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May 5, 2015

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May 5, 2015

Connecting Uninsured Patients to Primary Care Could Reduce Emergency Department Use

May 5, 2015 — An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in ... read more

May 5, 2015 — America's best teachers rap their algebra lessons, use music to teach Kafka and find other ways to use their own creative interests to teach their students, finds a new study. Examining the ... read more

Primary Care Visits Available to Most Uninsured, but at a High Price

May 4, 2015 — Uninsured people in the United States don't have any more difficulty getting appointments with primary care doctors than those with insurance, but they get them at prices that are likely ... read more

Double-Digit Growth for Firms Creating Own Online Communities

May 4, 2015 — Double-digit revenue growth has been observed for firms that create their own brand-specific online communities. Engaging consumers through online social networks is an increasingly mission-critical ... read more

School Competitive Food Policies Appears Tied to Neighborhood Socioeconomics

May 4, 2015 — Policy changes in California to make the food and beverages that compete with school meal programs more healthy for students appear to have improved childhood overweight/obesity prevalence trends, ... read more

Researchers Hope to Improve Dental Health by Changing Caregiver's Behavior

May 4, 2015 — Studies have long associated low-income areas with poor oral health. But dental researchers have sensed that other factors related to income may be at work -- in particular, education level. So they ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Bad news, fans of rational political discourse: A study shows that attempts to debunk political rumors may only reinforce their ... read more

Good Things in Store for Retailers

May 1, 2015 — Adding brick-and-mortar stores to online and catalog retailing increases sales overall, research shows. Online and catalog retailers pondering whether to add physical stores to their customers' ... read more

School Reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans Harmful to Black Community, Scholars Say

May 1, 2015 — By most media accounts, education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans is a success. Test scores and graduation rates are up, and students once trapped in failing schools have their choice of charter ... read more

Housing Market Cycles Have Become Longer

May 1, 2015 — A statistical analysis of data from 20 industrial countries covering the period 1970 to 2012 suggests housing market pricing cycles -- normal, boom and bust phases -- have become longer over the last ... read more

Comprehensive New Study Provides Foundation for Future of Digital Higher Education

May 1, 2015 — The role that technology plays in higher education has been examined by investigators whose report offers steps that universities of tomorrow can take to support student learning. The study supports ... read more

Keep It Long: Most Science Writing Advice Flops, Analysis Finds

Apr. 30, 2015 — When writing the abstracts for journal articles, most scientists receive similar advice: keep it short, dry, and simple. But a new analysis of over 1 million abstracts finds that many of these tips ... read more

Short-Term Debt, Depressive Symptoms May Go Hand-in-Hand

Apr. 30, 2015 — Having short-term household debt -- credit cards and overdue bills -- increases depressive symptoms, research shows. The association is particularly strong among unmarried people, people reaching ... read more

Study Questions Quality of U.S. Health Data

Apr. 30, 2015 — Most U.S. clinical registries that collect data on patient outcomes are substandard and lack critical features necessary to render the information they collect useful for patients, physicians and ... read more

Buyers With a Trade-in Get a Raw Deal

Apr. 30, 2015 — A consumer with a trade-in actually forks over more money to the dealer than consumers without a trade-in, new research shows. The research theorizes that sellers of durable goods for which dealers ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — As the number of bills passed by Congress declines, fewer and fewer Congressional representatives are voting across party lines, leaving only a few key representatives as collaborative voters, ... read more

California's 4.8 Million Low-Wage Workers Now Earn Less Than in 1979

Apr. 30, 2015 — Over the past 35 years, California's high-wage workers have seen steady increases in their paychecks. But low-wage workers, 4.8 million strong and about one-third of the state's workforce, ... read more

Dam Removal Study Reveals River Resiliency

Apr. 30, 2015 — More than 1,000 dams have been removed across the United States because of safety concerns, sediment buildup, inefficiency or having otherwise outlived usefulness. A paper finds that rivers are ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — An international team of scientists has used the fossil record during the past 23 million years to predict which marine animals and ecosystems are at greatest risk of extinction from human impact. ... read more

Sustainability Progress Should Precede Seafood Market Access, Researchers Urge

Apr. 30, 2015 — Fishery improvement projects -- programs designed to fast-track access to the world seafood market in exchange for promises to upgrade sustainable practices -- need to first make good on those ... read more

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