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Friends Know How Long You’ll Live, Study Finds

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Young lovers walking down the aisle may dream of long and healthy lives together, but close friends in the wedding party may have a better sense of whether those wishes will come true, suggests new research on personality and longevity from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Book Traces History of Racism, Race-Based Psuedo-Science

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When it comes to race, too many people still mistake bigotry for science, argues Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist Robert W. Sussman, PhD, in his new book, “The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea.” The book traces racist ideas to their origin and illustrates how racist myths live on in modern society.

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$3.9 Million Project Will Identify, Treat Washington State Toddlers at Risk for Autism

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A $3.9 million, five-year project in Washington state will identify and treat toddlers with autism in the critical years before age 3 - when specialized services can greatly improve their skills and behavior.

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Parents’ Belief That a Child Will Attend College Plays Big Role in Early Academic Success

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A new study finds that the factors influencing children’s readiness for kindergarten include not only whether they attend preschool, but also their families’ behaviors, attitudes and values — and that parents’ expectations go a long way toward predicting children’s success throughout their schooling.

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Pro-marijuana ‘tweets’ are sky-high on Twitter

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Analyzing every marijuana-related Twitter message sent during a one-month period in early 2014, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found that the “Twitterverse” is a pot-friendly place. In that time, more than 7 million tweets referenced marijuana, with 15 times as many pro-pot tweets sent as anti-pot tweets.

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UNT Health Science Center Program Focuses on Critical Role of Food Security

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Through a new program launching this summer at UNT Health Science Center, students can now pursue a Graduate Certificate in Food Security and Public Health to study the important issues related to bringing safe, nutritious foods to populations around the globe.

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Parents’ Reliance on Welfare Leads to More Welfare Use by Their Children, Study Finds

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In a new study published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Mogstad and his co-authors at University of California, San Diego, and the University of Bergen in Norway investigated family welfare cultures in the context of Norway’s Disability Insurance System. From 14,722 parent-child observations, they have found strong empirical evidence that reliance on welfare in one generation is likely to cause greater welfare use in the next generation.

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Profitable Phishing Schemes Slyly Tinker with Our Heads, Then Rip Us Off

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University at Buffalo researchers have found evidence that the incredible spread of email phishing scams may be due to phishers’ increased use of “information-rich” emails that alter recipients’ cognitive processes in a way that facilitates their victimization.

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SNEB Presents the 2015 Spring Journal Club Focusing on Statistical Methodology in Nutrition Education and Behavior Research

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This semester’s Journal Club will add a new component. Attendees will be provided a sample data base for use throughout the series. During the webinar, presenters will walk the participants through the mechanics of running the procedure. They will then have a “homework” assignment where the participants can try running the procedure on their own and comparing their answers with the correct answers and interpretations. The participants will then pose questions to the presenter in the week after the webinar through a LinkedIn online discussion.

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How Are Student Loans Affecting the Well-Being of Young Adults?

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Researchers at the University of South Carolina researchers find that young adults who accumulated higher amounts of debt incurred from student loans reported higher levels of depressive symptoms, even with adjustments for parental wealth, childhood socioeconomic status, and other factors.