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Practical guide to qualitative research methods published
A new text, (2011-10-04)

$3.6 million nursing research project promotes exercise for girls
With the help of a $3.6 million federal grant, a Michigan State University nursing researcher is expanding a pilot program statewide to help middle school girls -- particularly minority girls in urban, low socioeconomic settings -- increase their physical activity. The five-year Girls on the Move project, led by Lorraine Robbins and funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on individual and web-based counseling sessions with school nurses and an after-school club. (2011-10-03)

White House names Georgia Tech professor as Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers honoree
President Obama named Maria G. Westdickenberg, associate professor in the School of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as one of 94 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. (2011-09-28)

Students 'jump into action' for better health
The National Survey of Children's Health indicates 31 percent of Missouri children are overweight or obese; yet, the state lacks physical activity requirements for students and nutritional standards for school meals beyond those recommended by the USDA. A new study from the University of Missouri shows Jump Into Action (JIA), a school-based physical activity program, is effective in changing unhealthy youth behaviors (2011-09-28)

Quantum teleportation analysed by mathematical separation tool
Scientists from the University of Vienna's Faculty of Physics in Austria recently gave a theoretical description of teleportation phenomena in sub-atomic scale physical systems, in a publication in the European Physical Journal D. (2011-09-27)

Researchers share discoveries about aging-related changes in health and cognition
Critical life course events and experiences -- in both youth and middle adulthood -- may contribute to health and cognition in later life, according to a new supplemental issue of the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Furthermore, the authors find that the processes of aging linked to cognition and those linked to health should be studied simultaneously, as part of the same set of processes. (2011-08-31)

Achieving realistic physical activity goals benefits RA patients
Researchers from the Netherlands report that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have higher levels of self-efficacy for physical activity are more likely to achieve their physical activity goals. According to the study now available in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), achievement of physical activity goals is associated with lower self-reported arthritis pain and increased health-related quality of life (HRQOL). (2011-08-25)

A lifetime of physical activity yields measurable benefits as we age
The benefits of physical activity accumulate across a lifetime, according to a new study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers in England and Australia examined the associations of leisure time physical activity across adulthood with physical performance and strength in midlife in a group of British men and women followed since birth in March 1946. (2011-08-25)

Build music with blocks: Audio d-touch
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new way to generate music and control computers. (2011-08-24)

Carnegie Mellon researchers outline ways to advance scientific thinking in children
Science educators aim to nurture, enrich and sustain children's natural and spontaneous interest in scientific knowledge using many different approaches. In a new paper published in (2011-08-18)

Get off the couch, please
Being physically active is one of best ways people with arthritis can improve their health, but a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine shows that more than half of women and 40 percent of men with arthritis are virtually couch potatoes. (2011-08-10)

Education affects Americans' religiosity -- but not how you might think
A new study finds that education has a positive effect on Americans' churchgoing habits, devotional practices, emphasis on religion in daily life and support for religious leaders to weigh in on the issues of the day. (2011-08-08)

Study finds satisfaction in body function, body appearance differs in older men and women
When it comes to satisfaction with body function and body appearance, older men and women have different opinions, although physical activity does improve satisfaction in both sexes, according to new study by a Baylor University researcher. (2011-08-02)

A true challenge for any superhero: Can comic books combat childhood obesity?
University of Cincinnati research challenges kids to develop comic book characters who communicate healthy messages. The results indicate those messages were inspiring. (2011-08-02)

Some exercise is better than none; more is better to reduce heart disease risk
Researchers found that 2.5 hours of moderate intensity physical activity per week can lower the overall risk of heart disease by 14 percent. This is the first review to quantify the amount of physical activity that is required to lower the risk of heart disease; others suggest only qualitative estimates. (2011-08-01)

Over half of Alzheimer's cases may be preventable, say researchers
Over half of all Alzheimer's disease cases could potentially be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions, according to a study led by Deborah Barnes, Ph.D., a mental health researcher at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. (2011-07-19)

Environmental factors predict underserved children's physical activity, Wayne State research finds
In 2005, Jeffrey Martin, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology, health and sport studies in Wayne State University's College of Education, found that children living in underserved communities are less physically active than their higher-income counterparts. Now, in a follow-up study, Martin has found environmental factors that may affect underserved children's physical activity and fitness levels: classmate support, gender and confidence. The study was published in the June 2011 issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. (2011-07-14)

Improving K-12 science education in the US
A framework for K-12 science education, new from the National Research Council, identifies the key scientific concepts and practices that all students in these grades should learn. The framework offers a new vision for K-12 education in science and engineering and embodies a significant shift in how these subjects are viewed and taught. (2011-07-13)

Severity of spinal cord injury has no impact on how adults rate their health, WSU research finds
Severity of spinal cord injury in adults is not related to how they rate their health, Wayne State University researchers have found. (2011-07-12)

Parkinson's disease patients may benefit from virtual-reality-based therapies
In people with Parkinson's disease (PD), the inability to make quick movements limits basic functioning in daily life. Movement can be improved by various cuing techniques, such as providing visual or auditory stimuli when movements are started. In a study scheduled for publication in the August issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, researchers report that virtual reality and physical reality exercises can be used to provide effective stimuli to increase movement speeds in PD patients. (2011-07-11)

The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) announces Helen Denning Ullrich Award of Excellence
The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) announces that Margo Wootan, DSc, has been awarded the 2011 Helen Denning Ullrich Award of Excellence. The award will be formally presented at the 44th SNE Annual Conference, (2011-07-07)

Differing lifestyles: A study of ethnicity and health
A new study has brought into focus how policymakers and health providers can take into account variations in lifestyle among different ethnic groups. (2011-07-07)

USC: The brain co-opts the body to promote pro-social behavior
The human brain may simulate physical sensations to prompt introspection, capitalizing on moments of high emotion to promote moral behavior, according to a USC researcher. (2011-07-06)

Self-paced walking test useful for evaluating progress in lifestyle intervention programs
The self-paced walking test, known as the 400-meter walk test, is effective in measuring improved physical function in postmenopausal women who have lost weight through healthy physical activity and dietary changes, according to collaborative research conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Pittsburgh. (2011-07-05)

Sitting for long periods doubles risk of blood clots in the lungs
Women who sit for long periods of time everyday are two to three times more likely to develop a life-threatening blood clot in their lungs than more active women, finds a study published on today. (2011-07-04)

New study on childbearing and education offers surprising findings
Does education reduce childbearing, or does childbearing get in the way of education? New research shows that, at least among a population of Norwegian women, childbearing impeded education more than education impeded childbearing. (2011-07-04)

Fidgeting your way to fitness
Walking to the photocopier and fidgeting at your desk are contributing more to your cardiorespiratory fitness than you might think. (2011-06-28)

Exercise produces positive effects on the intervertebral discs
Physical exercise has a positive effect on the formation of cells in the intervertebral discs. This is shown by a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, which is currently taking place in Gothenburg. (2011-06-28)

Lack of combined approach to play, childcare and learning in early childhood education
When preschool children ask questions about science they risk being left in the lurch by their teachers. Learning seems to have less of a focus among preschool teachers, despite what is laid down in the preschool's curriculum. These are the findings of a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011-06-14)

Indiana U. study points to health disparities in physical fitness
An Indiana U. study found surprising differences in physical fitness levels between more affluent members of a medically affiliated fitness center and patients of a safety net community health center, which serves more vulnerable populations. (2011-06-04)

ACSM: Weight loss success in a 3-D virtual world
Participants in two weight-loss programs -- one at a health club, the other delivered in a virtual world -- lost similar amounts of weight and body fat, but the online contingent reported significantly greater gains in behaviors that could help them live healthier and leaner lives. (2011-06-03)

Education doesn't increase odds that minorities play 'high-status' sports
Black and Mexican American doctors and lawyers aren't any more likely to play (2011-06-02)

More than one-third of California teens do not participate in school physical education
Despite a state requirement of 400 minutes of physical education every 10 days, approximately 1.3 million California public middle and high school students -- more than one-third (38 percent) of all California adolescents enrolled in public schools -- do not participate in any school-based physical education classes, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. (2011-05-31)

Brisk walking may help men with prostate cancer, UCSF study finds
A study of 1,455 US men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer has found a link between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression, according to scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and the Harvard School of Public Health. (2011-05-24)

Building confidence increases short-term exercise gains in COPD patients
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are more likely to increase physical activity on a day-to-day basis when exercises classes are combined with a confidence-building program, according to researchers from Michigan and Illinois. However, those improvements are only short-term and patients return to their original levels of activity once the confidence-building program ends, the study found. (2011-05-17)

Bleak memories of childhood
The latest edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International contains an article in which Winfried Hauser of the Technical University of Munich and his co-authors present the findings of their representative survey of a sample of the German population, conducted with the goal of quantifying the true dimensions of child abuse. (2011-05-12)

Sonography complements physical exam in identifying juvenile inflammatory arthritis in children
Juvenile inflammatory arthritis (JIA) is a potentially debilitating childhood disease. Early detection and treatment of active arthritis may avert long term joint damage and disability. Research has shown that sonography with power Doppler can facilitate making assessments in joint activity and sub-clinical disease, according to research being presented at the 2011 American Roentgen Ray Society's annual meeting. (2011-05-05)

Physical and emotional health of older couples linked for better or worse, study finds
A study of older married couples that gives new meaning to the matrimonial adage (2011-05-04)

Movement + academics = success
When schools cut physical education programs so students can spend more time in the classroom, they may be missing a golden opportunity to promote learning. (2011-05-01)

Immediate treatment can alleviate future back problems
Immediate treatment by a physiotherapist, bypassing a waiting list, can reduce problems with recurring low back pain, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2011-04-18)

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