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The neurology of the "F-word": NYU researcher studies the science of cussing
Swearing. It's one of humankind's most colorful and ubiquitous behaviors, but one of the least studied by scientists and researchers. NYU neurolinguist Diana Van Lancker and UCLA neurologist J.L. Cummings have recently reported their findings on the neurological patterns found in swearing. (2000-02-15)

Factors controlling immigrants' second language ability identified
If 6-year old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez were to settle permanently in the United States, by the time he reached adulthood, he would relate his horrific ordeal in fluent English. Elian's fluency primarily would be a result of sociological opportunities and maturational constraints tied to age at onset of language learning, says the author of a new study of second language acquisition among foreign-born residents in the United States. (2000-01-30)

ESL classes may help deliver public health messages
A potentially effective way for recent US immigrants to learn about heart disease prevention may be in the English-as-a- second-language (ESL) classroom environment, according to a study that focused on San Diego, CA-based Latino immigrants. (2000-01-16)

A miserable life on overcrowded Earth in 2100
Without democratically-determined population-control practices and sound resource-management policies 12 billon miserable humans will suffer a difficult life on Earth by the year 2100, a new Cornell University study suggests. (1999-09-20)

Rituals sustain dual-culture identity
Everyday routine rituals such as dining practices, work and family activities play an important role in the development of a bicultural ethnic character, sociologists say. (1999-08-07)

Areca (Betel) Nuts Could Damage Your Health
Not all nuts are good for your health, write a team from King's College Hospital in London. In particular the areca nut (often referred to as the betel nut), which is chewed by over 200 million people world wide, is linked to several damaging effects on oral and general health, including oral cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. (1999-05-07)

Press Briefing On Children In Immigrant Families To Be Held August 24, San Francisco Hilton 11 AM
As part of its Annual Meeting, the American Sociological Association will feature an important media briefing on (1998-08-19)

Israeli Ban On Ethiopian Blood Was Flawed Policy, Yale Researcher Concludes
Israel's 1996 decision to discard blood donated by Ethiopian immigrants was unjustified based on the infinitesimally small danger of HIV infection, concludes Yale management scientist Dr. Edward H. Kaplan, who notes that there is a comparable HIV infection rate among Americans, who are not subject to a similar Israeli ban. (1998-06-26)

Growth And Diversity Dramatic Among Asian Americans
Immigration has fueled the dramatic growth of the Asian American population--not only in their total numbers but also in the increasing diversity of their national backgrounds. The estimated 9.6 million Asian Americans, about 4 percent of the U.S. population, is expected to double again by 2010. (1998-06-08)

New Study Shows Second Generation Immigrant Children Gaining Weight
Adolescent obesity increases significantly among second- and third-generation immigrants to the United States, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. Why is not known, scientists say, but less physical activity and a higher-fat, more plentiful diet probably are responsible. (1998-05-18)

Paediatricians Need Good Working Knowledge of Tropical Infections
Klein and Millman from Northwick Park Hospital in Middlesex write that paediatricians in the UK need a good working knowledge of tropical conditions as access to specialists is limited. In a year long study of children with tropical infections they found that a relatively high incidence of potentially fatal tropical infections in children who are referred to hospital. (1998-05-08)

Study Of Intermarriage Patterns Shows Race Still A Major Factor
A new study of ethnic and racial intermarriage in the United States finds that the old patterns of (1998-04-08)

Scholar's Book Examines Journalists' Perspectives On 'Indian Problem'
Sloppy, biased and unscrupulous reporting wasn't invented yesterday. It was evident 130 years ago when a young United States was in the throes of a genuine national crisis -- the so-called (1998-04-08)

Hispanic Population Booming In Middle America, Study Finds
Between 1990 and 1994, the United States population grew by 6 percent, according to Census Bureau information and estimates, but the U.S. Hispanic population grew by 28 percent. The fastest Hispanic population growth occurred in the nation's heartland and Sun Belt, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows. (1998-03-26)

Immigration Policy Under Spotlight
The plight of poor and low-skilled immigrants -- especially Mexicans who cross the border to work on California farms -- is the focus of two articles in the latest issue of Population and Development Review. The articles demonstrate how the combined effects of the 1996 immigration and welfare reform acts are likely to produce unintended, possibly undesirable, consequences. (1998-01-22)

Immigrant Study Provides New Insights
Legal immigrants are more educated as a group than native-born U.S citizens, according to a just-released survey of new immigrants. This news is among many valuable findings about an increasingly important group in American society. The findings come from a new comprehensive survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development with support from the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the National Science Foundation (NSF). (1997-09-15)

Is Compulsory Overseas Medical Screening Of Migrants Justifiable?
In 1994, 22 million non-immigrant travelrs were admitted to the United States, but compulsory meidcal screening examinations were given only to the approximately 800,000 immigrants who intended to stay here. Weekers and Siem question the epidemiological, economic, and ethical bases on which such requirements have been made. (1997-08-18)

Female Genital Mutilation/Female Circumcision: Who Is At Risk In The United States?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 168,000 girls and women living in the United States in 1990 were at risk for or had been subject to FGM/FC. (1997-08-18)

Condemnation May Be Driving Circumcised Women From Health Care
American physicians are right to condemn the practice of female circumcision, but researchers say that physicians' condemnation of the practice may have the unintended effect of driving circumcised women away from the health care they need. (1997-08-13)

Anthropology News Tips From Johns Hopkins
Anthropology news tips from Johns Hopkins: o food and freedom; American eating habits o case study in immigrant assimilation o property in post-communist Romania o who's cleaning up nuclear weapons plants o abortion debate in Ireland o a gulf between thehomeless and their health professionals (1996-06-21)

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