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Everyday traffic noise harms health of children
Low-level but chronic noise of moderate traffic can stress children and raise their blood pressure, hearts rates and levels of stress hormones, says Cornell Professor Gary Evans. His study also found that girls exposed to traffic noise became less motivated. (Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, March 2001). (2001-05-21)

Indianapolis chemist wins national women's award
Christina Bodurow Erwin of Indianapolis will be honored April 3 for providing motivation for women to choose scientific careers and the tools to develop them. She receives the 2001 Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society at its meeting in San Diego. (2001-03-25)

Lehigh prof comes up ACES; develops tooll to assess student potential
One out of five American students are at risk of failing in school. To help identify these students and steer them toward success, a Lehigh University professor has developed an academic assessment tool that is so highly regarded that it is being adopted for statewide use in Hawaii. (2001-03-06)

African American teens at greater risk of tobacco addiction
Although African American students have the lowest rate of smoking aong the nation's 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, they are at greater risk of developing long-term consequences, such as smoking-related coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer, than are their non-African American counterparts. For African American teens who smoke, culturally-appropriate evaluation of nicotine dependence is an important part of cessation treatment. (2001-01-29)

Even low-level office noise can increase health risks
Low-level noise in offices can result in more stress and lower task motivation, which may contribute to heart and musculoskeletal problems, according to a study by Gary Evans, Cornell environmental psychologist. (Journal of Applied Psychology) (2001-01-22)

Researchers design test for visioning ability
Two Penn State researchers have fine-tuned a test measuring one of the key components of leadership: the ability to shape a long-range vision for one's company, church or local school district. (2000-09-10)

Want to increase voter turnout? Give them a candidate to hate
It will take more to get Americans to the polls this Election Day than a presidential candidate they really like. A new study suggests people will be more likely to vote if they actively dislike George Bush or Al Gore. (2000-08-31)

Modernising the NHS: what would make a difference for the professions?
In the fourth of seven BMJ articles on the modernising of the NHS, Isobel Allen, Professor of health and social policy at the Policy Studies Institute, London, looks at the third of five challenges set out by the prime minister surrounding more flexible working practices and less demarcation. (2000-06-01)

Depression may be one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease
Symptoms of depression may be one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, occurring up to three years before the disease is diagnosed, according to a study in the December 10 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (1999-12-09)

Students get better grades when tested frequently in class
Students may hate frequent tests in their classes, but new research suggests this teaching strategy may help them earn better grades. Several studies found that students who received a quiz on reading material every week outperformed other students on midterm and final examination grades by 4 to 24 percent. (1999-08-30)

Reasons For Selling House May Affect Final Price, Selling Time
A homeowner's motivation to sell affects the final selling price and how long that house stays on the market. Highly motivated sellers -- such as those who have already purchased another home -- had their houses on the market for up to 30 percent less time than other sellers. (1999-02-01)

Hollywood Film Maker Learns To Walk Again -- One Step At A Time
Learning to walk again was the hardest thing Howard Rutman, a Hollywood film maker ever did. An individual with the types of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident last January would typically be confined to a wheelchair for life. But less than six months after his last reconstructive surgery -- to pin his pelvis back together -- Rutman is walking again -- unaided. (1998-09-14)

Wistar Scientist Earns Fellowship Award From American-Italian Cancer Foundation
Giorgia Gri, Ph.D., a visiting scientist at The Wistar Institute, has been given a fellowship by the American- Italian Cancer Foundation, U.S. representative of the European School of Oncology. The $25,000 award will support her medical research project, (1998-07-23)

Praising Children For Their Intelligence May Leave Them Ill-Equipped To Cope With Failure
New research shows that complimenting children for their intelligence and academic performance may lead them to believe good test scores and high grades are more important than learning and mastering something new. (1998-07-12)

Women Smokers In Public Housing Lack Health-Risk Facts
Efforts to get African American women of low socioeconomic status to quit smoking should focus on messages about specific health risks and the negative connotation of being addicted, new research suggests. Unlike the general population and despite special risks, women in the studied population continue to have high rates of smoking and little motivation to quit. (1998-06-02)

Health Industry Urged To Reform Care Of Chronic Illness
Researchers are calling on the health care industry to change how it cares for people with chronic illnesses by instituting comprehensive collaborations that involve patients in decisions about how their conditions will be managed, to help them live (1997-12-15)

Imaging Studies Illuminate Brain's Response To Cocaine
Using a state-of-the art imaging technique, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have shown, in greater detail than before, how specific areas of the human brain react to cocaine, distinguishing patterns of activation associated with feelings of euphoria and craving among addicts. (1997-09-26)

Social Factors Considered Before Adolescents Ask For Help, Study Finds
Which would be worse: falling behind in math class because you don't ask for help or thinking you'll be regarded by your peers as stupid if you do ask for help? A new study finds that as far as adolescents are concerned, looking stupid is worse than falling behind (1997-06-04)

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