Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful
Research
Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

Flying is Safer Than Grocery Shopping or Eating Out, Report Says
Health
Flying is Safer Than Grocery Shopping or Eating Out, Report Says

Flying ranks below grocery shopping and eating in a restaurant when it comes to the risk of contracting COVID-19 in a public place, a new study claims. It's all in the ventilation and the protocols, researchers at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School... Read More

Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
Agriculture
Pre-Pandemic, National Food Insecurity Dropped to Lowest Level Since Great Recession
2020-09-10 15:22:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – Last year, roughly 10.5% of all U.S. households lacked access to enough food for “an active, healthy life for all household members,” according to a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. This figure is down slightly from... Read More

Survey: Number of Uninsured Americans Increased in 2019
Insurance
Survey: Number of Uninsured Americans Increased in 2019

WASHINGTON — Roughly 33.2 million Americans, or 10.3%, lacked health insurance in 2019, according to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate is slightly higher than the 30.4 million, or 9.4%, who were... Read More

Community College Enrollments Down Due to Uncertainties Caused by COVID-19
Education
Community College Enrollments Down Due to Uncertainties Caused by COVID-19
2020-09-04 20:51:45
by Sara Wilkerson

Community colleges saw a nearly 6% decline in enrollments this summer due to uncertainties stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Community colleges were not the only institutions to face... Read More

House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots
Military
House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have been diagnosed with cancer in bills passed by the House and Senate this week, a study long sought by military... Read More

The More We Stay Home, The Less the Coronavirus Spreads. Here’s the Evidence
Health
The More We Stay Home, The Less the Coronavirus Spreads. Here’s the Evidence

Remember when you decided against a trip to the dog park, a meet-up at a sports bar, or a visit to your sister’s house? New research shows that such social distancing decisions mattered back in April, when the coronavirus was... Read More

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
In The News
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
2020-07-22 12:43:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is limited to the development of drugs and does not cover other FDA-regulated products. Nevertheless, the release of the document and... Read More

U.S. State Legislatures Are Disproportionately White and Male, Study Finds
Research
U.S. State Legislatures Are Disproportionately White and Male, Study Finds
2020-07-13 20:45:50
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The vast majority of state legislators in the U.S. are white and male, while first and second-generation immigrants tend to lack representation, according to a new report by New American Leaders, a nonprofit organization working for diversity in... Read More

Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says
Education
Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says
2020-06-18 13:36:15
by Gaspard Le Dem

Roughly three in five college students in America are struggling to meet basic living needs like food and housing during the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report by The Hope Center. The study, which surveyed more than 38,000 students... Read More

How Has the Electorate Changed Since Trump? The Gender Gap is Wider, Research Shows
Political News
How Has the Electorate Changed Since Trump? The Gender Gap is Wider, Research Shows

WASHINGTON — There are several noticeable changes in the makeup of the Democratic and Republican parties since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center. Reports of a widened gender gap and more minorities leaning... Read More

Social Distancing Not As Effective as Hoped, New Modeling Shows
Health
Social Distancing Not As Effective as Hoped, New Modeling Shows

MINNEAPOLIS — New modeling by Minnesota researchers of the COVID-19 pandemic showed that social distancing isn’t as effective as initially expected in reducing deaths and infections, but will still help protect the state from a novel and highly infectious coronavirus.... Read More

New Study Shows Why Democrats Should Be Cautious of Biden’s National Polling Lead
Research
New Study Shows Why Democrats Should Be Cautious of Biden’s National Polling Lead

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton famously lost to Donald Trump in 2016 despite winning more votes overall because she underperformed in key states in the Electoral College. But a new study released Wednesday quantifies exactly how many votes the former Democratic... Read More

Researchers Claim Reduced Traffic Caused by Pandemic Could Become Permanent
Transportation
Researchers Claim Reduced Traffic Caused by Pandemic Could Become Permanent
2020-05-06 12:47:10
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has made life harder for Americans, but one of the few upsides of the crisis has been a massive reduction of traffic across the country. With fewer cars on the roads, Americans have enjoyed cleaner... Read More

Older Americans More Attentive To COVID-19 News Than Younger Adults
Research
Older Americans More Attentive To COVID-19 News Than Younger Adults
2020-04-28 13:00:07
by Gaspard Le Dem

The coronavirus crisis has dominated headlines in 2020, but research shows some Americans are paying more attention than others. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, nearly all U.S. adults -- about 92% -- say they’re keeping... Read More

Report Shows Americans More Open Than Ever to Plant-Based Foods
Health
Report Shows Americans More Open Than Ever to Plant-Based Foods
2020-02-18 20:41:49
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Earth Day Network and Yale Program on Climate Change Communication released a new research report last week on “Climate Change and the American Diet.” The report claims that Americans are more open than ever to plant-based foods.... Read More

Illinois Loses Population for a Sixth Straight Year
Research
Illinois Loses Population for a Sixth Straight Year

CHICAGO — Illinois’ population went down by an estimated 51,250 people in 2019, or 0.4%, marking the sixth consecutive year the state has lost residents, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Since the turn of the decade,... Read More

Facts Are Misremembered to Fit Personal Biases, Study Finds
Research
Facts Are Misremembered to Fit Personal Biases, Study Finds

If you’re looking for who’s responsible for all the misinformation out there, you might want to take a peek in the mirror. OK, OK, it’s not all your fault. Although external sources of misinformation like “fake news” and purposeful disinformation... Read More

By 2030, Nearly Half of All US Adults Will Be Obese, Experts Predict
Health
By 2030, Nearly Half of All US Adults Will Be Obese, Experts Predict

A tidal wave of fat, and the ailments that come with it, now appears virtually inevitable in the United States. New research finds that by 2030, nearly half of American adults — 49.2% to be exact — will be obese.... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
Research
Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses Bipartisan Bill Boosting Food Allergy Treatment, Research
2019-12-17 16:06:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Problem Solvers Caucus is throwing its support behind legislation that would update allergen labeling laws, and provide increased funding for research and treatment of food allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32... Read More

New Study Finds 8-in-10 Californians Are Registered to Vote
State News
New Study Finds 8-in-10 Californians Are Registered to Vote
2019-08-29 21:20:04
by Dan McCue

Voter registration is up in California, with 8-in-10 eligible adults registered. However, likely voters in the state still tend to be older, well-educated and disproportionately white, according to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California. The Institute, a... Read More

Chicago Lagging Other Big Cities in Job Growth, Report Says
Employment
Chicago Lagging Other Big Cities in Job Growth, Report Says

CHICAGO — Chicago could experience weak job growth and substantial job displacement over the next decade if it doesn’t boost its profile in the tech industry and train workers, according to a new study. The analysis, published recently by the... Read More

California Honeybees Are In Decline. Administration Says It Can’t Afford to Study It
Environment
California Honeybees Are In Decline. Administration Says It Can’t Afford to Study It

WASHINGTON — It’s the last federal report on honeybee populations we’ll see — at least for a while — and the numbers for California show the number of colonies are still decreasing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in July... Read More

Many Deadly Cancers Receive Lowest Amounts of Funding, Study Finds
Health
Many Deadly Cancers Receive Lowest Amounts of Funding, Study Finds

Some of the deadliest cancers — such as colorectal, ovarian and lung cancers — receive the lowest amounts of nonprofit funding, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. The researchers found that breast cancer, leukemia, pediatric cancers and lymphoma were... Read More

‘Staggering’ Number of Children Exposed to Violence in Chicago, New Study Says
In The News
‘Staggering’ Number of Children Exposed to Violence in Chicago, New Study Says

CHICAGO — Over the Fourth of July holiday, Felix Kombwa brought the children he mentors to a festival where a law-enforcement exhibit allowed visitors to sit in a squad car, try on police gear and chat with officers. But the... Read More

Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
Education
Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
2019-03-30 00:08:24
by Dan McCue

A recent study by Third Way, an independent and centrist think tank based in Washington, DC, focuses on the potential economic and personal benefits that would be attained if policies were enacted to push the rate of postsecondary completion up... Read More

Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
Education
Study Asks, What If Postsecondary Graduation Rates Mirrored High School Completion?
2019-03-29 23:49:28
by Dan McCue

A recent study by Third Way, an independent and centrist think tank based in Washington, DC, focuses on the potential economic and personal benefits that would be attained if policies were enacted to push the rate of postsecondary completion up... Read More

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