High deductibles are a big part of the health care problem. (AP Images/Whitney Curtis)
High deductibles are a big part of the health care problem. (AP Images/Whitney Curtis) Despite monthly premium savings, high-deductible health insurance plans may make health care less affordable for patients in the U.S., according to several researchers who say it may be better to move deductibles from an annual to a monthly cycle.

Partisan bias overcomes facts when it comes to things like the ACA. (Senate Television via AP)
Partisan bias overcomes facts when it comes to things like the ACA. (Senate Television via AP) Most Americans may be too politically biased to fairly rate the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, even when they are generally aware of prices in their local insurance market, according to a recent survey study that helps provide a more nuanced understanding of how polarization can erode democratic accountability.

Ideology beats out personal gain when politics are involved. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Ideology beats out personal gain when politics are involved. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Individuals who seemingly go out of their way, even straining close relations at times, to make their political views known appear driven by a desire to follow the norms of their ideological peers rather than potential gains for them or their group, three researchers argued in a recent study.

Pharaohs didn't always win on the battlefield. (Sahar Saleem)
Pharaohs didn't always win on the battlefield. (Sahar Saleem) New medical scans of a pivotal ancient Egyptian ruler show the pharaoh was captured and slain after battling an army of shepherds in northern Egypt, two researchers argue in a new paper, belying assumptions that the king was murdered in his sleep.

Certain kinds of foreign aid can help shorten civil wars. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Certain kinds of foreign aid can help shorten civil wars. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) Democratic nations that send troops to aid foreign governments in a civil war tend to dramatically cut down on the length of fighting compared to nondemocratic interveners, according to a first-of-its-kind study that looked at 362 conflicts around the world.

Child neglect will require a wide-ranging solution. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Child neglect will require a wide-ranging solution. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Child welfare policies must take a more holistic approach to tackling high rates of child neglect in the U.S., researchers argue in a new paper, suggesting bipartisan efforts to expand a popular tax break may only solve some of the root causes and possibly create new unintended problems.

Appearing receptive to public questions can turn bad for autocrats. (AP Photo/Mikhail Klimentyev)
Appearing receptive to public questions can turn bad for autocrats. (AP Photo/Mikhail Klimentyev) Autocratic rulers can shore up public support by appearing to listen to citizens' grievances, but this benefit may eventually backfire for governments that have opposition building against them, according to a new study in Comparative Political Studies.

Race and nationalism play a huge role in political issues. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Race and nationalism play a huge role in political issues. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Populist movements depend on inventing narratives that cast white working-class citizens as victims of immigration and free trade policies, creating an economic case for nationalist policies and shifting general political discourse away from substantive policy, according to a recent analysis published in British Politics.

Right-wing parties linked to violence lose backers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magano)
Right-wing parties linked to violence lose backers. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magano) Hyper-conservative individuals are far less likely to support an anti-immigration party after an increased threat of right-wing terrorism, a new European study showed, suggesting that voters’ focus on security outweighs other policy desires.

Candidates who don't appear in their ads pay a price. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Candidates who don't appear in their ads pay a price. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) American voters may have a hard time judging political candidates and their claims when those politicians try to "distance themselves" from campaign messages by deliberately not appearing in their own ads, researchers say in a new study, potentially obscuring accountability for political promises and attacks made during a campaign.

Women legislators face workplace aggression, and it hampers their ability to do their jobs. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Women legislators face workplace aggression, and it hampers their ability to do their jobs. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Female state senators in influential posts such as committee chairs are more likely to experience harassment and other forms of aggression from their colleagues than their male counterparts, a recent study shows, potentially hindering their ability to build coalitions with fellow lawmakers and be effective legislators.

The Avengers don't seem to be assembling any better opinions of the U.S. abroad. (AP Photo/Willy Sanjuan)
The Avengers don't seem to be assembling any better opinions of the U.S. abroad. (AP Photo/Willy Sanjuan) Recent Hollywood tentpole releases like Marvel’s “Captain America” films do not improve how favorably people in other countries see the U.S., a new study found, even though such flicks have found an increasingly enthusiastic audience in international markets.