• Gov. Ron Desantis Signs Law Erasing Climate Change From Florida Policy

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsWith summer's extreme heat and this year's hurricane season rolling into Florida next month, Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation Wednesday that will erase the words "climate change" from state statutes effective July 1. The new law aims to ensure the availability of "energy for the state in a manner that promotes the health and welfare of the public and economic growth," according to the Florida House of Representatives legislative analysis.
  • Toward a More Inclusive + Accessible Positive Psychology

    By Abimbola Tschetter -
    Disability and illness are both words that focus on deficits rather than strengths. Not only are the people who possess these conditions regarded in terms of deficits, but their needs are also overlooked. Regrettably, they are commonly excluded from considerations of optimal functioning and human flourishing.Positive psychology, distinguished by its focus on augmenting strengths rather than the abating deficits, offers potential to shift perceptions of disability and chro
  • Vatican Apologizes for Pope Francis' Use of Homophobic Slur

    Source: Google News - HealthPope Francis has apologized for using an anti-gay slur during a meeting with bishops. The 87-year-old pontiff reportedly made the homophobic remark in a closed-door meeting on May 20 as he told Italian bishops that gay men shouldn't be allowed to train for the priesthood, adding that some of the seminaries already had an air of frociaggine—an offensive Italian term that translates roughly into the English term "f******y." On Tuesday, the...
  • LGBTQ Indians Are More Accepted Than Ever, But Not in Politics

    Source: BBC News - Top HeadlinesIn 2014, India's Supreme Court officially recognized transgender people and their rights to welfare and other government benefits. Four years later, it scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex. And over half of Indian adults now believe same-sex marriage should be legal. Yet LGBTQ Indians cannot assume progress, given last year's court decision not to legalize same-sex unions. And this year, no major political party has fielded an openly LGBTQ...
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  • Armenians, Hmong, and Others Object to U.S. Race and Ethnicity Categories

    Source: ABC News - PoliticsThe U.S. government recently reclassified race and ethnicity groups in an effort to better capture the diversity of the country, but some groups feel the changes miss the mark. Hmong, Armenian, Black Arab, and Brazilian communities in the U.S. say they are not represented accurately. While the revisions were widely applauded, these groups say the changes have created a tension between how the government classifies them and how they identify...
  • The problem with the nudge effect: it can make you buy more carrots – but it can’t make you eat them

    The problem with the nudge effect: it can make you buy more carrots – but it can’t make you eat them
    It has long been thought that psychological tactics can persuade consumers to adopt much healthier habits. But it turns out there is a hitch …Name: Behavioural nudges.Age: Nudge theory was popularised by the 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. But the term nudge had been used in cybernetics, the science of communications and automatic control systems, in the 1990s. Continue reading...
  • Want to Keep Your Brain Sharp? Here Are 5 Things You Can Do

    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Health NewsExperts say that cognitive health is about much more than forgetting someone's name or where you put your phone. It's also about focus and concentration, judgment and intuition, and learning. Fortunately, studies have shown there are lots of things we can do to help our brains stay sharp—from exercise to sleeping well to maintaining social connections. Here are some specific tips.
  • First Pill for Postpartum Depression Finally Reaching Patients

    Source: Google News - HealthThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked zuranolone in 2017—a step taken for drugs that could treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need. In clinical trials, it was shown to improve symptoms of severe postpartum depression such as anxiety, difficulty sleeping, loss of pleasure, low energy, and social withdrawal, in some cases within three days. Supplies of the pill are finally now available, and early results are...
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  • AI-Powered Hate Content on the Rise, Experts Warn

    Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Top Stories NewsThe video is of a real historical event—a speech given by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in 1939—but with the help of artificial intelligence, Hitler delivers his antisemitic remarks in English. After being posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, the clip then racked up more than 15 million views earlier this year in a trend that researchers and organizations have flagged as worrying: a rise in AI-generated hate.
  • The Big Idea: why you shouldn’t be afraid of being a mess

    The Big Idea: why you shouldn’t be afraid of being a mess
    We fear others’ judgment, but the evidence tells us that the things which cause us shame can make us more likableWe all carry some secrets that we would rather not share with the people around us. In much the same way that we may only invite visitors into the “good rooms” of our house while the rest is an absolute tip, we often hide the chaos of our personal lives behind a polished facade. This may be a serious mistake, since it’s precisely those 
  • Readers reply: why are bodies of water so calming?

    Readers reply: why are bodies of water so calming?
    The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsWhy are bodies of water so calming? In my experience, this is true whether they are placid or tempestuous. Mary Vogel, VancouverSend new questions to [email protected]. Continue reading...
  • Music helps you get fit – but the right mix will keep you coming back…

    Music helps you get fit – but the right mix will keep you coming back…
    Finding tunes with a tempo and rhythm to match your heart rate can help youkeep the pace when you exercise – and make it more enjoyableAnyone who’s ever hefted a dumbbell or laced up a running shoe understands that music, on some level, makes the process more enjoyable. That’s why tunes and training are a hit combination: there are playlists, classes and even entire fledgling genres promising to help you push for the burn.Broadly speaking, there are two ways music can help you
  • U.N. Declares July 11 Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportThe United Nations General Assembly declared July 11 an international day of remembrance of the Srebrenica genocide in a vote on Thursday that survivors branded as historic and Serbs as a failure, reflecting deep ethnic divisions in Bosnia. The massacre of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in 1995, after the U.N. safe zone of Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces, was widely seen at the time as Europe's worst atrocity since World...
  • Transitioning Gender Identities Is Not Linked with Depression

    Source: Science Daily - Top SocietyA landmark longitudinal study of LGBTQ+ youths has found that transitioning gender identities is not associated with depression and that about 1 in 3 gender-minority youths change their gender identity more than once. In fact, the study found higher rates of depression among transgender youths are more closely associated with bullying and victimization. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open.
  • Colorado Passes First U.S. Law to Prevent AI Bias in Key Decisions

    Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsAttempts to regulate artificial intelligence programs that play a hidden role in hiring, housing, and medical decisions for millions of Americans have been floundering in statehouses nationwide, but on May 17, Colorado became the first state to sign such a bill into law. The law requires companies to assess the risk of AI-based discrimination and inform customers when AI was used to help make a consequential decision for them.
  • China's New AI Chatbot Is Trained on President Xi Jinping's Political Ideology

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportChina's latest artificial intelligence chatbot is trained on President Xi Jinping's doctrine, in a stark reminder of the ideological parameters that Chinese AI models should abide by. China's cyberspace academy earlier this week announced the chatbot trained on Xi Jinping Thought, a doctrine that promotes "socialism with Chinese characteristics." Students have had to take classes on Xi Jinping Thought, and there is an app called Study Xi Strong...
  • Spanish Defence Minister Says Gaza War Is "Real Genocide"

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportThe Spanish defense minister said Saturday that the conflict in Gaza is a "real genocide," as relations between Israel and Spain worsen following Madrid's decision to recognize a Palestinian state. She also said Madrid's recognition of Palestine was not a move against Israel, adding that it was designed to help "end violence in Gaza." The decision, she explained, was "not against the Israeli state [or] against the Israelis, who are people we...
  • Mental Disorders May Spread in Young People's Social Networks

    Source: Science Daily - Top HealthMental disorders may be transmitted between individuals within social networks—especially in the case of mood, anxiety, and eating disorders—new research suggests. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the largest and most comprehensive so far on the spread of mental disorders in social networks, with more than 700,000 ninth-grade pupils from 860 Finnish schools participating.
  • International Court of Justice Orders Israel to Stop Rafah Campaign

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsThe International Court of Justice Friday ordered Israel to stop its Rafah military assault in Gaza in response to a complaint from South Africa. In its ruling, the ICJ said Israel must keep the Rafah crossing open for the unhindered delivery of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance. War cabinet member Benny Gantz later told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Israel will continue the Rafah campaign despite the ICJ's...
  • Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Will Take All Our Jobs

    Source: Google News - HealthBillionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk says artificial intelligence will take all our jobs and feels that this would not necessarily be a bad thing. "Probably none of us will have a job," Musk said about AI at a tech conference on Thursday. While speaking remotely via webcam at VivaTech 2024 in Paris, Musk described a future where jobs would be "optional." At the same time, Musk called AI technology his biggest fear.
  • Eating Ultra-Processed Foods Linked to Stroke and Cognitive Decline

    Source: Google News - HealthUltra-processed foods like chips, soda, and hotdogs are associated with an increased risk of stroke and cognitive impairment, according to a new research. The study, published Wednesday in Neurology, followed over 30,000 participants for an average of 11 years, and found that eating 10% more ultra-processed food carried a 16% greater risk of cognitive impairment. Ultra-processed foods are the main source of calories eaten by Americans.
  • Nearly All Russians Barred From Entering Norway Over Ukraine War

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsNorway's government announced a ban Thursday on entry for nearly all Russian citizens in response to its war on Ukraine. Beginning May 29, Russians seeking to enter Norway for tourism and "other non-essential travel" will have their entry denied, except for travelers visiting close family living in Norway or for certain workers or students. Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the decision discriminates...
  • The tiny rituals that bring comfort and joy in times of fear and uncertainty | Paul Daley

    The tiny rituals that bring comfort and joy in times of fear and uncertainty | Paul Daley
    The morning’s tea needs to be brewed in the yellow pot, the sheepdog must be scratched repeatedlyAmid the fear and uncertainty of the pandemic lockdowns a few years ago, as I walked the neighbourhood each twilight, I couldn’t help observe the little domestic quirks of people I didn’t and still don’t know.Like everyone else I was finding light and meaning and comfort wherever I might. The early evening – like the early morning and lunchtime – walk with my dogs
  • Nighttime Heat Significantly Increases the Risk of Stroke

    Source: Science Daily - Top HealthClimate change is generating more and more extreme weather events. These include extremely hot, so-called "tropical nights." Now, a study of approximately 11,000 strokes over 15 years suggests that night-time heat may come with a price. The analysis found that extreme heat at night increases the risk of stroke by 7%, and that elderly people and women are especially at risk. The report appears in European Heart Journal.
  • European Council Approves "Risk-Based" AI Regulations

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsThe European Council gave final clearance Tuesday far a "risk-based approach" for regulating the use of artificial intelligence. Under the Artificial Intelligence Act, the bloc will gauge use of AI, with higher risk implementations facing stricter rules. The act was described as a "first of its kind" standard, which the European Union said would encourage "safe and trustworthy" AI systems across the market in public and private sectors.
  • Risk for Psychosis Skyrockets Among Teens Who Use Cannabis

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsDoctors have long known that excessive marijuana use can trigger psychosis, especially in the young. But new research suggests the link is stronger that ever imagined before. Teens who use cannabis face 11 times the odds for a psychotic episode compared to teens who abstain from the drug, new research has found. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal Psychological Medicine.
  • What Scarlett Johansson v. OpenAI Could Look Like in Court

    Source: Google NewsIn a product demo last week, OpenAI showcased a synthetic but expressive voice for ChatGPT called "Sky" that reminded many viewers of the flirty AI girlfriend Samantha played by Scarlett Johansson in the 2013 film Her. One of those viewers was Johansson herself, who promptly hired legal counsel and sent letters to OpenAI demanding an explanation. In response, the company on Sunday halted use of Sky and denied trying to imitate Ms. Johansson's...
  • U.S. President Says That Israel's War in Gaza Is Not Genocide

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportU.S. President Joe Biden strongly defended Israel on Monday, saying that Israeli forces are not committing genocide in their military campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza, rejecting criticism from pro-Palestinian protesters. "What's happening in Gaza is not genocide. We reject that," Biden said at a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House. He described U.S. support for the safety and security of Israelis as "ironclad."
  • Stress Can Trigger Skin Problems, But Dermatologists Have Advice

    Source: Google News - HealthThere are many ways mental health affects physical health, but did you know that stress can alter how our skin looks and feels? Stress releases hormones such as cortisol, which can raise oil gland production and result in acne and clogged pores. Stress can also affect your skin barrier, drying skin and leading to flares of eczema or psoriasis. And stress can break down collagen and elastin, leading to wrinkles. Fortunately, dermatologists have...
  • Microsoft's AI Chatbot Will "Recall" Everything You Do on a PC

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportMicrosoft wants laptop users to get so comfortable with its artificial intelligence chatbot that it will remember everything you're doing on your computer and help figure out what you want to do next. The software giant on Monday revealed a new class of AI-imbued personal computers as it competes with Big Tech rivals in developing generative AI technology that can compose documents, make images, and serve as a lifelike personal assistant at work...

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