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Have Research Ethics Committees Got It Wrong? A New Study Looks at What Participants in Medical Research Actually Want

Tim Spector | Posted 03.24.2015 | Science
Tim Spector

Traditionally, the "gold standard" of informed consent for participation in medical research entails that participants need to consent to every new research study, which means that they need to be contacted and re-consented each time.

Don't Snooze on Nutrition: See How Foods Affect Sleep

Firas Kittaneh | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Firas Kittaneh

Research has found that certain nutrients in food can affect sleep, from how easy it is to fall asleep at a reasonable hour to the quality of rest we get throughout the night. See what you should munch on for better nights and what foods to skip.

Who Should Bring Home the Bacon?

Catherine Tinsley | Posted 03.20.2015 | Women
Catherine Tinsley

While previous studies have examined gender roles, our paper looks beyond shifting social level metrics to determine if individuals have embraced the gender changes in society and how their attitudes influence their own preferences and behaviors.

Women's Sleep Health and MyApnea.Org: Opportunities to 'Power' Future Research and 'Personalize' Medicine

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

There are new opportunities for women to take an active role in advancing the science of sleep and ultimately improving their health and well-being.

Pi and Science, Sense and Cake

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When the beverage industry, for instance, helpfully points out that no long-term, randomized trial has specifically implicated their sugary concoction in epidemic childhood obesity, we might consider that no such trial has ever implicated any given snowflake in an avalanche fatality, either. Perhaps avalanches are actually innocuous.

What I Learned from a College Tour: Visiting Johns Hopkins University

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
Frank H. Wu

Like most of us, I tend to assume however subconsciously that institutions I have passed through remain more or less preserved in time as in my own memory. I was surprised to see how much has changed since I graduated in 1988.

Closing the Gap From Scientific Discovery to Solutions

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

The latest cognitive neuroscience research reveals key ways to improve brain health in people of all ages and stages. These discoveries are incredibly timely -- now, more than ever.

Seriously...

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.13.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Digging the Sandbox

David Kleeman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

The Sandbox Summit at MIT has long been a favorite event for me, in large part because it's always been a gathering point for academics and industry leaders to meet and exchange expertise.

How To Make Anyone Fall In Love With You In 36 Questions

Renee Fisher | Posted 03.10.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Ever since junior high schools were invented, people have been wondering how to make other people fall in love with them. The advent of Internet dating created a far more sophisticated version of junior high school, where notes were passed.

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Excellent schools make sure their students have access to the world's most advanced knowledge, they strengthen key skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. But their main differentiator is that they also develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience and leadership.

GMO Pesticide Propaganda Machine Continues to Bamboozle

David Bronner | Posted 03.05.2015 | Green
David Bronner

It's past time that mainstream media cut through the flak of GMO pesticide industry propaganda, and connect the dots that GMOs = pesticide companies engineering food crops to sell more volume of more kinds of more toxic weed killer.

My Daughter Is A Gift, But Her Autism Is Not

Ravishly | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Ravishly

She is both crushingly disabled by autism and absolutely, emphatically her own self. She is a gift, that much is true. But her autism, like my missing fingers or my damaged DNA, is not.

Demystifying Parenting in the Digital Age

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

Nowhere else in history has there been a reverse relationship between parent and child as in the domain of the Internet. The common belief that the child learns from the parent and influence primarily flows from parent to child is often negated in the area of Internet

Save Money, Save Lives: Why the Silence on the Fiscal and Fatal Consequences of Kidney Disease Matters

Elisa Gordon | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisa Gordon

Chronic kidney disease -- without the splashy races, ad campaigns, and extensive media coverage -- falls below the public radar. And because of that, a patient may be less likely to ask his or her doctor how to prevent it or even understand how it develops.

We're Fat And Sick And The Broccoli Did It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It's no big surprise that someone untrained in research methods would tell us all what the research really means and why the scientists on this committee -- all trained to do research and interpret it -- are just a bunch of hacks. But that the New York Times would allocate its imprimatur and rarefied real estate to an infomercial masquerading as an Op-Ed is a lamentably disappointing surprise.

Emily Peck

Why Overweight Workers Have A Hard Time Succeeding At Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Peck | Posted 02.20.2015 | Business

Are fat people less likely to win on Jeopardy? Of course not. Yet people sill believe that the obese make less competent game show contestants, acc...

Connecting to Learn: Creating Digital Opportunities for Hispanic-American Families

Michael Levine | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Michael Levine

While Hispanic families are early adopters of technologies in the U.S., our survey research indicates that we are missing a key opportunity to tap the digital promise that may lie in both traditional television and the new, more interactive media.

Are Dreams More Important to African Americans

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 02.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kristal Brent Zook

Not only are African Americans more likely to believe in the power of dreams but according to dream research and author Tony Shafton, more than 90 percent of African Americans surveyed believed that dreams had the ability to predict the future.

Brainomics: How Improving Brain Health Impacts the Economy

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

The study suggests several public policy strategies to close socio-economic gaps that affect academic performance, including greater investment in early childhood care and education, criminal justice reform and family-friendly workplaces.

Cholesterol, Unscrambled

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Whether adding eggs to your diet will confer benefit, harm, or neither, almost certainly depends on what you are now eating instead of eggs, and what eggs would be displacing.

The Small Things Are Killing Us

Vicki Wilson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Vicki Wilson

Today, I watched my father walk down the slippery porch steps in front of my mother and brush the cold snow from the railing with his bare hand so she...

Pass the Diacetyl and Save Your Marriage

Renee Fisher | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

If you are a therapist, member of the clergy, marriage counselor, or author of a book about relationships, Life in the Boomer Lane has some mighty bad news for you. For the mere cost of a movie ticket (and, of course, popcorn), one's marriage can be saved.

I Am a Cancer Researcher

Emily Drake | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Emily Drake

I am a cancer researcher is a way of saying that you are empowered as a cancer patient.

Science Communication Is Broken. Let's Fix It.

Vip Sitaraman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Vip Sitaraman

Societies for science still only accept well-established scientists who pay large membership dues. Journals of science are still only distributed to and read by paying subscribers: research institutions and rich scientists. Science communication is outdated.