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Understanding Poverty Dynamics In Five Decades
In a published paper entitled "Persistent Poverty Dynamics: Understanding Poverty Trends over 50 Years", an update is provided concerning the 2003 RUPRI analysis of persistent poverty dynamics...more



New Study Finds How Risk of Arrest Differs Across Race and Gender
A new study in the journal Crime & Delinquency details the first contemporary findings on how the risk of arrest varies across race and gender. The study reveals that 30 percent of black males, 26...more

Young Adults Who Care for Animals May Have Stronger Communal Connections and Relationships
According to a study appearing in Applied Developmental Science, young adults who care for animals may have stronger social relationships and connection to their communities. Megan Mueller, Ph.D.,...more

Poverty Rates in Big Cities Did Not Budge
The national poverty rate remained unmovable from last year and was much lower than in most urban areas. To address rising poverty rates, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a...more

Food Stamps Saved Millions Out of Poverty in 2012
In the government's annual update on income, poverty and health insurance coverage, the report states that food stamps kept 4 million Americans out of poverty in 2012. The report finds that SNAP...more

Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Can Help Children and Families Cope
In an evidence-based review published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), delineates the current understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and best practices for pediatricians,...more

Homeless Student Rate Reaches 1.1 Million
According to new data from the U.S. Department of Education, the number of homeless students has raised to record 1.1 million. States with the highest growth rate of homeless children include...more

Creating Trusting Relationships Between Health Workers, Community Members In the Time of Ebola
The latest Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests that lack of trust in health system caused the Ebola outbreak to get out of control in West Africa during the early stages...more

Healthy Lunchbox Challenge Encourages Healthy Eating among Children
In a new study by a research team in the University of South Carolina, a low-cost, incentive-based program called the Healthy Lunchbox Challenge promotes healthy eating habits among...more

Better-Educated Middle-Aged Americans Less Likely to Smoke and Remain More Physically Active
New medical findings from the September issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior indicate that better-educated middle-aged Americans are less likely to smoke and remain more physically...more




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