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Obesity treatment using stem cells is the topic of 2013's most-visited news release on EurekAlert!
Date:2/5/2014

esearchers, whose work appeared in the journal Animal Cognition, shows that dogs can distinguish other members of their species regardless of breed.

The sixth most-visited release is from the University of Warwick and concerns the problem of bullying, a topic often highlighted in the news. A meta-analysis examined how different parenting styles influence a child's likelihood of being targeted by bullies. The researchers conclude that negative parenting, including neglect, abuse, and overprotection, may lead children to be more prone to bullying, and to being a bully themselves. They also call for anti-bullying programs to extend beyond school by promoting positive parenting behaviors at home.

The stuff of science fiction may be nearer to reality with the discovery described in the seventh most-visited news release of 2013. Physicists observed a never-before-seen type of matter: the photon molecule. Photons are the particles that make up light, and according to the researchers, these photon molecules behave very much like light sabers and challenge conventional knowledge within atomic and particle physics.

Finally, the eighth most-visited news release describes a survey analysis that suggests psychedelic drug use does not lead to an increased risk of mental health problems. The analysis used data from the 2001-2004 US National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The study authors also found that there is a chance psychedelic drug use could actually decrease risk for mental health problems, but caution that their use may not be harmless for everyone.

A special editor's note

This list of most-visited news releases is slightly inaccurate. The reason is that, statistically speaking, 2013's actual No. 1 most-viewed news release on EurekAlert! was our own describing 2012's list. We felt that our own news release should not be included in the list here, but mentioning it is necessary in the interest of being fair and balanc
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