Interview: Dr. Alan Beck, Director, Center for Human-Animal Bond

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Alan Beck, director of Purdue's Center for Human-Animal Bond, established to study the relationship between humans and their pets. (Part of Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine.) After 20 years at this post, Dr. Beck is known as the country's foremost authority on pet therapy and, for what it's worth, used to live with a skunk....more

Is Preschool Valuable? Get the facts! Some Useful Pre-K Research Resources…

John Holland of Inside Pre-K writes about 'Fueling the Pre-K Fire' and the effects of negative reports about preschool education.  According to Holland:...more

Dear BlogHer community, please help me graduate. Call for interview participants for my BlogHer research paper.

I joined BlogHer earlier this year, after realizing that many of the people I follow on Twitter have two things in common -- they actively contribute to the wealth of information and inspiration that circulates the Web, and they are part of the BlogHer comunity. So when it was time to pick the subject for my spring semester research paper, I didn't have to think twice about it....more

I really appreciate it! I need at least six more participants in the next two weeks. I'll need ...more

When It Comes to Breastfeeding, We Can’t Handle The Truth

Every single time a new study is published proving that formula feeding costs the lives of mothers and babies, people come from the farthest corners of the internet, flame throwers in tow, to argue with the research. But no amount of denial is going to change the truth. This week the Journal of Pediatrics published some very serious new findings indicating that 911 babies in America die every year from not being breastfed....more

A Verdict on the Vaccination Boogeyman

Have you ever wondered why, exactly, vaccines are erroneously associated with autism? I'll tell you: In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield held a press conference to announce that his research had revealed a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism. He published his findings in the respected independent medical journal The Lancet, and spent the next few years promoting his vaccine-autism "concerns" through media outlets like the TV news magazine 60 Minutes....more

Great post!  No offense to any parents of children with autism, but I think some people ...more

Psychiatry, Social Unrest and Misdiagnosis

Black men have long been overdiagnosed with schizophrenia, according to a new book by University of Michigan psychiatry and women's studies professor Jonathan Metzl.  The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease suggests that black men are diagnosed with schizophrenia at a rate at least five times higher than any other group, a practice that likely began when "experts" made a connection between blackness, civil rights activism, and mental illness.  Metzl's finding is consistent with earlier findings of psychiatric overdiagnoses of people of color and women. ...more

A diagnosis of mental illness is a handy tool to discount people who are reflecting social ...more

Personal Finance From Scratch

In the past few months, I've been cooking more - much more - at home and baking from scratch. Aside from the savings I've gained by making my own meals, cooking at home is better for you because you have more control over the ingredients (although when it comes to cupcakes... that conclusion might not hold. Butter is butter, right?). ...more

An excellent analogy.  And, I find, the more you get your hands dirty (learning more ...more

LifeWater: Personal philosophies on dance and why I do it

Life-water: Personal philosophies on dance and why I do it By Danielle M. White Utah Valley University “A day I don't dance is a day I don't live.” – Wendy Buonaventura, Serpent of the Nile Introduction: This paper is divided into two interrelated sections. Part one is an overview of my philosophies regarding dance – particularly Ballet. And part two explores how Ballet has affected me personally, and the reasons why I do it. ...more

The Power of Networking Offline Validated by Recent Research Study

copyright, 2009, Debbi A. Ballard The power of offline word-of-mouth networking supersedes that of online word-of-mouth conversations according to a just released research report.  This has important implications for the mlm network marketing business.  Debbi A. Ballard, mlm consultant and chief blogger for mlm consultants' blog gives you the details. ...more

What to do before upgrading your education

Unemployed or under-employed this is a time when some people may consider using their time and limited dollars towards educational upgrading. In a competitive job market this may seem like a logical step, but before you take that leap there are a few things I would like to share. Many clients have sat in front of me placing their head in their hands after spending money on an education that did not yield the desired employment. Though the problem could be from a lack of a proper job search, it also may be that they did not ask the right questions before heading back to school. ...more