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10 Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami – American’s Should Rethink Donations

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Foreign Policy and Middle Eastern Politics Expert Available to Talk About How Traditional Enemies May Help Limit Violence

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The Dementia that is NOT Alzheimer’s Disease

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The term Alzheimer's is frequently used to describe all dementias even though there are many different causes for dementia. Lewy body dementia affects 1.4 million American and is frequently misdiagnosed.

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Neuroscientists Identify Brain Mechanisms That Predict Generosity in Children

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University of Chicago developmental neuroscientists have found specific brain markers that predict generosity in children. Those neural markers appear to be linked to both social and moral evaluation processes.

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Public Opinion in Russia: Russians’ Attitudes on Economic and Domestic Issues

A poll of the Russian public, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, was released today. The poll, which includes a nationally representative in-person survey of 2,008 Russian adults taken between November 22 and December 7, 2014, found that President Vladimir Putin is extremely popular. Few say the economy is in good condition and most say that sanctions are hurting the Russian economy.

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Shopping for Meat Using Websites, Social Media

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In an era when consumers have a wealth of information at their fingertips, where do consumers go for recommendations on meat-purchasing? A pilot study by consumer economist Kuo-Liang “Matt” Chang and a team of researchers from South Dakota State University showed that websites and social media are sources of information about nutrition and cooking that then may lead to recommendations on meat purchasing.

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Crows Are Smarter Than You Think

A newly published study involving the University of Iowa finds crows have the brain power to solve higher‐order, relational‐matching tasks, and they can do so spontaneously. That means crows join humans, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking, according to the research.

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Wayne State University Study Reveals Mature Motorists Worse at Texting and Driving

A Wayne State University interdisciplinary research team in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has made a surprising discovery: older, more mature motorists — who typically are better drivers in many circumstances — are much worse than their younger counterparts when texting while driving.

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CIA Report to Push Conversation on Ethical and Effective Interrogation Methods

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Healthy for the Holidays: Tips for Reducing Stress and Staying Well Throughout the Season

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The holiday season can be a mixed blessing. While many look forward to the glittering lights, festive music, decadent treats, jovial office parties and family gatherings, they may equally dread the stress of decorating, entertaining, cooking, shopping, wrapping presents, traveling and dealing with obnoxious Uncle Harry. Far from being a mild annoyance, stress – particularly prolonged stress – can have profound physical effects, from high blood pressure to compromised immune function. Fred Hutch behavioral psychologists offer tips for reducing stress throughout the holidays -- and beyond.

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