Journalist’s Resource:Research on today’s news

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Research on today’s news

To burn more calories, just stand
Is sitting the new smoking? There’s plenty of research that claims associations between sedentary behaviors and mortality, but the findings of these studies tend to vary. A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reviewed 46 studies that looked at the effects of standing, rather than sitting, on energy expenditure in an attempt to understand how beneficial it really is to get up from that swivel chair.

Teacher misconduct: Research on educators and crime
Journalists regularly cover stories about teachers accused of misconduct ranging from public intoxication and theft to child battery and sexual assault. To help, we’ve pulled together studies that look at teacher misconduct broadly as well as sexual misconduct specifically. We included research on nondisclosure agreements, which limit the information school districts can share about former employees.

Grant review that focuses on researcher credentials favors men
Gender bias in the workplace is not new. Pay gaps, hiring discrimination and harassment all demonstrate differences in opportunities and outcomes on the basis of gender. As researchers work to shed light on gender bias, academia itself is not immune. New research conducted by scholars at four Canadian institutions examines differences in the funding success of proposed academic studies.

Covering populist leaders: 10 research-based tips for journalists
A new paper aims to help journalists improve their coverage of populist movements and leaders. Claes H. de Vreese, a recent fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, makes recommendations based on what scholars know about populist communication strategies, including a tendency to bypass the press and communicate directly with the public through social media.

Advances in Alzheimer’s research
Alzheimer’s disease is an incurable neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive cognitive decline. Early detection and intervention, then, are key for those trying to alter the disease’s course. Two new studies present promising findings in this realm. One indicates that a blood test could aid diagnosis, the other suggests aerobic exercise boosts cognitive function.


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