Archive for the ‘Research Studies’ Category


I read a freakishly large amount of material, but a study in the March/April issue of Mothering really caught my eye.

A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan has determined that the strongest predictor of violence in adulthood is children’s repeated exposure to violent entertainment and participation in the virtual violence found in most video games.

The study states that such exposure more strongly influences future aggressive behavior than does living in poverty, engaging in substance abuse, or having abusive parents.

Specific findings include the following:

  • Men in their early 20s who were heavy viewers of violent TV shows between the ages of six and nine were twice as likely as other men to push, grab, or shove thier spouses. They were also three times as likely to be convicted of criminal behavior.
  • Women who were high-volume viewers of violent shows as young children were more than twice as likely as other women to have thrown something at their spouses, and more than four times as likely as other women to have punched, beaten, or choked another adult.
  • Playing violent video games changes brain function, desensitizing chronic players to actual violence.

This study is hardly lonesome. Google the subject and a plethora of information is at your disposal.


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tylenol cold medicine

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that an estimated 7,000 children are sent to the E.R. each year, primarily because of overdose, it is surprising that 20% of parents still plan to give their children under 2 cold medication.

This comes after this month’s warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration against dispensing cold medicine to children. Evidence suggests parents want to give these drugs, including cough suppressants, antihistamines and decongestants, to their children, even though they have never been shown to benefit young children.


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The sea cucumber- long believed to have healing properties– happens to produce a toxin that destroys malaria parasites. Researchers are hoping this toxin is the key to reducing the one to two million people, most of which are children, who die of malaria each year.

Scientists have inserted the genetic code for the sea cucumber toxin into mosquitoes and witnessed the toxin take out the parasite immediately. Scientists hope this new genetically modified malaria proof mosquito will halt the killer in its tracks.


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Cancer Cell Spreading

A recent report published by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) concludes that strictly limiting meat consumption (primarily red meat and processed meats) is one of the most integral factors in preventing certain types of cancer, especially colorectal. In the report, researchers conclude that no amount of processed meat (i.e. bacon or lunchmeat) can be considered safe to consume.

The report stated that other factors increasing cancer risk include excess body weight and physical inactivity.

To read more about the report titled, “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective,” please visit VegNews.

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Apparently, anything in a McDonald’s wrapper tastes better. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was a tad awestruck as I first read about the research study funded by Stanford and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The study involved 63 preschool children, McDonald’s hamburgers, chicken nuggets and french fries. It also included store bought milk, juice and carrots. The food was identical and everything was wrapped in McDonald’s brand and unmarked wrappers. The children were asked which food tasted better. The McDonald’s wrapped food always won the taste test.

Study author Dr. Tom Robinson said the kids’ perception of taste was “physically altered by the branding.” The Stanford University researcher said it was remarkable how children so young were already so influenced by advertising.

With this research, McDonald’s needs to start wrapping up some veggies…

To read more about this study please visit CNN and VegNews.

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