To describe breastfeeding trends from 2002 to 2012/2013, and to investigate whether breastfeeding practices differ between mothers of children in public and private schools.
Rebecca SearTime trends in prevalence of breastfeeding among schoolchildren from public & private schools in Southern Brazil 2002-2013: “we observed a decrease in %age of schoolchildren who were not breastfed & increase in %age breastfed for >12 months”
The dentition of Olduvai Hominid 1 (OH1) exhibits an anomalous pattern of dental wear that was originally attributed to either intentional cultural modification (filing) or plant processi...
Rebecca SearBiocultural diversity in Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Africa: “Our findings suggest that the expression of social identities through intentional body modification is more diverse than previously documented in this period”
Previous research has revealed that increased obesity prevalence in the US has occurred in concert with an increase in those in overweight and obese BMI categories perceiving their weight...
Rebecca Sear“Perceiving one's own weight as “overweight” was significantly associated with increased 10‐year risk of a cardiovascular event when compared to those perceiving their weight to be “about right,” regardless of body composition”
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's new play, set amidst a contemporary British community, asks how it's possible to get on when the odds are stacked against you.
Rebecca SearSaw a very powerful play this weekend- 'A Kind of People' -which clearly illustrates how inequality is maintained, by turning disadvantaged groups against one another instead of against the system. Hope it gets a wider audience thru TV or film production
1. Researchers studying mammals have frequently interpreted earlier or faster rates of ageing in males as resulting from polygyny and the associated higher costs of reproductive competition. 2. Yet f...
Rebecca SearSex‐independent senescence in a cooperatively breeding mammal [meerkats]: "Both sexes display similar patterns of age‐related survival across lifespan; unlike most vertebrates, increases in mortality with rising age were absent in dominants of both sexes"
Patterns of actuarial senescence can be highly variable among species. Previous comparative analyses revealed that both age at the onset of senescence and rates of senescence are linked to positio...
Rebecca SearPopulation position along the fast‐slow life‐history continuum predicts intraspecific variation in actuarial senescence [in an amphibian]: "study provides one of the few empirical examples of among‐population variation in senescence patterns in the wild"
Rebecca SearGrandparent-grandchild relationships & grandchildren's well-being after parental divorce in Flanders: "Findings suggests that not only maternal grandparents but also paternal grandparents may play a beneficial role for grandchildren after parental divorce"
We are seeking a dynamic and experienced post-doctoral researcher to work on a project titled: Where the legal is unobtainable: Abortion provision and access in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a fixed-term post until July 31st 2020.This...
Global study highlights long hours, poor job security and mental-health struggles.
Rebecca SearI hope these increasingly open discussions of problems in academia aren't read wholly in a negative light (esp by ECRs). It's a positive step that there is recognition the system needs to change; documenting these problems will lead to practical solutions
Background U.S. children are failing to meet the recommended daily 4 cups of fruits and vegetables. New federal guidelines were implemented for healthier school lunches for the National School Lunch Programs (NSLP). Consequently, students waste...
Rebecca SearEffect of classroom intervention on student food selection and plate waste: Evidence from a randomised control trial [US] - classroom nutrition education had no effect on student's behaviour
The exchange of diverse ideas has been shown to be a major driver of economic growth and innovation in local labor markets across the U.S. Yet, persistently high levels of occupational gender segregation pose a barrier to such exchange between women...
Rebecca SearOccupational gender segregation and economic growth in U.S. local labor markets, 1980 through 2010: "gender equity, manifested in lower levels of occupational segregation, is a vital ingredient in the economic development of local U.S. labor markets"
The impact of rising drug use on US mortality may extend beyond deaths coded as drug-related to include excess mortality from other causes affected by drug use. Here, we estimate the full extent of drug-associated mortality. We use annual death...
Rebecca SearEstimating the impact of drug use on US mortality, 1999-2016: "In terms of life expectancy beyond age 15, we estimate that drug use cost men 1.4 years and women 0.7 years, on average"
Rebecca SearEditorial 2020: Changing publishing & academic culture-ask yourself, ‘What am I doing now & what could I be doing to make the workplace more supportive & inclusive?' Only by working together can poor behaviour be tackled & replaced by a better environment"
Rebecca SearWhat makes a pair bond in a Neotropical primate [titi monkeys]: "data is most consistent with the ‘male-services’ hypothesis, where a female contributes more to the proximity and affiliation maintenance while a male provides beneficial services"
China's birth rate dropped last year to its lowest level since the Communist country was founded in 1949, adding to concerns that an ageing society and shrinking workforce will pile pressure on a slowing economy.
Rebecca SearChina birth rate hits lowest level since 1949