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Running in Tarahumara culture
Running in Tarahumara (Rarámuri) Culture. The Tarahumara (Rarámuri) are a Native American people from Chihuahua, Mexico, who have long been famous for running, but there is widespread incredulity about how and why they run such long distances. (2020-07-06)
Study: Gay and bisexual youth more likely to abandon churchgoing as they reach adulthood
Rare longitudinal analysis shows lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are twice as likely as heterosexual peers to disaffiliate with organized religion in late adolescence and early adulthood, although there was little change in the frequency of prayer. (2020-06-29)
How to have a better day during the pandemic
Many think they're doing good by texting with others to stay connected while physically distancing during the pandemic, but a national survey by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows more meaningful connections happen when people can hear or see the person they're interacting with. (2020-06-26)
Prayers can crowd out donations for disaster victims
A new study finds that people who prayed for hurricane victims before donating gave less than they would have otherwise: Because those who prayed believed that prayers improved the victims' well-being, they donated less. (2019-11-25)
Economists find mixed values of 'thoughts and prayers'
Christians who suffer from natural and human-caused disasters value thoughts and prayers from religious strangers, while atheists and agnostics believe they are worse off from such gestures. (2019-09-16)
Ritual suffering improves psychological well-being
Extreme ritual practices involving pain and suffering pose significant risks such as injury, trauma, or infection. (2019-09-04)
Islamic values play a significant role in the travel decisions of Muslim tourists
Islamic values are just as important as the destination, quality and value for money for Muslims when choosing a holiday destination, according to a new study by the University of Portsmouth. (2019-06-24)
Mental health stigma, fueled by religious belief, may prevent latinos from seeking help
Religious and cultural beliefs may discourage many Latinos in the United States from seeking treatment for depression and other mental health disorders, a Rutgers University-New Brunswick study finds. (2019-04-01)
Women more likely to take Bible literally, but that may be tied to intimacy, not gender
Women are more likely than men to believe the Bible is literally true, but a recent Baylor University study finds this may have more to do with how people relate to God than it does gender. (2019-02-19)
Study of traditional medicine finds high use in Sub-Saharan Africa despite modern medicine
Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not just because of a lack of resources or access to 'conventional medicine'. (2018-12-18)
A fire-breathing dragon helps fight ember attacks on thatched-roof buildings
A NIST researcher and his Japanese colleague conducted a special fire test to learn how to protect steep thatched-roof farmhouses that emerged more than 250 years ago to ruggedly withstand Central Japan's heavy winter snowfalls. (2018-12-17)
Faith-based intervention successful at managing hypertension in black communities, new study finds
Lifestyle intervention delivered in churches by community-based health workers led to a significant reduction in blood pressure among African Americans compared to health education alone, according to a study led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine publishing online Oct. (2018-10-09)
Religious upbringing linked to better health and well-being during early adulthood
Participating in spiritual practices during childhood and adolescence may be a protective factor for a range of health and well-being outcomes in early adulthood, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. (2018-09-14)
Adolescents whose religious mothers die are likely to be less religious as young adults
Bereaved children whose late mothers were very religious are likely to be less religious after their mother dies than youths who did not suffer a maternal loss. (2018-09-11)
Study: Prayer makes families connected, unified and bonded with less relational tension
In a recently-published study in the Journal of Family Psychology, BYU researchers explored how family prayer influences family relationships, finding a connection between prayer and a number of benefits for families. (2018-07-31)
Discuss religion, spirituality when treating young adults with severe mental illness
A majority of young adults with severe mental illness -- bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or major depression -- consider religion and spirituality relevant to their mental health, according to a new study from Baylor University's Diana R. (2018-07-30)
UTSA researcher studies the impact religion has on sleep quality
Christopher Ellison, in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Sociology, Terrence D. (2018-06-13)
Religiosity plays a role in educational success of immigrant children
A new study focuses on the role religion plays for the educational success of immigrant children. (2018-06-05)
Religious left mobilized in solidarity for Women's March on Chicago, study finds
Kriag Beyerlein's study, co-authored with Notre Dame graduate student Peter Ryan, compares the 2017 Women's March Chicago with historical examples of religiously motivated progressive social activism and is now published in Sociology of Religion. (2018-05-09)
Some black and Latino Christians rely on religion for healing
Christians who are comparatively well-represented in the medical field, like Korean-Americans, understand the relationship between faith and health differently than those who are not, like African-Americans and Latinos. (2018-02-12)
Internet use may prompt religious 'tinkering' instead of belief in only one religion
Internet use may decrease the likelihood of a person affiliating with a religious tradition or believing that only one religion is true, according to a Baylor University study. (2018-01-16)
Study: Mental health mobile apps are effective self-help tools
When it comes to strengthening your mental or emotional health, would you trust an app? (2017-11-20)
The internet may be secular, but religious americans aren't worried, baylor survey shows
Despite the pervasive use of the Internet in everyday life, most Americans report they never use it to find religious or spiritual content, and most never use it to share religious views, according to the Baylor Religion Survey. (2017-09-14)
Older people who feel close to God have well-being that grows with frequent prayer
As people grow older, those who are securely attached to God are more likely to have a sense of well-being -- and the more frequently they pray, the greater that feeling, according to a Baylor University study. (2017-06-20)
Study: What makes for effective partnerships with Indigenous nations on the environment?
Protecting the environment often draws on a collaboration between community members, NGOs, academia, and, local, state and federal agencies. (2017-04-05)
A new perspective on the European colonization of Asia
Although James Cook's 18th century expeditions into the South Pacific Ocean are considered historical feats, Spanish voyages of discovery in this region preceded them. (2017-03-20)
Proper movements in Muslim prayer ritual can reduce lower back pain
Five times a day, roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, bow, kneel, and place their foreheads to the ground in the direction of the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as part of the Islamic prayer ritual, the Salat. (2017-03-06)
Study looks at strategies used by African-American women facing intimate partner violence
African-American women in abusive relationships use a variety of strategies pulled from three general categories to survive intimate partner violence (IPV), according to a new University at Buffalo study recently published in the journal Social Work. (2017-01-12)
The role of spirituality in treating postpartum depression in mothers of color
Churches and other faith-based communities are an untapped resource that health-care providers should consider when suggesting treatment options for African-American and Latina mothers who have histories of postpartum depression (PPD), according to the findings of a newly published study by a University at Buffalo-led research team. (2016-12-06)
Parents, listen up: Children keep still during prayer
Preschool-aged children, and their parents, are more likely to view the physical actions of prayer (i.e., closing eyes, folding hands) to help with reflection and communicating with God. (2016-08-24)
How parents cope with stress of the NICU affects family dynamics
Understanding how parents cope while their child is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) could lead to better support for the family and a more successful transition to home when the baby is healthy, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Harrisburg researchers. (2016-08-24)
Brain images reveal first physical evidence that AA prayers reduce cravings
Members Alcoholics Anonymous who recited AA prayers after viewing drinking-related images reported less craving for alcohol after praying. (2016-05-12)
Most Americans pray for healing; more than one-fourth have practiced 'laying on of hands'
Nearly nine of 10 Americans have relied upon healing prayer at some point, praying for others even more than for themselves, according to a Baylor University study. (2016-04-18)
New study finds nearly half of American Muslim doctors feel scrutinized on the job
In a national survey of 255 Muslim American physicians published online this month by the journal AJOB Empirical Bioethics, researchers found that nearly half of respondents felt greater scrutiny at work compared to their peers. (2015-12-11)
New study finds nearly half of American Muslim doctors feel scrutinized on the job
In a national survey of 255 Muslim American physicians published online this month by the journal AJOB Empirical Bioethics, researchers found that nearly half of respondents felt greater scrutiny at work compared to their peers. (2015-12-11)
Sunday the day of rest for fires, study suggests
Fires are more prevalent on a Tuesday and less likely on a Sunday, according to a new University of Melbourne study, which highlights the dramatic effect humans, religion and culture have on the global climate. (2015-11-19)
Relying on faith, culture and family to reduce stress of caregivers
Despite the fact that that family interventions have shown to significantly improve outcomes for individuals with schizophrenia, only about 7 percent of patients with this illness receive any family therapy. (2015-11-05)
Study: Persian Gulf could experience deadly heat
Climate change could bring deadly heat waves to Persian Gulf. (2015-10-26)
Relaxation response-based program may reduce participants' future use of health services
A study from the Institute for Technology Assessment and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine -- both at Massachusetts General Hospital -- finds that individuals participating in a relaxation-response-focused training program used fewer health care services in the year after their participation than in the preceding year. (2015-10-13)
High participation in small church groups has its downside, research shows
Parishioners who participate in small groups within a religious congregation are generally more likely to be civically engaged than their fellow worshipers unless a church has high overall small-group participation, according to research recently released by Clemson and Louisiana State universities. (2015-08-13)
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