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20 May AAAS lecture: Computers that Respond to Human Emotion
Researchers are building computers that can detect and respond to a person's emotions. Prototypes can measure emotional expression through physiological signals such as facial expressions and voice changes, and respond with human-like skills such as listening, empathy and sympathy. The research and technology behind emotionally responsive machinery is state of the art, and controversial. (2004-05-19)

Diabetes linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's in long-term study
Diabetes mellitus was linked to a 65 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), appearing to affect some aspects of cognitive function differently than others in a new study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health. The findings, from the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center's Religious Orders Study, add to a developing body of research examining a possible link between diabetes and cognitive decline. (2004-05-17)

Diabetics at significantly higher risk for Alzheimer's disease
Diabetes mellitus is linked to a 65 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) and affects some aspects of cognitive function differently than others, according to a new study conducted by Alzheimer's disease researchers from Rush University Medical Center. (2004-05-17)

The cultural defense
For many immigrants, living in America is a cultural balancing act of preserving native customs while conforming to the laws of the land. Where no harm ensues, says a University of Southern California professor, traditions should be considered. (2004-04-20)

Modern psychology sheds light on age-old religious strife
Drawing on modern psychological concepts like post-traumatic stress disorder, a Queen's University researcher concludes that today's religious strife may have a direct link to the violence of the Easter story and the crucifixion. (2004-04-05)

Family discipline, religous attendance cut levels of later violence among aggressive children
Aggressive 15 year olds who attended religious services, felt attached to their schools or were exposed to good family management were much less likely to have engaged in violence behavior by the time they turned 18, according to a new multi-ethnic study of urban youth by University of Washington researchers. (2004-03-04)

K-State science education professor to give symposium
John Staver will deliver a paper titled (2004-02-14)

Religion guides views of fertility treatment in Middle East
Among Muslims, reproductive technologies can clash with deeply held religious beliefs about the importance of biologically based kinship, family life and parenthood. (2004-02-14)

Psychology researcher says spiritual meaning of Christmas brings more happiness than materialism
Religious people are happier than those without spirituality, says a psychologist from the University of Warwick, and those who celebrate the original, Christian, meaning of Christmas are happier than those who celebrate the festive season with consumer gifts. The new research reveals a positive relation between religiosity and happiness and suggests that the reason for this is that religious people have more of a sense of purpose in their lives than non-religious people. (2003-12-08)

Cincinnati scholar finds demon-chasing charms
Old books yield (2003-10-20)

Scientific study of twins shows forgiveness has genetic component
Scientific study of twins shows forgiveness has genetic component. Scientific study of twins shows that forgiveness and vengefulness are partly genetic, whereas spirituality is shaped by the family environment. Forgiveness is better understood in relation to pro-social behavior than religion. Study was conducted by Lindon Eaves (the second most cited geneticist in the world). (2003-10-13)

New scientific study finds forgiveness a factor in decreasing spread of AIDS
A new study shows that forgiving may be a factor in placing others at risk of contacting AIDS. In a longitudinal study, both feeling forgiven and forgiving others were associated with fewer depressive symptoms, fewer life stressors, a greater degree of religious involvement, and higher global quality of life. Furthermore, expressing forgiveness in the context of one's own HIV infection was associated with a decreased likelihood of placing others at risk through unprotected sex. (2003-10-13)

Prehistoric footpaths in Costa Rica indicate intimate ties with villages, cemeteries
New findings by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicate tiny footpaths traveled by Costa Rican people 1,500 years ago were precursors to wide, deep and ritualistic roadways 500 years later leading to and from cemeteries and villages. (2003-10-07)

Increased religiosity in countries affects attitudes toward sexual morality, study shows
When a nation's overall levels of religious belief and attendance are high, its citizens voice greater disapproval of divorce, homosexuality, abortion and prostitution -- issues involving sexual morality. But religiosity is less likely to spur such disapproval for cheating on taxes or accepting bribes in public office, says two Penn State researchers. (2003-10-02)

Religion helps shape wealth of Americans, study finds
A new national study shows that religious affiliation plays a powerful role in how much wealth Americans accumulate, with Jews amassing the most wealth and conservative Protestants the least. Mainline Protestants and Catholics fall in between and are about average with the rest of the population in terms of overall wealth. Moreover, people who attend religious services regularly build more wealth than those who don't, the study found. (2003-09-16)

Living together before marriage: Now common but still risky
Even though more than half of couples now do it, compared with only 10 percent 30 years ago, living together before marriage still is linked to higher rates of troubled unions, divorce and separation, Penn State researchers have found. (2003-08-04)

Rice and Notre Dame to conduct first panel study of religion and ethnicity
Researchers will study the same adults throughout their lives to monitor how and why their religious beliefs change over time. (2003-08-04)

Effects of Alzheimer's disease may be influenced by education
The more formal education a person has, the better his or her memory and learning ability even in the presence of brain abnormalities characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to new findings from the Religious Orders Study, a major national study of aging. The research offers important new evidence that formal education may provide a cognitive (2003-06-23)

Rush researchers find effects of Alzheimer's disease may be influenced by education
Researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center have found that the more formal education a person has, the better his or her memory and learning ability, even in the presence of brain abnormalities characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD). (2003-06-23)

9/11 boosted trust in government, temporary distress, research shows
Analyses of responses given by thousands of young U.S. adults interviewed shortly after the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, showed surges both in sadness and in trust in government when compared with responses to interviews conducted shortly before the disasters. (2003-06-09)

Criminal law, military insufficient in anti-terrorism
Canada has placed too much emphasis on criminal law, armed forces and restrictions on refugees as methods to avoid a future terrorist attack, says a new book by a University of Toronto criminal law professor. (2003-05-22)

One in three HIV patients say life 'better' since diagnosis
Nearly a third of patients with the AIDS virus say life is generally better since they received their diagnosis, according to study findings presented May 1 at the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine in Vancouver, B.C. The study was based on interviews with 449 HIV patients in 2002 and 2003. (2003-04-30)

Game theorist Sandler describes unintended consequences of US counter-terrorism policies
Current world events would not suggest that a decline in terrorism incidents has taken place during the post-Cold War era. Yet, that is what Todd Sandler, a University of Southern California (USC) professor, has found in studies conducted with colleague Walter Enders of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. (2003-04-28)

Scientists find America's oldest image of a deity
Archaeologists have found a 4,000-year-old gourd fragment that bears an archaic image of the Staff God - the principal deity in South America during thousands of years, up to the Inca. Like the cross, the Staff God is a clearly recognizable religious icon, the authors say. This appears to be the oldest identifiable religious icon found in the Americas. It indicates that organized religion began in the Andes more than 1,000 years earlier than previously thought. (2003-04-14)

Why Britain's gay, lesbian and bisexual Muslims need dedicated support groups
Scarcity of support groups for Britain's gay, lesbian and other non-heterosexual Muslims is highlighted in a new report sponsored by the Economic & Social Research Council which gives unique insight into the religious and social pressures on their lives. (2003-04-10)

Difficulties with primate cloning: A religious comment
A brief article by Gerald Schatten et al. ( (2003-04-10)

UC anthropologist advocates broader surveys of ancient landscapes
Work by a University of Cincinnati anthropologist published on Monday, April 7, in the highly prestigious (2003-04-07)

Native American artifacts pose pesticide exposure risk
An analysis of museum artifacts returned to California's Hoopa tribe through a federal repatriation act reveals traces of mercury and various pesticides, including DDT. Such chemicals -- commonly applied in the past by museums to defend their collections against pests -- could pose a risk to tribal members who may wear the objects during religious ceremonies, as well as to museum workers who handle the artifacts. (2003-03-19)

Penn study: Church-state separation not breached when faith-based groups work with government
Faith-based organizations assisting at-risk children work closely with government agencies without raising First Amendment separation of church and state concerns, according to a new study from the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania. (2003-03-06)

Suicide terrorism: U-M author explains what defenses will and won't work and why
The first line of defense against suicide terrorism should be to prevent people from becoming terrorists---rather than to protect targets from being attacked, according to a University of Michigan researcher whose analysis appears in the current (March 7) issue of Science. (2003-03-06)

New Penn/Gallup Poll measures 'spiritual state of the union'
Faith and spirituality guide the lives of three out of four American adults, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the Gallup Organization and the George H. Gallup International Institute. (2003-03-06)

Misunderstanding the prehistoric southwest: what happened at Chaco?
Two University of Colorado at Boulder researchers have developed intriguing theories on the mysterious demise of the Chaco Canyon Pueblo people and the larger Chaco region that governed an area in the Southwest about the size of Ohio before it collapsed about 1125. (2003-02-18)

Int'l health experts call on British P.M. to consider health impacts of war on Iraq
A war on Iraq would have disastrous short, medium and long-term social and public-health consequences--not just for Iraq, but internationally, argue 500 signatories of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in an open letter to Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, published jointly in this week's issue of The Lancet and British Medical Journal. (2003-01-23)

International health experts call on Prime Minister to consider health impacts of war on Iraq
A war on Iraq would have disastrous short, medium and long-term social and public health consequences - not just for Iraq, but internationally, argue 500 signatories of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in an open letter to Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (2003-01-23)

Why are men less religious? It may be form of risk-taking just as criminal behavior is
Lower rates of male religiousness is a form of risk-taking and impulsivity just as criminal behavior is and data from 57 countries seems to indicate that the gender differences are based on physiology rather than socialization. (2002-12-18)

Binge drinking among Jewish and non-Jewish college students
Americans who frequently attend religious services have lower rates of alcohol use and misuse. The same relationship has not been found among Jewish Americans. Heavy drinking and alcoholism, however, are less common among Jews than Christians. Religious service attendance may have different meanings across groups, and may not accurately reflect religiosity among Jews. (2002-12-16)

Americans deeply divided about use of genetic technologies in reproduction
Americans are both hopeful and fearful about the rapidly advancing power of scientists to manipulate human reproduction, a new survey shows. (2002-12-09)

Religious 12th graders hold more positive attitudes about life, new UNC study shows
High school seniors who consider themselves religious have significantly higher self-esteem and hold more positive attitudes about life than do their less religious peers, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows. (2002-12-04)

Transgenic rice for human benefit: a religious perspective
A paper to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by A. K. Garg and R. J. Wu, (2002-11-25)

Majority of nursing home aides experience racism from residents and staff
Nearly 75 percent of nurse's aides working in nursing homes experience racism on the job, according to a study from the Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern University. (2002-11-20)

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