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The Winds of Privilege

March 25, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston One day last summer on Long Beach Island, I was riding my bike to the fish store. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful ride. I was pedaling along almost effortlessly. Just a couple of weeks of getting around by bicycle – no car, no subways – had made a difference. Show More Summary

Daniel Hannan, Marxism, and Dishonesty

I do apologise for featuring Daniel Hannan on this blog. Yes, that is one of the right's leading intellectual lights. In his own words. His own stupid words. I've picked this out not because Hannan's criticism is interesting and hasn't...Show More Summary

The Role of Context in Ethnic/Racial Identity Among Minority Youth

(Society for Research in Child Development) This special section of Child Development, edited by Drs. Eleanor Seaton, Stephen Quintana, Maykel Verkuyten and Gilbert Gee, adds important information to the research in this area. It includes...Show More Summary

Race, Gender, and Book Reviews

Flashback Friday. In a post at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Steve Rendall and Zachary Tomanelli investigated the racial breakdown of the book reviewers and authors in two important book review venues, the New York Times Book Review and C-SPAN’s After Words.  They found that the vast majority of both reviewers and authors were white […]

The hierarchical taxonomy of psychopathology (HiTOP): A new model that addresses limitations

(American Psychological Association) An inaugural publication from an international consortium of psychologists and psychiatrists offers a new approach to diagnosing mental disorders. The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) -- introduced by Dr. Show More Summary

Most Lithuanians still emigrate for economic reasons

(Kaunas University of Technology) Independent research, initiated and carried out by Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) interdisciplinary migration research cluster shows that introduction of Euro in Lithuania coincides with the fourth wave of emigration. In 2015, more than 40 thousand people left Lithuania, and in 2016 -- around 50 thousand.

book forum: the conversational firm by catherine turco, part 2

This month, we are reviewing Catherine Turco’s Conversational firm. Earlier, I summarized the contents. The book is an ethnographic account of a tech firm that uses social media for internal communication. Turco’s main goal is to advance the argument that social media has substantially altered communications and hierarchy inside firms. Now, I’ll highlight some strong […]

Predatory lizard enters Brazil clandestinely

(Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) Anolis porcatus, a species native to Cuba, has been identified in several areas near the Port of Santos on the São Paulo coast, in Brazil. Its introduction into this area may threaten the survival of local lizard populations. Show More Summary

Academics call for Parliament to tackle the privatization of NHS

(Newcastle University) A bill to prevent the privatisation of NHS services and to reinstate the NHS in England, supported and written by Newcastle University academics, is scheduled to be debated today.

Overcoming workplace barriers to breastfeeding -- review and recommendations in The Nurse Practitioner

(Wolters Kluwer Health) For mothers of new infants, going back to work may pose a number of obstacles to continued breastfeeding. Workplace policies affecting the ability to breastfeed -- and the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in helping to overcome those obstacles -- are the topic of a special article in The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer.

Freestanding emergency departments in Texas deliver costly care, 'sticker shock'

(Rice University) The rapid growth of freestanding emergency departments in Texas has been accompanied by an equal increase in use at relatively high prices that lead to sizable out-of-pocket costs to patients, according to new research...Show More Summary

Research consortium develops evidence-based diagnostic model for mental illness

(University at Buffalo) Researchers haves has developed a new, evidence-based alternative to the mental health field's long-established diagnostic tools for the classification, treatment, and research of mental disorders. The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) addresses what the authors say are limitations to the reliability and validity of traditional models.

Sleep deprivation impairs ability to interpret facial expressions

(University of Arizona) When you're tired, your ability to interpret subtle expressions of happiness and sadness can begin to deteriorate, researchers found. However, the ability to read more primitive survival-based emotions, like anger and fear, remains intact.

Peptide targeting senescent cells restores stamina, fur, and kidney function in old mice

(Cell Press) Regular infusions of a peptide that can selectively seek out and destroy broken-down cells that hamper proper tissue renewal, called senescent cells, showed evidence of improving healthspan in naturally aged mice and mice genetically engineered to rapidly age. Show More Summary

Study compares hospice care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and patient homes

(Indiana University) A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has found only minimal differences in the intensity of hospice services provided in nursing homes as compared to hospice services provided to patients in assisted living facilities or their homes. However the mix of services did vary by site type.

Exercising 2.5 hours per week associated with slower declines in Parkinson's disease patients

(IOS Press) Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive condition that often results in mobility impairments and can lead to decreased health-related quality of life (HRQL) and death. There is evidence that physical activity can delay decline in PD patients. Show More Summary

Age at immigration influences occupational skill development

(Duke University) Future occupations of US immigrant children are influenced by how similar their native language is to English, according to a new study from scholars at Duke University and the US Naval Postgraduate School. 'The more...Show More Summary

California researchers awarded $100,000 Potamkin Prize for dementia research

(American Academy of Neurology) The American Academy of Neurology is awarding two California researchers the 2017 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's and Related Diseases for their work in dementia research. Claudia Kawas,...Show More Summary

Penn Program in Environmental Humanities' event explores the idea of an 'Ecotopian Toolkit'

(University of Pennsylvania) Prompted in part by the 500th anniversary of Thomas More's Utopia, the 'Ecotopian Toolkit conference at the University of Pennsylvania will celebrate how utopian imaginaries from across disciplines can address environmental challenges.

Connected dolls and tell-tale teddy bears: Why we need to manage the Internet of Toys

(European Commission Joint Research Centre) Action is needed to monitor and control the emerging Internet of Toys, concludes a new report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Privacy and security are highlighted as main areas of concern.

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