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'Climate change for drugs': experts decry evidence-free policy as deaths mount

Those calling for pill-testing and other harm minimisation say young people are dying while the debate becomes more polarisedIn 2001 the emergency doctor David Caldicott tried and failed to save the life of a man who had taken an ecstasy pill containing the so-called “Dr Death” adulterant, para-Methoxyamphetamine.Known as PMA, the substance surfaces only intermittently in Australia. In 2007, for example, 20-year-old Annabel Catt died after taking two MDMA caps at the Good Vibrations festival in ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Culture, Festivals, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Illegal Drugs, David Caldicott, Law (Australia, Annabel Catt


What’s their beef? Why today’s leading men are driven to be buff

Aidan Turner’s Poldark has ushered in a new age of brawn, but many are asking if the trend has gone too farModern screen heroes come in many guises, but whether a leading man is cast as a mathematician, a surgeon or a scientist, the likelihood is that, once the shirt comes off, he will be equipped with both a firm abdomen and bulbous biceps.A new appetite for leading men who, whether or not they are playing professional athletes, appear to spend half the week in the gym is now concerning even es...
Tags: Health, Film, Life and style, Society, Body Image, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Stage, Acting, Aidan Turner, Poldark, Tom Brittney


Want to transform your life? Stop chasing perfection

Give up the rat race, accept reality and have the courage to be disliked – the latest self-help trend is not about self-reinvention but finding contentment in the life you haveBy tradition, this is the season for personal reinvention, but these days it’s hard not to feel cynical about the idea of a triumphant liberation from the past. In the news, Brexit provides an hourly reminder that merely wishing to bring about a glorious fresh start is no guarantee that calamity won’t be the result. Meanwh...
Tags: Health, Books, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Robert Plomin, Society books


The money, job, marriage myth: are you happy yet?

The ‘success’ narrative is at the heart of our idea of wellbeing, but the evidence tells a different tale, argues behavioural scientist Paul Dolan in this extract from his new bookThere are countless stories about how we ought to live our lives. We are expected to be ambitious; to want to be wealthy, successful and well educated; to get married, be monogamous and have kids. These social narratives can make our lives easier, by providing guidelines for behaviour, and they might sometimes make us ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, UK News, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Paul Dolan, Hay, Happiness indices, Wellbeing At Work


'They make him feel normal' – the role of video games in a children's hospice

For children facing life-limiting illnesses, adaptive technology allows them to feel independent and express themselvesWith his spiky hair and Adidas sweatshirt, Shay Murray looks like a typical 11-year-old. He’s cute, he’s boisterous, he’s into everything. But he also has Pearson syndrome, an incredibly rare mitochondrial disease that affects multiple body organs. His eyesight, hearing and memory are deteriorating, his kidneys are operating at barely 60%. There is no cure. Most children with th...
Tags: Health, Games, Technology, Children, Adidas, Society, Playstation, Culture, Xbox, Alan, Luton, Shay, Keech, Shay Murray


Psychology Around the Net: December 1, 2018

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at what you should ask yourself before you forgive someone, whether or not the #MeToo movement could hurt women’s health care, a new mental health care facility located in a Walmart, and more. Should I Forgive Him? Should I Forgive Her? Here’s What You Should Ask Yourself First: Forgiveness is often more about yourself than it is the person you’re forgiving (or not forgiving), and because of that, you might accidentally create a “problem” tha...
Tags: Psychology, Texas, Study, Research, Walmart, Disorders, Rebecca, Psychiatry, Substance Abuse, Culture, Women's Issues, OCD, Forgiveness, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Psychology Around The Net


Gideon Mendel's best photograph: a mother carries her HIV-infected son

‘Joseph had been sick for 10 years. He said he liked listening to the radio, friends would pass by, his life was rich. He died a few months later’I shot this image of Dorika Gabriel carrying her son, Joseph, in 1997. I had travelled to their village on the Ugandan border of Tanzania, close to Lake Victoria, to photograph local responses to HIV and Aids. At the end of the day I was taken to meet people who were living with the disease. Joseph was sitting under a shelter outside his home. As I was...
Tags: Health, Photography, Activism, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Global development, Tanzania, Aids and HIV, Joseph, Lake Victoria, Global Health, Gideon Mendel, Dorika Gabriel


'Having a child is a distraction from your own mortality': Kathryn Hahn and Tamara Jenkins on their IVF film

Hahn stars in Jenkins’ new comedy about a couple struggling with infertility. They talk about whether feminism is to blame for encouraging women to wait before reproducing – and why their film shouldn’t be dismissed as a chick flickEleven years ago, the director Tamara Jenkins was flying round the world promoting her second film, The Savages. A sad, frank comedy about suddenly caring for a father with Alzheimer’s, it won rave reviews, then Oscar nominations for Jenkins and star Laura Linney.Prof...
Tags: Health, Film, Women, Life and style, Society, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Ivf, Fertility problems, Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Jenkins, Kathryn Hahn, Hahn, Alexander Payne, China Continue


How we fell out of love with milk

Soya, almond, oat... Whether for health issues, animal welfare or the future of the planet, ‘alt-milks’ have never been more popular. Are we approaching dairy’s final days?A couple of weeks ago, some eye-catching billboards began appearing around central and east London. Entire tunnels of the underground were plastered with the adverts; the sides of large buildings were covered. On one panel there was a carton (or, in some instances, three) of Oatly, an oat drink made by a cult Swedish company t...
Tags: Health, London, Culture, Food & drink industry, Eugene Oregon, Petersson, Milk (drink, Toni Petersson


The ancient Greeks warned us about AI: Chips with Everything podcast

Author Adrienne Mayor discusses the myths that contained the first blueprints for artificial intelligence Philosopher René Descartes’ quote “cogito, ergo sum” became well known after being translated into English as “I think, therefore I am.” It was the result of his attempt to figure out which of the things he thought he knew were impervious to doubt.Long before Descartes uttered these words, however, humans were telling stories about artificial beings and thinking about what defines humanity. ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, Technology, Greece, Culture, Robots, Computing, Consciousness, Philosophy, Descartes, Artificial intelligence (AI, Adrienne Mayor


June, a CBD Facial Serum for Every Type of Skin

June CBD Apothecary is an all-natural alternative to traditional skincare products As CBD makes its way into nearly every product imaginable—from coffee to soda, capsules and more—it’s easy to overlook that it’s not just for ingestion. June CBD, a new maker on the scene, has just launched a marvelous facial serum using the nourishing and anti-inflammatory hemp oil as an ingredient in their all-natural and super-clean formulation. The skin …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Design, Cannabis, Culture, Hemp, Grooming, Skincare, Cbd, Natural Skincare, Made in Brooklyn, June CBD


Actor Selma Blair reveals that she has multiple sclerosis

MS diagnosis came in August but Hollywood star has lived with symptoms for yearsThe American actor Selma Blair has been praised for speaking candidly about having multiple sclerosis (MS).In an Instagram post the 46-year-old Cruel Intentions star said she had been officially diagnosed in August but had experienced symptoms for years. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Hollywood, Television, Film, Society, World news, US news, Multiple Sclerosis, Culture, Television & radio, Selma Blair


What is kalsarikänni? The Finnish art of being "pantsdrunk"

Päntsdrunk is the latest trend to come out of Northern Europe and it involves drinking alone at home. Finnish writer Miska Rantanen outlines the philosophy in his newest book titled: Pantsdrunk: Kalsarikanni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation.Kalsarikänni is a word in Finnish that literally means "drinking at home and alone in your underwear."It seems like you can always count on the Nordic people for coming up with the most novel of lifestyle trends. Päntsdrunk is the anglicized term for the Finn...
Tags: Sweden, Nokia, Meditation, Mental Health, Netflix, Culture, Innovation, Finland, Norway, Scandinavia, Northern Europe, Relaxation Techniques, Rantanen, Miska Rantanen


Orgasm Faces Around the World

According to a study published this week by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it seems orgasmic facial expressions vary depending on where in the world you’re from. When asked to decide which face was mid-climax, participants from Western cultures decided an orgasm looked more excited and outward (signified by an open mouth and wide-eyes) while Eastern participants believed that an orgasm looked like closed …
Tags: Psychology, Science, Design, Sex, Culture, Nsfw, Linkaboutit, Orgasms, National Academy of Sciences, Research Studies, Orgasm Faces Around the World


Yayoi Kusama’s Work From a Different Angle

Much of Yayoi Kusama‘s work draws inspiration from her lifelong hallucinations, obsessive-compulsive behavior and fears, with her narratives oftentimes firmly based around mental health. While the brilliant artist has, more recently, been reduced to and stereotyped as a “wacky” Japanese artist who makes installations that result in selfie mania, Kusama’s works and process are so much more. For World Mental Health Day this year, Jyni Ong at It’s …
Tags: Art, Japan, Design, Mental Health, Culture, Linkaboutit, Yayoi Kusama, Kusama, Japanese Art, Jyni Ong


'I believed love could cure cancer': how grief sent Steve Perry on a new Journey

The man behind Don’t Stop Believin’ had abandoned music – until he fell in love with a dying woman, who made him promise to return to performingSteve Perry is explaining all the ways in which Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ can hook a listener. “The quarters on the piano – that intro’s a hook.” He bursts into song, his alto/countertenor still distinctive at 69 years old, and he is so powerful that it is offputting: “‘Just a smalltown girl’ is a hook. ‘Strangers waiting’ is a hook. ‘Up and down th...
Tags: Health, Music, Cancer, US, Society, Culture, Pop and rock, Journey, Perry, Steve Perry, Jon Cain


Fall Reading for Children of All Ages

Eight beautiful books on friendship, identity and the world around us Earlier this year we became smitten with the messages, meaning and heart of “Lulu is a Rhinoceros,” a powerful book for children by Jason and Allison Flom. Pets, the quest for identity, friendship and the value of animals in our lives all make for important themes—worth instilling in youth and revisiting time and time …
Tags: Psychology, Books, Science, Design, Education, Children, Reading, Nature, Culture, Lulu, Picture books, Jason, Reading Lists, Kids Books, Allison Flom, Story Books


Jesse Eisenberg on Woody Allen, anxiety and fatherhood: ‘Now I get to worry about something visible’

A little bit difficult, a little bit intense: the star of The Social Network has often seemed more comfortable with a film script than with messy human emotions – including his own. But that’s changed…Jesse Eisenberg has a reputation for not suffering fools, for witheringly knocking down any stupid questions that are put to him. In the 12 years since his breakout role as a callow, Kafka-referencing teen in Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale, he has made his name with characters who are – or...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Family, Film, Toronto, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Anxiety, Culture, Parents and parenting, Woody Allen, Kafka, Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg


“Resting Studios” Bank on Nap Breaks Being the New Lunch Breaks

Sleeping studios—like Nap York in NYC, where guests can power nap for $15—might be an answer to productivity slumps during the work day. “They provide an optimized environment for sleep, from cool temperatures to total darkness to quiet,” Christopher Winter, M.D., president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia, explains to the WSJ. The result is brief, high-quality sleep. Such resting locations have already popped …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Design, Sleep, NYC, Virginia, Culture, Naps, WSJ, Linkaboutit, Nap York, Recharj, Resting Studios, Christopher Winter, Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine


Riding a bicycle in Poland – what do you have to know?

We usually take our bike from the garage or basement  when we notice that the temperature outside is warm enough not to freeze us during the ride. Other times we do it when we decide to change our lifestyle and start living a healthier life by doing exercise – a bike seems like a good idea for a start! To me all reasons are good! I love to ride my bike with my my husband and kids:) We explore beautiful places around where we live, get exercise and often bring a little lunch/snack with us and enj...
Tags: Travel, Health, Outdoors, Regulations, Culture, Adventures, Netherlands, Transport, Linguistics, Poland, Krakow, Bert van der Linden


In these dark times, embracing laughter is an ethical choice | Charlotte Wood

Laughter has optimism embedded in it. It allows us to see that, while we are all human and we fail, we can change Because we live in such very dark times, I’ve been thinking about laughter and art.If you feel as I do, some days you’ll see no hope for humanity. We’ve destroyed much of the planet already and seem hellbent on continuing that destruction. People all over the world suffer unspeakable violence and deprivation. We in affluent countries seem unwilling to share our wealth with others, an...
Tags: Health, Books, Fiction, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Jane Austen, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, George Saunders, Charlotte Wood


My daughter, the murderer: a mother's desperate journey through the mental health crisis

In her first nonfiction book, Mary K Pershall examines the complex mental and institutional issues that led to the ‘unimaginable horror’ of her child taking another’s lifeMary Pershall dared to hope. Her daughter, Anna, had agreed to go to rehab, to tackle her dependence on alcohol, synthetic cannabis and ice. In return, Mary had put aside her scruples and driven to an adult store so that Anna could buy synthetic cannabis. It’s not an uncommon bargaining chip used by despairing parents. It would...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Melbourne, Anna, Mary, Australian books, Mary K Pershall


How The Handmaid's Tale dressed protests across the world

The red-and-white costume from Margaret Atwood’s novel has been donned by women from Ireland to Argentina Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Books, Protest, Women, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Ireland, Feminism, Television & radio, Global development, Argentina, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Margaret Atwood


Link About It: Building a Terrarium is a Testament to Slowing Down

The co-owners of Brooklyn-based Twig, a terrarium-building workshop and store, are trying to turn the hobby into meditative, therapy-like classes. To exert control over your own environment—if even for an hour—is a test of patience and a lesson in...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Psychology, Wellness, Gardening, Design, Culture, Brooklyn, Linkaboutit, Terrariums, Twig, Digitaldetox


Elvis Costello reveals cancer diagnosis as he cancels tour dates

‘Small but very aggressive’ cancer has been operated on, but recovery forces songwriter to pull out of tourElvis Costello has revealed he was recently diagnosed with “a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy” and has cancelled tour dates while he recovers from the subsequent treatment.Writing on his website, the singer-songwriter said: “Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto.’ He had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cance...
Tags: Health, Music, Cancer, Life and style, Society, Men's Health, Culture, Pop and rock, Health & wellbeing, Men, Elvis Costello


Meaning Making – How the Innovation-Driven Organization Imparts Purpose & Meaning

As I visit and observe what I call the “existential festivals” – events like Burning Man, SXSW, TED, Sundance, Bonnaroo, and ArtPrize, for example – I ask myself, “What are people really trying to accomplish here – besides just having fun?” The answer I’ve come away with – after quite a bit of pondering – ...
Tags: Psychology, Design, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Strategy, Management, Customers, Change, Culture, Innovation, Experience Innovation, People & Skills, Culture & Values, Organizational Mission, Company Mission


Can video games be addictive? Chips with Everything podcast

In June 2018, the World Health Organization released its latest version of the ICD-11. Among the new mental health disorders? Gaming disorderSubscribe and review: Acast, Apple, Spotify, SoundCloud, AudioBoom, Mixcloud. Join the discussion on Facebook, Twitter or email us at [email protected] World Health Organization has been working on an update for its diagnostic manual, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). In June 2018 it released its latest version of the ICD-11...
Tags: Health, Games, Technology, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Game culture, World Health Organization, Facebook Twitter


Link About It: Starbucks' Transgender Health Policy is Next Level

Starbucks has just announced its updated trans health policy—and it's directly in cohesion with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) recommendations. While the coffee company has offered gender-reassignment surgeries...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Business, Design, Lgbt, Culture, Starbucks, Lgbtq, Linkaboutit, Transrights, WPATH


Being human: how realistic do we want robots to be?

With Google’s AI assistant able to make phone calls and androids populating households in games and films, the line between machine and man is getting scarily blurredAs our dependence on technology builds and the privacy-destroying, brain-hacking consequences of that start to come to light, we are seeing the return of a science-fiction trope: the rise of the robots. A new wave of television shows, films and video games is grappling with the question of what will happen if we develop the technolo...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Games, Science, Technology, Television, Film, Culture, Robots, Computing, Consciousness, Detroit, Artificial intelligence (AI, Science fiction and fantasy films, Science fiction TV


Detox Your Home With Christine Dimmick's Insights: The Good Home Company founder and author on elevating wellness in your personal sanctuary

Since 1995 Christine Dimmick has been delivering on her mission of creating a healthier home. Today the founder and CEO of The Good Home Company offer a range of cleaning, scents, gifts and more—including her latest book—has a mission that's two...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Home, Books, Design, Living, Interviews, Detox, Culture, Wellbeing, Detoxyourhome, Christinedimmick, Thegoodhomecompany, Christine Dimmick, The Good Home Company



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