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Placebo: It’s All About Ethics!

Just imagine the following situation: You have an appointment with your family physician because of some recurring pains that have concerned you for some time now. It has taken (only) two weeks to get this appointment, and the doctors, after […]

What Do They Get Out Of It? The Emotional Experience Of Providing Social Support

Students and faculty in Western Washington University’s Psychology Department examined the experience of giving social support in two countries (the US and Singapore) using an innovative methodology called the Day Reconstruction Method or DRM, a technique originally developed by Princeton […]

Quitting Smoking Means Gaining Weight, But Why?

If you quit smoking, you often gain weight. Researchers have now investigated in twins how big the difference is and whether this is also due to genes. They come to an unequivocal conclusion. Weight gain is one of the great […]

Is The New WHO Classification System For Stillbirths Feasible In Low-Resource Settings?

Every year, an estimated 2.6 million stillbirths occur, which is over 7,000 deaths every day. The majority of these deaths (98%) occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), with sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia carrying the highest burden. One of […]

Does The Arrow Of Time Apply To Quantum Systems?

Does the arrow of time still point forward even in quantum systems? A new experiment seems to imply yes, quantum systems obey the arrow of time—at least most of the time. A new study from researchers at Washington University in […]

Study Finds California’s Ban On Personal Vaccine Exemptions Cut Rate Of Unvaccinated Children By Half

A recent study has examined the results of California’s decision to ban personal belief exemptions for vaccinations. According to the study, the rate of unvaccinated children dropped from 9.8% in 2013 to just 4.87% in 2017, a decrease of approximately […]

Using Descriptive Social Norms To Improve Immunization Compliance

In recent years, immunization rates for children in the United States have been steadily declining in conjunction with an increase in reported outbreaks of infectious diseases. In general, evidence suggests that vaccine rates decline as children age: they are highest […]

Game Designed To Innoculate People Against Fake News Help Increase Skepticism

A recent study done at the University of Cambridge showed that having people play a simple game which showed them the tricks used to disseminate fake news increased their resistance to, or skepticism about, fake news. Disinformation, or “fake news”, […]

New Study Finds Information Can Be Addictive, Just Like Snacks, Money, And Drugs

New research conducted by UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business implies that information can be just as addictive as snack food, money, or drugs. To put that another way, information activates the reward centers of the brain in a similar […]

Malaria Risk May Increase In Tropical Regions Due To Climate Change

With wrong attitudes toward treatment in the face of inadequate/inaccessible preventive measures against malaria in the most highly-plagued countries, coupled with the continuous emission of heat-trapping gases in the absence of climate policy — could we become malaria-free soon? A […]