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New Law Protects Companion Animals of Abuse Survivors

Source: U.S. News and World ReportSen. Gary Peters recently spoke at Pontiac's Haven women's shelter about the new Pet and Women Safety Act, which expands protections for the pets of domestic violence

Cli-Fi Changes Minds About Real Climate Change

Source: CNN - Top StoriesA record number of Americans, 7 out of 10, believe that climate change is real, and the majority understand that human activity is largely to blame, according to a January

Self-Compassion Exercises Show Physical, Psychological Benefits

Source: Psych CentralTaking some time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, according to a new U.K. study.

Racism and Redemption: Virginia Blackface Row Sparks National Debate

Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesCan a politician come back from revelations about racist behavior in their past? What if that behavior evoked the darkest chapters of American history, from slavery

Before Multiculturalism, Blackface Rampant in U.S. Pop Culture

Source: U.S. News and World ReportBlackface, other insensitivities had a part of 1980s pop culture before multiculturalism began changing racial sensibilities.

Yoga Improves Physical, Mental Symptoms in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Source: Psych CentralEight weeks of intensive yoga practice can significantly reduce the severity of physical and mental symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study

Anti-Semitic Incidents Hit Record in United Kingdom

Source: CNN - Top StoriesReported anti-Semitic hate incidents in the United Kingdom hit a record high in 2018, with more than 100 recorded in every month of the year, according to the Community

Education Does Not Slow Cognitive Decline in Old Age

Source: Reuters - HealthHigher education may build a stronger foundation for overall brain function, but starting from this higher level of function doesn't influence how fast cognition declines in

Placebo Effect Can Work As Psychological Intervention

Source: Psych CentralPlacebo effects are no longer just about sugar pills as a medical treatment — placebos can also work when psychological effects are attributed to them.

Report Finds Deep Links Between Heart Disease and Brain Impairment

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Health NewsA new report from the Heart and Stroke Foundation shows — for the first time — a deep connection between heart disease and brain conditions, such as

Gun Violence Not Linked to Mental Illness, Researchers Say

Source: United Press International - Health NewsContrary to popular opinion, mental illness does not cause gun violence, according to new research suggesting mental health status does not factor into

Pope Offered $1 Million in Charity of His Choice to Go Vegan for Lent

Source: Social Psychology Network NewsEnvironmental campaigners have issued a challenge to Pope Francis: go vegan for Lent and receive $1 million for the charity of his choice.

Exercise Could Postpone or Even Prevent Onset of Dementia

Source: Psych CentralA new study has shown that exercise alters brain blood flow and improves cognitive performance in older adults — but not in the way you might think.

Poll Finds 86% of Americans Satisfied with Their Personal Life

Source: United Press International - Health NewsA majority of Americans are satisfied with their personal lives, a Gallup poll released Tuesday indicates.

First Transgender Designer Shows at New York Fashion Week

Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesLos Angeles designer Pierre Davis made her debut in New York this week, becoming the first openly transgender creator to present a collection at Fashion Week, further

Blackface Scandal Spotlights Deeply Embedded Racism in U.S.

Source: Yahoo News - Top HeadlinesWhen Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign last week, he did so in the shadow of a Capitol built by a founding father and a slave owner, in the former seat of

Funeral Workers Launch Peer Support Group to Help Their Mental Health

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company - Health NewsOrganizers of the peer-counselling group in Ottawa say they had a hard time finding help for their industry's mental health challenges, so they made

Pope Admits Clerical Abuse of Nuns Including Sexual Slavery

Source: BBC News - EuropePope Francis admits that nuns have been sexually abused by clerics - and it is an ongoing problem.

American Psychological Association Launches "PsycShorts" Video Contest

Source: Social Psychology Network NewsThe American Psychological Association has launched an international "PsycShorts" competition for the best videos communicating a finding or concept from

Gut Feeling: Study Links Depression to Digestive Bacteria

Source: Yahoo News - ScienceBacteria in the gut may affect our mental well-being and could be linked to depression, researchers said on Monday after conducting the largest study of its kind so far.