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  • U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Death Row Inmate in Race Bias Case
    Source: Google NewsThe Supreme Court ruled Monday morning in favor of a death row inmate in a case concerning race discrimination in jury selection. more...

  • How Not to Talk to Someone with Anxiety
    Source: The GuardianAs part of mental health awareness week, we asked people with anxiety to explain the most and least helpful things to say In the UK a third of Britons now experience an anxiety disorder at some stage in their life. But, despite its growth, how well do we really understand it? As part of mental health awareness week we asked those who live with anxiety to tell us how it feels to them and to explain what people can say and do to make their... more...

  • Yale Introduces Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Amid National Debate
    Source: The GuardianAs legislators clash over LGBT rights in states across the country, university says it is seeking to send a signal to the public Yale has become the latest college to introduce gender-neutral restrooms. The move comes as conservative and liberal legislators in states across the nation battle over where they believe their constituents have a right to pee . Related: Texas poised to be the next bathroom battleground in transgender fight Continue... more...

  • Alcohol Interventions Aimed at Frats Often Fail, Study Finds
    Source: MSNBC - Top NewsFraternity members who party hard are unlikely to change their boozy behavior any time soon, even with proven methods of reducing alcohol abuse, a new study suggests. more...

  • Infrared Heat Eases Depression Symptoms, Study Finds
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthAmerican researchers have found that exposing skin to heat from infrared lamps can mimic the effect of antidepressants by stimulating the production of serotonin, the hormone linked to mood regulation. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA saw a clear improvement in the mental health of patients suffering from depression when they were exposed to heat from infrared lamps. After raising patients' body temperature... more...

  • Miss Chubby Pageant Embraces Plus-Size Beauty
    Source: The GuardianContestants are paired with a nutritionist, psychologist and image consultant to teach them how to improve eating habits and be comfortable with their body Ana Fleitas dreads taking the bus every morning. When the doors open the young woman, who weighs 110kg (242lbs), has to face a crowd of passengers looking annoyed as she makes her way to take a seat. “People look at me as if they don’t want me to touch them,” says the 25-year-old woman... more...

  • Same-Sex Sexual Acts Punishable by Death in 13 U.N. States
    Source: The GuardianTwo-thirds of adults would be upset if their child was gay, and only a quarter would find it acceptable if boy dressed as a girl. The survey, which was conducted by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) found that regional differences in opinion exist, but that overall the findings show “deeply entrenched heteronormative concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.” more...

  • "Sixth Sense" May Protect Drivers, But Not While Texting
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthA coping mechanism that keeps part of the brain’s attention on the road and the steering wheel lets experienced drivers tolerate many mental stresses and distractions, researchers say, but texting breaks that built-in auto-pilot. In experiments using a driving simulator, drivers distracted by complex or emotional questions constantly compensated for erroneous steering reactions. more...

  • Psychologists Reveal One of the Best Ways to Boost Your Mood
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsWhen we’re having a rough day, many of us tend to treat ourselves to some form of retail therapy, a favorite dessert or going out with friends in hopes of feeling better. But a new study published in the journal Emotion last week suggests that more...

  • Shouts of "Shame!" As U.S. House Votes Down LGBT Rights
    Source: Reuters - US NewsShouts of "shame, shame, shame" erupted in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated legislation to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors. The measure, an amendment to a veterans and military construction spending bill introduced by New York Democrat Sean Maloney, initially had enough "yes" votes to pass, according to the count in the... more...

  • Doctors Should Prescribe Gardening for Patients More Often, Says Report
    Source: The GuardianThose suffering from cancer, dementia and mental health problems can benefit from gardening, according to health think tank. Doctors should prescribe gardening far more often for patients with cancer, dementia and mental health problems, the NHS has been urged in a new report. Outdoor spaces including gardens can reduce social isolation among older people as well as help patients recover and manage conditions such as dementia, according to the... more...

  • Managing Mental Health: The Music Industry's New Priority
    Source: The GuardianThis year’s Mental Health Awareness Week has placed a special focus on relationships. Here Fiona McGugan, general manager of the Music Manager’s Forum, reports on the increasingly vital role of the emotionally responsible manager in the industry. Life in the music industry is likely to take its toll on a person regardless of mental vulnerability. more...

  • Children's Brains "Light Up" at Sound of Mom's Voice
    Source: CBS News - HealthwatchA mother's voice may do far more than soothe her child, new research suggests. When moms spoke, several areas of their children's brains were activated, the researchers reported. These included regions involved in emotion and reward processing, social functions, facial recognition and the detection of what is personally relevant. more...

  • Obese or Anorexic Individuals React Differently to Taste
    Source: ScienceDailyWomen suffering from anorexia nervosa and those who are obese respond differently to taste, a finding that could lead to new treatments for the eating disorders, report investigators. more...

  • Fight for Equality May Worsen Violence Against Women, Say Campaigners
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthWomen's battle for equality is bringing benefits in health, finance and political participation but there could be an ugly side-effect - rising levels of violence against them. Campaigners at Women Deliver, the world's largest conference on women's health and rights in a decade, said many men saw women's increasing empowerment as a threat to their masculinity. "It's something we observe in many parts of the world," said more...

  • Racial, Ethnic Differences Found in Psychiatric Diagnoses, Treatment
    Source: ScienceDailyNon-Hispanic blacks are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, but they're significantly less likely to receive medication for treatment, according to researchers. more...

  • "Virtual Partner" Elicits Emotional Response from a Human Partner
    Source: ScienceDailyHow does it "feel" to interact behaviorally with a machine? To answer that, scientists created a virtual partner that can elicit emotional responses from its human partner while the pair engages in behavioral coordination in real-time. The virtual partner's behavior is governed by mathematical models of human-to-human interactions in a way that enables humans to interact with the mathematical description of their social selves. more...

  • Mexico's President Calls for Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage
    Source: The GuardianMexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has called for the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, announcing that he had signed initiatives proposing that marriage equality be written into the country’s constitution and federal civil code. more...

  • U.S. Public Schools Becoming More Racially Segregated
    Source: MSNBC - Top NewsRacial segregation has been deepening in public education, offering a sobering reminder of the nation's history when it comes to racial and economic isolation in classrooms, according to a recent report published by the Government Accountability Office Tuesday. more...

  • Children, Youth Take Longer to Fully Recover from Concussion
    Source: ScienceDailyThe findings indicate that those in the age group of eight and 16 are not only vulnerable to concussions, but because their brain is still developing, they are neurologically more fragile than adults for performing tasks that require cognitive motor integration following a concussion. more...

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