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THE EFFECTS OF DISCRIMINATION ON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IN AFRICAN AMERICANS – $762,614 MIKE COFFMAN | COLORADO-6 | REPUBLICAN

With $762,614 in funding from HHS, this study by the University of Colorado at Denver examined whether perceived discrimination is associated with prevalent hypertension in African-American communities. This study of 4,939 participants from the AfricanAmerican community estimated the prevalence of hypertension linked to perceived discrimination.

VIRTUAL SHOE-FITTING – $753,502 MORGAN GRIFFITH | VIRGINIA-9 | REPUBLICAN

This $753,502 grant from the NSF went to Eclo, Inc., a company dedicated to “virtual fitting” for shoes using smartphone technology. To use this service, users take a video of their foot, which is turned into a 3D model and plugged into an algorithm, matching the user with shoes in the database. This interface is free for users and seeks to provide a more pleasant online shoe-shopping experience as well as reduce the rate of return among online retail shoe purchases.

HYPNOTIZING POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN – $215,315 BILL FLORES | TEXAS-17 | REPUBLICAN

This $215,315 HHS grant to Baylor University supported research on methods of hypnosis to aid the sleep quality of postmenopausal women. The project sought to determine the optimal dosage and delivery of hypnosis and advocate for it as a way to improve sleep among participants. The study concluded that because hypnosis is labor intensive, it is limited in its ability to provide a positive health impact on the sleep of midlife women.

THE DICTATOR GAME – $56,118

CHARLIE RANGEL | NEW YORK-13 | DEMOCRAT This $56,118 HHS grant to Columbia University supported research on the development of “moral emotions” in children. As explained in the proposal, moral emotions are either negative or positive – correlating to feeling happy and proud, or bad and sad – and occur after actions that either violate or uphold moral norms. In the study, children played the “dictator game,” in which they received resources and decided whether to keep them all or share them with another child. Results were measured by the child’s allocation of resources in the game.

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OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...

OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...