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Can wearable technology predict the negative consequences of drinking?

Jan 27, 2022

“How much have you had to drink?” might seem like a simple question, but it is not always easy to answer. Although there are general guidelines about responsible alcohol consumption, a person’s level of intoxication depends not only on the number of drinks they consume but also on the alcohol…

Authenticity in the USA: How Springsteen's music stayed true through the years

Aug 18, 2021

Bruce Springsteen has made a long career singing about his blue-collar, working class roots. But despite reaching super stardom since releasing his first album in the 1970s, a recent analysis found that Springsteen’s music has stayed “authentic” over time. The study’s researchers examined the…

Flood Risk is Higher in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities

Jul 19, 2021

A joint research brief by Penn State's Danielle Rhubert, assistant professor of biobehavioral health and Population Research Institute associate, and Yu Sun, Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Syracuse University, addresses how flood risk varies across places with different demographic and social…

E-cigarettes with cigarette-like nicotine delivery reduce exposure to carcinogen

Apr 13, 2021

E-cigarettes that deliver a cigarette-like amount of nicotine are associated with reduced smoking and reduced exposure to a major cancer-causing chemical, or carcinogen, in tobacco even with concurrent smoking, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and…

Penn State faculty offer tips on avoiding burnout amid pandemic

Apr 7, 2021

As employees and students of Penn State face the uncertain circumstances of the pandemic, University faculty offer advice on how to avoid burnout or, if you are already feeling sapped of energy and interest -- how to recover. According to the World Health Organization, burnout is an occupational…

Local law-enforcement policy may affect pediatric health care

Mar 22, 2021

Local law-enforcement of immigration policy may affect preventable hospitalization rates for children, according to new research led by a Penn State investigator. “This research shows that there is an association between these policies and the health of the entire community’s children,” said…

Buxton recognized with endowed appointment

Jan 12, 2021

SSRI cofund Orfeu M. Buxton, professor of biobehavioral health, was named the inaugural holder of the Elizabeth Fenton Susman Professorship in Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development. Buxton's research focuses on the causes of chronic sleep deficiency in the workplace,…

Impacts of the coronavirus on social justice

Sep 16, 2020

Although disparities in resource distribution have always run deep across our communities, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and further exacerbated these inequities. Rates of infection are higher in lower income and more populated areas, increasing the contagion risk. The current crisis is a giant…

Think pink: Getting a good night's sleep in difficult times

Jul 7, 2020

White noise is a popular solution for drowning out unwanted sounds, but there is actually an entire rainbow of sounds. New research from Penn State suggests that "pink noise" might enhance the quality of a person’s sleep. According to research, Americans sleep an hour less each night than they did…

Stuck at Home (Together)

Apr 5, 2020

The Foundation for Art & Healing’s campaign to foster and maintain social connectivity during periods of COVID-19 related physical isolation  To address emotional distress caused by the unprecedented public health demands to establish physical isolation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

Health services and programs being used by post-9/11 veterans

Mar 26, 2020

Providing quality healthcare to veterans with mental health issues is complex, especially given that there are some delays in receiving care from the VA system and veterans have a wider choice of healthcare options under the Veterans Choice Act/Veteran Community Care program. A recent study asked…

New study identifies which veterans are using programs to gain employment

Mar 23, 2020

Compared to veterans of other wars, those who have served since 9/11 have the highest unemployment rate, particularly among young male veterans. Within the first three months of disconnecting from active duty service, more than half of post-9/11 veterans reported using at least one program designed…

Hydration may affect cognitive function in some older adults

Dec 17, 2019

Not getting enough water is enough to make you feel sluggish and give you a headache, but a new Penn State study suggests it may also relate to cognitive performance. The researchers investigated whether hydration levels and water intake among older adults was related with their scores on several…

College students may get health benefits from less than one extra hour of sleep

Nov 20, 2019

College life can be rigorous and exhausting, but new research suggests that just one extra hour of sleep a night is not only possible, but can also have significant health benefits for college students. In a study led by Penn State, researchers found that when asked to extend their sleep, college…

Symposium focuses on families and food, honors late colleague Leann Birch

Nov 19, 2019

The late Leann Birch, a former Penn State distinguished professor of human development and family studies and former director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Research in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, was honored at the 27th Annual National Symposium on Family issues, held recently at…

Sexual minorities continue to face discrimination, despite increasing support

Nov 15, 2019

Despite increasing support for the rights of people in the LGBTQ+ community, discrimination remains a critical and ongoing issue for this population, according to researchers. In a recent study, researchers found that adults who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual — as well as people who…

Professor awarded NSF grant for research in water security in Kenya

Nov 8, 2019

Asher Rosinger, assistant professor of biobehavioral health and anthropology and Ann Hertzler Early Career Professor in Global Health, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant allowing him to further his research in water and its impact on health and well-being. Rosinger and…

Penn State research informs PA report on school start times

Oct 17, 2019

Later school start times improve educational and health outcomes by giving students more sleep, according to a new reportfrom the Pennsylvania Joint State Commission on School Start Times, released today (Oct. 17). Orfeu Buxton, professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, was asked to serve on…

Sleep deprivation may lead to slower metabolism, weight gain

Sep 22, 2019

Restricting sleep for just several days alters how we metabolize fats and changes how satisfied we are by a meal, according to new research conducted at Penn State and published in the Journal of Lipid Research. According to Orfeu Buxton, researcher on the project and professor of biobehavioral…

AI in action: Seminars to explore artificial intelligence research possibilities

Sep 4, 2019

Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms are already integrated into most of the electronic devices that we use and are powering the global economy’s transformation. But, analysts also warn that AI may have negative effects. For example, American market research company Forrester…

Penn State professor promoted to editor-in-chief of Sleep Health journal

Jun 6, 2019

Orfeu Buxton, professor of biobehavioral health and Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) co-funded faculty member at Penn State, was recently named the next editor-in-chief for the journal of the National Sleep Foundation, Sleep Health. Buxton was promoted after serving as an associate editor…

Exercise may help teens sleep longer, more efficiently

May 22, 2019

Getting more exercise than normal — or being more sedentary than usual — for one day may be enough to affect sleep later that night, according to a new study led by Penn State. In a one-week, micro-longitudinal study, the researchers found that when teenagers got more physical activity than they…

New project to study link between sleep and cognitive decline

May 1, 2019

The number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to triple by 2050. A $3 million grant from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) will fund Penn State researchers to study the relationship between sleep and cognitive decline and impairment. The project will build upon the…

Just 16 minutes of sleep loss can harm work concentration the next day

Apr 30, 2019

This article was co-written by Orfeu Buxton, professor of biobehavioral health, and David Almeida, professor of human development, for The Conversation. Have you had a less-than-stellar performance review lately? Do you daydream, or are you making bad decisions? It might not be about your job but…

Heim makes top list in Biological Psychiatry

Jan 11, 2019

Christine Heim, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network co-funded faculty member and professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, was one of the authors of a paper listed among the 10 Most Highly Cited Papers Published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, according to Scopus (as of August 6, 2018…