Health & WellnessS


Preschool kids do better when they talk to themselves, research shows

Parents should not worry when their pre-schoolers talk to themselves; in fact, they should encourage it, says Adam Winsler, an associate professor of psychology at George Mason University. His recent study published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly showed that 5-year-olds do better on motor tasks when they talk to themselves out loud (either spontaneously or when told to do so by an adult) than when they are silent.


The bullying epidemic

I find it interesting that the NY Times published this article about bullying at school and then published this one about workplace bullies. I thought that this meant that the Times was doing a series, but unfortunately, they're not. Which is too bad, because I think bullying is an interesting area to explore. It's like there's two worlds in America - the officially recognized one where people are kind and polite, and the one lurking right underneath where bullying happens.


A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly

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©Angel Franco/The New York Times
Billy Wolfe, a target of bullies for years, at the school bus stop near his home in Fayetteville, Ark.

All lank and bone, the boy stands at the corner with his younger sister, waiting for the yellow bus that takes them to their respective schools. He is Billy Wolfe, high school sophomore, struggling.

Moments earlier he left the sanctuary that is his home, passing those framed photographs of himself as a carefree child, back when he was 5. And now he is at the bus stop, wearing a baseball cap, vulnerable at 15.

Black Cat

When the Bully Sits in the Next Cubicle

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©Stuart Bradford

An eye roll, a glare, a dismissive snort - these are the tactics of the workplace bully. They don't sound like much, but that's why they are so insidious. How do you complain to human resources that your boss is picking on you? Who cares that a co-worker won't return your phone calls?


Swimming in Chemicals

An Excerpt from 'Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products'

[Rachel's introduction: Mark Schapiro's new book reveals how the European Union is demanding that multinationals manufacture safer products, while products developed and sold in the United States are increasingly equated with serious health hazards, and are banned from Europe and other parts of the world.]

The following is an excerpt from investigative reporter Mark Schapiro's book, Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power. Schapiro's book reveals how the European Union is demanding that multinationals manufacture safer products, while products developed and sold in the United States are increasingly equated with serious health hazards, and are banned from Europe and other parts of the world.

Evil Rays

Up to 16 dust storms hit Cyprus every year with dire effects on the islanders' health

Cardiovascular incidents in Cyprus rise by ten per cent during the increasingly frequent Saharan dust storms plaguing the island, a study by the Harvard Institute for Public Health revealed yesterday.

The study says however that the effects of the dust storms on health is much higher since the ten per cent increase in incidents only includes serious cases.


What's the true cause of anger?

Long before John Osborne wrote Look Back in Anger in 1956, young men were angered by being constrained by their class and education. Just as Philip Larkin's light-hearted conclusion that sexual intercourse "began in 1963, between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles' first LP" drew attention to the Sixties sexual revolution, so did Osborne's angry young men merely emphasise the influence of social conditions and restrictions on hostility, anger and even hate.

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Comment: The question is, who will decide on which type of anger is the righteous one, thus deserving to be "excused", and which will be labeled as "symptom of psychological or psychiatric troubles"?

Red Flag

FDA Probes Merck Drug, Possible Suicides

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it is investigating a possible link between Merck's best-selling Singulair and suicide. FDA said it is reviewing a handful of reports involving mood changes, suicidal behavior and suicide in patients who have taken the popular allergy and asthma drug.


California: Doctor Spots, Treats Mysterious Illness In Child Patient

Experts said Wednesday that research continues toward an illness that resembles common childhood conditions -- but can be deadly if not spotted in time.

Symptoms of the ailment, called Kawasaki Disease, include high fever, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, reddening of the eyes, and swollen lymph nodes, experts said.

According to experts, if treatment isn't started within 10 days, permanent damage to the heart -- or even death -- can occur. Its cause is unknown.


Sri Lanka: Four die of mysterious disease

Four persons have died last week at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital due to an unidentified disease, doctors said.

Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of the Anuradhapura hospital Dr. Ajith Jayasena told the Daily Mirror that investigations are underway by the hospital authorities to ascertain whether this was an infectious viral disease.