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  • Schizophrenia Not a Mental Illness, Pakistan's Top Court Says
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthPakistan's top court has ruled that schizophrenia does not fall within its legal definition of mental disorders, clearing the way for the execution, as soon as next week, of a mentally ill man convicted of murder. Government doctors in 2012 certified Imdad Ali, 50, as being a paranoid schizophrenic, after he was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2001 murder of a cleric. link to source

  • Knowingly Taking Placebo Pills Eases Pain
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsConventional medical wisdom has long held that placebo effects depend on patients' belief they are getting pharmacologically active medication. A paper published in the journal Pain is the first to demonstrate that patients who knowingly took a placebo in conjunction with traditional treatment for lower back pain saw more improvement than those given traditional treatment alone. link to source

  • Australian Students to Be Taught About "Male Privilege"
    Source: BBC News - Top HeadlinesA state in Australia has launched an education program designed to smash gender stereotypes and tackle the root causes of domestic violence. The "respectful relationship" curriculum will be mandatory in all schools in Victoria from next year. Students will explore issues around social inequality, gender-based violence and male privilege. link to source

  • New Survey Finds More U.S. Cities Protecting LGBTQ Rights
    Source: MSNBC - US NewsSixty U.S. cities earned perfect scores on a nationwide ranking of protections for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people, despite an array of anti-gay efforts by state governments, the Human Rights Campaign said on Monday. link to source

  • Regular Exercise May Safeguard Against Memory Loss
    Source: Medical News TodayRegular exercise has been found to improve overall thinking skills and cardiovascular capacity in people with vascular cognitive impairment. link to source

  • Why Are Suicide Rates Climbing Among Middle-Aged Men?
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportSuicide rates in the U.S. continue to rise, and working-age adults – particularly men – make up the largest increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Middle-aged men in the 45 to 60 range experienced a 43 percent increase in suicide deaths from 1997 to 2014, and the rise has been even sharper since 2005. link to source

  • Psychiatric ER Patients in U.S. May Wait Days for Care
    Source: CBS News - HealthwatchDoctors report some mental health patients spend days waiting for a hospital bed. link to source

  • Britain to Pardon Men Convicted Under Antigay Laws
    Source: USA Today - World Newshe British government said it will pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted decades ago under homophobic laws. link to source

  • New Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Help Treat Depression
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceA new group of anti-inflammatory drugs may help treat depression, a new review finds. And the link between these drugs and depression may shed light on the role that inflammation plays in the mental health condition, according to the review of previously published research. The new anti-inflammatory drugs, which are currently used to treat autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, were found to also reduce symptoms of... link to source

  • Judgments of Genius Are Tied to Gender
    Source: ScienceDailyThink of the word "genius," and a few images undoubtedly come to mind – perhaps a picture of Albert Einstein, of a scientist in a lab shouting “Eureka!” or of present-day theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Whatever mental picture is conjured up, chances are they all have one thing in common: The person is male. A new study that sought to determine whether perceptions of inventions and inventors are shaped by how they're described.... link to source

  • Scientists Confirm Genetics of Schizophrenia
    Source: CNN - HealthCreating an effective treatment for schizophrenia requires a better understanding of its biology, of the genes that cause it. Using technology to illuminate chromosomes, scientists confirmed the underlying genetics of this mental disorder. The identified genetic disruptions occur at a crucial time in brain development. link to source

  • Does Police Face Recognition Technology Racially Profile Blacks?
    Source: MSNBC - US NewsAn unregulated expansion of facial recognition technology, used freely by law enforcement, has led to racial profiling, according to a new report. link to source

  • Severe Lead Poisoning in Children: Causes and Risk Factors
    Source: ScienceDailyAlthough national and local policies have reduced the prevalence of lead poisoning in the United States, severe cases still occur.  Whereas, exposures at blood lead levels (BLLs) as low as 5 µg/dL have been associated with long-term irreversible cognitive deficits, more severe exposures at BLLs ?45 µg/dL can result in organ damage and death.  In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers identified... link to source

  • Adults Usually Can't Catch Kids in a Lie, Study Finds
    Source: Yahoo News - ScienceA new study found that adults correctly classified children's truths and lies 54 percent of the time, or only slightly better than chance. The findings are based on an analysis of 45 previously published experiments involving nearly 8,000 adults and about 1,800 children in all, the researchers said. "[The result] is significantly above chance when you talk about it in statistical terms, but in practical terms, when you say 54 percent... link to source

  • White House Plans Community-Based Prevention of Violent Ideologies
    Source: Reuters - US NewsA new White House plan aims to train teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and prevent Americans from turning to violence ideologies, work now mostly done by law enforcement, a draft of the policy seen by Reuters to be announced on Wednesday shows. link to source

  • Limerence: Studying "Obsessive Love" and Persistent Heartbreak
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesOne expert thinks it's time for the psychology field to officially recognize that love can veer out of control and enter the realm of pathology. link to source

  • Meditation Linked to Lower Stress Among Prison Inmates
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthPrisoners who practice transcendental meditation twice a day may experience less stress and fewer mental health issues than fellow inmates who don’t meditate, a small U.S. study suggests. Previous research has linked this type of meditation involving mantras and mindfulness to reduced stress in a variety of populations at risk for mental health problems, including trauma victims, refugees and military veterans. For the current study, researchers link to source

  • Gentlemen's Mags "Normalize" Sexist Jokes, Say Researchers
    Source: Medical News TodayGentlemen's magazines are well known for their liberal usage of sexist humor and a masculine take on subject matter. A group of studies released this week demonstrate the extent to which these magazines normalize sexism. link to source

  • French Law Scraps Sterilization for Transgender People
    Source: MSNBC - International NewsHuman rights activists celebrated a major victory in France on Thursday after the country passed legislation allowing trans people to legally change their gender without undergoing sterilization. link to source

  • Vitamin D During Pregnancy Tied to Lower Risk of ADHD
    Source: Yahoo News - HealthNew Danish research has found that children of mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy show fewer signs of ADHD at the age of 2½ years. link to source

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