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Social Sciences - 11.02.2019
Smartphone-based Mindfulness Training Reduces Loneliness, Increases Social Contact
Carnegie Mellon study finds acceptance skills are key to improvements in social functioning Used in the right way, smartphones may not be as isolating as some would think. A new Carnegie Mellon University study suggests smartphone-based mindfulness training may help individuals feel less lonely and motivate them to interact with more people.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 11.02.2019
Who does (and doesn’t) want a DNA ancestry test?
Stanford sociologists found that racial identity, when ancestors immigrated and knowledge of family history influence people's decision to take a DNA test. At-home DNA testing kits may be the latest fad, but according to new research by Stanford sociologists, not everyone is keen to find out whether they are related to the British royal family or a Neanderthal.

Health - Social Sciences - 07.02.2019
Dying in Switzerland - a review of current developments
All of us die - but the question is how? Today we have a greater say in the way our lives end than ever before. Nevertheless, most people do not die where they would like to. The book "Das Lebensende in der Schweiz" (End of life in Switzerland) reflects on what is currently known about dying in Switzerland.

Health - Social Sciences - 01.02.2019
Risks of eating disorders revealed from childhood
Risks of eating disorders revealed from childhood
Researchers in Geneva, Switzerland and the United States highlight the link between abnormal body weight in very young children and a higher risk of developing eating disorders in adolescence. Eating disorders - anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or bine eating disorder - usually start in adolescence and often leave young patients and their families helpless.

Social Sciences - 28.01.2019
Want to squelch fake news' Let the readers take charge
Want to squelch fake news’ Let the readers take charge
Study shows audience judgments can identify online misinformation. Would you like to rid the internet of false political news stories and misinformation? Then consider using - yes - crowdsourcing. That's right. A new study co-authored by an MIT shows that crowdsourced judgments about the quality of news sources may effectively marginalize false news stories and other kinds of online misinformation.

Social Sciences - Health - 28.01.2019
Even a one-hour 'planting party' can lift spirits, build skills among women in prison
Even a one-hour ’planting party’ can lift spirits, build skills among women in prison
Both the study's idea and its outcomes were straightforward: Organize a short houseplant-potting workshop for incarcerated women and see if it improved their moods. The answer was yes - a finding reported in December 2018 in the International Journal of Prisoner Health. But what is more nuanced, the study's lead author says, are the lessons we can extrapolate from what otherwise may seem like a simple, one-off event.

Social Sciences - Career - 23.01.2019
Young adults caught in a dilemma between traditional family models and modern views
A study has found that even young adults who do not yet have children are influenced by traditional concepts of family. At the same time, they have modern views of equality, career engagement and childcare. The result is a dilemma that affects not only young women, but also young men early in adulthood.

Social Sciences - 21.01.2019
In China, a link between happiness and air quality
Moods expressed on social media tend to decline when air pollution gets worse, study finds. For many years, China has been struggling to tackle high pollution levels that are crippling its major cities. Indeed, a recent study by researchers at Chinese Hong Kong University has found that air pollution in the country causes an average of 1.1 million premature deaths each year and costs its economy $38 billion.

Social Sciences - 16.01.2019
Wales imprisonment rate highest in Western Europe
Wales has the highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe, according to research by Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre. 'Sentencing and Immediate Custody in Wales: A Factfile', published today (Wednesday Jan 16) provides a detailed statistical comparison of sentencing and immediate custody figures in Wales and England.

Social Sciences - 15.01.2019
Ers can predict childhood social transitions
Ers can predict childhood social transitions
Increasingly, children who identify as the gender "opposite" their sex at birth are changing their names, pronouns and often hairstyle and clothing.