Latest news from Eurekalert.org - Business feed

Latest news from Eurekalert.org - Business feed

  1. UMass Amherst computer scientists offer new techniques to measure social bias in software

    08.17 / 19:40 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Brun says, "Unchecked, biases in data and software run the risk of perpetuating biases in society. For example, prior work has demonstrated that racial bias exists in online advertising delivery systems, where online searches for traditionally-minority names were more likely to yield ads related to arrest records. Such software behavior can contribute to racial stereotypes and other grave societal…
  2. Do occupational factors affect reproductive health and chronic disease risk for nurses?

    08.17 / 16:33 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A prospective study of more than 20,000 nurses aged 20-45 years, 88 percent of whom had worked night shifts, reported their most common health issues, disease history, reproductive experiences, occupational exposures, and other lifestyle- and work-related…
  3. NIH funds Rosalind Franklin University study on role of oxytocin in anxiety

    08.17 / 15:30 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science researcher Joanna Dabrowska has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the role of the hormone oxytocin in stress-induced psychiatric disorders. Her findings could lead to urgently needed new drug therapies for generalized anxiety and post-traumatic stress…
  4. Federal snack program does not yield expected impacts, Virginia Tech researchers find

    08.17 / 14:29 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (Virginia Tech) The research team examined the US Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks in School regulation. The federal mandate was intended to replace unhealthy school snacks and beverages with more wholesome options, including fruits, vegetables, and packaged treats low in fat, sugar, and…
  5. Gender norms are still important for women's choice of college major

    08.17 / 14:29 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (Springer) Traditional cultural norms about gendered roles and femininity still matter for women's choice of college major, says Ann Beutel of the University of Oklahoma in the US. Beutel and her colleagues published a study in Springer's journal Gender Issues showing how long-held cultural norms about femininity may contribute to ongoing gender segregation in academia, and to the college majors that women decide to pursue in…
  6. Kids learn moral lessons more effectively from stories with humans than human-like animals

    08.17 / 14:29 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (University of Toronto) A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto found that four to 6-year-olds shared more after listening to books with human characters than books with anthropomorphic (human-like)…
  7. Algal blooms cost Ohio homeowners $152 million over six years

    08.17 / 14:29 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (Ohio State University) In a new study, researchers at The Ohio State University estimate algal blooms at two Ohio lakes cost Ohio homeowners $152 million in lost property value over six years. Meanwhile, a related study suggests that algae is driving anglers away from Lake Erie, causing fishing license sales to drop at least 10 percent every time a bloom reaches a moderate level of health…
  8. Latency of seizures determined by diet

    08.17 / 13:30 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (Hiroshima University) Scientists are increasingly appreciating estrogen's role in brain health. The latest research from Hiroshima University connecting DHA synthesis to estrogen production, and consequentially brain health, backs up further the old adage that a daily intake of fish oil is good for…
  9. Florida flood risk study identifies priorities for property buyouts

    08.17 / 13:30 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (University of California - Santa Cruz) A study of flood damage in Florida by scientists at UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions. Forecasters say an above-normal hurricane season is likely in the Atlantic Ocean this year, while a rising sea level is making Florida increasingly vulnerable to dangerous…
  10. Smoking linked to frailty in older adults

    08.17 / 13:30 eurekalert.org Eurekalert.org - Business
    (Oxford University Press USA) A recent paper published in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, finds that current smoking in older people increases the risk of developing frailty, though former smokers did not appear to be at higher…