February 25, 2014 | Research News
Twitter patterns reveal six social network communities
Most Twitter conversations have a distinct structure-forming one of six shapes-and the way these conversations form on Twitter depends on what is being discussed, according to new research from the University of Georgia.
February 25, 2014 | General News
Get active, Georgians! UGA’s Walk Georgia launches spring session for state residents
Walk Georgia is enabling state residents to take steps, literally, to improve their health. While the spring session of this University of Georgia Cooperative Extension program has started, it's not too late to join in; registration for the 12-week Walk Georgia session continues through March 10.
February 18, 2014 | Events on Campus
UGA professor to discuss ‘The Science of Love’ at newly formed Athens Science Cafe
University of Georgia psychology professor Keith Campbell will speak at the first meeting of the Athens Science Cafe on Feb. 25 at Ciné. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the event will start at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
February 3, 2014 | Research News
Racial discrimination takes biological toll on body for some
Racial discrimination has a health cost in additional to the emotional toll the abuse has on victims. According to a new study from the University of Georgia, African-American youth who experience frequent discrimination during adolescence are at risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Parental and peer emotional support was found to buffer these health risks.
November 25, 2013 | Research News
New research shows promise for earlier, better dementia diagnosis
Nearly 36 million people worldwide are estimated to currently have dementia. That number is expected to almost double every 20 years. Researchers are diligently working to find better, more accurate methods for earlier diagnosis.
November 13, 2013 | Research News
UGA’s capuchin monkeys retiring to Florida’s Jungle Friends in 2014
Over the past 17 years, seven tufted capuchin monkeys at the University of Georgia have given scientists new insights into cognition and behavior not only of primates, but also humans. In spring 2014, the monkeys are retiring to Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, in Gainesville, Fla., a lush property that's home to more than 100 New World monkeys.
November 6, 2013 | Research News
UGA researchers link youths’ social interactions with grades, self-efficacy
Positive social interactions with friends and family and involvement in youth programs can be protective factors against depression and poor performance in school, according to researchers within the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
September 19, 2013 | Research News
Mental illness prescriptions increase during recession, says UGA study
Perhaps surprisingly, public health overall improves during economic recessions. Fewer people die, fewer heart attacks are reported and general morbidity decreases, according to research from the World Health Organization. However, a recent study from the University of Georgia shows mental illness may increase during recessions. Researchers reveal anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drug prescriptions increase during periods of economic recession, predominantly in the Northeast region of the U.S.
June 24, 2013 | Research News
UGA professor’s book critiques genetics as disease predictor
Actress and director Angelina Jolie made headlines recently when she announced in a New York Times article that she underwent a double mastectomy after testing positive for a mutated BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk for developing both breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie lost her mother to ovarian cancer, and her aunt recently passed away from breast cancer, so her family history also increases her risk for developing these diseases.
March 15, 2013 | Research News
Dating in middle school leads to higher dropout, drug-use rates
Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the University of Georgia.
February 28, 2013 | Research News
UGA researchers identify brain pathway triggering impulsive eating
New research from the University of Georgia has identified the neural pathways in an insect brain tied to eating for pleasure, a discovery that sheds light on mirror impulsive eating pathways in the human brain.
January 18, 2013 | Research News
One-third of dating teens report violence in their relationships
Nearly a third of those dating in middle and high school report abusive relationships, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. The dating violence, which the researchers first measured in sixth grade, is a cycle that increases over time.
January 10, 2013 | Events on Campus
Expert on ambiguous loss to lead annual Marriage and Family Therapy Institute
Pauline Boss, who coined the term "ambiguous loss" and has developed guidelines for treating those who have experienced such a loss, will lead this year's Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate Program's 29th Annual Institute on Jan. 25. The institute is sponsored by the University of Georgia Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the School of Social Work and the College of Education.
December 12, 2012 | General News
UGA grad program preparing teachers to work with children with autism
An innovative University of Georgia graduate program in special education, that has prepared dozens of area elementary school teachers to work with children with autism over the past several years, has received a new federal grant of $1.2 million to continue its work through 2017.
December 6, 2012 | Research News
Social support has buffering role on poor diet behaviors, UGA study shows
Older African Americans who are dissatisfied with their lives tend to choose diets high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables. They can improve their health-and eating habits-through social support, according to new research from the University of Georgia.