Health & Wellness
Sun, 02 Dec 2007 16:21 CST
Memo to those who wanted the autism-vaccine contretemps to just go away: You lost.
Exactly five years ago, I began research for my book Evidence of Harm, which looked into the possible link between mercury, vaccines and the tsunami of autism that now overwhelms our education system.
Fri, 06 Jul 2007 16:33 CDT
As the first trial in Vaccine Court explores the relationship between vaccines and autism, a new survey released today indicates a strong correlation between rates of neurological disorders, such as ADHD and autism, and childhood vaccinations.
Roger Highfield, Science Editor
Sun, 01 Jan 2006 08:04 CST
The recent rise in autism may have been driven by the tendency of like-minded engineers, physicists, mathematicians and other "systemizers" to marry each other, according to a Cambridge University professor.
John Mczkenzie and Susan Schwartz
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 04:33 CST
20,000 to 40,000 Americans May Wake Up Mid-Surgery
It is one horror that not even Hollywood can exaggerate.
You're supposed to be unconscious from the anesthetic, but suddenly your brain wakes up, so you hear and feel everything. But your body remains "paralyzed" -- unable to cry out for help or stop the pain to come.
Sun, 02 Dec 2007 03:47 CST
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Brazil's government announced plans to put condom-dispensing machines in public schools to help teenagers reduce the spread of AIDS.
Sat, 01 Dec 2007 01:37 CST
New government estimates of the number of Americans who become infected with the AIDS virus each year are 50 percent higher than previous calculations suggested, sources said yesterday.
For more than a decade, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pegged the number of new HIV infections each year at 40,000. They now believe it is between 55,000 and 60,000.
University of Washington
Thu, 29 Jan 1998 14:33 CST
When the mechanical process of handwriting is taught in tandem with the more creative process of composition, the result is improvement in both skills, a study of Seattle first-graders shows. Ironically, the discovery comes at a time when the teaching of handwriting is less emphasized in the schools because of the presence of the computer. However, children who have poor handwriting in first grade are likely to have trouble with written expression when they are older, say Virginia Berninger and Robert Abbott, co-directors of the study and professors of education at the University of Washington. Their research since 1989 shows a direct carry-over from handwriting to compositional length and quality throughout the elementary grades.
For the study, first grade classes in eight public schools in the greater Seattle area were screened for problems with handwriting, using test measures and teacher recommendations. From this group of more than 700 children, 144 with writing problems were selected and randomly assigned to one of six types of remedial work. The children met in groups of three with a trained graduate student tutor who worked with them for 20 minutes about twice a week until 24 sessions had been conducted.
Voice of America
Sat, 01 Dec 2007 07:16 CST
Health officials in Uganda say they have identified a strain of the deadly Ebola virus as the likely killer of at least 16 people in the west of the country since late August. But as VOA
Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi, officials are baffled and worried by what they believe is a new strain of the hemorrhagic fever.
|Electron micrograph of Ebola virus
Ohio State University
Mon, 07 Jul 2003 22:41 CDT
When you nod your head to signal approval or shake your head to show disapproval, it's not just sending a message to others - you may also be influencing yourself.
A new study showed that these simple movements influenced people's agreement with an editorial they heard while nodding or shaking their head. Researchers found that other body movements - such as writing with a non-dominant hand - can also influence attitudes, even about important issues such as self-esteem.
And these body movements exert their influence without people being aware of what is happening.
"We think of nodding or shaking our head as something that communicates to other people, but it turns out that it is also communicating to ourselves," said Richard Petty, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University.
In a sense, Petty said, nodding or shaking your head, as well as other body movements, serve as a kind of "self-validation" that confirms to us how we feel about our own thoughts.
"If we are nodding our heads up and down, we gain confidence in what we are thinking. But when we shake our heads from side to side, we lose confidence in our own thoughts."
Fri, 30 Nov 2007 18:21 CST
What goes through the mind of a gun-toting teenager when he pulls the trigger? Does he make a conscious decision to kill? Or is he acting on instinct? The debate over why teens turn violent usually focuses on family breakdown, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, unemployment, even diet.