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Punishing the Poor, Again

January 14, 2018 Posted by Jay Livingsto nThe Republican approach to Medicaid seems designed not to improve the health and lives of the poor but to bolster other people’s feelings of righteousness. That’s why these policies focus onShow More Summary

The Problem with Tories and Social Media

After Chris Grayling's trouble-free reign as Tory party chair - a first for him - new boy Brandon Lewis graced the Sunday papers and Andrew Marr with his message of hope. Hope, that is, if you're a Tory activist. Since it was recently...Show More Summary

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new book spotlight: approaches to ethnography

New book alert!  For those prepping a methods course or wanting additional insight into ethnography as a research method, sociologists Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan  have co-edited an anthology Approaches to Ethnography: Analysis and Representation in Participant Observation (2017, Oxford University Press). Show More Summary

Can early symptoms predict bipolar disorder? Evidence shows differing patterns of risk factors

(Wolters Kluwer Health) Two patterns of antecedent or 'prodromal' psychiatric symptoms may help to identify young persons at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD), according to a new analysis in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Screen Capping the News Shows Different Stories for Different Folks

During a year marked by social and political turmoil, the media has found itself under scrutiny from politicians, academics, the general public, and increasingly self-reflexive journalists and editors. Fake news has entered our lexicon...Show More Summary

Research suggests Trump's 'Muslim ban' produced rare shift in public opinion

(University of California - Riverside) Visible resistance to Executive Order 13769, commonly referred to the 'Muslim ban,' may have produced a rare shift in public opinion caused by 'an influx of information portraying the ban as being...Show More Summary

Sheldon Cohen named American Psychosomatic Society's 2018 Distinguished Scientist

(Carnegie Mellon University) Today, we take it for granted that stress and disease are linked and that psychological stress, social networks and socioeconomic status impacts infections, cardiovascular disease and asthma. Much of what we know about these connections between biology and psychology is because of Carnegie Mellon University's Sheldon Cohen.

Scleroderma study: Hope for a longer life for patients with rare autoimmune disorder

(University of Virginia Health System) The approach could represent the first new treatment to improve survival in patients with severe scleroderma in more than four decades.

Scarring molecule in fat tissue links obesity with distressed fat

(University of Exeter) The fat of obese people becomes distressed, scarred and inflamed, which can make weight loss more difficult, research at the University of Exeter has found.

A society divided by reconstruction

(ETH Zurich) In 2004, a tsunami devastated much of the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh. An international team of researchers has studied the long-term impact that rebuilding efforts in coastal areas have had on the community.

Newborn Immune Activation May Have Long-Term Negative Impact on Brain FunctionNewborn immune activation may have long-term negative impact on brain function

(McLean Hospital) McLean neuroscientists have found that even a brief episode of immune system activation within days of birth can cause persistent changes in sleep patterns concurrent with increases in epilepsy-like brain activity -- a combination of symptoms common in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental conditions.

Older adult-friendly emergency department staff help reduce hospital admissions

(American Geriatrics Society) When older adults arrive at a hospital's emergency department, they may face unexpected challenges. To address these challenges, geriatrics experts have developed special programs such as the "Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations in Care through Workforce, Informatics, and Structural Enhancements" (GEDI WISE) program.

How Trump’s Tweets Distract from Racial Injustice

In the last few months, President Trump’s incendiary tweets have found a home in sports, including comments on the NFL, the NBA, and college basketball. In a recent article in ABC News, sociologists discuss how Trump’s tweets about sports with high percentages of Black athletes are racially-coded, and may reveal Trump’s own racial bias and […]

Digital technology is helping women to explore their sexuality

(University of Waterloo) Women who consume Internet pornography are using technology to explore their sexuality and connect with others to discuss their sexual interests, according to research from the University of Waterloo.

Anxiety: An early indicator of Alzheimer's disease?

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) A new study suggests an association between elevated amyloid beta levels & the worsening of anxiety symptoms. The findings support the hypothesis that neuropsychiatric symptoms could represent the early manifestation of Alzheimer's disease in older adults.

Veterans who learn Transcendental Meditation find relief from PTSD, new study shows

(Maharishi University of Management) A study published in Military Medicine showed that after 30 days of practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique, 80 percent of the 46 veterans and active-duty personnel no longer had PTSD. All participants had been clinically diagnosed with PTSD using a standard assessment. Show More Summary

Age is not a risk factor for complications after surgery among older patients

(St. Michael's Hospital) Among older patients, frailty and cognitive impairment before surgery are associated with developing complications after surgery, but age is not, a new study suggests.

the new “most interesting man in the world:” a commentary

In 2016, Dos Equis beer revealed that they would retire Jonathan Goldsmith as their signature “most interesting man in the world” character. To attract younger drinkers, they introduced a new, younger “most interesting man” actor – Augustin Legrand. The reviews haven’t been great and I want to get into why I think the newer stuff […]

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