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Mark Greenberg, Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research at Penn State, recommends social and emotional learning (SEL) programs as an ideal foundation for a public health approach to education.

Semyon Slobounov, professor of kinesiology at Penn State, will present the 2017 Pattishall Research Lecture. His lecture, which will be held on April 25 on the University Park campus, will address myths and realities about concussions, and new approaches to more accurately assess and treat concussive injuries.

Two Penn State graduate students, with the assistance of two faculty members, have developed a tutorial for speech-language pathologists designed to better include parents and other family members in communication interventions for children whose speech does not adequately meet their communication needs due to autism or other disorders.

Researchers in the Penn State's Department of Biobehavioral Health studied 89 Latino farmworkers in Texas over the course of five months and found -- based both on their observations and on the perceptions of their subjects -- that Latino farmworkers regularly felt discriminated against, most often at the hands of the farm owner.

A recently awarded American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant will allow kinesiology professor Scherezade K. Mama and colleagues to study a faith-based, mind-body intervention that seeks to increase physical activity and reduce health disparities, including cancer risks, among those who reside in rural areas.

Women with a history of miscarriage and women who are overweight or obese prior to pregnancy tend to have poorer psychological health and lower motivation to exercise during their next pregnancy compared to women without a history of miscarriage and those who are at a healthy weight before pregnancy, according to researchers in the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State.

Viewing large portions of high-calorie food activates reward and sensory processing areas in children’s brains, according to a Penn State study.

Researchers in the College of Health and Human Development and Nursing at Penn State have received funding to co-lead a five-year multisite study using mobile technology to better understand risk factors prior to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institute on Aging is funding this research.

Previous research suggests that drinking wine in moderation can be good for your health, but new research indicates that drinking beer may also have health benefits.

About 25 percent of Americans are residents of rural communities. Urban and suburban residents typically have access to public transportation, innovative medical care, and cutting-edge prevention programs; however, rural residents often do not have such resources.

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