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VA Exaggerates Quality of Care, Study Finds

An exhaustive study of the VA health system and its administrators has found a pattern of overstating the quality of care, arguably at the expense of veterans. If Congress is under the impression that VA medical care is top notch, it is less motivated to appropriate resources for much-needed improvements.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


The Dark Side of Ethanol

A new study out of Stanford University says ethanol could worsen smog problems, as the alternative fuel may produce dirtier air than gasoline. Ethanol has already been something of a mixed bag for environmentalists, who are desperate for politically viable alternative fuels but troubled by the high cost of corn-based ethanol.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


Doctors
fox.com

The Health Risks of Modesty

A new study in The Lancet says doctors need to be more aggressive in questioning their patients about sex. According to the authors of the study, sexual problems are often related to serious health risks: “If a man comes in with erectile dysfunction, it can be the tip of the iceberg.”

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


skin shade
original: booster.co.il / alteration by Peter Scheer

Lighter Skin Pays Off for Immigrants in U.S.

A new study of thousands of immigrants found that those with lighter skin earned more money than immigrants of similar background whose skin was darker. “On average, being one shade lighter has about the same effect as having an additional year of education,” the study’s author said.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


Irish flag
illustration by Peter Scheer

The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

Researchers from Dublin City University already believed that drug use was on the rise in Ireland, but they were surprised when their study indicated that 100 percent of Ireland’s banknotes bear traces of cocaine.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


fingers crossed
researchmatters.harvard.edu

95% of Americans Have Had Premarital Sex

A new study of 38,000 Americans has found that 95 percent had premarital sex, challenging the wisdom of the abstinence-only sex education programs favored by the Bush administration.  According to the study’s author: “It would be more effective ... to provide young people with the skills and information they need to be safe once they become sexually active—which nearly everyone eventually will.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


cell radiation
emctech.com.au

No Cancer Risk From Cell Phones

Researchers from the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology have found that cell phone use does not increase the risk of cancer.  The study looked at more than 420,000 cell users, some 56,000 of whom had used a mobile phone for more than 10 years. (h/t: Engadget Mobile)

Posted on Dec 16, 2006 READ MORE


veggies
news.bbc.co.uk

Study Links Higher IQ to Vegetarianism

A study emerging from Britain claims the IQs of kids who grew up to become vegetarians were an average of five points higher. There was no difference measured between full-blown vegetarians and those who ate chicken or fish (does that even count as vegetarianism?).

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Circumcision Reduces AIDS Risk

According to officials from the National Institutes of Health, circumcision reduces the risk in men of contracting HIV through heterosexual sex by roughly 50%.  The announcement was based on several recent studies conducted in Africa.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


ice shrinks
news.bbc.co.uk

Global Warming Slams Arctic

Last month Arctic sea ice shrunk by an area the size of Alaska when compared to historical averages, according to a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. By 2040, summer ice could disappear altogether.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
nytimes.com

Study Group to Call for Iraq Withdrawals; Bush Remains Obstinate

The Iraq Study Group has apparently reached a consensus and will recommend a gradual pullback of U.S. forces in Iraq, though without a timetable.  But after meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday, President Bush was already dismissive of the suggestion: “We’re going to stay in Iraq to get the job done as long as the government wants us there.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


steak
flickr / daxiang stef

Bad News for Steak Lovers

Young women who eat plenty of red meat may be up to twice as likely to develop a common form of breast cancer, according to a new study of more than 90,000 women.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


Red wine
target.com

A Long but Drunken Life

A new study found that obese mice given massive doses of a substance found in red wine enjoyed improved health and increased longevity.  Although the results are promising, a human would have to drink between 750 and 1,500 bottles of wine a day to achieve the dose of resveratrol given to the rodents.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


Global Sex Study Debunks Myths

“People aren’t losing their virginity at younger ages, married people have the most sex, and there is no firm link between promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases,” according to an AP report on a worldwide study of sexual behavior.

  • Also: Heard about “sleepsex”? Neither had we; and frankly, we’re skeptical.

  • Posted on Nov 1, 2006 READ MORE


    gateway arch
    city-data.com

    Don’t Meet Me in St. Louis

    St. Louis beat out Detroit, Flint, Compton and Camden to top a list of the most dangerous cities in America.  On the other end of the spectrum, a small town called Brick, N.J., is this year’s safest city.

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    655,000 Iraq War Deaths

    A doctor with Physicians for Social Responsibility reports on the attempts of ideological critics to slander the good science behind a shocking new report on the death tally of the Iraq war.

    Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


    skull map
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lancet Study Researchers

    This week Truthdig celebrates the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad and the Center for International Studies at MIT as well as The Lancet for their commitment to documenting the real number of Iraqi deaths that have resulted from the 2003 U.S. military invasion of Iraq.

    Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Libertarians as the New Swing Vote?

    A new Cato Institute study says this about libertarians: “They are a larger share of the electorate than the fabled ‘soccer moms’ and ‘NASCAR dads’ .... The political party that comes to terms with than can win the next generation.”

    Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi funeral
    washingtonpost.com

    Iraq Study: 655,000 Dead Since Invasion

    A survey team made up of Iraqi physicians and epidemiologists from Johns Hopkins University has determined that the U.S. invasion of Iraq caused the deaths of roughly 655,000 people.  The estimate is more than 20 times higher than one Bush gave in December, but the researchers believe they have substantial evidence to back the claim.

    Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Pot smoking
    From images.newsx.cc

    Marijuana May Fight Alzheimer’s

    THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may be better at suppressing Alzheimer’s than any currently approved drug.
    Pot: Making some people forget, helping others to remember…

    Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Stewart and Rummy
    From Comedy Central

    Study: ‘Daily Show’ as Substantive as Network News

    That’s the conclusion of a professor at Indiana University who analyzed coverage of the 2004 presidential conventions. Of course, that’s not necessarily saying much.  The study noted: Network news shows are filled with fluff.

    Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Cuban cigars
    AP / Jose Goitia

    Do Cigars and Sex Boost Cubans’ Lives?

    Cuba’s high number of centenarians say their longevity is down to laying off alcohol, but indulging in coffee, cigars and sex.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Alcohol Boosts Salary, Says Study

    Drinkers are apparently more apt to reap “social capital,” said the study’s co-author. “Social drinkers are out networking, building relationships and adding contacts to their BlackBerries that result in bigger paychecks.”
    We’ll drink responsibly to that!

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: Horror or Hope in Vegetative Patient Study?

    British researchers reported that a totally unresponsive 23-year-old woman showed signs of awareness on a brain-imaging test. What we can’t know, however, is whether someone actually wants to keep living like that.

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Fertilization
    Wikipedia

    Men Have Biological Clocks Too

    A group of U.S. and UK researchers have suggested that children born to older fathers are likelier to develop autism.  The study of 132,271 Israeli children implies the possibility that men also have time constraints on procreation.

    Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Supersized Paychecks for Oil Execs in 2005

    CEOs of the largest 15 oil companies averaged $32.7 million in compensation in 2005. This sum is more than twice the amount paid out to CEOs at other “large U.S. firms.” More on the study released by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy here.  Oink, oink! (via huffpo)

    Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Ambiguously healthy coffee
    From answers.com

    Meet Your Friendly (and Deadly?) Coffee Bean

    The java in this cup could either cause or counter a heart attack, depending on which recent study you believe. The American Medical Association says, drink up; an assistant professor at Brown says, sedentary types: beware.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Driving with celling
    From dottocomu.com

    Cellphone Calls Mangle Driving Skills

    Driving while talking on your cell cuts by half the brain’s ability to recognize and respond to traffic conditions, according to a study. Says a researcher: “Twentysomethings on a cellphone have the same reaction time as 70-year-olds.”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Immigrants Don’t Hurt U.S. Jobs, Says Study

    In what could be tantamount to dropping a neutron bomb on xenophobes like Lou Dobbs, a study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that high levels of immigration in the past 15 years do not appear to have hurt employment opportunities for American workers. But some economists question the study’s technique.

  • Check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper on the myths of America’s immigration debate.

  • Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Elephants
    AP / Jake Schoellkopf

    Elephants Have Capacity for Compassion, Study Says

    The study detailed the way elephants responded with apparent concern to a member that fell ill and died, a relative rarity in the animal kingdom.
    Rarer still is evidence suggesting that elephants of the political type mean to make good on their promise to infuse their conservatism with compassion.

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Desire Controls What We Perceive, Study Finds

    From Live Science: “Without realizing it, people will perceive things according to how they want to see them, a new study suggests.”

  • This may explain, for example, why people on different sides of an argument remember wildly different aspects of the confrontation.

    Posted on Jul 16, 2006 READ MORE


  • Green Antarctica
    AFP/ Craig Potton

    Expert: Trees Could Grow in Antarctica Within Century

    Due to global warming, the icy continent could revert to how it looked 40 million years ago—with bushes and trees, an environmental expert told an international scientific conference.

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Vanatu Man
    From AFP/ Marc Le Chelard

    Vanuatu Is World’s Happiest Country, Study Finds

    The AP reports: “The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published measuring people’s wellbeing and their impact on the environment.”

    Zimbabwe came in last of the 178 ranked countries. The U.S. came in at a dismal 150th. Of the G8 industrial powers, Italy scored highest at 60th.

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Study: Link Between Having Older Brothers and Homosexuality

    Having one or more older brothers boosts the likelihood of a boy growing up to be gay—an effect due not to social factors but biological events that occur in the mother’s womb, according to a study published Tuesday. More evidence—alas, Bible-thumpers still need it—that homosexuality has nothing to do with outside factors and has everything to do with biology.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Study: Americans Have Fewer Friends Than 20 Years Ago

    The American Sociological Review has found that Americans have a third fewer close friends and confidants than just two decades ago—a huge shift, statistically speaking. What to make of it?  Uhhh, take your guess: suburbs vs. urban living, iPods vs. conversations….

    Posted on Jun 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart
    From the Washington Post

    Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?

    Remember when Jon Stewart famously told the “Crossfire” boys that they were “hurting America”? Well, now two political scientists are saying the same thing about Stewart. In a study, students who watched “The Daily Show” developed cynical attitudes about politics, the news media and the electoral system.
    Actually, more cynicism and skepticism would be helpful in the age of Bush and his Lies. But if, as the study suggests, “The Daily Show”  turns young people off from voting, we can’t be happy about that.

     

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Smart Pill’ Use Skyrockets Among Students

    High school and college students are popping more speedy prescription pills than ever in an attempt to help them study.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Study: No Marijuana Link to Lung Cancer

    The study results even surprised the UCLA researchers who were running the tests.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Purity Ball
    From generationsoflight.myicontrol.com

    Most Youths Break Abstinence Pledges

    A Harvard study further confirms that abstinence pledges are basically bunk.
    Want to dig deeper? Check out Purity Balls.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Birth Control Pill
    via Feministing

    ‘The Pill’ Turns 46 Years Old

    On May 9, 1960, the FDA approved Enovid, the first birth control pill, for clinical use. Many court cases, a sexual revolution and a fundamentalist backlash later, use of and access to contraceptives is still very much a hot-button issue in the U.S. Read a roundup of information and opinion relating to the release of an explosive report last week connecting a spike in unwanted pregnancies among the poor to decreased contraceptive use. (h/t: Feministing)

  • REPORT: A Tale of Two Americas for Women: The Contraception-Abortion Connection press release | PDF (Guttmacher Institute)
  • Timeline: The Pill (PBS)

  • Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Obesity Epidemic Underestimated by Up to 50%: Study

    Were this study not from Harvard specialists, we wouldn’t have thought it possible that soooo many more Americans are obese.

    Posted on Apr 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Shocker: Study Shrugs Off Prayer’s Power to Heal

    A nationwide study finds that having strangers pray for heart patients does not help their health. In fact, the prayed-for are actually more likely to suffer complications.

    Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Breast Cancer More Deadly to Blacks Than Whites

    Black American women are 19% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, according to a new study. This is just the most recent of many studies illustrating that within our healthcare system, even after controlling for socioeconomic factors, blacks still receive a poorer quality of healthcare than whites.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Go Ahead, Eat That Foie Gras!

    A landmark study has concluded that a low-fat diet does not reduce the risk of getting cancer or heart disease. | story or read the reports
    Don’t start mainlining lard just yet. The next study is surely just around the corner….

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Americans No Longer Find Fat Unattractive

    Despite the diet books, U.S. adults are much more accepting of overweight people, according to a study. | story

    Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘The Pill’ May Kill Sex Drive for Months After Its Use Is Stopped

    According to a new study, the pill continues to put some women out of the mood even months after they stop taking it. | story

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Funds Exotic Languages in Schools

    Kindergartners to learn Arabic, Farsi, Chinese. | more

    Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


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