0 Have your say Today is the International Day of Happiness and a recent Royal Bank of Scotland study found that happiness in Scotland is on the rise. Furthermore, Scotland is the happiest nation in the UK according to government data, a fact being used to encourage people to migrate. Having researched wellbeing for nearly two decades, I’m always intrigued to find out about the experiences of particular countries. Though there may not yet be any definitive explanations of Scotland’s wellbeing profile, there are a number of plausible explanations. Money is a natural place to start and the RBS survey does find that those on the highest incomes tend on average to be happiest. When compared with England, Scotland’s regions tend to have incomes that are more evenly distributed and there is significant evidence that relativities matter. One American study found that extroverts were particularly likely to be unhappy if … [Read more...] about Paul Anand: A fairer society and decent quality of life gives us many happy returns
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It is well established among those who carry out, analyze, and report pre-employment performance testing that slope-based bias in those tests is rare. Why is this important? Look at the following three graphs from a recent study by Aguinis, Culpepper and Pierce (2010): Figure 1. Illustration of the typical finding of no slope-based differences and intercept-based differences favoring the minority group (Panel A), and the possibility that there are slope-based differences (Panels B and C) together with no intercept-based differences (Panel B) and small intercept-based differences (Panel C). Figure 1A shows the idealized scenario that is assumed to be the case most of the time: Minority populations have a lower performance result than majority populations, however both have the same shaped distribution, and thus the same shaped regression line (same slope, equally straight) but with a reduced overall value and thus a lower y-intercept (where the lines hit the up and down axis on the … [Read more...] about Persistent ethnic differences in test performance may be entirely an artifact of the method used to ‘adjust’ the test
(CNN)Last year, President Donald Trump's doctors screened him for heart disease using a test unfamiliar to many Americans. Now, research shows that that test, either alone or combined with other evaluation methods, is better at predicting whether a symptomatic patient required heart surgery than the standard evaluation. The test, a scan for coronary artery calcium or CAC, provides patients with a simple score or a quantifiable measure of how hardened their arteries have become. By contrast, the standard evaluation that doctors use to measure heart disease risk includes blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body weight, blood glucose and lifestyle factors, such as smoking status. President Trump has common form of heart disease "If you're concerned about your risk of heart disease, then you should ask your doctor about the coronary artery calcium score," said Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, lead author of the new study, presented Monday at the American Heart Association Scientific Session … [Read more...] about Use coronary calcium screening to predict heart disease risk, doctors urge
If you want to get fit but you don't know how, that's no cause for shame or despair. No one is an expert in every field — so instead of puttering aimlessly around the gym, you should turn to someone whose sole focus is helping people to transform into their best selves. There's tons of information available online and programs designed by professionals to help you to get in shape, but it can be worth it to take a more personalized approach. If you can afford it, hiring a personal trainer is an excellent option, particularly if you struggle with keeping yourself motivated. You’re less likely to bail on your workout when someone (or something — in this case, your wallet) holds you accountable, and a trainer can give you that extra push out the door when you're trying to decide whether or not to do your morning workout. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But how can you find a good trainer? And if you've already hired someone to design your training plan, how can … [Read more...] about 8 Things to Know Before Hiring a Personal Trainer
HEALTH 07/26/2018 10:00 am ET A new Pew survey finds the vast majority think using gene-editing technology to enhance intelligence would go too far. By Anna Almendrala Scientists are inching closer to successful human applications of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome-editing technology that helps them easily find, delete, and replace genes in any living organism. The benefits of such gene editing are obvious: Genetic mutations that cause birth defects or increase disease risk may one day be repaired in every cell, delivering a complete and thorough cure. But it also presents more ethically ambiguous possibilities, including the potential future ability to enhance or control for traits that aren’t life-threatening, as well as pass these genetic changes down to the next generation. While the majority of Americans think that treating a severe birth defect or reducing the risk of serious disease is an appropriate use of gene editing, most also believe that using the … [Read more...] about Americans Would Do Anything To Make Their Kids Smarter. Except Edit Their Genes.