Hugs may help protect against conflict-related distress

Public Release: 3-Oct-2018   Hug receipt on day of interpersonal conflict correlated with smaller decrease in positive affect PLOS Receiving hugs may buffer against deleterious changes in mood associated with interpersonal conflict, according to a study published October 3rd in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University, , along with…

Democrat/Republican divide is worst it’s ever been

Public Release: 1-Oct-2018   Michigan State University IMAGE: Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue) almost never collaborated in the 2015-2016 U.S. House of Representatives. Credit: Zachary Neal Party polarization is even worse than most people think, according to a new Michigan State University study. And neither party can shoulder the blame, as it doesn’t matter which…

Radical transformations likely needed to achieve universal health care

Public Release: 23-Aug-2018 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Boston, MA – Technological innovation, expansion of the use of frontline personnel such as community health workers, and rapid increases in health care financing are likely to be instrumental to achieving universal health care (UHC) in countries around the world, according to a new analysis…

Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo caused in part by Indonesian volcanic eruption

Public Release: 22-Aug-2018 Imperial College London Electrically charged volcanic ash short-circuited Earth’s atmosphere in 1815, causing global poor weather and Napoleon’s defeat, says new research. Historians know that rainy and muddy conditions helped the Allied army defeat the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo. The June 1815 event changed the course of…

Should all babies have their genomes sequenced?

Public Release: 15-Aug-2018 The Hastings Center As the cost of genome sequencing decreases, researchers and clinicians are debating whether all newborns should be sequenced at birth, facilitating a lifetime of personalized medical care. But while sequencing the genomes of some infants may be appropriate in specific contexts, genome-wide sequencing of all newborns should not be…

Top 43 reasons why men remain single — according to Reddit

Public Release: 8-Aug-2018 Analysis of comments on popular news aggregation site shows that some single men may not have developed the necessary social skills demanded to find a partner in the modern Western world Springer In the past, forced or arranged marriages meant that socially inept, unattractive men did not have to acquire social skills…

North American diets require more land than we have: Study

Public Release: 9-Aug-2018 University of Guelph Credit: University of Guelph If the global population adopted recommended North American dietary guidelines, there wouldn’t be enough land to provide the food required, according to a new study co-authored by University of Guelph researchers. The researchers found that global adherence to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines…