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Being A New Mom Can Make You ‘A Little’ OCD

Posted by on Mar 25, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on Being A New Mom Can Make You ‘A Little’ OCD

A new survey estimates that 8% of pregnant women reported symptoms that meet criteria for a clinical diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and in the 38 weeks after having a child that jumped to 17% - a huge increase over other surveys.

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UCSF Publishes Its Annual ‘Science May Be Killing Us’ Paper

Posted by on Mar 22, 2021 in Public Health | Comments Off on UCSF Publishes Its Annual ‘Science May Be Killing Us’ Paper

Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, of the University of California San Francisco, frequent collaborator of anti-vaccine activist and organic industry trade group head Gary Ruskin (US Right to Know) and sue-and-settle attorney Raphael Metzger, is back with a new paper claiming they can 'detect' chemicals in pregnant women.

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Do You Pay Less For Art If It’s Done By A Woman?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on Do You Pay Less For Art If It’s Done By A Woman?

A few years ago, a study claimed that in gender blind symphony auditions, women scored 30 percent better. Harvard gender studies authors concluded that there was gender bias in hiring and that was the reason for a gender gap in symphony orchestra compositions.

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Do You Pay Less For Art If It’s Done By A Woman?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on Do You Pay Less For Art If It’s Done By A Woman?

A few years ago, a study claimed that in gender blind symphony auditions, women scored 30 percent better. Harvard gender studies authors concluded that there was gender bias in hiring and that was the reason for a gender gap in symphony orchestra compositions.

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Sulfate Aerosols Implicated In Climate Change

Posted by on Mar 11, 2021 in Atmospheric | Comments Off on Sulfate Aerosols Implicated In Climate Change

It's become increasingly hypocritical for wealthy countries to declare a hard stop on CO2 emissions before poor countries even have centralized energy for cooking and water, but a new simulation finds that Draconian caps on quality of life in developing nations may not be needed.

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Sustainability Is Just A Fundraising Buzzword Until It Does These 4 Things

Posted by on Mar 8, 2021 in Environment | Comments Off on Sustainability Is Just A Fundraising Buzzword Until It Does These 4 Things

Is it more sustainable to have 2 billion people burning wood and dung for energy than to have centralized coal? Any objective look at the science says coal, while not perfect, is better for emissions, public health, and quality of life than individual fires but the U.S. government, guided by lobbyists, refused to provide World Bank funding for developing nations to create centralized energy - unless it was wind or solar.

All those countries could afford to maintain was coal. Instead of giving them centralized energy we put the sustainability buzzword as a mandate.

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Did COVID-19 Kill The Anti-vax Movement?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on Did COVID-19 Kill The Anti-vax Movement?

In past years there has been ongoing concern that not enough people got the annual flu vaccine.

Some of it was laziness, some of it was lack of education. There were few outright deniers that flu was a problem. Instead, it seemed to be the opposite. If someone had a bad cold they still said they had the flu, and some said they think they might have the flu, which led most doctors to remind people that if you think you have the flu, you don't have the flu.

The real vaccine deniers were more coastal elites who believed a discredited former doctor, Andrew Wakefield, who was interested in selling a competitor to existing vaccines, and used a tiny sample of hand-picked kids to claim that vaccines caused autism in a paper that was then retracted.

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The Biden Administration Is Blaming Trump For EPA Siding With Environmentalists Against Agricultural Science

Posted by on Feb 24, 2021 in Environment | Comments Off on The Biden Administration Is Blaming Trump For EPA Siding With Environmentalists Against Agricultural Science

A small fish in central Texas, a freshwater mussel in the Mobile River basin, and another mussel in Alabama’s Coosa and Cahaba Rivers have something strange in common; they appeared on an EPA list of threatened species “likely to be adversely affected” by a popular herbicide named atrazine.

I don't see how could things get worse for the San Marcos gambusia, the Upland Combshell and the Southern Acornshell. They're all extinct. I lived in the southern US in the early 1970s and never saw a Southern Acornshell. It would have been impossible, it was gone by then.

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New RAND Paper Argues Government Control Of Health Care Pricing Will Reduce Costs Better Than Competition

Posted by on Feb 23, 2021 in Public Health | Comments Off on New RAND Paper Argues Government Control Of Health Care Pricing Will Reduce Costs Better Than Competition

Rather than making affordable health care reality, the Affordable Care Act sent costs for many privately-insured people up as much as 700 percent. The federal government allowed insurers to pass through their new losses to everyone else and even with that, many insurers fled states due to the program being insoluble.

Perhaps the solution is not to have people pay 700 percent more, but to force hospitals to be transparent about costs. And that would mean more realistic pricing without a reduction in quality.

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Coca-Cola And Disney Succeeed Because They Have Linguistically Feminine Names, Says A New Paper

Posted by on Feb 17, 2021 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on Coca-Cola And Disney Succeeed Because They Have Linguistically Feminine Names, Says A New Paper

Coca-Cola and Disney do not simply share being on Interbrand's Global Top Brands, says a new paper, they also share linguistically feminine names, and that helps their success with men and women. In fact, the highest-ranking companies have, on average, more feminine names than lower-ranked companies, they claim.

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