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Medical school applicants anxious about new MCAT

Medical school applicants anxious about new MCAT

One of the biggest hurdles that college students face if they want to go to medical school is the MCAT - the Medical College Admission Test. The one-day standardized multiple-choice exam, which takes more than five hours to complete, is required for admission to nearly all medical schools in the United States. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, more than 85,000 students take the MCAT each year. [More]
NAMS set to launch first-ever menopause mobile app

NAMS set to launch first-ever menopause mobile app

The North American Menopause Society is set to launch a first-ever menopause mobile app designed for use by both clinicians and patients to help manage menopausal symptoms and assess risk factors. [More]
Bad sleep quality may trigger insomnia in older adults

Bad sleep quality may trigger insomnia in older adults

Reports of insomnia are common among the elderly, but a new study finds that sleep problems may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that patients get. [More]
Researcher calls for concerted international effort to confront organ trafficking problem

Researcher calls for concerted international effort to confront organ trafficking problem

The author of new research into organ trafficking has called for a concerted international effort to confront the problem. [More]
Young girls in poor households more likely than their male counterparts to become obese in midlife

Young girls in poor households more likely than their male counterparts to become obese in midlife

Adolescent girls living in economically disadvantaged families are more likely than their male counterparts to become overweight or obese, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin. [More]
Skipping school, failing test linked to more frequent vaginal sex, less frequent condom use

Skipping school, failing test linked to more frequent vaginal sex, less frequent condom use

What do skipping school, failing tests and engaging in risky sexual behavior have in common? Lots, according to Indiana University researchers who combed through 80,000 diary entries written by 14- to 17-year-old girls. [More]
Researcher finds income, education disparity in reasons for not vaccinating

Researcher finds income, education disparity in reasons for not vaccinating

Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations. A new study conducted by Jennifer Reich, a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, shows that the reasons why children may not be fully vaccinated depends on the class privilege of their mothers. [More]
Study to clarify findings about domestic violence among pot-smoking couples

Study to clarify findings about domestic violence among pot-smoking couples

New research findings from a study of 634 couples found that the more often they smoked marijuana, the less likely they were to engage in domestic violence. [More]
Many rural health care providers do not routinely screen women for IPV, say Penn State researchers

Many rural health care providers do not routinely screen women for IPV, say Penn State researchers

Many primary care physicians in rural communities do not routinely screen women for intimate partner violence (IPV), according to Penn State medical and public health researchers. Rural women who are exposed to such violence have limited resources if they seek help. [More]

Women provide much elderly parent care, while men contribute as little as possible

Parents are better off having daughters if they want to be cared for in their old age suggests a new study, which finds that women appear to provide as much elderly parent care as they can, while men contribute as little as possible. [More]
Researchers examine parental availability and kids’ eating habits

Researchers examine parental availability and kids’ eating habits

The way parents balance their work schedules may affect their adolescent children's eating habits, according to Penn State researchers. Those schedules may be even more important than the number of hours the parents spend at work, said Molly Martin, associate professor of sociology and demography. [More]
Nurses who are motivated primarily by desire to help others are more likely to burn out on job

Nurses who are motivated primarily by desire to help others are more likely to burn out on job

Nurses who are motivated primarily by the desire to help others, rather than by enjoyment of the work itself or the lifestyle it makes possible, are more likely to burn out on the job, University of Akron researchers say. [More]

Springer launches new book series, Healthy Aging and Longevity

As the longevity of the world's population continues to increase, the challenges accompanying this become more complex and touch nearly every aspect of society. Springer has therefore launched a new book series, Healthy Aging and Longevity, to address issues related to this achievement. [More]
Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women

Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women

Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women, according to a Penn State Abington sociologist. [More]
Workers who survived the Great Recession are accustomed to stressful environments

Workers who survived the Great Recession are accustomed to stressful environments

The Great Recession of 2007-2009 had little direct effect on the health of workers who survived the waves of job cuts that took place during that period, according to a new University of Akron study. [More]
New study highlights the need for evidence-based sexual and reproductive health education

New study highlights the need for evidence-based sexual and reproductive health education

A new national survey reveals that the political divide among red-versus-blue states does not support the hypothesis that knowledge about abortion and health is shaped by the state in which one lives. [More]
Flexible work arrangement may exacerbate discrimination based on parental status, gender

Flexible work arrangement may exacerbate discrimination based on parental status, gender

While some suggest that flexible work arrangements have the potential to reduce workplace inequality, a new study finds these arrangements may exacerbate discrimination based on parental status and gender. [More]
People's educational attainment influences level of physical activity

People's educational attainment influences level of physical activity

People's educational attainment influences their level of physical activity both during the week and on weekends, according to a study whose authors include two University of Kansas researchers. [More]

Research highlights influence of neighborhoods on older Mexican-American men's problem drinking

LSU Sociology Professor Samuel Stroope is the lead author of a new study, "Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Problem Drinking among Older Mexican American Men," that will appear in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. [More]
Over 40% of older adults experienced less financial strain during the recession period

Over 40% of older adults experienced less financial strain during the recession period

The "Great Recession" may have put a dent in many older adults' pocketbooks, but a new study, which will be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, finds that more than 40 percent reported a decrease in "financial strain" between 2006 and 2010. [More]