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  • 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...

  • Talk Therapy Effective in Preventing Suicides, Report Concludes
    Source: Google News - HealthTalk therapy, according to the Mental Health Foundation in UK, works by eradicating negative thoughts and bringing some positive changes in the ... more...

  • Crab Study Puts Pain on the Menu
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsA number of questions may come to mind when picking shellfish from a menu. Is it safe to eat? How was it sourced? But not many of us would think to ask: did it die a painful death? Perhaps we should. New research published in the Journal of Experimental Biology shows that crabs can learn to avoid electric shocks more...

  • "Happy Gene" May Increase Chances of Romantic Relationships
    Source: The GuardianHaving a double dose of a gene that boosts levels of serotonin appears to increase students’ chances of romance. Chinese scientists claim to have found a gene variant that nudges up the odds of university students being in romantic relationships. They found that students who inherited two copies of the gene type were more likely to have a romantic partner than other students. The researchers put the effect down to the influence that the gene... more...

  • Americans Support Gay Rights More Than Public Displays of Affection
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceMany Americans support legal rights for gay and lesbian couples but still don't think those couples should kiss in public, a new study suggests. Over the past two decades, same-sex couples have made great progress in terms of legal rights in the United Sates. The experimental survey revealed that heterosexual people are equally supportive of legal benefits for same-sex couples and heterosexual couples, but are much less supportive of public... more...

  • Marijuana Use Linked to Changes in the Brain
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceUsing marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research. The investigators found that the people who had been smoking marijuana daily for at least four years had a smaller volume of gray matter in a region called the orbitofrontal cortex, which is commonly associated with addiction. "We found that there … not only is a change in structure, but there also tends to be a change... more...

  • Gay Singers Test Country Music's Appeal
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesChurch, pickup trucks and dive bars -- the imagery of classic country songs evokes "traditional" small-town American life. The winner for Song of the Year at this year's Country Music Association awards was Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow," whose message of not caring about outsiders' judgment alludes both to same-sex love and marijuana-smoking. more...

  • Behind the Scenes of a "Shocking" New Study on Human Altruism
    Source: The GuardianA recent study suggests most people would rather harm themselves than a stranger for profit. Lead author Molly Crockett takes us behind the scenes of the research. How much money would you give up to prevent a stranger’s pain? And how does this compare to what you’d pay to prevent your own pain? With colleagues at University College London I addressed this question in a recent study. We were interested in quantifying how much people... more...

  • Wearable Technology for People with Disabilities
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportTracking steps is nice, but helping people with disabilities navigate their worlds with ease and confidence is nicer. more...

  • New Suicide Crisis Line Aims to Help Transgender People
    Source: Time MagazineOn 2014's annual day of remembrance for transgender victims of violence, a new hotline is ready to field calls. more...

  • Dance Is Just What the Doctor Ordered
    Source: The GuardianPeople with Parkinson’s and other diseases are benefiting from a growing recognition of the therapeutic benefits of dance Dance is having a moment that’s not about knuckle-headed judging on Strictly, star ballerinas or a cool new choreographer, but about the fascinatingly therapeutic uses to which the art form is increasingly being put. Dancers are being used in the training of doctors, helping them develop skills of empathy and... more...

  • Women with Workplace Power Are More Depressed; Men, Not So Much
    Source: Google News - HealthLadies, are you leaning in? Good. But once you've successfully tilted forward, your mental health could suffer. That's according to new research on depression among women already in positions of leadership. Women with job authority -- ones who have the ... more...

  • African Leaders Move to Pass Antigay Laws That Could Carry Life Sentences
    Source: Globe and Mail - WorldThe president of Gambia has signed a bill that calls for life imprisonment for homosexual acts, while Ugandan lawmakers have drafted a revised anti-gay law. more...

  • Social Sensing Game Detects Classroom Bullies
    Source: ScienceDailyResearchers have developed a computer game that can detect classroom bullies, victims and bystanders. The game's behavior analyses effectively identify classroom bullies, even revealing peer aggression that goes undetected by traditional research methods, the researchers say. more...

  • Report Finds Missed Chances to Help Newtown Shooter
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesNewtown shooter Adam Lanza was an isolated young man with deteriorating mental health and a fascination for mass violence whose problems were not ignored but misunderstood and mistreated, according to a report released Friday by a Connecticut state agency. more...

  • Nearly 1 in 5 American Adults Had Mental Illness in 2013, Study Finds
    Source: CBS News - HealthwatchNew data shows just how many people suffered from a diagnosable mental condition last year. more...

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