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Social Sciences - 25.05.2021
Low-income families missing out on $1000 in dental benefits
Almost 70 per cent of low-income households aren't claiming up to $1000 in child dental benefits they are eligible for, according to University of Queensland and Telethon Kids Institute research. Professor Luke Connelly from UQ's Centre for Business and Economics of Health said the study found mothers appeared to play an important role in the decision on whether to take up dental benefits for children.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 24.05.2021
Can TV shows help teens navigate bullying, depression and other mental health issues?
Popular television shows and movies can bolster teenagers' mental health and help them cope with bullying, sexual assault, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and depression when these issues are depicted with empathy and appropriate resources are provided, a report published today by UCLA's Center for Scholars and Storytellers shows.

Health - Social Sciences - 20.05.2021
COVID-19 hospitalizations among children likely overcounted, researchers find
Children being treated in hospitals are tested for SARS-CoV-2, but many who test positive never develop COVID-19 symptoms, leading to overestimates of disease severity, a study found. Counting SARS-CoV-2 infections in hospitalized children overestimates the impact of COVID-19 in pediatric populations because such counts include many asymptomatic patients, according to a new study by researchers at the† Stanford University School of Medicine.† The findings were published online May 19 in† Hospital Pediatrics .

Social Sciences - Campus - 20.05.2021
Physical activity may help to close the wealth gap in school attainment by improving self-control
Physical activity may help to close the wealth gap in school attainment by improving self-control
Guaranteeing every child the opportunity to participate in certain types of physical activity could support their academic attainment and help to close the achievement gap between wealthy and less-advantaged pupils, new research indicates. In the context of COVID in particular, there may be a real temptation to encourage schools to maximise classroom time to stop children falling behind.

Social Sciences - Politics - 20.05.2021
News photos shape immigration attitudes
News images of immigrants have an effect on some Americans' attitudes towards immigration, a new University of Michigan study shows. Photos of large groups of immigrants, such as the migrant caravan, may decrease support for immigration. Images of individuals, however, produce the opposite effect. In line with work on "person positivity,” personalized images tend to increase support for immigration, particularly among Americans who are threat-sensitive.

Social Sciences - Health - 18.05.2021
Anti-Asian hate: U-M chronicles location, nature of more than 1,000 incidents last year
New research from the University of Michigan offers insights into the location, nature and perpetrators of anti-Asian hate incidents that occurred in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virulent Hate Projec t, which is supported by U-M's Center for Social Solutions and Poverty Solutions initiative, reviewed 4,337 news articles from 2020 that addressed coronavirus-related, anti-Asian racism in the United States.

Social Sciences - Health - 18.05.2021
More than half of adolescents practice poor hand hygiene
Only one in three adolescents are practising appropriate hand hygiene, a new global study involving University of Queensland researchers has found. Dr Yaqoot Fatima from UQ's Institute for Social Science Research said there was a renewed emphasis on adequate hand hygiene with COVID-19. "We used data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey from 92 countries across the six WHO regions to examine the prevalence and correlation of hand hygiene practices in adolescents worldwide," Dr Fatima said.

Psychology - Social Sciences - 17.05.2021
Warnings on the dangers of screen time are ill founded - new study
Warnings on the dangers of screen time are ill founded - new study
Research that requires participants to estimate their own digital screen time cannot provide reliable information on mental health impact. Last updated on Thursday 20 May 2021 Research that requires participants to estimate their own digital screen time cannot provide reliable information on mental health impact, concludes a major international review.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 17.05.2021
Ancestry tests affect race self-identification
Ancestry tests affect race self-identification
People who have taken a genetic ancestry test are more likely to report multiple races when self-identifying on surveys, according to Stanford sociologists. A genetic ancestry test (GAT) can not only unearth deep family secrets, it also can change how people self-identify their race on surveys. A new study by Stanford sociologists delves into how such changes could affect data that demographers use to measure population shifts and monitor racial inequalities.

Health - Social Sciences - 17.05.2021
Severe COVID-19 may be linked to long-haul symptoms
People who experience very severe COVID-19 illness have a higher prevalence of persistent symptoms, according to a new University of Michigan study. The findings highlight the urgent need to characterize and treat long-haulers-people who continue to experience lingering symptoms months after their initial diagnosis.

Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 16.05.2021
Increased emotional difficulties in children during the pandemic
Whilst the rise in emotional problems in teenagers and young adults since the pandemic has become clearer, little is known about the emotional response of pre-school and primary school aged children. Using data tracking children's emotional development at multiple ages before and during the pandemic, the research team were able to explore differences in trajectories of emotional difficulties in children before and during the pandemic.

Social Sciences - 14.05.2021
Confidence in government among voters drops
There has been "a very large decline in confidence in Federal Government among Australian voters", new analysis from The Australian National University (ANU) shows, with those declines linked closely to views on sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. The longitudinal survey of 3,200 adults also found there has been a large drop in the number of Australians who say they would vote for the Coalition.

Agronomy / Food Science - Social Sciences - 14.05.2021
New Study Indicates Significant Increase in Food and Nutrition Insecurity in Brazil
Researchers from Freie Universitšt Berlin are investigating the pressing issue of food inequalities No 089/2021 from May 14, 2021 According to a study conducted by researchers at Freie Universitšt Berlin in cooperation with Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Universidade de BrasŪlia, as many as six out of ten households in Brazil are currently at risk of food and nutrition insecurity.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 13.05.2021
History of significant head injury in women prisoners linked with disability and past abuse
New research has found that 78% of women prisoners in Scotland have a history of significant head injury - most of which occurred in the context of domestic abuse that often lasted over periods of several years. The University of Glasgow-led study - funded by the Scottish Government and published today in the Lancet Psychiatry - also found 66% of women prisoners had suffered repeat head injuries for many years.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 10.05.2021
New birth cohort study will study children of the 2020s
A new nationally representative birth cohort study launching in England in the coming year will deliver valuable insights into child development, led by UCL researchers and commissioned and funded by the Department for Education. The Children of the 2020s Study will include babies born in April, May, and June 2021.

Social Sciences - 10.05.2021
Neighbors looking out for one another can lessen child abuse and neglect
Parents are less likely to neglect or abuse their children when they have supportive networks within their neighborhood and others on whom they can rely, a new University of Michigan study found. Neighborhood poverty is associated with increased risk for child abuse and neglect, but these relationships are driven, in part, by the impact neighborhood poverty has on the interactions between residents.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 06.05.2021
Animals laugh too, UCLA analysis suggests
Sifting through studies on various species' play behavior, researchers tracked vocalization patterns that show a strong similarity to human laughter Sifting through studies on various species' play behavior, researchers tracked vocalization patterns that show a strong similarity to human laughter Human laughter is common, but it's a somewhat mysterious part of our evolution.

Social Sciences - History / Archeology - 06.05.2021
Human burial from 78,000 years ago in Africa
Human burial from 78,000 years ago in Africa
ņfrica Pitarch, Beatriu de Pinůs researcher in the Prehistoric Studies and Research Seminar of the UB (SERP-UB) 000 years ago. Researchers found remains of a child aged between 2.5 and 3, in a shallow grave in the site of Panga ya Saidi (Kenya). This burial joins other evidence of the first social complex behaviour seen in Homo Sapiens.

Social Sciences - 05.05.2021
Being around children makes adults more generous, say researchers
New psychology research suggests adults are more compassionate and donate more to charity when they are in the presence of children. Last updated on Wednesday 5 May 2021 Adults are more compassionate and are up to twice as likely to donate to charity when children are present, according to a new study from psychologists.

Social Sciences - Pharmacology - 05.05.2021
The first step to curbing COVID vaccine misinformation is finding out who is most vulnerable
The success of Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout will depend on everyone's willingness to receive it. But experts have warned vaccine misinformation online puts Australia's communities at risk, and some more than others. Often, misinformation and undue scepticism are spread on social media. In March, the ABC reported on WeChat posts spreading the false claim the Pfizer vaccine can integrate with people's DNA to transform them into "genetically modified humans'.