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Today Overweight women tend to earn smaller paychecks, study claims
Heavier women are more likely to be lighter in the wallet, reports a new study by Jennifer Shinall, assistant professor of law. The study finds obese females tend to occupy lower-paying, more-strenuous jobs in less-visible corners of the U.S. workforce when compared to average-sized women and men. Shinall’s research was also reported by Futurity and ThinkProgress. The accompanying video was produced by Vanderbilt News and Communications.

CBS News: Yoga for kids brings stress-relief to preschool set
The stress-relieving practice of yoga is well known for its many health benefits. Now mainstream for American adults, yoga is also becoming increasingly popular with children. Gurjeet Birdee, assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, was interviewed for the report at VUStar, Vanderbilt’s campus broadcast facility.

Scientific American: Giving the brain a buzz: The ultimate in self-help or a dangerous distraction?
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) involves sending low-current electricity into the brain via carefully placed electrodes attached to the scalp. The result is a temporary change in the brain that could, in theory, be helpful to those who want to learn faster, to improve their mood, or to modify their mental functioning in any way. Research by Robert Reinhart, Ph.D. candidate in psychology, and Geoffrey Woodman, assistant professor of psychology, showing tDCS affected how effectively a person learned from his or her mistakes is mentioned.

PBS: Ebola sounds scary, but these diseases are the real health threat

Ebola remains at the forefront of public safety concerns, but there are a number of illnesses that pose a far greater health risk. Hari Sreenivasan interviewed William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and health policy, on six other diseases that threaten the public. The interview was conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt’s campus broadcast facility. Schaffner was quoted in related stories for The Associated Press: Hospital of Ebola patient posts poor ER benchmarks and LiveScience: Man recovers from Ebola in Germany after routine intensive care.

Psychology Today: Change your movement, change your brain
Being aware of how you move your body can help you think more clearly and turn up the dial on your brainpower. Research by Vanderbilt postdoctoral fellow Laura Thomas and University of Illinois psychology professor Alejandro Lleras shows that the brain can take cues from body movements to understand and solve complex problems.

Lake News Online (Cadmenton, Mo.): Website scores assess reps’ “effectiveness”
The Legislative Effectiveness Project, developed by Alan Wiseman, associate professor of political scientist, and University of Virginia Craig Volden, calculates a score for all members of the House of the Representatives and ranks them against their colleagues.

Lebanon Democrat: Novel therapy offered at Vanderbilt eases stress of retinoblastoma treatment
Anthony Daniels, assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and Michael Froehler, assistant professor of neurology, are treating a form of childhood eye cancer with a new kind of targeted chemotherapy that has fewer side effects than traditional treatments.

The Tennessean: Haslam pushes Common Core review to after 2015 session

Gov. Bill Haslam laid out a process Wednesday for Tennesseans to review and comment on Common Core in this state, putting flesh to what he has said will be a “full vetting” of the controversial academic standards. Peabody research showing decreasing support of Common Core among Tennessee teachers is mentioned.

The Tennessean: Vanderbilt children’s hospital kicks off expansion campaign
A campaign to expand the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt kicked off Wednesday by announcing the donation of $17.7 million. Kathryn Carell Brown, the daughter of the hospital’s namesake and chairwoman of the campaign, John Brock, the Monroe Carell Jr. Professor of Surgery, and Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, are quoted.

The Tennessean: Tennessee hospitals intensify Ebola training
Health workers in Tennessee are learning how to better protect themselves from Ebola as hospitals continue drills to prepare for a potential case of the virus. Additionally, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in research to develop an Ebola vaccine, according to John Howser, assistant vice chancellor for medical center news and communications.

The Tennessean: Opinion: Don’t believe opponents to Amendment 1
Passing Amendment 1 would enable the legislature to impose the same abortion regulations found in surrounding states, writes Carol Swain, professor of political science and law and honorary chair of the Yes on 1 Committee.

The Tennessean: Vandy rape case argument: Too drunk to be responsible?
Prosecutors have requested a judge block testimony by a psychologist who claims Brandon Vandenburg, one of four former football players charged in the rape of a student on campus last year, could have been too drunk to be held responsible for his actions.



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