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19/04/2018 03:56 AM
Modeling Prosocial Behavior Increases Helping in 16-Month-Olds

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Shortly after they turn 1, most babies begin to help others, whether by handing their mother an object out of her reach or giving a sibling a toy that has fallen. Researchers have long studied how this helping behavior develops, but why it develops has been examined less. A new study looked at the role of imitation to find that when 16-month-olds observe others' helping behavior, they're more likely to be helpful themselves.

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19/04/2018 03:55 AM
Raw Fruit and Veggies Linked to Better Mental Health Outcomes

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Researchers have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.

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19/04/2018 03:55 AM
#MeToo in Russia: Women Protesting Sexual Harassment Face Hurdles

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As the wave of #MeToo allegations of sexual harassment and assault swept the West, Dana Bilder wondered what the big deal was. After all, such issues should be addressed when they happen — not decades later, the 19-year-old journalism student from Moscow says.

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19/04/2018 03:21 AM
Inflammation in Pregnancy Tied to Risk for Mental Illness in Children

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Heightened inflammation during pregnancy may increase the risk of mental illness or brain development problems in children, according to a new study led by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

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19/04/2018 03:18 AM
LGBTQ Lawyer Sets Self on Fire to Protest Climate Change

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David Buckel, a prominent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer civil rights attorney, fatally set himself on.

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19/04/2018 03:17 AM
UK Prime Minister "Deeply Regrets" Colonial Antigay Laws

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Theresa May says the laws, still used in 37 Commonwealth nations, "were wrong then and are wrong now."

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12/04/2018 05:42 AM
Study Finds Two Key Risk Factors for High School Dropout

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The reasons students quit high school are complex, but aggression and weak study skills are two key factors, a new study finds.

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12/04/2018 05:24 AM
Germany Appoints Commissioner to Fight Anti-Semitism

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Germany has appointed a career diplomat as its commissioner to coordinate government activities against anti-Semitism, a newly created job that reflects rising concern over the issue.

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11/04/2018 03:59 AM
Researchers Propose New Alzheimer's Definition Based on Biology

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Alzheimer's researchers have proposed a radical change in the way the disease is defined, focusing on biological changes in the body rather than clinical symptoms such as memory loss and cognitive decline.

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11/04/2018 03:59 AM
Marathons Say Transgender Women Can Compete as Women

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In 1967, a Boston Marathon official nearly dragged a woman off the course after she managed to enter the men’s-only race. Five decades later, race officials are addressing gender once again: They’re now publicly acknowledging that transgender runners can compete using the gender they identify with.

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10/04/2018 07:19 AM
Domestic Violence: How Photos Are Helping Victims Love Themselves

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Dasha Buben takes pictures of the victims of domestic abuse in Belarus, in the hope their confidence will grow.

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10/04/2018 07:16 AM
Many MDs Unsure About Normal Vs. Symptomatic Irritability in Kids

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Primary care doctors and pediatricians are less confident than child and adolescent psychiatrists in their ability to determine whether irritability in young patients is normal or a deeper mental health issue, according to a new study at Pennsylvania State University.

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08/04/2018 01:18 AM
Carbon Taxes Can Be Both Fair and Effective, Experts Conclude

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Study shows a tax on carbon-based fuels would go a long way toward curbing global climate change, and could be designed so that it doesn't hurt the poorest households.

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08/04/2018 01:18 AM
Hollywood's Diversity Push Ignores Actors with Disabilities

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Hollywood's move toward diversity has largely ignored a big group: people with disabilities.

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08/04/2018 01:18 AM
Elderly Have As Many New Neurons as Teens, Study Finds

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The brain never stops growing, scientists have found in landmark discovery that could help treat degenerative diseases. Previously researchers believed that the brain did not grow any new cells after childhood, which is why it is so much harder for adults to pick up new skills or learn a foreign language.

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08/04/2018 01:17 AM
Focus on Behavior, Not Persuasion, to Boost Vaccination Rates

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A comprehensive review of scientific literature surrounding the psychology of vaccinations has shown that shaping behavior rather than trying to change minds is far more effective at persuading people to get immunized.

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08/04/2018 01:06 AM
Get Moving to Get Happier, Research Suggests

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Physical activity has long been known to reduce depression and anxiety, and is commonly prescribed to prevent or cure negative mental health conditions. A new review suggests the physical activity frequency and volume are essential factors in the relationship between physical activity and happiness.

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08/04/2018 01:03 AM
What Supremacist Groups Look Like 50 Years After King's Assassination

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The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr marked the end of an era, but not the end of a fight: even fifty years after his death, the white supremacist beliefs he strove to dismantle are still alive and well in America, though espoused by a few new faces. While racism can exist everywhere, from the classroom to the White House, many people still associate American white supremacy with the Ku Klux Klan – white hoods, burning crosses, and all.

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03/04/2018 05:29 AM
Alzheimer’s Memories Could Be Switched Back on with Implant 

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Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories. In a groundbreaking pilot study, U.S. researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 patients. They found that it increased memory performance by up to 37 per cent.

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03/04/2018 05:28 AM
Are Meat Eaters Contributing to Climate Change?

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Climate change scientists have a beef with all the steaks and burgers Americans are eating. Beef is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production, the researchers said in a new study.

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