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  • Finland Becomes 12th European Nation to Legalise Same-Sex Marriage
    Source: The GuardianFinland becomes 12th European nation to give same-sex unions the same status as heterosexual marriages The Finnish parliament has narrowly approved a citizen’s initiative to legalise same-sex marriage. Gay couples in Finland have been able to enter into registered partnerships since 2002, but until now the country was the only in the Nordic region not to allow same-sex marriage. Finland is now the 12th European state to do so. Continue reading... more...

  • Mindfulness Program May Improve Some Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthA two-month program combining gentle yoga with meditation techniques, known as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, seemed to ease tenderness, pain and stiffness among patients with rheumatoid arthritis in a new study. “I think these findings are pretty consistent with other studies of mindfulness and chronic conditions,” said Mary Jo Kreitzer, who was not involved in the research. ... more...

  • North Korea Brands U.S. a Human Rights Tundra After Ferguson Protests
    Source: The GuardianA week after UN resolution against Pyongyang, foreign ministry says ‘extreme racial discrimination acts’ openly practised in US Moscow has already stuck the boot in . Now it’s the turn of Pyongyang. Citing the protests in Ferguson over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, North Korea has described the United States as a human rights tundra where racial discrimination flourishes. A foreign ministry spokesman heaped scorn on the... more...

  • The Guardian and Observer Christmas Appeal 2014: Mental Health
    Source: The GuardianHelping to challenge stigma and create more positive attitudes towards mental illness is the theme of this year’s appeal Click here to donate to the Guardian and Observer Christmas charity appeal 2014 This year’s Guardian and Observer Christmas charity appeal theme is one of our most common and under-acknowledged health issues: mental illness. One in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. For most it will be... more...

  • Placebo Effect Can Improve Brain Activity in Parkinson's Patients
    Source: ScienceDailyLearning-related brain activity in Parkinson's patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study. "The findings highlight the power of expectations to drive changes in the brain," said a co-author of the study. "The research highlights important links between psychology and medicine.". more...

  • How the Only Gay Fashion Shop in Mumbai Lost Its Fight for Survival
    Source: The GuardianAn Indian supreme court ruling to reinstate an 1861 law criminalising ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ spelled the end for D’kloset A few years ago, the trendy Mumbai shopping district of Bandra lost the gay-friendly icon of Azaad Bazaar when high rental costs forced it to close. Now, the city has lost exclusive gay fashion store D’kloset – and this time it is not only rising commercial rents that spelled doom for the... more...

  • Cigarette Smoking by U.S. Adults Hits Record Low of 17.8%
    Source: Reuters - HealthCigarette smoking among U.S. adults last year touched its lowest on record, a drop spurred by higher prices, smoke-free policies and anti-smoking campaigns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. more...

  • Mindfulness Treatment As Effective As CBT for Depression, Anxiety
    Source: ScienceDailyGroup mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study. This is the first randomized study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioral therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary health care. more...

  • Australian TV Host Sells "Sexism Suit" for £3,500
    Source: BBC News - Asia-PacificA TV presenter from Australia has sold the suit he wore everyday for a year to highlight sexism for £3,500. more...

  • Elderly Brains Learn, But Maybe Too Much
    Source: ScienceDailyLearning requires both mental flexibility, or 'plasticity,' and stability. A new study finds that in learning a visual task, older people exhibited a surprising degree of plasticity, but had trouble filtering out irrelevant information, suggesting that their learning was not as stable. more...

  • Call for Airlines to Follow Virgin in Granting Domestic Violence Leave
    Source: The Age - AustraliaAirlines are being urged to follow the example of Virgin Australia in its introduction of domestic violence leave for staff. more...

  • Reading Harry Potter Gives Clues to Brain Activity
    Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Health and FitnessIn a novel study, scientists who peeked into the brains of people caught up in a good book emerged with maps of what a healthy brain does as it reads. Most neuroscientists painstakingly have tracked how the brain processes a single word or sentence, looking for clues to language development or dyslexia by focusing on one aspect of reading at a time. "For the first time in history, we can do things like have you read a story and watch where in... more...

  • The Transgender Relationship That Led to Jail and Exile
    Source: The GuardianIn 2010, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a transgender woman, was imprisoned in Malawi for getting engaged to a man. Pardoned and freed, she now lives in exile in South Africa. But does her story represent a triumph for the global LGBT rights movement? ‘Gays Engage!” This was the headline on the front page of Malawi’s Nation newspaper, on 26 December 2009, beneath a photograph of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Stephen Monjeza, bleary and uncomfortable in... more...

  • U.S. Congress Finds Cause to Agree On: Disability Assistance
    Source: USA Today - Top StoriesThe bill creates tax exempt accounts for people with disabilities to save for the future.            . more...

  • China’s First Anti-Domestic Violence Law Hailed As a Step Forward
    Source: The GuardianDraft law defines term for first time and streamlines process for getting restraining orders, although activists say it falls short China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, with activists hailing it as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter. The new law formally defines domestic violence for the first time and streamlines the process for obtaining restraining orders –... more...

  • Kofi Annan Says Tackling Depression Should Be Global Priority
    Source: The GuardianFormer UN secretary general says failure to confront mental health problems undermines human rights of millions. The former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan has called for the tackling of depression to be made a global priority, with mental health incorporated into a new UN Millennium Development Goal after the deadline for achieving the current goals passes in 2015. “The failure to tackle depression undermines the fundamental human rights of... more...

  • Turkish President Claims That Women Are Not Equal to Men
    Source: The GuardianTurkish president also accuses feminists of not understanding special status attributed to mothers by Islam. The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been accused of blatant sexism after declaring that women are not equal to men and claiming feminists in Turkey reject the idea of motherhood. The devoutly Muslim president said biological differences meant women and men could not serve the same functions, adding that manual work was... more...

  • Study Probes Whether Mental Perks of Exercise Are from Placebo Effect
    Source: The Age - Top StoriesKeeping fit and staying active is said to make us smarter and improve our mental health, but are the mental perks actually real? more...

  • Face Blindness: When You Can’t Recognise a Familiar Face
    Source: The GuardianIn a winning essay for the Wellcome Trust science writing prize, Kate Szell reports on research into prosopagnosia – face blindness. Last month, Kate Szell was judged the winner of the Wellcome Trust’s science writing prize in category B for “anyone with a non-professional interest, including undergraduates”. More than 640 articles were submitted in total, with the top 20 judged by a panel consisting of neuroscientist Sophie Scott,... more...

  • Google Pulls Antigay Game from Android App Store
    Source: CBS News - Science and TechnologyA game that encourages players to shoot gay men was taken down after a blizzard of complaints. more...

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