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  • PIV is always rape, ok? (Idiocy. Pure and simple.)

    08/06/2014 5:14:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 86 replies
    witchwind.wordpress.com ^ | 12-15-2013 | witchwind
    Just to recall a basic fact: Intercourse/PIV is always rape, plain and simple. This is a developed recap from what I’ve been saying in various comments here and there in the last two years or so. as a radfem I’ve always said PIV is rape and I remember being disappointed to discover that so few radical feminists stated it clearly. How can you possibly see it otherwise? Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes...
  • A Shortage of STEM Workers?

    05/23/2014 6:54:09 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Alex Nowrasteh at the Cato Institute and Philip Wolgin at the Center for American Progress (CAP) each comment on, but don't really try to refute, a new report that I co-authored on the lack of a shortage of STEM workers. The American Immigration Lawyers Association's Paul McDaniel also comments on the report at the association's American Immigration Council website. Like Nowrasteh and Wolgin, McDaniel doesn't really try to refute the report. He cites Cato and CAP and also repeat a number of the points from our report. Let me address Cato's blog first because both Wolgin and McDaniel partly rely...
  • Feminists Fail To Brainwash Girls: Boys Being Jerks Is Not Sexual Violence

    05/07/2014 11:37:29 AM PDT · by Moseley · 7 replies
    American Uncensored News Network ^ | May 5, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Feminist world and their liberal media friends are all upset that today’s generation of girls won’t mis-identify boys being jerks as “sexual violence” or “sexual assault.” One of the scams committed by feminists for decades is to torture the English language so as to count any discomfort between the sexes to vastly expand the statistics about rape. The report highlights – that is, some of their best evidence — incidents such as: During one interview, referring to boys at school, a 13 year-old girl states:“They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front,...
  • So Many Studies, So Little Credibility (California)

    05/07/2014 8:30:51 AM PDT · by aimhigh
    Fox & Hounds ^ | 05/07/2014 | Kevin Dayton
    Policy organizations on both the Left and the Right receive commissions and funding from foundations and other non-profit organizations established as social welfare organizations. But the Left in California gets two additional sources of funding: union-affiliated labor-management cooperation committees and public agencies. Public agencies seem eager to fund projects that will justify spending more taxpayer money and increasing government authority. For example, consider the $1,590,000 in grants awarded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (of the San Francisco Bay Area) on February 5, 2014.
  • American Studies Association President-elect holding 'secret' anti-Israel conference at NYU

    02/23/2014 8:06:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/23/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    If you're not busy this weekend, Lisa Duggan the President-elect of the American Studies Association, is holding a 'secret' anti-Israel conference, the agenda of which she published (above) on her Facebook page. But the most curious part is that this conference is supposed to be a secret.... And for those of you - like me - who are solicited multiple times each year for donations to NYU, the university is apparently sponsoring this conference. It is unclear whether this conference is officially sponsored by NYU itself. The registration webpage says all questions should go to NYU, implying that this...
  • Feds Spending $13M on Anti-Smoking Studies

    09/21/2013 4:38:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 20, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending more than $13 million on studies designed to determine how a variety of groups can learn to quit smoking.This month the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a five-year study to Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I., to examine how exercise can get depressed smokers to stop. The first grant amounts to $581,991.The depressed are not the only ones to receive attention.The agency is currently funding cessation studies for American Indians ($2,899,954); Chinese and Vietnamese men ($424,875); postmenopausal women ($4,151,850); the homeless ($392,322); Korean youth ($94,580); Schizophrenics ($266,554); Brazilian smokers ($174,637); Latino HIV-positive smokers ($223,265); and...
  • In gun debate, lots of emotion but little solid research

    03/10/2013 6:55:34 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-10-13 | megan boldt
    Do guns make people safer or more susceptible to violence? Does banning assault-style weapons or expanding background checks save lives, or are such measures merely inconveniences for law-abiding gun owners? These are just some of the questions in the debate over gun control, with advocates and foes lobbing a dizzying number of statistics and studies to make their case. Often, those facts and figures contradict one another. The lack of objective research on gun violence has become evident as Minnesota and the nation grapple with a slew of proposed changes to gun laws after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that...
  • Juicing the Generation Gap

    02/06/2013 1:04:34 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 4, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    On traditional versus “alternative” marriage, several decades of proselytizing, aided and abetted by the mass media and popular culture, have borne fruit. “There is a generational divide on this issue,” according to CBS News. “Young Americans (those ages 18-29) are some of the strongest proponents of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.” “Seventy-two percent of them support it, as do a majority –albeit a smaller one– of Americans ages 30-44. However, support for same-sex marriage drops to 44 percent among those who are age 45-64 and even further to just a third of Americans age 65 and over. In...
  • Flame Retardant Studies Flag Mother-Child Dangers

    11/28/2012 5:46:21 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 16 replies
    Women's eNews ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Molly M. Ginty
    (WOMENSENEWS)--Since two of her children were born with special needs that may be linked to environmental pollution, Melissa Wolfe has worried about flame retardants in her home. Today's release of two studies in the journal Environmental Science and Technology indicate that these chemicals are prevalent in couch upholstery and dust, and raise Wolfe's level of concern. "One of my sons is a thumb sucker, and this news makes me even more nervous about what he is putting in his mouth," says Wolfe, who lives in Brentwood, N.H., and is a board member of the New Hampshire Learning Disabilities Association. Flame...
  • Sleep apnea can raise risk of cancer, studies indicate

    05/21/2012 6:27:08 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 22 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 21, 2012 | NewsCore
    <p>Two new studies indicate that people who suffer sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing cancer.</p> <p>Due to be presented in San Francisco this week at an American Thoracic Society conference, the findings have been touted as "striking" by researchers, the New York Times reported.</p>
  • Avastin can stabilize tumors in ovarian cancer, studies find

    12/28/2011 7:30:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/28/11 | Amina Khan
    Two independent groups working with advanced-stage cases say the drug extended the period before the disease worsened by more than 3.5 months. Avastin can stabilize tumors in women suffering from advanced-stage ovarian cancer, extending the period before the disease worsens by more than 3.5 months, according to the results of two large, international clinical trials conducted by separate research teams. The findings, published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, come less than a week after the European Commission approved Avastin for treating women newly diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. The drug, known generically as bevacizumab, has...
  • Tucson's ethnic-studies program violates Arizona law, judge rules

    12/28/2011 9:39:48 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 27, 2011 | Stephen Ceasar
    Tucson's Mexican American studies program violates state law, an Arizona administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for the program's possible demise. Judge Lewis D. Kowal affirmed a prior decision by the state's schools chief that the Tucson Unified School District's program violates a new law prohibiting divisive ethnic-studies classes. John Huppenthal, the state superintendent of public instruction, had deemed the program in violation in June. Among other things, the law bans classes primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people."
  • Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers

    08/27/2011 12:20:05 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 5 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | 08/25/11 | Enrique Rivero
    UCLA-Harvard study highlights 3 types of confusing outcome measures Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results, new research suggests. Investigators from the medical schools at UCLA and Harvard analyzed all the randomized medication trials published in the six highest-impact general medicine journals between June 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2010, to determine the prevalence of three types of outcome measures that make data interpretation difficult. In addition, they reviewed each study's abstract to determine the percentage that reported results using relative rather than absolute numbers,...
  • Nice guys really DO finish last... Nasty people earn $10,000 more a year, study finds

    08/17/2011 12:09:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 15, 2011 | Paul Bentley
    It is a common saying that nice guys finish last - and when it comes to pay packets, at least, research shows the genial really do end up at the back of the queue. A study which looked at the link between personality and wages has found that 'agreeable' workers earn significantly less than their meaner colleagues. The gap is particularly telling when broken down by gender, with the difference in pay between mean and nice men almost $10,000 a year. The study, titled 'Do Nice Guys - and Gals - Really Finish Last?', examined levels of 'agreeableness' attributed to...
  • Studies: Missed meds waste billions ($258 to $290 BILLION a year)

    05/29/2011 5:58:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/27/11
    Studies: Missed meds waste billionsPublished: May 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Studies say Americans who don't take prescribed medications waste billions annually because the missed doses lead to emergency room visits and hospitalizations. A study by Express Scripts, an independent prescription- filling company, says the problem costs $258 billion a year, while a second study by CVS Caremark, Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital put the figure at $290 billion, USA Today reported Friday. **SNIP** "Drugs don't work if you don't take them, and people often don't take them the way they're supposed to,"...
  • Spank A Child – Save A Suburb!

    04/20/2011 6:57:34 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | 20 April, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Late last month, I came out for spanking... As predicted, the hysterics came out of the woodwork with their hysterical talking points (one even trying to create a false link between spanking children and sexual abuse). Needless to say, I thought I’d use this post to share some more studies. Take the work of...Gunnoe, professor of psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan again. Her “study found that youngsters smacked up to the age of six did better at school and were more optimistic about their lives than those never hit by their parents,” reported the Telegraph UK, last...
  • Mixed results for Harris in health survey; for pollution, worst in TX (YELLOW journalism)

    04/05/2011 3:31:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 4, 2011 | Andrew Benedict-Nelson
    Harris County recently received mixed results from a nationwide project designed to assess health indicators in various regions of the United States, even coming in dead last in one area studied. The county rankings were compiled by the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. In Texas, 223 counties were studied. Two of the most common measures of overall health are mortality (number of deaths) and morbidity (how often people are sick). In these Areas, Harris County did relatively well. Because of a 41...
  • CA: $700 million for power research bought… bird and salmon studies?

    02/05/2011 9:16:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    OC Register ^ | 2/5/11 | Teri Sforza
    The quest was a noble one: To develop, and help bring to market, new energy technologies that are better for the environment, provide greater system reliability and lower system costs, while furnishing “tangible benefits to electric utility customers.” Well, electric utility customers, you’ve shelled out $700 million for this noble effort since 1996, and what have you gotten? Precious little that could be even loosely interpreted as “tangible benefits,” concludes a report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. TENUOUS CONNECTIONS Meet the state’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, built into your electric bill as a “public goods” charge. It has...
  • The ten most underreported studies from 2010

    12/28/2010 3:03:37 PM PST · by AustralianConservative · 5 replies · 4+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 28, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    One: Breastfeeding improves boys’ literacy Are anti-breastfeeding feminists robbing boys? “Researchers found that children who were predominantly breastfed for six months did better in mathematics, reading, writing and spelling. The effect was strongest in boys,” reported The Telegraph UK’s medical editor, Rebecca Smith. “It is thought that the bonding between mother and baby fostered during breastfeeding may mean mothers are more attentive and supportive of their children.” Doctor Wendy Oddy, from the Centre for Child Health Research at Perth’s University of Western Australia, found more evidence “that breastfeeding for at least six months has beneficial effects on optimal child development.”...
  • Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

    12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,
    — Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy. The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.
  • Billion Dollar Dropout Riddle

    10/15/2010 10:51:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 15, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Researchers are scratching their heads over the massive number of college dropouts. “During a five-year period, more than $9 billion was spent by state and federal governments to support students at four-year colleges and universities who left school before their sophomore year,” according to the American Institutes for Research (AIR). “California, Texas and New York led the nation in government spending on students who dropped out before their second year.” “Every fall, first-year college students receive significant funding from colleges, states and the federal government,” said Dr. Mark Schneider, an AIR vice president. “And every spring, hundreds of thousands of...
  • Beautiful Women Can Be Bad for Your Health, According to Scientists

    05/04/2010 9:47:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies · 2,420+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 May 2010
    Meeting a beautiful woman can be bad for your health, scientists have found.Just five minutes alone with an attractive female raise the levels of cortisol, the body's stress hormone, according to a study from the University of Valencia. The effects are heightened in men who believe that the woman in question is "out of their league". Cortisol is produced by the body under physical or psychological stress and has been linked to heart disease. Researchers tested 84 male students by asking each one to sit in a room and solve a Sudoku puzzle. Two strangers, one male and one female,...
  • Financial Regulation Reform: 16 Key Studies and Analyses

    04/02/2010 10:35:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 167+ views
    heritage.org ^ | 4/2/10 | James Gattuso
    The 1,334-page financial markets bill now pending in the Senate would implement a vast array of changes in the way banks and other financial institutions are regulated. Issues range from how best to protect consumers to how to liquidate failing firms to what rules to apply to complex financial instruments. These issues tend to be as complex as they are critical to the future of the U.S. economy. The good news is that there is a wealth of expert analysis on the key issues. Here are 16 of the best. Consumer Protection The Senate bill would create a new financial...
  • Heart Of The Matter TV

    02/23/2010 5:12:18 PM PST · by MHGinTN · 61 replies · 408+ views
    Heart of the Matter TV ^ | 02/23/2010 | Shawn McCraney
    Tonight, Shawn addresses issues of difference between Christianity and Mormonism. The link [http://www.hotm.tv/streaming.htm] takes you to the streaming video of tonight's program at 10 PM Eastern time. While the show originates from Salt Lake City on every Tuesday night at 10 PM Eastern, Shawn usually takes calls from all over the world, literally, for the second half hour. His fine instructions on Mormonism at variance with the Bible encompasses the first half-hour. The main website is http://www.hotm.tv . If you have a question during the first half hour, call him! He is very likely to put you on air, especially...
  • Why they do those 'obvious' studies

    02/03/2010 6:41:42 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 297+ views
    upi ^ | Feb. 2, 2010
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.,- A scientist at Massachusetts' Harvard University says there are three main reasons why researchers study issues with seemingly "obvious" conclusions. Marc Abrahams, a co-founder of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, said "obvious" studies are often performed by researchers who are "oblivious to the obvious," attempting to prove an obvious conclusion wrong or seeking data to confirm a commonly held belief to obtain funding for programs, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported Tuesday. "The first type is the most fun for everybody else," Abrahams said. "By everybody, I mean even the individuals who work with them. They usually find...
  • Amyloid beta protein gets bum rap

    11/09/2009 4:59:42 PM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 5 replies · 239+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 11/09/09 | Nancy Solomon
    ST. LOUIS -- While too much amyloid beta protein in the brain is linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, not enough of the protein in healthy brains can cause learning problems and forgetfulness, Saint Louis University scientists have found. The finding could lead to better medications to treat Alzheimer's disease, said John Morley, M.D., director of the division of geriatrics at Saint Louis University and the lead researcher on the study. "This research is very exciting because it causes us to look at amyloid beta protein in a different way," Morley said. "After 20 years of research, what we...
  • Millions of stimulous dollars spent on sex studies (on Neal Cavuto now)

    08/25/2009 2:01:24 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 11 replies · 1,143+ views
    Neal Cavuto on Fox | August 25, 2009 | Stayfree
    Millions of stimulous dollars spent on sex studies, including effect of meth on rats having sex
  • The Case Against Mortarboarding

    07/24/2009 6:25:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies · 1,093+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2009 | Burt Prelutsky
    I have received a number of e-mails over the years from disgruntled parents griping about the left-wing indoctrination their kids are forced to undergo at colleges and universities all over America. One minute, it seems the kids are sane, or at least as sane as one can expect of 18-year-olds, and the next thing you know they’re parroting the likes of Ward Churchill, William Ayers and Noam Chomsky, bad-mouthing America and yodeling the praises of such left-wing troglodytes as Hugo Chavez, the Castro brothers and Barack Obama. I feel their frustration. Even if the little nincompoops can’t do long division...
  • Couple: County Trying To Stop Home Bible Studies

    05/28/2009 7:58:23 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 47 replies · 1,198+ views
    10 news,com ^ | 5:31 pm PDT May 25, 2009 | unknown
    SAN DIEGO -- A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold bible studies in their home, 10News reported
  • Judaic studies from a vending machine

    02/27/2009 1:55:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 149+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/27/09 | Elan Lubliner
    You won't find cola, cigarettes or packs of gum in the lonely vending machine on the third floor of the capital's central bus station. Instead, you'll find siddurim, machzorim and other religious books on sale for just NIS 10-15. A vending machine at the Central Bus Station offers travelers Judaic books for sale. Photo: Nadia Beidas The vending machine is there because of Meoros HaDaf HaYomi, an organization dedicated to spreading the study of Judaism in general and Gemara in particular. HaDaf HaYomi has more than 500 classes around the country and publishes books, videos and audio clips on the...
  • Studies Show: Jewish Religiosity Protects Against Anxiety

    12/08/2008 3:41:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 436+ views
    arutz 7 ^ | 12-8-08 | Hillel Fendel
    (IsraelNN.com) A series of research studies – known as the JPSYCH program - at Bowling Green State University in Ohio reveals that traditional religious beliefs and practices are protective against anxiety and depression among Jews. Spearheaded by David H. Rosmarin and Kenneth Pargament in Bowling Green’s psychology department, the studies are amongst the first to examine the impact of Judaism on psychological health. "Most research in this area has been conducted with Christians," says Rosmarin, and some has been conducted with Muslims and Hindus as well, "but now we have strong evidence to suggest that religiousness is correlated with lower...
  • Netherlands bans Iranian students from nuclear studies

    07/05/2008 1:55:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 209+ views
    The Netherlands will ban Iranian students from studying nuclear technology, a source of tension between Iran and world powers, at its universities, the government said Friday. "It is forbidden... to grant Iranian nationals access to special training or teaching that could contribute to nuclear proliferation activities in Iran and the development of systems for transmitting nuclear arms," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Some powers including the United States suspect Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear bomb. Iran insists its nuclear program is aimed at producing energy to serve a growing population. Friday's measure adds to a Dutch...
  • Science and Race

    01/23/2008 11:16:54 AM PST · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 629+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 23, 2008 | Amanda Busse
    Science and Race by: Amanda Busse, January 22, 2008 Identifying race as a source of disease may seem like a practice from the Jim Crow era, resolved after scandals like the Tuskegee Syphilis Study; however, current studies linking genetics with disease could have similar implications for race, according to a report recently published by the Center for American Progress. “The problem with including race in gene-based medical research is that recent scientific developments undermine the notion that race, as a biological fact, is still in question,” said Jamie Brooks, the project director on race, health and justice at the Center...
  • Studies say death penalty deters crime

    06/10/2007 12:38:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,305+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/10/07 | Robert Tanner - ap
    Anti-death penalty forces have gained momentum in the past few years, with a moratorium in Illinois, court disputes over lethal injection in more than a half-dozen states and progress toward outright abolishment in New Jersey. The steady drumbeat of DNA exonerations — pointing out flaws in the justice system — has weighed against capital punishment. The moral opposition is loud, too, echoed in Europe and the rest of the industrialized world, where all but a few countries banned executions years ago. What gets little notice, however, is a series of academic studies over the last half-dozen years that claim to...
  • Lawyer: Suspension recommended for prof. [Ward Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies..]

    05/16/2007 11:36:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies · 977+ views
    Lawyer: Suspension recommended for prof. 16 minutes ago A University of Colorado committee has recommended that a controversial professor accused of faulty research be suspended for one year rather than fired, his attorney said. Ward Churchill, a tenured professor of ethnic studies, touched off a national firestorm with an essay that compared some of the 2001 World Trade Center victims to Adolf Eichmann, a key planner of the Holocaust. It was some of his other work, however, that led an interim chancellor of the Boulder campus and an another committee to recommended Churchill be fired. The professor was accused of...
  • Flawed studies ignore real impact of illegal immigration

    03/13/2007 6:41:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 924+ views
    North County Times ^ | 3/13/07 | Dennis Hollingsworth
    Recently, two lengthy immigration studies were released that made headlines across California for their unbelievable claims made by the authors on the impact of illegal immigration in our state. These so-called immigration experts at the Public Policy Institute of California and the Immigration Policy Center came to the misguided conclusion that illegal immigrants living in California actually help American workers earn higher wages, and break fewer laws than other demographic groups in our state. When asked about his conclusions, the co-author of one of the reports, Ruben Rumbaut, told a newspaper that he hoped his work would "reduce prejudice" ----...
  • Analysis Of Beverage Studies Shows Pervasive Bias; Conclusions Tied To Funding Source

    01/09/2007 1:36:20 PM PST · by Brilliant · 9 replies · 365+ views
    Science Daily ^ | January 9, 2007 | Children's Hospital Boston
    Recent analyses have documented bias in pharmaceutical studies funded by industry. Now, an analysis from Children's Hospital Boston finds a similar phenomenon in scientific articles about nutrition, particularly in studies of beverages. The analysis -- the first systematic one performed on nutrition studies -- found that beverage studies funded solely by industry were four to eight times more likely to have conclusions favorable to sponsors' financial interest than were studies with no industry funding. Findings are published online in the January 9 issue of the journal PLoS Medicine. David Ludwig, MD, PhD, the study's senior author and director of the...
  • On Nutritious Drink Studies, Consider the Funding Source

    01/09/2007 11:22:48 AM PST · by Dysart · 4 replies · 263+ views
    Health Day News Via Forbes ^ | 1-8-07 | Kathleen Doheny
    TUESDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Before you take to heart any research about the health effects of beverages such as milk, fruit juice or soft drinks, find out who paid for the study. If a beverage manufacturer or industry group funded the research, the finding may be biased, researchers report."When a food company sponsors a study, it is much more likely to be positive" about the health effects of the product, said Dr. David Ludwig. He's the study's senior author and director of the Optimal Weight for Life program at Children's Hospital Boston, the pediatric teaching hospital for Harvard...
  • Who paid for that study? Source affects outcome

    01/08/2007 8:08:10 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 939+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Mon Jan 8, 2007 | Maggie Fox
    One study shows that milk can help people lose weight. Another shows that tomato juice might prevent cancer and a third shows benefits to fizzy sodas. But consumers should take those studies with a grain of salt, researchers reported on Monday. If a study was industry-funded, it was far more likely to have a positive finding than if it was paid for by the government or an independent group, the researchers found. "We are not singling out any industry or any particular study," said lead researcher Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard University. "Our first look shows...
  • Islamic Studies 'Letting Down' Multicultural Needs (UK)

    10/25/2006 2:44:38 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 318+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-25-2006
    Islamic studies 'letting down' multicultural needs Press Association Wednesday October 25, 2006 Guardian Unlimited (UK) Islamic studies in Britain's higher education institutions are failing to meet the needs of a 21st-century multicultural society, according to a report published today. Academics at Dundee's Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies examined 55 UK higher education departments and centres currently offering courses in the study of Islam and Muslims. They claim education structures are "letting down" Muslims and are calling for a "new agenda" offering education which is more relevant to contemporary British society and takes a more multicultural approach. The report,...
  • Oxford Archaeologists Want To Join Studies On Iran's Salt Men

    09/30/2006 9:40:31 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 774+ views
    Payvand ^ | 9-27-2006
    Oxford archaeologists want to join studies on Iran's salt men TEHRAN, Sept. 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- The director of an archaeological team working at the Chehrabad Salt Mine in the Hamzehlu region near Zanjan said that a group of Oxford University archaeologists is interested in participating in the study on the salt men found at the mine. "A group of Oxford University archaeologists has prepared a plan, asking to participate in the study, and the Center for Archaeological Research is investigating the plan," Abolfazl Aali told the Persian service of CHN on Wednesday "The archaeologists will be invited to...
  • Top 10 Pot Studies Government Wished it Had Never Funded

    09/03/2006 12:42:40 PM PDT · by atomic_dog · 278 replies · 4,072+ views
    freetheplant.com ^ | August 31st, 2006 | sonofliberty
    10) MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY: A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002. 9) HEAVY MARIJUANA USE AS A YOUNG ADULT WON’T RUIN YOUR LIFE: Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one...
  • CA: 32 Studies And 13 Commissions

    06/05/2006 6:38:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 288+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 6/5/06 | Ray Haynes
    Last week was a deadline week in the California Legislature. That means the Senate and Assembly worked to get bills out of their respective houses to “make new laws” for this year. As a believer in small government, that means I had absolutely no bills up for a vote this week. But—the socialists in the Legislature did. In fact, the Assembly approved bills that would initiate 32 new studies, 13 new commissions, 4 new task forces, and a variety of new regulatory powers in government. We wanted to study everything from Asian food to flood plains, and we set up...
  • Agency studies higher fees for immigrants

    05/31/2006 6:20:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 427+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department is studying whether legal immigrants seeking citizenship and other benefits should pay higher application fees. The fees now charged don't reflect the full cost of doing business, Emilio Gonzalez, director of the department's Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Wednesday. Applying for citizenship now costs $330. Applying for a green card conveying legal residency costs $325. Applicants also now pay a $70 fingerprinting fee in each case. "American citizenship is priceless," said Gonzalez, a naturalized citizen. "I think people will pay." The study will review costs of facility improvements, training, equipment and technology and determine...
  • Iran could have nuclear weapon within four years says IISS

    05/24/2006 1:56:17 PM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies · 468+ views
    London - Iran could be able to produce between 20 and 25 kilos of highly-enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon by 2010, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London said Wednesday. 'The IISS estimate of 2010 remains valid,' the institute said in its report The Military Balance 2006 published Wednesday. Other estimates of an Iranian nuclear weapons capacity by 2009, or even 2008, were 'within the margin of error, given the number of unknowns', the report said. It stressed that the limited access of the IAEA nuclear watchdog to Iran's facilities required policymakers 'to rely on worst-case assumptions...
  • 'Churchill effect' may chill field ( Lazy Professors not doing thorough research )

    05/22/2006 8:21:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 1,853+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | May 21, 2006 | Brittany Anas
    Ethnic studies — a relatively new field — could be harmed by the plagiarized passages and made-up facts discovered in University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill's work, a panel found. But scholars of ethnic studies, and those who have been closely watching the investigation, have varying opinions on whether there will be a "Churchill effect" on the field. The stinging report that became public last week rejected Churchill's assertion that there are different research standards for ethnic studies scholars. Panel members also found that the tenured professor strayed from the "bedrock principles" of scholarship. The five-member investigative panel arrived at...
  • Stanford Islamic studies grow too slowly for critics

    05/18/2006 6:44:42 AM PDT · by 2banana · 27 replies · 652+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/17/2006 | Lisa M. Krieger
    Stanford Islamic studies grow too slowly for critics ... Four years after Stanford University announced plans to expand its Islamic Studies program, students complain that its curriculum still lags far behind that of other elite universities. Dismayed by the departure of three key professors since 2002 and the slow pace of replacing them, some Muslim students say the university isn't moving fast enough on its promise to build a world-class program focused on the Middle East. They also seek the creation of a Muslim Community Cultural Center, where students could socialize. Although Muslims make up only 2 percent of Stanford's...
  • Middle-aged 'still enjoying sex'

    04/19/2006 5:58:23 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 19 replies · 1,357+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 19, 2006 | Staff
    Contrary to popular belief, middle-aged and older people enjoy sex, and will do so into their 80s, research suggests. A study of 300,000 people aged 40 to 80 in 29 countries also found couples with greater equality in western Europe were more likely to enjoy their sex lives. Highest satisfaction levels were reported in Austria and Spain and the lowest in the more male-dominated societies of the Middle East and Asia. The study is due to appear in journal the Archives of Sexual Behaviour. Study author and professor of sociology at the University of Chicago said people aged 40 to...
  • Exaggerating Dire 'Scientific' Warnings (Stossel nails it)

    04/12/2006 12:51:06 PM PDT · by Abathar · 12 replies · 1,269+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | April 12, 2006 | John Stossel
    If you're a scientist working for private industry, it helps to invent something useful. But if you're a scientist trying to get funding from the government, you're better off telling the world how horrible things are. And once people are scared, they pay attention. They may even demand the government give you more money to solve the problem. Usually the horrible disaster never happens. Chaos from Y2K. An epidemic of deaths from SARS or mad cow disease. Cancer from Three Mile Island. We quickly forget. We move on to the next warnings. This is the story of a looming disaster...
  • New DoD Web Site Features Deployment Health Issue Studies

    03/31/2006 4:38:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 149+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 31, 2006 – A new Defense Department Web site that debuts April 3 will feature government-funded scientific studies of medical issues experienced by military members during deployments, a contractor involved with the project said here today. The DeployMed ResearchLINK site will initially contain 1991 Gulf War-related medical research that's been compiled by government researchers, Dr. Francis L. O'Donnell, a physician and DoD medical consultant, said. Around June, additional medical information gathered from Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom will be added. The site contains "information that you really can't find anywhere else about what's going on within not only...