Republicans: Still Happy Campers
Despite the imploding stock market, the looming recession, the unpopular president and discouraging political polls, a new Social Trends survey finds GOP adherents still beat Democrats on the happiness scale.
E-Patients: Chronically Ill Seek Health Information Online
More Americans are making a habit of using the internet to gather health information as broadband adoption increases. But personal motivation is also a powerful factor, as those with chronic diseases are more likely to search for and make decisions about health care online.
Hispanics and Health Care in the United States: Access, Information and Knowledge
A Pew Hispanic Center/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study finds that more than one-fourth of Hispanic adults in the U.S. lack a usual health care provider, but when asked about why that is so, a plurality (41%) say the principal reason is that they are seldom sick.
Stem Cell Research: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics
An overview of the stem cell debate in America examines the science behind stem cell technology and looks at public opinion trends.
Turf Wars: A Fight Over Fake Grass
Debates in a handful of states really are pitting those who back the artificial variety of turf against supporters of natural grass for playgrounds and athletic fields.
Public Still Faults Government Care for Troops
A year after problems at Walter Reed and other military hospitals made major news, Americans see no improvement in treatment of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Search of Solutions: How People use the Internet, Libraries, and Government Agencies to Find Help
A new survey challenges the assumption that libraries are no longer relevant, although the internet is now the most consulted information source.
Health Problems, Priorities and Donors Worldwide
A new survey compares the health priorities of people in developing nations with those of their governments and the international organizations that work in global health.
E-patients with a Disability or Chronic Disease
Just half of adults with chronic conditions use the internet; but once online, they are avid consumers of health information.
Quick Cancer Vaccine Mandate Stirs Controversy
The new cervical cancer vaccine has ignited debate over teen sex, lobbying and the role of states in mandating vaccines as well as some medical concerns.