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Foreign Medical Schools are Just as Good as American Medical Schools

When you are sick and have to go to the hospital, you want to make sure you receive the best possible care, right? Let’s say that you have a choice between a doctor who went to med school in the U.S., and one who went to med school in a foreign country. Which one is going to give you better health care?doctor xray

Surprisingly, a recent study showed that there is not a relationship between where a doctor went to medical school and the quality of patient care he/she gives. The study was conducted in Pennsylvania and analyzed 244,153 people who had been hospitalized for heart attacks or heart failure. The study compared the length of hospital stays and death rates between foreign-trained doctors and doctors who were trained in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »



Bribing Students to Learn

moneyDo you remember arguing with your parents about having to do your homework when your favorite TV show was on? Did they respond with “You can watch TV after its done”? Or maybe they said the famous one-liner: “School is your job, I go to work everyday, so, you have to go to school,” when you were trying to stay home “sick.”

But what if school really was a child’s job? Meaning at the end of each week they received a paycheck?

A study of children in Chicago, Dallas, Washington and New York presented this proposition.

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Parents’ Education Influences That of Children

A recent study conducted in Salt Lake City showed that the level of education a parent has is directly related to how much education the children will likely have.parents

The study compared high school rankings with parents’ education levels. The highest ranked high schools were in census areas where parents had at least some college education and the lowest ranked high schools were in census areas where parents did not have any college education. The study found there was a very strong correlation between the levels of education that a parent and child have.

In fact, State Education Superintendent Larry Shumway said he expected some correlation but “was surprised to see… almost perfect correlation.” Read the rest of this entry »



More Education Equals Healthier Lives

Just in case you aren’t motivated to pursue a higher education in order to get a better job, make more money, and have some fun in college, a new study by the Commission to Build a Healthier America might be your motivation. The study proved that people who have a higher level of education report being healthier than those who do not.

The study surveyed adults across the nation. The findings included that high school graduates are 2.5 times more likely to report feeling healthy than those who have not graduated high school. This is extremely evident in states like Mississippi, where 75 percent of adults who have not graduated high school report feeling unhealthy, as opposed to only 37 percent of those with a high school degree. Read the rest of this entry »



Half of High School Students Victims of Hazing

The stories of hazing have long been associated with the lifestyle of college co-eds, often in the form of initiation tactics. But a new study has found that 47 percent of high school students have been the victim of some form of hazing (in a previous study, 48 percent of high school students who belong to a group or organization had been hazed). No one sub-set of students is involved either, finding that athletic groups, the performing arts or even yearbook staff have been hazed. lonely-teen

Hazing is defined as “subjection to harassment or ridicule,” and in the case of these students it can take the form of childish pranks to drinking games, of which eight percent of students say they drank to the point of passing out. It’s all a part of that peer pressure to feel part of the in crowd, and the study authors say students often find themselves a part of situations they wouldn’t otherwise.

“That group dynamic can lead to the escalation where you have the hazing that’s been reported in the news, some horrendous incidents,” says Mary Madden, co-author of the study from University of Maine‘s College of Education and Human Development. Read the rest of this entry »



Facebook Users’ Grades Worse than Non-Users

For college students spending too much time on Facebook, the results will show on your report cards, according to a new study conducted at Ohio State University.facebook-profiles

The study’s co-author, Aryn Karpinski, clarifies that there are “many third variables that need to be studied,” but defends that a relationship does exist. Her study found that students who use Facebook tend to have GPAs in the 3.0-3.5 range and study one to five hours each week, while those who do not use Facebook have GPAs in the 3.5-4.0 range and study 11 to 15 hours each week.

She says Facebook might not be the guilty party, that this could be an indicator that students who in general study less and enjoy their free time will see a hit to their grades. The study also found that those who have jobs spend less time on Facebook, whereas those involved in more social activities and organizations are active on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »



Community College Education Being Penalized

money ladderMany students start their higher education experience at community colleges. It’s more affordable for those two years you wade through general education courses and try to determine a career path. But a study released this week suggests that students who started at a community college before transferring to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university are being penalized. The study says that these students are earning less than their counterparts who earned their entire degree at a four-year university, and that this trend remains true for those who go on to earn higher level degrees.

“It is important for individuals to know both the benefits and the disadvantages of attending a community college when making decisions about education,” says Natalia Kolesnikova, a Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis economist who calculated the data from a 2003 National Survey of College Graduates, completed by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation.



Students Go Beyond Google, Into the Deep Web

the invisible webWhen you use Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and other major search engines you get millions of results that all have one thing in common: the websites have all allowed themselves to be listed there. A web developer can choose to put a bit of code in their web pages that instructs Google, et. al. to not search the site. The major search engines respect this request and ignore these pages. However, there are a few search engines that focus on ignoring these instructions, choosing to index the site anyway. They also focus on sites that the major search engines aren’t able to reach because the information resides in databases. These search engines capture what is known as the Deep Web (or Invisible Web, Hidden Web, etc.) and there can be a wealth of information on these websites that can be beneficial to you, as a student. Three resources are listed below, but it’s not hard to find that there are hundreds of deep web search engines available, many subject-specific. For a more in depth look at the Deep Web, read The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t See by Gary Price and Chris Sherman. Read the rest of this entry »





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