New research combines what we know about the mental health benefits of walking with avoiding family dysfunction and saving our minds from technological distraction.
University of Illinois researchers have found that getting outside with family members can help prevent family dysfunction. Previous research had been done on the benefits of walking unto itself, but combining the social element as well brings past studies into a new light.
The City of Philadelphia just became the first major U.S. city to pass a tax on sodas. What does that mean for the average consumer, and how effective are soda bans anyway?
Philadelphia recently enacted a soda tax to become effective as of January 2017, but it's not the first city to do so. Berkeley, California was the first municipality to enact a soda tax, and New York City tried to eliminate "jumbo-sized" sugary drinks back in 2012. Soda taxes generally function by imposing a per ounce fee on beverage distribution companies for each sugary drink they sell.
Research suggests that people, especially young individuals, see a reduction in stress levels through doing art therapy. And being a good artist isn't a qualification.
Don’t be too quick to dismiss art therapy as a helpful tool, even if you wouldn’t necessarily consider yourself an artist. A professor of creative arts therapies at Drexel University found that among 39 adults, doing an art activity for 45 minutes reduced stress, regardless of artistic ability. Researchers recorded participants’ levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone, before and after doing an art activity and saw significant decreases. About 75 percent of patients had lower levels of cortisol after the activity.
For years we've wondered if educational programs are the reason for the disparity between women and men in engineering, but what if there's another reason?
When women go to college to become engineers they are less likely than their male counterparts to actually go into engineering as a profession. Approximately 20 percent of undergraduate engineering degrees go to women, while only 13 percent of workers in engineering are women. A detailed survey of more than 40 undergraduate students tried to look at the reasons for the disparity and found some intriguing results.