• William Yule obituary

    Psychologist who pioneered the treatment of children after such disasters as the Zeebrugge ferry sinking and the King’s Cross fireOn 6 March 1987, the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry set sail from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge heading for Dover. The bow doors were not shut and within seconds it flooded with seawater. It capsized and 193 passengers and crew died.Bill (William) Yule, who has died aged 83, was a child psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry (now the Institute of Psychiatr
  • "The Truth About the Plant": an Exploration in the Healthy and Balanced Use of Psychoactive Plants Unveiled in New Web Series

    A new web series from the educational platform Personal Plants is set to educate people about the healthy and balanced use of substances like cannabis and mushrooms as "The Truth About the Plant" takes viewers on an immersive and practical journey through the enigmatic world of psychoactive plants. Hosted by Christina Dees, M.S., and Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW, this series promises to deliver not just [PR.com]
  • U.N. Chief Gives Interview From Melting Antarctica on Eve of Summit

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportAhead of international climate talks, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited globally-important Antarctica, where ice that's been frozen for millions of years is melting due to human-caused global warming, to underscore the need for immediate action. "What happens in Antarctica doesn't stay in Antarctica," he said. At the annual Conference of the Parties, or COP, nations are supposed to curb climate change but so far have failed to do...
  • I didn’t fit in Wales, but found my sense of place by understanding its history, and my own

    I stood out as different in Llandudno but by learning about its past and mine, it became the home I loveLooking back, a good deal of my younger years seemed to be perched somewhere between if only and my fate. If only my hair was straight, if only my bum was flatter, if only our house was ordinary, if only mum didn’t speak Welsh, if only dad could settle in Wales, if only I lived somewhere else, anywhere, anywhere but here. I often felt just too big for my world, out of place. Suspended on
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  • Amid the drama of the Covid inquiry, Chris Whitty quietly pointed to an important truth. Will anyone listen? | Stephen Reicher

    England’s chief medical officer owned up to experts’ ignorance of psychology. If only others had been so candid in admitting their errorsIn 2002, Iain Duncan Smith notoriously declared: “Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.” It might have been a rather poor self-description, but it serves as a perfect representation of the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty.For nearly two days he quietly answered questions put to him at the Covid inquiry; hi
  • Uncertainty Clouds Schools As New Pronoun Restrictions Raise Concerns

    Source: PBS HealthIndiana is among at least 10 states that have enacted laws banning or restricting students from using pronouns or names that don't match their sex assigned at birth—a restriction that opponents say further marginalizes transgender and nonbinary students, who already face a high risk of bullying and abuse. "School is supposed to be a safe spot for us where we can be ourselves without [being bullied]," said one nonbinary high school student in...
  • AI May Diagnose Autism in Children Much Earlier, Study Finds

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsA novel artificial intelligence system could diagnose autism much earlier in children, according to research to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. The new system analyzes specialized MRIs of the brain and accurately diagnoses children between the ages of 24 and 48 months with autism 98.5% of the time. Therapeutic intervention before the age of three can lead to better outcomes and higher...
  • My brother the political prisoner, by Sanaa Seif

    I was just his little sister, now I’m trying to free him from an Egyptian prisonThe drive north out of Cairo from my family home is one I know well. It’s the route up to the coastal city of Alexandria, a joy-filled trip I often used to make to Egypt’s north-coast beaches. On the morning of 17 November 2022, however, almost exactly a year ago today, the journey could not have felt more different. We might have been travelling in that same direction, but our destination this time
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  • As Colleges Ban Groups Over Antisemitism, New Ones Form

    Source: Google News - HealthAt George Washington University, a pro-Palestinian student group was suspended for projecting messages on a campus library that read "divestment from Zionist genocide now" and "glory to our martyrs." Farther north, Columbia University last week suspended two similar groups for repeatedly flouting college policies, such as holding unauthorized events. Yet the suspensions didn't have their intended effect—new organizations quickly formed.
  • Kimberley Wilson: ‘You can’t have good mental health without good nutrition’

    The psychologist, 40, talks about childhood memories, the shortness of life, always being honest and the answer to most of your problems: beansI was a bookish, quiet and nerdy child. I felt like an outsider, although I wonder if most kids feel that. I was rarely wild – being a black kid in east London, I was always aware of assumptions being made and of what others might get away with, but I might not.My earliest memory is having a picnic on the UK coast: sandwiches, chicken drumsticks in
  • Health Roads Joins Civitas Networks for Health

    Health Roads, a Health and Human Services Information Technology Consulting company based in Newark, CA, joins Civitas Networks for Health, a national collaborative working to use health information exchange, health data, and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve health. [PR.com]
  • T-Medical Group Acquires Telaleaf Health, a German Telemedicine Company, Expanding Its Cannabis Services

    T-Medical Group's primary focus is on providing telemedicine platforms that facilitate connections between patients and physicians on a global scale. They are committed to empowering individuals to explore and harness the natural healing properties. [PR.com]
  • Magicians less prone to mental disorders than other artists, finds research

    Aberystwyth University study first to show a creative group with lower scores on psychotic traits than general populationCreative types – musicians, painters, writers – are often regarded as a tormented and difficult bunch but a study has revealed that at least one subsection of the artistic community may have grasped the trick of staying well balanced.A study of magicians around the world, led by Aberystwyth University’s psychology department, suggests that illusionists may be
  • Climate Change Now Harms Daily Life Across the U.S., Major Report Finds

    Source: PBS ScienceThe effects of climate change now permeate Americans' daily lives with harm that is "already far-reaching and worsening across every region," says a massive government report released Tuesday. The National Climate Assessment, which comes out every 4-5 years, paints a picture of a country warming about 60% faster than the world as a whole—one that regularly gets hit with costly weather disasters while facing even bigger problems in the future.
  • Africa Seeks Action Plan on Slavery Reparations at Ghana Conference

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportFinancial reparations are long overdue to Africans and the diaspora as compensation for the enslavement of people of African descent, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said Tuesday on the first day of a conference on how to address such historical injustices. "Surely, this is a matter that the world must confront and can no longer ignore," Akufo-Addo said, launching the four-day reparations conference in the Ghanaian capital Accra.
  • The openness of talking to strangers – and the intimate stories they share

    The stories people tell me about their lives can be funny, surprising, tragic or shocking – and some stay with me for yearsI can distinctly remember being in the back seat of the family car on a long journey (to Devon probably – that drive felt interminable), looking at all the other cars full of people and thinking, “Where on earth are they all going and why?” As my eyes went funny trying to keep up with the traffic flicking past, it blew my mind to imagine everyone as t
  • Psychology body says costs ruling ‘unfair’ in appeal on use of unregulated experts in England and Wales

    Association of Clinical Psychologists must pay £20,000 after intervening in family justice case where it mounted ‘critique of expert’A professional body ordered to pay costs of £20,000 by the president of the family division after intervening in an appeal regarding the qualifications of a court-appointed expert has said the ruling was “unfair” and could have a “chilling effect”.The Association of Clinical Psychologists UK (ACP-UK) said it had acted
  • Social-Behavioral Findings Can Be Highly Replicable, Study Finds

    Source: Science Daily - Top SocietyRoughly two decades ago, the field of psychology found itself in a "replication crisis" that suggested its research findings were unreliable. A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour shows, however, that high replication rates are possible when researchers follow best practices such as using large samples and pre-registering hypotheses. The new report replicated 16 novel findings with an average effect size 97% as large as the original...
  • In War, Who Decides Whether the Civilian Death Toll Is Acceptable?

    Source: Google News - HealthTargeting civilians is a war crime. But what if there are civilians near a military target? This is where something in the laws of war called "proportionality" applies. In such a case, the U.S. uses a "collateral damage estimate" to assess how many civilians might be killed and decide whether a military act is justified. In Gaza, Israel has dropped 1.5 million leaflets asking civilians to evacuate but has still killed more than 11,000...
  • Virtual Emotional Intelligence/Anger Management Facilitator Certification

    Virtual Emotional Intelligence/Anger Management Facilitator Certification
    COVID-19 has dramatically increased the need for Certified Anger Management Facilitators worldwide, especially for business and industry. Anderson & Anderson, APC has been the leader in evidence-based intervention for impulse control since 1982. [PR.com]
  • My grandmother’s support – and Creole cooking – helped me to love myself when I didn’t know how

    My grandmother’s support – and Creole cooking – helped me to love myself when I didn’t know how
    When I felt lonely growing up, my grandmother’s company and cuisine were a soothing balmMy grandmother collected me from school every day and invariably brought me along to pick up any missing ingredients for dinner. I was a dark-skinned child with thick, curly hair, and she could have passed for white. People often didn’t know what to make of us, but rarely questioned our relationship aloud.Once, at Schwegmann’s, our local grocery store, the cashier looked from me to my grandm
  • Going ‘delulu’: being delusional is the new manifesting

    Going ‘delulu’: being delusional is the new manifesting
    The idea, according to TikTok, is to set wild expectations for yourself – and convince your mind to believe in themIn the 1950s, Norman Vincent Peale called it “positive thinking”. In the noughties, Oprah promoted it through her talkshow as “manifesting”. Just six or so months ago, TikTok dubbed it “lucky girl syndrome”.The belief that “if you think it, it will come” has long been popular among the young and hopeful. Now it has another name:
  • Breaking the Silence Winter Summit Returns for Its Fourth Edition: A Virtual Event Empowering Through Resilience and Inspiring Stories

    Breaking the Silence Winter Summit Returns for Its Fourth Edition: A Virtual Event Empowering Through Resilience and Inspiring Stories
    Breaking the Silence Winter Summit, an eagerly anticipated event, is making its fourth consecutive appearance on November 13 and 14, 2023. This two-day virtual event, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST, is set to bring together an exceptional lineup of internationally acclaimed speakers, headlined by Sara Davison, Virginia Nersesyan and Michelle Jewsbury.The summit is a transformative platform that aims to foster a community [PR.com]
  • The Israel-Hamas War Has Not Killed Their Compassion or Hope

    Source: Google NewsMaoz Inon no longer sleeps well at night. His loss is too great. So first thing every morning, for 45 minutes, he swims in the Mediterranean off the Israeli shore — to find a few moments of peace. On October 7, a Hamas fighter launched a rocket-propelled grenade that directly hit his parents' wooden house, killing both parents. And yet, amid the sea of grief Maoz feels, he has no urge for revenge. His tears are for "100 years of bloodshed," he...
  • South Africa Recalls Ambassador to Israel, Accusing It of Genocide

    Source: ABC News - InternationalSouth Africa's government recalled its ambassador and diplomatic mission to Israel Monday in condemnation of the bombardment of the Gaza Strip, calling it a "genocide." Thus far, more than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's military offensive in Gaza, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry there. "The South African government has decided to withdraw all its diplomats in Tel Aviv," Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni...
  • Medical Schools Warm to Curricular Changes As Climate Threats Grow

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportHugh Shirley says that coverage on climate change during his first year at Harvard Medical School came within broader discussions of social justice and racial inequity. "We discussed the intersection of racism and environmental justice and how it affects patient exposure to things like air pollution," Shirley says. Data from the Association of American Medical Colleges show that 55% of schools now cover climate change, up from 27% just two years...
  • Hungary Museum Head Sacked Over LGBT Content in Photo Exhibit

    Source: BBC News - EuropeIn what appears to be the first time that a World Press Photo show has been censored in Europe, the head of Hungary's National Museum has been fired for allegedly letting under-18s view LGBT content. A controversial Hungarian law bans the "display and promotion of homosexuality" in materials accessible to children, such as books and films, and the World Press Photo exhibition features shots of older LGBTQI+ people in the Philippines.
  • Understanding the science of addiction – podcast

    Understanding the science of addiction – podcast
    After Matthew Perry’s death was announced, a clip of the actor debating the science of addiction on the BBC’s Newsnight programme went viral. To find out where we’ve got to in our understanding of addiction, Ian Sample talks to Dr Nora Volkow, director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. She explains how brain imaging has advanced our understanding of this chronic diseaseClips: NBC, BBC Continue reading...
  • The big idea: why we should spend more time talking to strangers

    The big idea: why we should spend more time talking to strangers
    We focus on friendships, but encounters with those we hardly know are vital tooThe stranger struck up conversation on a delayed flight between Florida and New York. We were both struggling to entertain our toddlers, and we commiserated awhile. After the children fell asleep, he told me he’d recently left the Mormon church. He said he missed the community and the certainty he once felt. He was still figuring out how to raise a child without faith: for example, would I say there was a heaven
  • Tips on How to Spot and Treat Seasonal Depression

    Source: Google News - HealthThe days are getting shorter, darker, and colder in the Northern Hemisphere. And while there's a lot to look forward to in winter, it's not the happiest time of year for everyone. Many people experience "winter blues" in one form or another. But in some cases, those changes in mood, sleep, and appetite can be signs of something more serious: a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Here are a few tips on how to spot and...
  • Tens of Thousands March in U.S. Capitol to Demand Gaza Ceasefire

    Source: Google NewsTens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC, Saturday for one of the biggest pro-Palestinian protests in the U.S. since Israeli began bombing Gaza in response to the attack by Hamas militants last month. Protesters called for a ceasefire in Gaza, where health officials say more than 9,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes. Many also sought an end to U.S. funding for what they said was a "genocide" of Palestinian...
  • U.S. Representative Accuses Biden of Supporting Genocide of Palestinians

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportU.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress, has accused President Joe Biden of supporting a "genocide" against Palestinians and warned of repercussions in next year's election. In a video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, late on Friday, the Democratic Congresswoman from Michigan repeated her calls for Biden to back a ceasefire in the almost month-long Israel-Hamas conflict.
  • Oakland Health Associates: Mental Health & The Holidays

    Oakland Health Associates: Mental Health & The Holidays
    Nearly all Americans will experience a mental health condition (onset of symptoms) during their lifetime and over half of all Americans will experience a mental health disorder (symptoms causing distress or impairment). Ignoring the onset and persistence of mental health symptoms leads to additional medical problems that left untreated will result in serious health problems or worse. Access to mental health has never been [PR.com]
  • ‘This saved my life’: the emotional alchemy bonding traumatised veterans and damaged racehorses

    ‘This saved my life’: the emotional alchemy bonding traumatised veterans and damaged racehorses
    In the NSW southern highlands, Horse Aid is working to ‘un-soldier’ former defence personnel and ‘un-race’ thoroughbredsGet our weekend culture and lifestyle emailScott Brodie and Mel Baker stand in the middle of the indoor training ring on a horse farm in the New South Wales southern highlands. A magnificent black gelding and former racehorse, Treble Clef, canters around the rails, stopping now and then, pricking its ears and regarding them quizzically.Brodie, a 60-year-
  • How shutting women out of decision-making hampered UK Covid response

    How shutting women out of decision-making hampered UK Covid response
    Helen MacNamara painted a picture of a homogenous, unpleasant top table. Experts says this lack of diversity can matter beyond the workplace itselfHelen MacNamara, the UK’s second-most senior official at the height of the Covid pandemic, lifted a lid this week on a “toxic environment” at the heart of Downing Street, in which female civil servants became “invisible overnight” and were routinely spoken over or ignored. A picture emerges of an unpleasant and unequal wo
  • Social Psychology Network Partners With Alliance for Middle East Peace

    Source: Social Psychology Network NewsAfter war broke out between Israel and Hamas in October 2023, Social Psychology Network joined the Alliance for Middle East Peace as a partner organization. The Alliance is a coalition of over 170 groups—and tens of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis—building people-to-people cooperation, coexistence, mutual understanding, and peace: https://www.allmep.org/about-us-allmep/
  • U.N. Experts Warn of Palestinian Genocide and Call for Ceasefire

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportA group of independent United Nations experts called on Thursday for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, saying time was running out for Palestinians in the area who are at "grave risk of genocide." Nearly four weeks of Israeli bombardment on the Gaza Strip in response to deadly attacks by Hamas gunmen in southern Israel on October 7 have killed more than 9,000 people, most of them women and children, health authorities in the Hamas-run enclave...
  • Open Hatred of Jews Surges Globally, Inflamed by Gaza War

    Source: Google News - HealthIn Los Angeles, a man screaming "kill Jews" tries to break into a family's home. In London, girls in a playground are told they're "stinking Jews" and should stay off the slide. In China, social media posts likening Jews to parasites, vampires, or snakes spread and attract thousands of "likes." Antisemitic incidents like these have surged globally since the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, and Israel's subsequent war on the Islamist group.
  • Asia's First Gay Games Kick Off in Hong Kong

    Source: ABC News - InternationalThe first Gay Games in Asia began Friday, fostering hopes for wider LGBTQ+ inclusion in the region, following recent court wins in favor of equality for same-sex couples and transgender people. After a year's delay due to the pandemic, the 9-day event will host about 2,400 participants from some 40 territories. LGBTQ+ acceptance in Asia is lower than many other places, noted one organizer who hoped the games would make sexual minorities more...
  • Walking Just 2,500 Steps a Day Linked to Improved Longevity

    Source: Google News - HealthYou may have heard that walking 10,000 steps a day can lead to a healthier life, but that magic number might not be as accurate as once thought. The idea of 10,000 steps emerged from Japan in the 1960s and wasn't based on science, but on marketing. Recent research, published October 10 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, finds that even 2,500 steps is linked to improved longevity, with the link increasing up to about 8,800...
  • Post-Pandemic America: Unmasking the Stress of Collective Trauma

    Source: Google News - HealthU.S. society appears to be experiencing the psychological impacts of a collective trauma in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a new survey by the American Psychological Association. The survey suggests that a superficial characterization of life being "back to normal" is ignores the post-traumatic effects on mental and physical health, as documented by a nationwide survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults aged 18...
  • German Vice-Chancellor Habeck Condemns Rising Tide of Antisemitism

    Source: BBC News - EuropeGerman Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck has vowed a tough political response to increasing antisemitism. In an emotional video seen eight million times, he criticized antisemitism from Islamists, the far right, and "parts of the political left." Germany has seen a surge in antisemitic and anti-Israel incidents since October 7, when Hamas militants killed 1,400 Israelis and took more than 230 hostages, and Israel began waging war against Hamas in...
  • In U.S., Young Voters Less Likely Than Older Voters to Support Israel

    Source: Google News - HealthYoung voters in the U.S. are less likely than older voters to back Israel, and support among Democrats for Israel's conduct has declined as the death toll in Gaza mounts. One recent poll asked "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Israel is responding to the October 7th Hamas terrorist attack?" Half approved and 35% disapproved, but only 32% of respondents aged 18-34 approved of Israel's response, compared with 58% of those aged 50 and older.
  • Practicing Mindfulness Can Help People Make Healthy Eating Choices

    Source: Science DailyPracticing mindfulness focused on healthy eating can be good for the heart, a new study suggests, because it improves self-awareness and helps people stick to a heart-healthy diet. When people who had elevated blood pressure participated in an 8-week mindfulness program, they significantly improved their scores on measures of self-awareness and adherence to a heart-healthy diet compared to a control group. The results were published in JAMA...
  • Cornell Suspends Classes in Wake of Death Threats Against Jewish Students

    Source: United Press International - Health NewsCornell University said it would cancel all classes Friday due to "extraordinary stress" in the wake of anti-Semitic threats and rising tensions on campus since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict. The break was to serve as a "community day" for students and staff to heal and think about how to make the university a more nurturing place, the Ivy League school said in a group email to its Ithaca and Geneva campuses.
  • Brain Health in People Over 50 Fell More Rapidly During the Pandemic

    Source: Science Daily - Top HealthBrain health in people over 50 years of age deteriorated more rapidly during the pandemic, even if they didn't have COVID-19, according to an investigation that linked the pandemic to cognitive decline. Researchers looked at results from computerized brain function tests from more than 3,000 participants. The remote study, led by research teams at the University of Exeter and King's College London, was published in The Lancet Healthy Longevity.
  • Minority students at universities more likely to suffer depression, race plays role

    Minority students at universities more likely to suffer depression, race plays role
    Study shows that race may play a role in depression among college students who are minorities at both predominantly white institutions and historically Black universities.
  • Some say they plan to start decorating for Christmas on November 1

    Some say they plan to start decorating for Christmas on November 1
    A psychology study finds that putting up Christmas decorations early can help to boost your mood.
  • UK Summit Aims to Tackle Thorny Issues Around Cutting-Edge AI Risks

    Source: U.S. News and World ReportDigital officials, tech company bosses, and researchers are converging Wednesday at a former codebreaking spy base near London to discuss the extreme risks posed by cutting-edge artificial intelligence. The two-day summit is focused on "frontier AI"—systems that take AI right up to its limits but could come with as-yet-unknown dangers. Officials from 28 nations and the European Union have signed an agreement on safe and responsible development...
  • Less Deep Sleep in Seniors May Be a Silent Alarm for Dementia Risk

    Source: Google News - HealthAs little as 1% reduction in deep sleep per year for people over 60 years of age translates into a 27% increased risk of dementia, according to a study which suggests that enhancing or maintaining deep sleep, known as slow wave sleep, in older years could stave off dementia. The study, published today in JAMA Neurology, looked at 346 participants who were over 60 years of age and were enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study.

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