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Update: New evidence on Parkinson’s disease

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"According to the National Institutes of Health, at least 500,000 Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and about 50,000 new cases are reported each year. The disease is a progressive neurological disorder that is caused by the degeneration of neurons in a region of the brain that controls movement. Tremors are the most common symptom, but others include rigid limbs and slow movement. "Here...

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How to identify emotional abuse and neglect in preschoolers

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"The evidence is clear that developing skills early-on – especially before children enter kindergarten – is essential for success later in life. Unfortunately, children face consequences throughout their lives when they do not get the support they need as babies and preschoolers. Physical and behavioral problems and delays in social and communication skills are just some of the poor outcomes. "For...

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Summer learning loss: Do kids miss out?

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"For most kids, summer vacation has begun. This typically means more time spent at the park, swimming pool or beach, and often in front of the TV as well. It also means less time engaged in educational pursuits like reading, math and problem solving. "Many teachers say that our school schedule of long summer vacations leads to a “summer slump,” where students forget some of what they learned over...

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The evidence on hands-free cell phone devices while driving

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"Whether it’s a quick call to ask what’s needed from the grocery store or catching up with a long-distance friend – people everywhere talk on cell phones while they’re driving. "It’s long been recognized that talking on the phone while driving increases your risk of being involved in a crash. But in recent years, car and technology companies have marketed hands-free devices as a safer way...

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2013 NDACAN Summer Research Institute

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On June 10, an intrepid group of 17 child maltreatment researchers navigated around tropical storm Andrea to begin their week-long experience at the NDACAN Summer Research Institute. The Institute, now in its 21st year, is an annual event hosted by the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect. The Institute is an opportunity for participants to spend a week of uninterrupted time working on...

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McNair Scholar Kemar Prussien to work with CRPSIR

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Carl McNair, CEO and president of the McNair Scholars Program, with Kemar Prussien Kemar Prussien (Psychology, '15) recently began work with the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery (CRPSIR) as a McNair Scholar. The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 200 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed...

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An update on barefoot running

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Last week, the American College of Sports Medicine held its annual conference. There, researchers presented five separate studies on the benefits of running barefoot or with minimal footwear. What did the evidence demonstrate? Read more at the BCTR's Evidence-Based Living blog: An update on barefoot running

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A proven method to reduce hospital infections

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, commonly called MRSA, is a type of bacteria resistant to many of the antibiotics we use today. It is most dangerous to patients in healthcare settings, who often have compromised immune systems that allow MRSA to spread in their bodies. When MRSA infections reached their peak in the mid-2000s, nearly 100,000 people died as a result of infections from the...

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New study finds that exercise gives cancer survivors a sense of control

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The BCTR's Mary Maley is lead author on a new article in the Journal of Education Nutrition and Behavior: A Second Chance: Meanings of Body Weight, Diet and Physical Activity to Women Who Have Experienced Cancer. The article, co-authored by BCTR faculty affiliate Carol Devine, outlines how exercise creates empowering experiences for women recovering from cancer, while considering their diet can be...

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The state of preschool

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"Preschool is important to children’s development – the evidence on that is clear. But since preschool is not required and often not offered by local school systems, not all families have access to quality preschool programs. The National Institute for Early Education Research publishes a report every year that details data on state-funded preschools across the country. This year’s report found...

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