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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Preventing Violent Extremism Requires New Police Programs, Report Finds

Jan. 14, 2016 — The U.S. strategy to prevent homegrown violent extremism through community policing holds promise, but faces significant challenges and needs reforms, according to a new report. Community policing ... read more

We Trust in Those Who Believe in God, Study Finds

Jan. 5, 2016 — It's political season and there's one thing you're sure to hear a lot about from candidates vying for support -- religion. Talking directly or subtly about religion has become part of ... read more

New Study Finds Nearly Half of American Muslim Doctors Feel Scrutinized on the Job

Dec. 11, 2015 — In a U.S. national survey of 255 Muslim American physicians, researchers found that nearly half of respondents felt greater scrutiny at work compared to their peers. Nearly one in four said workplace ... read more

Study of Environmental Attitudes Finds Nine Distinct Segments of American Population

Dec. 7, 2015 — Americans' attitudes about environmental issues aren't simply polarized into pro- and anti-environment, but rather are spread across a diverse spectrum. A new study finds that attitudes ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Are all scientists atheists? Do they believe religion and science can co-exist? These questions and others were addressed in the first worldwide survey of how scientists view ... read more

Sunday the Day of Rest for Fires, Study Suggests

Nov. 20, 2015 — Fires are more prevalent on a Tuesday and less likely on a Sunday, according to a new study, which highlights the dramatic effect humans, religion and culture have on the global ... read more

How to Forge a Place in the 'Wealthy West': Challenges for Second-Generation Immigrants

Oct. 28, 2015 — Decades of mass immigration has created a diverse demographic of people from a range of ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds on both sides of the Atlantic. But what happens when the second, and ... read more

Negative Spiritual Beliefs Associated With More Pain and Worse Physical, Mental Health

Sep. 23, 2015 — Individuals who blame karma for their poor health have more pain and worse physical and mental health, according to a new study. Targeted interventions to counteract negative spiritual beliefs could ... read more

From Vulcan Salute to Papal Blessing: Ulnar Nerve Damage Caused Original Benediction Sign

Sep. 17, 2015 — A study of anatomy, art, religion, and culture overturns the popular explanation for the papal hand of benediction posture. An anatomy professor says an ulnar nerve injury suffered by St. Peter, not ... read more

Adolescent Painkiller Abuse a Big Problem for Small Towns, Rural Areas

Sep. 17, 2015 — Adolescents who live in rural areas and small towns and cities are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than adolescents who live in large urban areas, according to ... read more

A Better Look at Religion's Influence on Political Attitudes

Sep. 15, 2015 — Political scientists have developed a new strategy for measuring how Biblical interpretation influences people's political behavior. A better strategy for measuring religious beliefs will mean ... read more

Dealing With Climate Change and Local Beliefs in Africa

Sep. 15, 2015 — Experts should take note of local knowledge and beliefs when helping people in vulnerable regions cope with the impacts of climate change to ensure that such interventions are money well spent, and ... read more

New Survey on Americans' Views on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new national survey found that fewer than one in three Americans, and 40 percent of Catholics, are aware of Pope Francis's efforts to publicize global warming as a priority issue for the ... read more

People's Spiritual Awareness Varies Throughout the Day

Aug. 23, 2015 — People who report having spiritual awareness have it vary throughout the day, rather than being constant, according to a new ... read more

High Participation in Small Church Groups Has Its Downside, Research Shows

Aug. 13, 2015 — Parishioners who participate in small groups within a religious congregation are generally more likely to be civically engaged than their fellow worshipers unless a church has high overall ... read more

Picking Up the Phone to Improve Mental Health in Seniors

Aug. 5, 2015 — Therapy provided via telephone for older adults in rural areas is effective in treating anxiety disorder, a new study has demonstrated. Experts write that the health-care system lacks the capacity to ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — Lax state vaccination laws contribute to lower immunization rates and increased outbreaks of preventable diseases—like whooping cough and measles—according to a new ... read more

Communities With Beautiful Scenery, Weather Have Lower Rates of Religious Affiliation

Aug. 5, 2015 — Counties in the United States with more beautiful weather and scenery have lower rates of membership and affiliation with religious organizations, according to a ... read more

Aggressive Vaccination Prevented Amish Measles Contagion from Spreading Broadly

July 23, 2015 — Under-vaccinated communities face heightened risk of measles outbreaks that can spread nationally within a year unless squelched quickly, but a vigorous vaccination response during a 2014 outbreak in ... read more

Affordable Care Act Results in Dramatic Drop in out-of-Pocket Prices for Prescription Contraceptives

July 7, 2015 — Average out-of-pocket spending for oral contraceptive pills and the intrauterine device (IUD), the two most common forms of contraception for women, has decreased significantly since the Affordable ... read more

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