactating mothers who use e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapies may be putting their breastfed babies at risk for skull defects, a new study in animals suggests.

Released: 22-Apr-2020 6:05 AM EDT
The Downside of Feeling Prepared
Ohio State University

Feeling prepared and confident about a job interview you have tomorrow is great. But a new study suggests that you may bring that sense of confidence into other parts of your life for which you might not be nearly so prepared.

Released: 20-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
People may know the best decision – and not make it
Ohio State University

When faced with a decision, people may know which choice gives them the best chance of success, but still take the other option, a new study suggests.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Study estimates revenue produced by top college football players
Ohio State University

The most elite players in college football increase revenue for their school football programs by an average of $650,000 a year, a first-of-its-kind study suggests.

Newswise:Video Embedded tech-not-hurting-social-skills-of-kids-these-days
Released: 13-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Tech not hurting social skills of ‘kids these days’
Ohio State University

Despite the time spent with smartphones and social media, young people today are just as socially skilled as those from the previous generation, a new study suggests.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear, study suggests
Ohio State University

Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds.

Newswise: Scientists develop “backpack” computers to track wild animals in hard-to-reach habitats
1-Apr-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Scientists develop “backpack” computers to track wild animals in hard-to-reach habitats
Ohio State University

With new technology described today (April 2) in PLOS Biology, researchers are able to track tiny animals that divide their time between flying around in the sky and huddling together in caves and hollow trees – by attaching little backpacks to them with glue.

Released: 2-Apr-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Stressed about COVID-19? Try tapping into the power of music
Ohio State University

The virus might be keeping people apart; music can help bring them together -- and just might have a positive effect on your physiological response to stress.

Released: 31-Mar-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Some mobile phone apps may contain hidden behaviors that users never see
Ohio State University

A team of cybersecurity researchers has discovered that a large number of cell phone applications contain hardcoded secrets allowing others to access private data or block content provided by users. The study’s findings: that the apps on mobile phones might have hidden or harmful behaviors about which end users know little to nothing.

Released: 30-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
How social media makes it difficult to identify real news
Ohio State University

There’s a price to pay when you get your news and political information from the same place you find funny memes and cat pictures, new research suggests.

Released: 26-Mar-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Scientists electrify aluminum to speed up important process
Ohio State University

Scientists have found a way in the laboratory to shorten the time it takes to create a key chemical used to synthesize a variety of medications, fertilizers and other important substances. The finding could make a number of industrial manufacturing processes cheaper and more efficient. And all it takes, essentially, is electrifying an aluminum container that includes the right chemicals.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Study shows how diligent we have to be to keep surfaces germ-free
Ohio State University

A recent study suggests that even organized efforts to clean surfaces can fall short, a reminder for us all that keeping our surroundings clean may require some additional work.

Released: 24-Mar-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Study uses AI to estimate unexploded bombs from Vietnam War
Ohio State University

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to detect Vietnam War-era bomb craters in Cambodia from satellite images – with the hope that it can help find unexploded bombs.

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