Higher Education Crises
Drop-out rates are frighteningly high. Even those who finish, moreover, often emerge from college with staggering debts, no technical qualifications and few basic skills.
In two new books, Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus — a political scientist and a reporter — and Mark Taylor — a professor of religion — examine the ivory tower’s alleged demise. Their emphases differ in certain ways. Hacker and Dreifus explore a range of problems — including the corrupting role of big-time sports and admissions preferences for the children of alumni and donors. Taylor, by contrast, limits himself to elite institutions like Williams and Columbia. At the core, the two offerings have a great deal in common. Both point out — with considerable justice — that the financial condition of American universities is at best precarious.
Both schizophrenics and people with a common personality type share similar brain patterns.
- A new study shows that people with a common personality type share brain activity with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- The study gives insight into how the brain activity associated with mental illnesses relates to brain activity in healthy individuals.
- This finding not only improves our understanding of how the brain works but may one day be applied to treatments.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
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