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Health - Social Sciences - 04.09.2023
Shocking impact of family courts on women’s health exposed
A devastating study involving 45 women who accused their partners of domestic abuse has highlighted serious health problems they have suffered as a result, they say, of biased family court proceedings. While the study is qualitative and self-reported and so not generalisable to the wider population, the women's experiences now indicate a need for further research.

Social Sciences - Sport - 04.09.2023
Sporty Aussie kids kick goals for mental health
A study led by University of Queensland researchers has found children who regularly participate in sport s from an early age will have better long term mental health. Associate Professor Asad Khan from UQ's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences led the study, which analysed the data of more than 4,200 Australian children over an eight-year period from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 01.09.2023
Deprived teens with poor learning skills at greatest risk from email scams
Disadvantaged teenagers are at greater risk of email scams and need better protection, according to an international study by a UCL researcher. The findings, published in the British Journal of Educational Studies , were based on more than 170,000 students aged 15 and show that one in five from low-income families or deprived areas could fall victim to phishing.

Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 30.08.2023
Too few qualified employees in daycare centers
Too few qualified employees in daycare centers
Supplementary family childcare in Switzerland lacks qualified staff. This has a negative impact on both the development of the children and the well-being of the employees. This is shown by a study conducted by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In Switzerland, a considerable proportion of staff in supplementary family childcare work without formal qualifications.

Social Sciences - Health - 30.08.2023
New research establishes enduring connection between racial segregation, childhood blood lead levels
Living in a racially segregated neighborhood puts Black children at a higher risk of having elevated blood lead levels, and this association has persisted over more than two decades, according to new research from the Children's Environmental Health Initiative, which is led by University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor Marie Lynn Miranda.

Environment - Social Sciences - 30.08.2023
Neighbors can influence your decision to buy solar panels
Neighbors can influence your decision to buy solar panels
An EPFL study carried out in Vaud Canton has shed light on the factors that can prompt people to buy solar panels. It found that having neighbors with solar panels plays a significant role, alongside more well-known influences, such as our social circle. If you're a homeowner, have a high-level job, and have friends or family members with solar panels, chances are that you've got them, too.

Social Sciences - 29.08.2023
Researchers prefer same-gender co-authors, UW study shows
Researchers are more likely to write scientific papers with co-authors of the same gender, a pattern that can't be explained by varying gender representations across scientific disciplines and time. A new study from the University of Washington and Cornell University, recently published in PLOS One , finds consistent gender homophily - the tendency of authors to collaborate with others who share their gender - in a digital collection of 560,000 published research articles over a 50-year period.

Health - Social Sciences - 25.08.2023
Poor lifestyle in 60s linked to risk of aged care
Physical inactivity, smoking, poor diet and sleep disorders between the age of 60 and 64 are linked with more than double the risk of admission to aged care, according to new research from the University of Sydney. In a study involving over 125,000 Australians, those over 60 with the unhealthiest lifestyles were significantly more likely to require admission to aged care than their peers with the healthiest lifestyles.

Health - Social Sciences - 24.08.2023
Children receiving care and support in Wales more likely to be immunised
Children receiving care and support in Wales more likely to be immunised
Children receiving services under a care and support plan had higher overall vaccination rates and were more up to date with immunisations than the general population of children in Wales, finds a new study involving UCL researchers. The research, published in Frontiers in Public Health , is the first data linkage study to explore vaccination coverage in children under social care services in Wales.

Health - Social Sciences - 23.08.2023
Student-led dental clinic improves oral health of rural Indigenous community
Student-led dental clinic improves oral health of rural Indigenous community
A University of Queensland study has found a student-led dental clinic in rural Queensland improved the oral health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by providing access to culturally appropriate and timely care. The clinic at Dalby in south-west Queensland, opened in 2013 as a partnership between UQ's School of Dentistry and Aboriginal community controlled health service, Goondir Health Services.

Health - Social Sciences - 22.08.2023
Why men, wealthy people and maritime residents are more likely to develop skin cancer  
Study compares UV exposure and behaviours among different groups in with the goal of improving public health efforts aimed at reducing melanoma rates A new study led by McGill University examines why people living in Atlantic regions are more at-risk for developing melanoma than other Canadians, providing lessons on skin cancer prevention for the whole country.

Health - Social Sciences - 17.08.2023
FGM identified as a leading cause of death in African countries
FGM identified as a leading cause of death in African countries
Female Genital Mutilation is causing thousands of unnecessary deaths every year - researchers are calling for extra effort to stop the practice. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a leading cause of death in the countries where it is practised, with over 44,000 additional women and young girls dying each year, a new study reveals.

Social Sciences - 16.08.2023
The evolution of complex grammars
The evolution of complex grammars
A new study shows that changes in grammatical complexity are not shaped by social environments Many linguists have proposed that languages spoken by numerous non-native speakers tend to have simpler grammars. A new study led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig challenges this claim.

Social Sciences - Health - 10.08.2023
Tackling loneliness requires a new approach which addresses societal inequalities
A review into loneliness inequalities conducted by some of the UK's leading scholars in the field has highlighted key social and societal factors that lead to loneliness inequalities. Significantly, this departure from viewing loneliness as an individual problem to be treated by interventions such as befriending services or behavioural therapy suggests that loneliness could be improved by policy changes that reduce inequalities.

Health - Social Sciences - 08.08.2023
Helping the community or protecting oneself? Volunteering during the pandemic
There was a lot of solidarity among people during the coronavirus pandemic - especially at the beginning. Researchers at the University of Basel recently studied how case and fatality numbers influenced volunteer work. Their findings have important implications for governmental authorities about how to manage future crises.

Computer Science - Social Sciences - 08.08.2023
Understanding Human Behaviour with AI
By Birgit Baustädter Elisabeth Lex's research combines computer science methods with social science approaches, searching for clues to understand framing, polarisation and opinion clusters. More and more often, people are getting the feeling that society is increasingly polarised - regarding measures introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic, the question of vaccinations, elections, or environmental protection.

Social Sciences - 08.08.2023
Building reliable AI models requires understanding the people behind the datasets
Study: When do annotator demographics matter? Measuring the influence of annotator demographics with the POPQUORN dataset Social media companies are increasingly using complex algorithms and artificial intelligence to detect offensive behavior online. These algorithms and AI systems all rely on data to learn what is offensive.

Media - Social Sciences - 07.08.2023
Using social media to raise awareness of women’s resources
An experiment in Egypt suggests ways to spread information for women facing domestic violence. The Covid-19 pandemic created a global increase in domestic violence against women. Now, an MIT-led experiment designed with that fact in mind shows that some forms of social media can increase awareness among women about where to find resources and support for addressing domestic violence.

Social Sciences - Health - 04.08.2023
Childhood trauma linked to pregnancy complications
A study led by University of Queensland researchers has found women who have experienced maltreatment, domestic violence or household substance abuse as children have a higher risk of complications during pregnancy. Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun from UQ's Poche Centre for Indigenous Health led a project which analysed 21 existing studies on the impact of childhood trauma, to understand a possible link to complications during pregnancy.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 03.08.2023
NWO Veni grants for research into frontline workers, social media and more
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to ten young researchers at Radboud University. With this grant of up to 280.000 euro they can further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their PhDs.
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