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Google searches for 'chickenpox' reveal big impact of vaccinations

Countries that implement government-mandated vaccinations for chickenpox see a sharp drop in the number of Google searches for the common childhood disease afterward, demonstrating that immunization significantly reduces seasonal outbreaks.  680 more words


Why everyone wants to help the sick -- but not the unemployed

New research explains why healthcare costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line. The answer is found deep in our psychology, where powerful intuitions lead us to view illness as the result of bad luck and worthy of help. 511 more words


Schizophrenia: The brain has the ability to rescue itself

A team of scientists have shown that the brains of patients with schizophrenia have the capacity to reorganize and fight the illness. This is the first time that imaging data has been used to show that our brains may have the ability to reverse the effects of schizophrenia. 425 more words


How the brain makes -- and breaks -- a habit

Not all habits are bad. Some are even necessary. It’s a good thing, for example, that we can find our way home on “autopilot” or wash our hands without having to ponder every step. 588 more words


*Building Understanding of Smart City Initiatives

This is the first peer-reviewed article to be posted on this blog as denoted by the asterix (*) in the heading.

It is expected that three-quarters of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, an increase from half of the population in 2010. 254 more words

Smart Cities

Humiliation from stares are worse than tiny seats for obese air travelers

Feelings of shame and humiliation bother obese air passengers more than tight seat belts and tiny seats, according to a study published by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.  339 more words


Extreme beliefs often mistaken for insanity

In the aftermath of violent acts such as mass shootings, many people assume mental illness is the cause. After studying the 2011 case of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, researchers are suggesting a new forensic term to classify non-psychotic behavior that leads to criminal acts of violence. 509 more words