Evidence-based Ways to Change Someone’s Mind

portrait of an african couple standingThe nation is gripped in a presidential election unlike any other in history, with deep divides down political lines, an economy in peril and an enduring global pandemic.

On top of that, political information and misinformation abounds online. Because anyone can post anything on the internet, many people in both political parties base their opinions and judgement on false information. [Read more…]

What Are The Mental Health Effects of COVID-19?

Woman wearing a maskAs the COVID-19 pandemic drags on globally, there is little doubt that it is taking a lasting toll on the mental health of millions of people. Fear of getting sick, the loneliness that accompanies quarantine and a fragile economy combine to create complicated challenges to mental well-being. [Read more…]

How to Offer Mental Health Interventions in School

An anxious teenager in study hallApproximately one in six youth ages six to seventeen in the U.S. have a mental illness; depression, anxiety and behavior disorders are among the most common. Data suggest that youth today are five times more likely to experience mental health problems compared to decades past. Today, the uncertainty that comes along with the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly detracting from students’ mental health and well-being. [Read more…]

The Silver Lining of Virtual Learning During COVID-19

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Children are heading back to school this month in many states across the nation. In most school districts, this is the first time that kids have been inside school buildings since COVID-19 spread across the U.S. in March. [Read more…]

Evidence-Based Suggestions to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

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One in ten Americans older than 65 develop Alzheimer’s disease. While there are medications available to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, there are no treatments to cure the disease or slow its progression.

But a new systematic review from researchers at the University of Shanghai Medical College outlines steps that everyone can take to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. [Read more…]

An Evidence-based Policing Strategy Shows Promise

ChiccoDodiFC/Adobe StockAs many people in the U.S. feel outraged about the killings of Black Americans by local police, protesters across the country are calling for reforms of our law enforcement systems. Proposals for change run the gamut. One of the more popular plans calls for shifting public funding away from police departments to social services that support people who experience mental health problems, addiction or homelessness – individuals who typically interact with police officers. Protesters are also calling for more stringent policies and training on officers’ use of force. [Read more…]

How Systemic Racism Is Embedded in Property Taxes

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For some Americans, understanding systematic racism is a top priority. Sociology scholars explain that racism does not simply entail harboring ill feelings toward people of different races, but also the structural ways the American cultural and political system have disadvantaged Black people for centuries. [Read more…]

What We Know About Summer Learning Loss: An Update

WavebreakmediaMicro/Adobe StockKids in the U.S. are well into the lazy days of summer.

Summer vacation – and in some cases, distance learning that felt like summer vacation! – started early this year for many youths when schools closed to slow the spread of the corona virus. For most kids, summer vacation marks a time when they are less engaged in educational pursuits like reading, math and problem solving. And with camps and day cares closed in many parts of the country, more kids than ever are spending extra time at home, and likely in front of screens. [Read more…]

Climate Change Models Got It Right

shutterhold/Adobe StockA Siberian town registered the highest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic Circle this week – 100 degrees Fahrenheit. While warm summers are typical in the Arctic, recent months have been abnormally high. And data demonstrate that the Arctic Circle is warming at about twice the rate as the rest of the globe – a fact predicted by decades-old climate models. [Read more…]

How Racism Affects Health

Paolese/Adobe StockRace is at the forefront of our national consciousness this week as many mourn the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, and protests and riots have erupted across the country. [Read more…]

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