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1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN

Their chances of reaching their 5th birthdays have been drastically reduced. One in eight babies was born into a conflict zone this year, putting them at heightened risk for fatal complications that would otherwise have been avoided under normal circumstances, UNICEF reported on Thursday… Source: 1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN Read More »

How Much of an Environmental Threat Is Ocean Garbage?

A new paper sifts through past research on marine debris to assess the true extent of the environmental threat.. Chelsea Rochman, an ecologist at the University of California, Davis, has been trying to answer a dismal question: Is everything terrible, or are things just very… Source: Study: How Much of an Environmental Threat Is Ocean Garbage? – The Atlantic Read More »

Smoking during pregnancy alters baby’s DNA

Pregnant mothers who smoke chemically alter the DNA in their unborn babies, mirroring patterns seen in adult tobacco users, scientists have discovered. In one of the largest studies of its kind, international researchers analysed the DNA of more than 6000 mothers from around the world and their newborn children. Mothers were questioned about their smoking habits and the results showed that children of the 13 per cent of women who smoked daily throughout most of their pregnancy had DNA modified ... Read More »

A New Mental Health System? Interview with Jim van Os

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With one of the highest mental health spending rates in Europe, the Netherlands is undergoing a dramatic rethinking of how to provide mental healthcare, a rethinking now gaining momentum throughout the region. In a recent interview with Dr. van Os on Madness Radio — one of the most prestigious scientists in the world, in the top 1% of most-cited researchers, and… Source: A New Mental Health System? Interview with Jim van Os – Mad In America Read More »

Studies linking alcohol to health benefits based on flawed science: research

The notion that a glass of wine or two with dinner can help you live a longer and healthier life is being challenged by new research released today… Source: Studies linking alcohol to health benefits based on flawed science: research – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Conservatives and liberals do think differently

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Big differences in the ways conservatives and liberals think about solving the nation’s most pressing problems couldn’t be more apparent during this presidential election cycle. But political ideas aside, people who hold conservative versus liberal perspectives appear to differ in everyday thinking processes and problem solving, according to research from Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Source: Conservatives and liberals do think differently | EurekAlert! Science News Read More »

Bring youth sex abuse in Indigenous communities ‘out of the shadows’: report

Youth sexual abuse and child prostitution in Queensland’s indigenous communities must be discussed publicly with the same openness applied to domestic violence, the state government says. A report, commissioned by the Bligh government and handed to the Newman administration in… Source: Bring youth sex abuse in Indigenous communities ‘out of the shadows’: report Read More »

Planting more trees can reduce UK’s flood risk, research shows

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Natural defences can reduce flood height in towns by up to 20%, and should be used alongside conventional defences, say scientists. Natural defences, including planting more trees, could be a solution to the country’s flooding problems, according to new research. In a study led by the… Source: Planting more trees can reduce UK’s flood risk, research shows | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Do gun restrictions help reduce gun deaths?

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Researchers looked at the associations between firearm-related laws and firearm homicides, suicides, and unintentional injuries and deaths. The results indicate that gun violence tended to decline after countries passed new restrictions on gun purchasing and ownership. The paper is the first to explore the evidence from around the world on gun laws and gun violence to determine whether gun restrictions help reduce gun deaths. Source: Do gun restrictions help reduce gun deaths? | EurekAlert! Science News Read More »

All the dumb things: If it doesn’t work, don’t just try it again

Of all the many dumb things Australians insist on doing which do not work, invasive surgery is the hardest to fathom. Why would you have a surgical intervention to fix tennis elbow if that fix is no better than time? A new book by orthopaedic surgeon Ian Harris shows how common it is for people to ignore evidence and demand surgery. People prefer to have an expensive operation to inject… Source: All the dumb things: If it doesn’t work, don’t just ... Read More »

UK consumes far less than a decade ago – ‘peak stuff’ or something else?

From crops to energy and metals, average material consumption fell from 15 tonnes in 2001 to just over 10 tonnes in 2013. The amount of “stuff” used in the UK – including food, fuel, metals and building materials – has fallen dramatically since 2001, according to official government figures… Source: UK consumes far less than a decade ago – ‘peak stuff’ or something else? | Business | The Guardian Read More »

Sex and consent: poll finds victim-blaming rife among young Australians

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More than half of 604 people surveyed believe it is a woman’s job to make it very clear if she doesn’t want sex. One in four young people polled say it is normal for men to pressure women into sex and more than half believe it is a woman’s job to make it “very clear if she doesn’t want sex”… Source: Sex and consent: poll finds victim-blaming rife among young Australians | Life and style | The Guardian Read More »

How do we know whether fish have feelings too?

Most of us agree that humans have consciousness – an ability to experience thoughts and emotions – but what about fish, do they feel emotions too? The question of whether animals other than humans can think and feel has been debated for centuries. Most of us would agree that humans have a level of consciousness, loosely… Source: BBC – Earth – How do we know whether fish have feelings too? Read More »

How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain. But the experimental bases to support these claims have been few. Supporters of the practice… Source: How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body – The New York Times Read More »

My taxes go where? How countries spend your money

Ever wondered where all that tax money really goes? We show you. Each year, like clockwork, the dreaded taxman cometh and taketh. But where, exactly, do your taxes go? Which countries spend more on security than education? And which nation allocates a larger proportion of its gross domestic product to environmental protection than any other EU-28 country? BBC Capital, together with IIB Studio, took a close look at tax spending amongst 10 countries and some surprises emerged. Scroll… Source: BBC ... Read More »

Misery of work second only to illness

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British people are at their least happy while at work – except when they are sick in bed – according to researchers at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics (LSE). AAAS and EurekAlert! – University of Sussex The team analysed more than a million responses uploaded to a smartphone app, called Mappiness, that sporadically asks users questions such as how they are feeling, where they are and what they are doing. Mappiness users receive a ‘ding’ ... Read More »