Flu vaccine prevents hospitalization in children, study shows

Children vaccinated against influenza are significantly less likely to experience serious complications from the virus that could land them in hospital, new research from Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) has found.

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Spanking linked to increase in children’s behavior problems

Children who have been spanked by their parents by age 5 show an increase in behavior problems at age 6 and age 8 relative to children who have never been spanked, according to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Ethnic and gender differences in youths’ developing gender identity

The extent to which youths feel typical of their gender and the pressure they feel to conform to traditional gender roles are related to adolescents’ well-being. Because many gender-related expectations are culturally based, a new longitudinal study examined how French middle school adolescents’ feelings about the development of gender identity differed across groups of teens from different ethnicities, cultures, and genders.

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Rise of populism affects wildlife management in US

Researchers at Colorado State University and The Ohio State University have found that a cultural backlash stemming from the rise of populism may limit opportunities for state fish and wildlife agencies to adapt to changing social values in the United States. The team reached this conclusion by analyzing more than 12,000 surveys from 19 states and studying ballot initiatives related to hunting.

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Are cities affecting evolution?

The recent uproar about seats on a British Airways flight crawling with bedbugs is only one of the unintended consequences that urbanization worldwide has on evolution, say Marc Johnson, an associate professor of biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and Jason Munshi-South, who is an associate professor of biological sciences at Fordham University.

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