How to Leverage Psychology to Aid a War-Torn World

Source: APA MonitorPsychologists have long applied their conflict-resolution skills in mediating large-scale disputes. With the violence and war that remain rampant in some parts of the world, psychological science can help us better understand why these conflicts happen, help rebuild communities and nations, and aid in preventing future violence. In one such case, Eran Halperin of Hebrew University is working to promote peace among Israeli Jews and Arab...

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Generations Unite to Address Lost Connections and Loneliness

Source: APA MonitorInteractions between older and younger generations are far less common today than in previous periods of history, but increasing those connections can address some of society's most intractable problems, according to Marc Freedman, founder of CoGenerate, an organization dedicated to bridging generational divides. "In the early part of the 20th century, we reorganized society to make it more efficient," he says, but we lost something important as...

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Psychology Goes to Hollywood to Dispel the Stigma of Mental Illness

Source: APA MonitorHelen Hsu was about 350 miles from Hollywood—and a million more miles mentally—when producers called. It was 2016, and Hsu was providing clinical care for low-income children and families and overseeing a public school–based counseling program. She rarely, if ever, watched TV. But the folks on the line invited Hsu to consult on the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, which depicted the impact of a teen's suicide on her classmates. Hsu was in.

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Antidepressant Use Surged Among Young People During Pandemic

Source: Google NewsThe monthly rate of antidepressants being dispensed to young people increased about 64% more quickly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The increase was especially prominent among young women and girls. The monthly antidepressant dispensing rate increased about 130% faster among 12- to 17-year-old girls, and about 57% faster among young women between the ages of 18 and 25.

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APA Adopts Policy Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse People

Source: APA Press ReleasesThe American Psychological Association has adopted a landmark policy affirming evidence-based care for transgender, gender diverse, and nonbinary children, adolescents, and adults, noting that recent legislative attempts to obstruct access to psychological and medical interventions for such individuals puts them at risk of depression, anxiety, and other negative mental health outcomes.

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Mindfulness, Talk Therapy May Improve Mood, Sleep Issues in Menopause

Source: BBC News - UK NewsMindfulness, group and cognitive behavioral therapy can effectively treat menopause symptoms such as low mood and anxiety, a new analysis suggests. The University College London research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, examined 30 studies involving 3,500 women in 14 countries, including the UK, the US, and Australia. CBT and group therapies also improved sleep, memory, concentration.

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Yoga Helps Older Women at Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Source: Science Daily - Top NewsA new study found that Kundalini yoga strengthened cognition and memory of older women at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, including restoring neural pathways, preventing brain matter decline, and reversing aging and inflammation-associated biomarkers—improvements not seen in a group who received standard memory training exercises. The study, conducted by UCLA researchers, appears in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

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Some U.S. States Moving to Deny Legal Recognition of Trans People

Source: U.S. News and World ReportKansas enacted a law last year that ended legal recognition of transgender identities. The measure says there are only two sexes, male and female, based on a person's "biological reproductive system" at birth. That law and others introduced around the U.S.—often labeled as "bills of rights" for women—are part of a push by conservatives to keep transgender people from competing on sports teams or using bathrooms that align with their gender...

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Artificial Intelligence Identifies New Type of Prostate Cancer

Source: United Press International - Health NewsResearch by two British universities has identified a new aggressive form of prostate cancer by using artificial intelligence, which could change the way the disease is found and treated. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester, was published Thursday in the journal Cell Genomics. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer that affects British men, with about 52,000 cases annually.

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Transgender Afghan Refugees Escape the Taliban, But Not Persecution

Source: CBS News - World NewsIssues of gender and sexuality have long been taboo in Afghanistan, especially since the Taliban retook control of the country in 2021. For some members of the LGBTQ community, the Taliban's comeback seemed too much of a risk, so they fled to neighboring Pakistan. Now, however, many of these refugees have found that life is even harder because they face prejudice against refugees as well as anti-LGBTQ bias.

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AI Phone App Detects Depression From Facial Cues, Says Report

Source: United Press International - Health NewsA new smartphone application uses artificial intelligence to detect depression from facial cues, opening the door to real-time digital mental health support, a new study reports. The researchers published their work Tuesday to the arXiv preprint database before presenting it at a conference in May. AI coupled with facial-image processing software can reliably detect the onset of depression before the user knows something is wrong, say the...

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Study Discovers Cause of "Brain Fog" Link to Long-COVID

Source: Google News - HealthPeople experiencing long-COVID have measurable memory and cognitive deficits equivalent to a difference of about six IQ points, a new study suggests. The research, based on more than 140,000 people, found that COVID-19 may impair memory for a year or more after infection. People with unresolved symptoms persisting more than 12 weeks tend to have larger deficits in performance on tasks involving memory, reasoning, and executive function.

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Ghana Approves Anti-LGBTQ Bill Considered Among Harshest in Africa

Source: CBS News - World NewsGhana's parliament approved one of the toughest pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation in Africa Wednesday after months of debate. Homosexuality is already illegal in Ghana and punishable by up to three years in prison. Under the new law, the maximum sentence will increase to five years. It also allows a custodial sentence for people convicted of advocating for LGBTQ rights, and makes it illegal to distribute material deemed supportive of LGBTQ rights.

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Colombia's President Calls Gaza War "Genocide" After Mass Shooting

Source: ABC News - InternationalColombia's President Gustavo Petro announced Thursday his government was suspending purchases of weapons from Israel after Palestinians said Israeli troops fired at people seeking food in Gaza. Describing the deaths as "genocide," Petro said he blamed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the violence. Health officials in Gaza say at least 112 people were killed, bringing the war's death toll to more than 30,000 people.

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U.S. Air Force Man Sets Himself on Fire to Protest Gaza "Genocide"

Source: Google NewsA member of the U.S. Air Force was hospitalized and is in critical condition after setting himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington. In a video that was live streamed on the social media platform Twitch, the man identified himself and said he was a serving member of the Air Force. Before setting himself on fire, he said that he would "no longer be complicit in genocide," and he was heard shouting "Free Palestine" as he...

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Rights Group Says Israel Not Following Court Order in Genocide Case

Source: United Press International - Health NewsHuman Rights Watch on Monday accused Israel of failing to comply with the International Court of Justice order connected with the genocide case brought by South Africa. On January 26, the court ordered Israel to allow "basic services and human aid" to reach Gaza. Instead, Israel "is starving Gaza's 2.3 million Palestinians, putting them in even more peril than before the world's court's binding order," a spokesperson for the rights group alleged.

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Germany Plans to Store Carbon Dioxide Underground at Offshore Sites

Source: ABC News - InternationalGermany plans to store carbon dioxide underground at offshore sites, pushing ahead with the plan in an acknowledgement that time is running out to combat climate change, the country's vice chancellor said Monday. Europe's biggest economy is making good progress with expanding renewable energy sources and usage, but a solution is needed for the carbon dioxide emitted by some sectors if Germany is to meet its emissions goal of becoming "net zero"...

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What Students with Disabilities Should Look for in a College

Source: U.S. News and World ReportStudents with disabilities and health conditions should begin the college application process by meeting with their high school counselor, say experts. They should also contact a prospective school's disability services office early to learn about available accommodations. In higher education, it's up to students to disclose their needs, provide required documentation, and self-advocate by requesting accommodations. Here are tips on how to do it.

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In UK, More Are Out of Work from Ill Health in Early 20s Than Early 40s

Source: BBC News - BusinessPeople in their early 20s are more likely to be not working due to ill health than those in their early 40s, a UK report has found. This is "radically different" from the past, the study concluded, when older employees were the more likely than younger ones to miss work due to illness. Poor mental health among young people is on the rise, official figures show, with 1 in 20 young people (5%) economically inactive due to ill health in 2023, the...

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Food-Focused Toddlers at Higher Risk for Eating Disorders As Teens

Source: U.S. News and World ReportToddlers who are really into their food might have a higher risk of developing an eating disorder once they enter adolescence, a new study suggests. For example, kids ages 4 and 5 with a strong urge to eat when teased with tasty food were nearly three times more likely to report binge eating symptoms by ages 12 to 14, researchers reported February 20 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal.

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1 in 3 Trans Masculine People Taking Testosterone Can Still Ovulate

Source: U.S. News and World ReportA third of trans masculine people who have undergone testosterone therapy and have stopped menstruating are still ovulating, a new study suggests. That means they remain at risk for an unwanted pregnancy, despite the absence of periods, so contraceptives might be advisable during this stage of their treatment, depending on the person's partner. The study was published Feb. 22 in the journal Cell Reports Medicine.

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AI Outperforms Eye Doctors in Managing Glaucoma

Source: U.S. News and World ReportArtificial intelligence can match and even outperform human eye doctors in diagnosing and treating glaucoma, a new study finds. The GPT-4 system from OpenAI did as well or better than ophthalmologists in assessing 20 patients for glaucoma and retinal disease, researchers report February 22 in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. The results suggest that AI could play an important support role for ophthalmologists as they try to manage patients'...

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American Views on Teaching About Race and LGBTQ Issues in School

Source: Google News - HealthAmid debates over schooling in the U.S., a national poll asked teachers, teens, and the public about teaching K-12 students facts on race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Although the results varied across topics and grade level, 64% of teachers said students should learn that the legacy of slavery still affects the position of Black people in U.S. society, and 60% said that parents should not be able to opt their kids out of learning...

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Experts in AI and Child Safety Call for Deepfake Crackdown

Source: United Press International - Health NewsExperts in the fields of artificial intelligence and child safety in the entertainment industry called on officials to combat the danger of deepfake content, which is becoming commonplace in politics. Some 300 experts in various fields issued an open letter calling on governments, lawmakers, and politicians to address deepfake content—which can contain sexual content, fraud, or political disinformation—as the 2024 presidential campaign...

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U.S. Justice Department Appoints First Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

Source: United Press International - Health NewsThe U.S. Justice Department on Thursday named its first official focused on artificial intelligence as the department grapples with the potentially transformative affects of AI on federal law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Jonathan Mayer, a professor at Princeton University who researches technology and law, will serve as chief science and technology adviser and chief AI officer, the department said.

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Denmark Records Highest Number of Antisemitic Incidents Since WWII

Source: ABC News - InternationalThe number of antisemitic incidents registered in Denmark since the October 7, 2023, attack on Israel that ignited the war in Gaza has reached levels not seen since 1943, the head of the Scandinavian country's small Jewish community said Thursday. That was the year when roughly 7,200 Danish Jews were evacuated to neutral Sweden to prevent their deportation to a Nazi concentration camp, leaving almost no Jews in Denmark.

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Five Tips When Asking for a Pay Raise

Source: BBC News - Top HeadlinesIf you feel like you're not getting paid enough, you're probably not alone. Increases in average wages have finally overtaken the pace of price rises in some countries, but many workers still feel the impact of inflation. Last year, tens of thousands of workers held strikes and walk-outs over pay, jobs, and conditions. Here are five tips on how to negotiate for more money, based on advice from recruiters, a manager, and a workplace psychologist.

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First U.S. Federal Gender-Based Hate Crime Trial Begins

Source: CBS News - U.S. NewsThe first U.S. federal trial over a hate crime based on gender identity is set to begin Tuesday in South Carolina, where a man faces charges that he killed a Black transgender woman and then fled to New York. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Daqua Lameek Ritter coaxed the woman into driving to a sparsely populated area in South Carolina and shot her three times in the head, according to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of...

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Israel Outraged After Brazil's President Likens Gaza War to the Holocaust

Source: ABC News - InternationalIsrael on Sunday condemned Brazil's president for comparing the war in Gaza to the Holocaust, accusing him of being antisemitic and trivializing the Nazi genocide of European Jews. Speaking to reporters at the African Union summit in Ethiopia, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that "what is happening in the Gaza Strip and to the Palestinian people hasn't been seen in any other moment in history. Actually, it did when Hitler decided to...

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Experts Warn About the Risk of Cannabis-Induced Psychosis

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Health NewsResearchers are sounding the alarm that cannabis products with high-potency THC—the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—can have harmful health effects, particularly among young men. "For men aged 14 to 24, the risk of developing schizophrenia rises to over 40 percent within three years" of showing up in an ER for cannabis-induced psychosis, said Dr. Daniel Myran, senior author of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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