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  • To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health Not Weight
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportWhen teenagers are overweight, parents and doctors should encourage a healthy lifestyle rather than worry about the number on the bathroom scale, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. In new guidelines that address both teen obesity and eating disorders, the AAP says adults should move away from "weight talk," and instead help kids have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. link to source

  • How Smart Are You? Patterns of Brain Activity Might Hold Clues
    Source: CBS News - Science and TechnologyHow the brain looks while resting could shed light on much bigger questions of cognitive ability, a new study finds. link to source

  • Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportCompetition for status, hurt feelings over breakups provoke wave of aggression via texts, Facebook. link to source

  • Which Would You Rather Win: A Silver or Bronze Olympic Medal?
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesChinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui's memorable stunned-yet-thrilled reaction to winning the bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke final at the Olympic Games in Rio last week made the Internet love her even more. link to source

  • "They Kill with So Much Hate": Anti-LGBT Violence Soars in Brazil
    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Top Stories NewsDespite its pink reputation for hosting the world's largest Pride festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil has seen an alarming spike in violent homophobic and transphobic assaults over the last decade, according to human-rights groups. link to source

  • Mental Health First Aid Training Program Aims to Reduce Stigma
    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Health NewsTeaching empathy is at the top of the lesson plan for a mental health first aid training program coming to Sydney, N.S. The program is designed, just like traditional first aid, to enable people to recognize symptoms of mental health distress and provide support until professional help arrives. link to source

  • Alabama Lynching Memorial Aims to Confront Legacy of Slavery
    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsThe first national memorial for victims of lynching is expected to open in 2017 with a mission to help the U.S. confront its legacy of slavery. The Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, would become the most comprehensive memorial for the thousands who were victims of "racial terror lynching," defined as "acts of violence that were done with complete impunity, where there was no risk of prosecution," according to Equal Justice... link to source

  • Scientists Find Brain Area Associated with Generosity
    Source: ScienceDailyScientists have identified part of our brain that helps us learn to be good to other people. People who rated themselves as having higher levels of empathy learned to benefit others faster than those who reported having lower levels of empathy. They also showed increased signalling in their subgenual anterior cingulate cortex when benefiting others. link to source

  • Trump Calls for "Extreme Vetting" of Immigration Applicants
    Source: Star TribuneDonald Trump on Monday called for a new ideological test for admission to the United States, vetting applicants on their stance on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. The policy would represent a significant shift in how the U.S. manages entry into the country. link to source

  • 20 Years Later: What Ever Happened to Cloning?
    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsTwenty years since Dolly, cloning still happens. But the science never made it to the mainstream. link to source

  • Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Linked to Behavior Problems
    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Top Stories NewsChildren born to women who used acetaminophen during pregnancy could be at increased risk for several behavioural problems, a new British study suggests, adding to the controversy about what is safe to take for pain and fever when expecting. link to source

  • For Millennials, a Consensus on Transgender Bathroom Use
    Source: USA Today - Top StoriesMillennials have reached a broad consensus on an issue that divides the nation: By nearly 2-1, they say transgender individuals should be able to use public bathrooms designated for the gender they identify with, not the sex they were born. link to source

  • Exercise May Do More Good If You Believe It Will
    Source: ScienceDailyPeople benefit more from exercise when they believe it will have a positive effect, new research indicates. A psychologist and his team have conducted a study demonstrating that test subjects derive more psychological as well as neurophysiological benefits from exercise if they already have positive mindsets about sports. Moreover, the team provided evidence that test subjects can be positively or negatively influenced in this regard before... link to source

  • "King of Bollywood" Detained Third Time at U.S. Airport
    Source: CNN - Top StoriesBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been detained by US immigration authorities for the third time, prompting allegations of racial profiling. Indian actor and TV personality Khan, 50, took to Twitter expressed his dismay. "I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks," Khan wrote on Twitter. link to source

  • Sexist Commentary Continues to Plague Summer Olympics
    Source: BBC News - Top HeadlinesWhen US gymnast Simone Biles gave a storming performance on the uneven bars, an NBC commentator complimented her by saying: "I think she might even go higher than the men." Meanwhile American swimmer Katie Ledecky was praised as being the "female Michael Phelps" in the Mail Online. Both women were already world champions so why was there a need to compare them to men? link to source

  • Indonesia Says "No Room" for LGBT Movement
    Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesIndonesia said Thursday there was "no room" for the gay community in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, as activists blasted officials for an unprecedented series of LGBT attacks. link to source

  • Exercise Can Help People Suffering from Schizophrenia
    Source: ScienceDailyAerobic exercise, such as treadmills and exercise bikes, in combination with their medication, can significantly help people coping with the long-term mental health condition schizophrenia, according to a new study. link to source

  • Texas, Other States to Ask Judge to Halt Obama Transgender Policy
    Source: Reuters - US NewsTexas and a dozen other states plan to ask a U.S. judge in Fort Worth on Friday to halt Obama administration recommendations regarding bathroom access for transgender students, arguing they are unlawful "radical changes" being foisted on the nation. link to source

  • New NIMH Chief Eager to Move Neuroscience Forward
    Source: U.S. News and World ReportDr. Joshua Gordon is eager to advance neuroscience as the director of NIMH. link to source

  • The Science Behind a Successful Single Life
    Source: Psych CentralA new study has found that single people have richer social lives and more psychological growth than married people. “The preoccupation with the perils of loneliness can obscure the profound benefits of solitude,” said Bella DePaulo, Ph.D., a scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. link to source


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