advocacy and policy

Finland Study: Seclusion, Restraint Still Common in Psychiatric Care

Finland Study: Seclusion, Restraint Still Common in Psychiatric Care

While the use of coercive measures in psychiatric care such as seclusion, restraint and involuntary medication has declined over the years, a new Finnish study reveals that these measures are...
Women More Likely to Feel Unsafe on Public Transport

Women More Likely to Feel Unsafe on Public Transport

A new international study shows that, on average, women are 10 percent more likely than men to feel unsafe on metro trains (trains that go underground) and 6 percent more...
Study: Say ‘Thank You’ Instead of ‘Sorry’ to Unhappy Customers

Study: Say ‘Thank You’ Instead of ‘Sorry’ to Unhappy Customers

A new study suggests that showing appreciation (saying “thank you”) may be a more effective strategy than apologizing (saying “I’m sorry”) when it comes to restoring customer satisfaction. For the...
Study: Lower Income Associated with Higher Autism Rates

Study: Lower Income Associated with Higher Autism Rates

Emerging research suggests that over the past two decades, the prevalence of autism has fallen among wealthy and white populations yet risen in communities of poor whites and minorities. Experts...
Ohio Study IDs Those at Highest Risk for Opioid Addiction

Ohio Study IDs Those at Highest Risk for Opioid Addiction

A research team, led by the University of Cincinnati, looked at Ohio Health Department records from 2010 to 2017 to help identify the populations at greatest risk of opioid overdose....
Public Health Leadership Vital to Slowing Coronavirus Pandemic

Public Health Leadership Vital to Slowing Coronavirus Pandemic

In a new commentary, medical experts emphasize the urgent need for strong public health leadership in the wake of the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Appropriate concerns and not fear
Minorities, Poor People More Likely to See Racism, Poverty as Environmental Issues

Minorities, Poor People More Likely to See Racism, Poverty as Environmental Issues

In a new survey of more than 1,100 U.S. residents, Cornell researchers discovered that racial and ethnic minorities and lower-income people consider racism and poverty to be environmental issues.
New Strategy Can Aid Parenting Kids with Autism

New Strategy Can Aid Parenting Kids with Autism

Parenting a child with autism spectrum disorder is a challenging endeavor. New research suggests an updated parenting strategy can help a child receive reinforcement and guidance and ease the time...
Job Layoffs Linked to More Violence, Property Crime

Job Layoffs Linked to More Violence, Property Crime

Losing a job can be detrimental to the individual, but a new study shows that the negative effects are not just felt by the displaced worker and his or her...
Reasons for Loneliness May Differ by Generation

Reasons for Loneliness May Differ by Generation

New research suggests loneliness persists in equal measure among various generations. However, the origin of feeling lonely may be different over the course of life. Investigators found that living
Community Factors May Influence How Long You’ll Live

Community Factors May Influence How Long You’ll Live

While lifestyle choices and genetics play a significant role in predicting how long we’ll live, a new study suggests that certain community factors may also influence longevity. For example,
Family Meals Can Provide Mental and Physical Benefits

Family Meals Can Provide Mental and Physical Benefits

New research finds that more frequent family meals were associated with better dietary outcomes and family functioning outcomes. The new findings confirm the myriad benefits advanced by family meals
Kids and Teens Also Worry About Politics

Kids and Teens Also Worry About Politics

Recent surveys of American adults reveal they worry about political issues and are concerned for the future of the United States. Now, a new study discovers that children and teens...
Utah Study Finds Lack of Info Hinders Access to Food Programs

Utah Study Finds Lack of Info Hinders Access to Food Programs

A new study, conducted in 99 Utah communities, reveals how poor communication and/or a lack of information could be hindering efforts to connect some people in need with food stamps,...
Social Media Messages to Inspire Exercise May Backfire

Social Media Messages to Inspire Exercise May Backfire

A new Australian study suggests an Instagram movement to promote better health is flawed. Researchers discovered the images associated with an online program appear to make many women feel worse...
Study: Teens Are Starting Drugs Later

Study: Teens Are Starting Drugs Later

The average age at which teens and young adults start using drugs — including alcohol and tobacco — has been increasing, according to a new study published in the journal...
‘Nature Therapy’ Shown to Ease College Stress

‘Nature Therapy’ Shown to Ease College Stress

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has quantified that as little as 10 minutes in a natural setting can help college students feel happier and lessen the effects of both physical...
Evidence Gap Stymies Research into Global Opioid Overuse

Evidence Gap Stymies Research into Global Opioid Overuse

New research finds that while the use of opioids for non-chronic pain is widespread, information on the dose and duration of opioids in cases outside the United States is insufficient....
Wildness in Urban Parks Important for Human Well-Being

Wildness in Urban Parks Important for Human Well-Being

A new study finds that not all forms of nature are equally beneficial when it comes to human well-being. The findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, show...
Study Warns Pregnant Women Off Marijuana As Stress Reliever

Study Warns Pregnant Women Off Marijuana As Stress Reliever

As the recreational use of marijuana becomes more common, providers warn that consumption of the substance may have dangerous side-effects during pregnancy. The new study discovered that women who