March 20, 2013 |
U.S. schoolchildren are being diagnosed with some form of autism at a record rate of 1 in 50, according to a new government study. That rate of 2% is based on a survey involving tens of thousands of children between the ages of 6 and 17. A similar survey in 2007 found a rate of 1.2%. Though the increase is likely to fuel speculation that an expanding environmental threat is behind the rise in autism cases, the authors said their report did not support that view. Rather, better detection appears to be driving the surge, according to the researchers, from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.
March 11, 2013 |
TUCSON -- The Southwest and Southeast had the highest hunger rates in the nation last year, according to a report released by the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit Washington-based group focusing on hunger and undernourishment in the United States. These regions reported at least 1 out of 5 people suffered from hunger, the report says. In Arizona, the number of people who went hungry last year increased slightly as the national hunger rate fell. An estimated 20.9% of Arizonans sometimes went without food last year because their family didn't have the money to buy it. The state fared slightly worse than it did the previous year, when 20.5% of those surveyed reported food hardship.
December 19, 2012 |
More adolescents are using pot and they increasingly believe that the drug is benign. Those are the findings from the latest annual survey of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders put out each year by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse . Among other things, the Monitoring the Future survey found the following: Among 12th-graders: 6.5% smoked marijuana daily. That's an increase from five years ago, when that figure was 5.1%. “Nearly 23% said they smoked it in the month prior to the survey,” a press release about the study noted.
December 7, 2012 |
America's nonprofit theaters are feeling a bit better about their finances these days, according to a recent survey conducted by the sector's main national service organization, Theatre Communications Group. But the actors, directors and designers who work in those theaters shouldn't bank on a trickle-down effect boosting their standard of living. Asked to list their top five priorities for the coming year, only 19% of the 206 theaters surveyed by TCG and its partner, the Assn.
August 27, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- A new national survey of probable voters conducted for the GOP-affiliated Resurgent Republic has plenty to like if you're a Mitt Romney backer -- pessimism about the economy, dissatisfaction with President Obama's record and support for the Republican message on issues such as taxes and Medicare. And, significantly, the survey from Republican pollster Whit Ayres found what he called a “significant deterioration” in Obama's personal favorable rating, which now nearly equals his sub-50% job approval rating -- traditionally a negative omen for incumbents.
July 12, 2012 |
With the election still four months away, President Obama holds “a significant lead” over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released Thursday. The national survey, completed July 9, showed Obama outpacing Romney by 50 percent to 43 percent. That's a more substantial gap than most recent surveys have registered, but Obama has held at least a small lead in earlier polling by Pew. The independent polling operation said there had been “no clear trend in either candidate's support” since Romney secured the GOP nomination in early spring.