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Religions - Health - 08.10.2013
U-M to lead major effort to solidify research on religion and health
ANN ARBOR-The relationship between religion, spirituality and health has received considerable attention in recent years but the array of studies has fallen short of establishing solid explanations for why religion has both positive and negative effects on human physiology. With an $8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, a University of Michigan researcher and four colleagues plan to provide some structure to the field, with goals to better pinpoint the relationship and to influence future research practice on the subject.

Agronomy / Food Science - Religions - 02.08.2013
Link between food in early life and famine survival in adulthood
Link between food in early life and famine survival in adulthood
Study makes link between poor access to nutrition in infancy and increased risk of mortality in later life Conversely, being born with a silver spoon in your mouth may give life-long advantages Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found a link between poor nutrition during early life and reduced resilience to later-life famine.

Religions - 06.06.2013
'Belief in science' increases in stressful situations
A faith in the explanatory and revealing power of science increases in the face of stress or anxiety, a study by Oxford University psychologists suggests. The researchers argue that a 'belief in science' may help non-religious people deal with adversity by offering comfort and reassurance, as has been reported previously for religious belief.

Religions - Linguistics / Literature - 25.04.2013
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Letters of “Hark the Herald” composer published
25 Apr 2013 The private letters of the composer of some of the world's most popular hymns have been published, providing a rare glimpse into the birth of Methodism. The collection of Charles Wesley's letters are edited by Dr Gareth Lloyd of The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library and Professor Kenneth Newport of Liverpool Hope University.

Religions - 11.02.2013
Landmark Buddhist catalogue provides new insights into India's ancient traditions
Landmark Buddhist catalogue provides new insights into India’s ancient traditions
By Pristine Ong 11 February 2013 A landmark catalogue of Kharosthi Buddhist manuscripts put together by Mark Allon may provide important insights into India's ancient traditions. Allon, a world expert in Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit and early Buddhist literature, heads the University's Indian and Buddhist Studies programs.

Life Sciences - Religions - 04.02.2013
Christianity influencing biodiversity in the Amazon, Stanford scientists find
Christianity influencing biodiversity in the Amazon, Stanford scientists find
Stanford Report, February 5, 2013 The introduction of Christianity has changed the hunting habits of indigenous people in the Amazon. While some new practices could benefit animals, others could put populations at risk. Religious missionaries have been transforming the belief systems of indigenous peoples deep within the Amazon since the 1700s, but the outsiders might be influencing more than just prayer.

Religions - Economics - 30.01.2013
Investing in mutual funds? Beware broker fees, study says
Brokers are supposed to recommend investments that are in the best interests of their clients. But a new study from University of Toronto professor Susan Christoffersen sheds light on which is more important to a broker: the performance of the fund or the fee it pays the broker? The study, published in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Finance , found that mutual funds offering higher broker fees attract the most investments, especially when the broker is not affiliated with the mutual fund company.