Mating rituals: Why certain risky behaviors can make you look hot

23 May 2014
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Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Our David Greene recently discussed some new social science research with NPR’s Shankar Vedantam. DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: He’s here in our studios again. Shankar, what’s up? SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: I want to talk about mating rituals today, David. GREENE: Oh, fabulous. Please, the floor is yours. VEDANTAM: Well, we’ve known for a long time that young people, especially heterosexual young men, are prone to taking physical risks when...

Study gives e-cigarettes edge in helping smokers quit

23 May 2014
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Austism is growing up

23 May 2014
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Is higher-education policy making inequality worse?

20 May 2014
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For 20 years, Suzanne Mettler, Ph.D., has been writing about U.S. government policies that help to build the middle class. She’s written about the G.I. Bill, which provided housing assistance and student aid to returning World War II soldiers and secured decades of upward mobility and economic security. She’s written about government safety net programs that get little attention but create an economic cushion for millions of Americans. Now Mettler, a professor of government at Cornell University, has taken on education policy. But in her new book, Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education...

Food should be regulated like tobacco, say campaigners

20 May 2014
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18 May 2014 Last updated at 21:22 ET By Pippa Stephens Health reporter, BBC News Rules could include a compulsory reduction of sugar, salt and fat in foods The food industry should be regulated like the tobacco industry as obesity poses a greater global health risk than cigarettes, say international groups. Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation are calling for the adoption of more stringent rules. These could include pictures on food packaging of damage caused...

Judge to rule on Oregon gay marriage ban

20 May 2014
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Plaintiffs Ben West, left, and Paul Rummell walk into federal court in a case challenging Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage in Eugene, Ore., on April 23.(Photo: Don Ryan, AP) A federal judge who is raising a child in a same-sex relationship appeared poised Monday to overturn Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. But a national group that wants marriage defined as a union of a man and a woman asked a federal appeals court Monday to halt the proceedings in Oregon and allow the group to intervene in the case. Judge Michael McShane said last week he would rule Monday at noon local time —...

Obesity may affect cancer patients’ outcomes

20 May 2014
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Scientists know obese people have an increased risk of getting several types of cancer. But a new study suggests being obese also increases the chance that some patients’ cancers will come back,  and increases the likelihood that those patients will die from cancer. The study was released in advance of the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, which begins on May 30. Researchers looked at 80,000 patients in 70 early breast cancer trials and analyzed their body mass index, estrogen receptor, menopause status, cancer recurrence and their prognosis. They compared women...

Bullying linked to increased inflammation

13 May 2014
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Researchers already know that many kids who are bullied appear to suffer socially, psychologically and even physically years later. According to a new study, the physical consequences might be explained by an increase in low-grade inflammation throughout the body. Kids who are bullied tend to be sick more often than their peers and may have stomach aches, sleep problems and headaches and lose their appetites, researchers write in the journal PNAS. In the new study, bullied kids had higher inflammation levels as young adults than their uninvolved classmates. “We’re...

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