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Apr 25 2012

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Patriot Games
  2. Any Given Friday
  3. He’s Not Alone
  4. Afghanistan the Beautiful
  5. The Pickers of Dandora
  6. The Arab Spring’s Best Photos

[Source: Foreign Policy, 16th – 19th April, 2012]

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Apr 25 2012

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

As the city of Chicago began the plan to transform its notoriously poorly-run Chicago Housing Authority in the early 1990s, many wondered what would become of its residents and the surrounding communities. This recent report from the Urban Institute looks into the “complex relationship between public housing transformation and crime in Chicago and Atlanta.” Authored by five different researchers at the Institute, this 11-page document takes a close look at crime rates in the communities that relocated public housing residents into private-market housing. The report notes that the effects were “not the simplistic relationship implied by media accounts, but rather a complex picture of declining crime rates in both cities, a small net decrease in violent crime citywide associated with the transformation efforts, but effects in some neighborhoods—those that received more than a few relocated households—that suggest that crime would have been lower in those neighborhoods had there been no public housing transformation.” The report includes a number of helpful charts and summary statistics, and it will be most useful to policy analysts and planners 

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 18, Number 16, April 20, 2012]

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Apr 25 2012

Latest resources from Urban Institute

  2. Tax expenditures are getting increased scrutiny from budget hawks and tax reformers. New Treasury estimates, released as part of President Obama’s recent budget, indicate that these tax preferences will reduce individual and corporate income tax revenues by almost $1.1 trillion in 2012. Those provisions will also increase spending on refundable tax credits by $91 billion and will reduce payroll and excise tax receipts by $113 billion. Together, tax expenditures will total almost $1.3 trillion this year.
  3.  Institute’s Health Policy Center is tracking implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 10 states: Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Each case study chronicles successes and hurdles, with a special look at exchange establishment, private-market reforms, and preparations for Medicaid expansion.
  4. At a conference cosponsored by the Urban Institute, the Pension Rights Center, and Covington & Burling, Institute fellow Eugene Steuerle presented options for allowing workers to purchase annuities within Social Security, as well as granting partial benefits to accommodate phased retirement. While such options technically exist today, they are buried deep within the maze of Social Security’s complex provisions. Simplifying and clarifying these options would enable workers to provide themselves with a greater degree of inflation-protected longevity insurance in retirement.
  6.  “On health care, what’s ‘proper’?” – By Stan Dorn
    The most worrisome part of the Supreme Court’s three-day hearing on the Affordable Care Act completely escaped mention in all the oceans of real and virtual ink that were spilled to cover the case. Stan Dorn explains in his “proper” commentary for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
  8. Watch a spirited debate on such pressing issues as whether there should be a “Buffett Rule” to ensure that high-income taxpayers pay a minimum tax rate.
  10. Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans: Updated April 6, 2012” – By Richard Johnson and Janice Park
    Retirement Account Balances (Updated 4/12)” – By Barbara Butrica and Philip Issa


    [Source: Urban Institute]

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Apr 23 2012

Dental Research Seminar

Published by under Dentistry

Date: April 30, 2012 (Monday)
Time: 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Theatre II, G/F, The Prince Philip Dental Hospital


Presenter: Dr. Du Yanlin Rennan PhD Candidate

Title: Oral Health Promotion among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) comprises a heterogeneous spectrum of neuro-developmental disorders that includes Autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). It is behaviourally defined and characterized by impairments in communication and social interaction, along with repetitive, stereotypical patterns of behaviour, interests, or activity (APA 2000).

A systematic review has estimated that ASD affects approximately 20 per 10,000 children globally (Williams et al. 2006). In Hong Kong SAR, the prevalence of ASD among children under the age of 15 is 16.1 per 10,000, and the male to female ratio is ~6:1 (Wong and Hui 2008).

Several studies have reported a higher prevalence of dental caries experience (DMFT>0) among children with autism, when compared to unaffected children (Marshall et al. 2010; Lowe and Lindemann 1985). Studies among children with ASD have reported the prevalence of gingivitis to be between 50-60% (Klein and Nowak 1999, DeMattei et al. 2007). Past research has shown that children with autism and their families have compromised quality of life (QOL) in several domains. (Kuhlthau et al. 2010, Kamp-Becker et al. 2010, Allik et al. 2006, Shu 2009).

The objectives of our study is 1) to compare the clinical oral health and the subjective oral health among preschool children with and without ASD; 2) to evaluate the effectiveness of a visual pedagogy intervention in the performance of the task of tooth-brushing and improvement in oral hygiene status and gingival health among preschool children with ASD; 3) to evaluate the effectiveness of a visual pedagogy intervention in the performance of oral examination among children with ASD.

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Apr 17 2012

Psychology Headlines Around the World from Socialpsychology.org

  1. Facial Features Of Children With Down Syndrome Lead To Implicit Stereotyping
  2. Fetal Exposure To Antipsychotics Results In Lower Neuromotor Test Scores
  3. Yoga Shows Psychological Benefits for High-School Student
  4. Depression Often Leads To Difficulties With Peers In Middle Childhood
  5. Opponents of Gay Marriage Think Their Own Union Is Unshakable
  6. Cyberbullying and Bullying Are Not the Same
  7. Mental Illness Linked To Chronic Physical Illness Risk

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Apr 17 2012

Latest reports from IssueLab

  1. Affording Health Care and Education on the Minimum Wage
  2. Better Outcomes, Lower Costs: How Community-Based Funders Can Transform U.S. Health Care
  3. Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work
  4. The Devolution Initiative Evaluation: Innovation and Learning at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  5. Growth in World Contraceptive Use Stalling; 215 Million Women?s Needs Still Unmet
  6. The Impact on Inequality of Raising the Social Security Retirement Age
  7. Looking For Shadows: Evaluating Community Change in the Annie E. Casey Foundation Plain Talk Initiative
  8. Low-wage Workers Are Older and Better Educated than Ever
  9. Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers, Second Edition
  10. Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for Twenty-First Century Philanthropists
  11. The Minimum Wage Is Too Damn Low
[Source: IssueLab]

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Apr 17 2012

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

Missouri Digital News

Is it possible to wade through the wide world of news about Missouri without getting overwhelmed? This website makes the process a snap, and it’s a fabulous resource created by the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri. The program is supported by journalism professionals and students animated by The Journalist’s Creed, which was authored by the first dean of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Walter Williams. First-time you should read the creed, and then navigate the site to follow live action and audio from the state’s house and senate. You can use the “Stories” area to look up recent news pieces by subject, date, and staff member. Moving along, you can search for information about state government, the Supreme Court dockets, and find out how each member of the state’s legislative body voted on recent bills. It’s a rather fine resource, and the Twitter feed is also worth a look.

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 18, Number 15, April 13, 2012]

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Apr 17 2012

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Latin Leaders Behaving Badly
  2. Save the Cato Institute, Save the World?
  3. Bush Was Right
  4. After Chávez, the Narcostate
  5. Our favorite Rick Santorum moments

[Source: Foreign Policy, 9th – 12th April, 2012]

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Apr 17 2012

Digital Dissertation Consortium unavailable on Friday, 20 April 2012

Digital Dissertation Consortium unavailable on Friday, 20 April 2012

The ProQuest Taiwan-HK Digital Dissertation Consortium website will be performing systems upgrade and unavailable from 12 am to 2pm on Friday, 20 April 2012. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


「數位化論文典藏聯盟,DDC」因中研院之主機將移機並轉換新系統,僅安排於4/20﹝星期五﹞ 中午12:00至下午14:00停機, 當天下午14:00恢復運作,暫停服務造成使用不便,尚祈見諒。

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Apr 16 2012

American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities

The American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities is an international platform for Social Scientists, Bioethical Scholars, Medical Professionals, Scholars in Humanities and Professors involved in all kinds of Research to publish their research findings.

American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet.

Please click here to access.

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