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"One in four girls is clinically depressed by the time they turn 14, according to research that has sparked new fears that Britain’s teenagers are suffering from an epidemic of poor mental health. A government-funded study has found that 24% of 14-year-old girls and 9% of boys the same age have depression. Their symptoms include feeling miserable, tired and lonely and hating themselves. That means that about 166,000 girls and 67,000 boys of that age across the UK are depressed. The findings are based on how more than 10,000 young people that age described how they were feeling. The data has prompted fresh questions about how social media, body image issues and school-related stresses affect young people’s mental welfare. It also strongly suggests that being from a low-income family increases the risk of depression and that ethnicity is potentially a key factor too. “We know that teenage girls face a huge range of pressures, including stress at school, body image issues, bullying, and the pressure created by social media,” said Marc Bush, the chief policy adviser at the charity Young Minds. “Difficult experiences in childhood – including bereavement, domestic violence or neglect – can also have a serious impact, often several years down the line.” Dr Praveetha Patalay, the lead author of the research, said the findings revealed “worryingly high rates of depression” among 14-year-old girls and the “increasing mental health difficulties faced by girls today compared to previous generations”..." #awareness #gir#girl> #beingagirl #girl #teen #socialmedia #depressed #depression #mentalhealth #uk #britain #sad #medicinalplants #hormones #highschool #vancouver #toronto #newyork #portland #bully #childhood #violence #parenthood #parenting #poverty #government
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"The assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false, according to a chief scientific adviser to the UK government. The lack of any limit on the total amount of pesticides used and the virtual absence of monitoring of their effects in the environment means it can take years for the impacts to become apparent, say Prof Ian Boyd and his colleague Alice Milner in a new article. The damning assessment of pesticide regulations that are meant to protect the global environment follows a growing number of highly critical reports including research showing farmers could slash their pesticide use without losses and a UN report that denounced the “myth” that pesticides are necessary to feed the world. “The current assumption underlying pesticide regulation – that chemicals that pass a battery of tests in the laboratory or in field trials are environmentally benign when they are used at industrial scales – is false,” state the scientists in their article published in the journal Science. Boyd is chief scientific adviser to the UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where Milner also works on secondment, but their criticism reflects their own views. “The effects of dosing whole landscapes with chemicals have been largely ignored by regulatory systems,” the scientists said. “This can and should be changed.” The scientists’ article also criticises the widespread use of pesticides as preventive treatments, rather than being used sparingly and only when needed. The UN report in March was severely critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of the “systematic denial of harms”, “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics” and heavy lobbying of governments which has “obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions”..." #pesticides #monsanto #bayer #awareness #environment #nature #humanrights #farming #uk #government #unitednations #california #sandiego #vancouver #toronto #new#newyork #water #health #corruption #science #wealth #motherearth #britain #food #humanity #portland #newyork
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"Kidney disease is the latest ailment linked to air pollution, a new study has found. The report from the American Society of Nephrology found that air pollution - even in small amounts - can damage your kidneys. Previous research has also linked it to heart disease, strokes, cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. When people inhale tiny specks of dust, dirt, smoke, soot and liquids in polluted air, these particles are swept into their bloodstream. And since kidneys filter the blood, the particles can damage them, the new analysis explained. The reports researchers are warning that any amount of air pollution, no matter how small, can harm the kidneys the same way it harms other organs such as the heart and lungs. The report's researchers tracked two-and-a-half million US veterans for eight-and-a-half years for the study, which began in 2004. During the course of the experiment, scientists looked at the veterans' kidney function and the air quality levels in the places they were living. They measured the air quality levels by looking at data from the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA. And the researchers found that air pollution causes 44,793 new cases of kidney disease and 2,438 cases of kidney failure annually. They concluded that the air pollution levels in certain geographic areas of the US are particularly bad and that people living in them have an elevated risk of kidney disease. Namely, people in Southern California, the South, the Midwest and the Northeast have higher chances because of the environments they live in. Dr Al-Aly emphasized that, while people who live in areas with air pollution problems are more at risk, any amount of air pollution can damage the kidneys. 'The higher the levels of air pollution, the worse it is for the kidneys. However, no level is completely safe,' he explained..." #awareness #kidney #kidneydisease #pollution #air#airquality #air #humanrights #contamination #environment #citylife #newyork #sandiego #texas #health #vancouver #seattle #toronto #science #government #china #india #newdelhi #losangeles #boston #uk #britain #stuttgart #sydney
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"A new study from The Ohio State University has found that policies called "community forest concessions" have proven effective in preserving Guatemalan rainforests. While giving forest property and management rights to residents doesn't eliminate deforestation, it appears to lower it as much as almost 8 percent compared to areas without community oversight and ownership. "Globally, there's a huge debate about how to conserve these rainforests and this work shows that these policies slow down aggressive deforestation that harms the environment," said study co-author Brent Sohngen, a professor of agricultural, environmental and developmental economics at Ohio State. "Most government-protected zones are protected in name only, so it's important to find new ways of slowing deforestation." This study, which appeared in the journal Land Economics, looked at community concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a protected area in northern Guatemala. In some cases, the government allocated property rights to longtime residents of the area. In other cases, the property was put in the hands of recent settlers or given to those who live a distance away, in a larger metropolitan area. The research team used satellite land-use data to estimate the impact of community management on avoiding deforestation. And they compared tree loss in those areas to deforestation in similar, unmanaged areas. The researchers also assessed "leakage," or the shifting of deforestation from managed areas to nearby unmanaged areas -- a problem that could render the community management policies worthless..." #awareness #environment #community #deforestation #forest #trees #sustainability #government #motherearth #humanrights #nature #guatemala #rainforest #vancouver #ecuador #perĂș #medicinalplants #queensland #vancouverisland #sandiego #mĂ©xico #Indigenous #uk #britain #toronto
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"Traditional food will be widely available to patients and part of the menu at the new Stanton Territorial Hospital, expanding on offerings currently only available by request. The territorial government is working at reforming food-safety regulations that would allow locally harvested fruit and vegetables to be prepared in commercial kitchens in the Northwest Territories by the 2018-19 fiscal year, he said. Changes for meat and fish are expected to come later. Nicole Redvers, a naturopathic doctor in Yellowknife and a representative for the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation, says this commitment has been a year in the making. Indigenous elders want to be able to eat their local foods when they're in the hospital, she said, citing reindeer from Inuvik, fish from Great Slave Lake and locally grown fruits and vegetables as examples of what people want to see on the hospital's menu. "Indigenous foods in general have been well studied for their health benefits, not only for Indigenous patients here, but for all over the world," she said. "They're very excited to have access to their local foods when they're in a sometimes vulnerable state in the hospital. "It's a huge part of not only connecting with their culture, but also to be able to have nourishing things to help them heal on their recoveries." #Indigenous #firstnations #inuit #northwestterritories #canada150 #tradition #culture #health #reindeer #nourish #britishcolumbia #vancouver #alberta #edmonton #winnipeg #saskatoon #saskatchewan #ontario #toronto #awareness #decolonize #hospital #humanrights #arctic #healing
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☡ GRAPHIC CONTENT ☡ "Florence Genaille was just a little girl in a Brandon, Man., sanatorium when she says doctors bound her to a gurney, pumped her body with electric currents and then took notes as her fingers curled, her arms shook and her neck strained backwards. It was 1953. The Ojibway girl from Rolling River First Nation was at the sanatorium to be treated for tuberculosis. Today, she believes it was no treatment. It was, she says, a medical experiment and she was their "guinea pig" — an assessment that Genaille shares with hundreds of survivors of the sanatoriums, which have been closed for decades. "I'm telling you, my fingers were beginning to twist sideways, it was so incredibly painful," said Genaille, now 72. "And now to come to the conclusion our people were experimented on — it's an awful thing to think about." Genaille still does not know why doctors performed the electroconvulsive therapy. At the time, she was attending residential school outside Brandon. She had bad leg pain with no known cause. Parents of young patients were often hundreds of kilometres away in remote reserves, unaware of the procedures and therefore unable to give consent. Gerald McIvor agrees. Back in 1952, his brother Michael was just a child when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent to the sanatorium in Ninette, Man. Decades later, he bore the scars — disabling, disfiguring markers where doctors surgically removed a back rib and the lung behind it as a theoretical treatment for the tuberculosis..." #firstnations #humanrights #Indigenous #decolonize #canada150 #residentialschool #experiment #manitoba #winnipeg #ontario #toronto #halifax #vancouver #edmonton #calgary #tuberculosis #genocide #awareness #medical #saskatoon #surgery #saskatchewan #alberta #unitednations #Canada #canadian
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"Petak Produce at the Williams Lake Farmers Market certainly lives up to its name. Meaning potato in the Shuswap language, the business is a community owned venture of the Canoe Creek Band and sells three types of potatoes grown in the fertile ground along the Fraser River near their First Nations community. Customers can purchase russet, red and Yukon gold varieties by the 50-pound sack. Last week the Petak Produce sold 350 pounds of fresh garden potatoes. Bert Sampson started with Petak Produce five years ago and says he loves gardening and all other aspects of working for the business. Joyce Harry also enjoys being a part of Petak Produce as a book keeper and gardener. She said the work is rewarding and has a social aspect as community members always check out the garden, which is a source of pride for everyone. “I enjoy it,” she said, adding they receive orders from all over the region for their potatoes and other garden vegetables such as onions, beets, carrots, zucchini and squash. The mission statement for Petak Produce is to provide healthy food for healthy living for their community, their neighbours and consumers. Garden manager Clayton Harry said the Petak Produce business is owned by the community and provides employment for three to four members. He said they sell to area ranchers, other First Nations communities as well as restaurants in Williams Lake. He said the garden business has really grown on him. Harry added that the garden also supplies food for the local schools, store and as well as gatherings. He noted that the healthy foods grown in the garden also support those in the community less fortunate..." #awareness #garden #gardening #growyourownfood #firstnations #Indigenous #britishcolumbia #restaurant #culture #hea#healthd #health #vancouver #edmonton #calgary #williamslake #toronto #ontario #motherearth #abundance #food #vegetables #potato #shuswap #fraserriver #beets #zucchini
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"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used his address at the UN General Assembly Thursday to shine a light on a dark aspect of Canada: the story of this country's Indigenous peoples and their challenging relationship with the government. In his second-ever address to the United Nations body, Mr. Trudeau said that "Canada remains a work in progress," pointing to the struggles Indigenous peoples have faced from the times of colonialism through today. He emphasized the government's responsibility to improve that relationship, saying the world has a similar duty to respond to global challenges, such as inequality. "For First Nations, MĂ©tis Nation and Inuit peoples in Canada, those early colonial relationships were not about strength through diversity, or a celebration of differences," Mr. Trudeau said. "For Indigenous peoples in Canada, the experience was mostly one of humiliation, neglect and abuse." Mr. Trudeau used his star power to draw attention to what he called "Canada's shame" on the global stage. He said the government's attempt to seek reconciliation with Indigenous peoples can act as a lesson for the world, positioning Canada's bid for one of the 10 rotating, non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council in 2021-22. Mr. Trudeau spoke about the "legacy of colonialism in Canada" in his address. He highlighted the lack of safe drinking and bathing water in Indigenous communities across Canada and then pointed to the government's elimination of more than two-dozen boil-water advisories and its plans to end those that remain. He spoke about the youth suicide epidemics on some reserves..." #canada150 #Canada #canadian #awareness #humanrights #firstnations #Indigenous #wayoflife #decolonize #vancouver #britishcolumbia #edmonton #alberta #saskatoon #winnipeg #ontario #toronto #halifax #addiction #water #poverty #childhood #unitednations #nunavut #quebec
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"The fertility rate in Flint, Mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper. That decline was primarily driven by what the authors call a “culling of the least healthy fetuses” resulting in a “horrifyingly large” increase in fetal deaths and miscarriages. The paper estimates that among the  babies conceived from November 2013 through March 2015, “between 198 and 276 more children would have been born had Flint not enacted the switch in water,” write health economists Daniel Grossman of West Virginia University and David Slusky of Kansas University. In April 2014, Flint decided to draw its public water supply from the Flint River, a temporary measure intended to save costswhile the city worked on a permanent pipeline project to Lake Huron. Subsequent testing by Flint authorities and outside agencies turned up lead levels that in some cases were dozens or hundreds times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's safety threshold. Literature reviewed by Grossman and Slusky shows that maternal lead exposure is linked to “fetal death, prenatal growth abnormalities, reduced gestational period, and reduced birth weight.” A 2013 study, for instance, found an increase in fetal deaths and a reduction of births in Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2003, when lead levels were elevated in the city's drinking water. And the authors note that many effects probably fall outside the scope of the current research: The children born during this period were subsequently exposed to lead outside of the womb as well, potentially setting themselves up for a host of physical and behavioral problems later in life..." #infantloss #awareness #humanrights #maternalrights #pregnant #pregnancy #water #flint #michigan #newyork #brain #health #seattle #portland #sandiego #washington #government #corruption #detroit #children #stillbirth #miscarriage #vancouver #environment
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"In rural Mecosta County, Mich., sits a near-windowless facility with a footprint about the size of Buckingham Palace. It’s just one of Nestlé’s roughly 100 bottled water factories in 34 countries around the world. Ten production lines snake through the space, funneling local spring water into 8-ounce to 2.5-gallon containers; most of the lines run 24/7, each pumping out 500 to 1,200 bottles per minute. About 60 percent of the supply comes from Mecosta’s springs and arrives at the factory via a 12-mile pipeline. The rest is trucked in from neighboring Osceola County, about 40 miles north. “Daily, we’re looking at 3.5 million bottles potentially,” says Dave Sommer, the plant’s 41-year-old manager, shouting above the din. The Michigan operation is only one small part of NestlĂ©, the world’s largest food and beverage company. But it illuminates how NestlĂ© has come to dominate a controversial industry, spring by spring, often going into economically depressed municipalities with the promise of jobs and new infrastructure in exchange for tax breaks and access to a resource that’s scarce for millions. It’s impossible to talk about water in Michigan without raising the crisis in Flint. Beginning in 2014 thousands of families were exposed to dangerous levels of lead and bacteria in tap water. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder cut costs by switching the city’s water source, after which the state failed to properly treat the water with anticorrosives. An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease killed at least 12 people and led to manslaughter charges against five state and city officials..." #water #humanrights #nestle #plastic #awareness #michigan #flint #detroit #wealth #government #toronto #poverty #corruption #profit #seattle #portland #chicago #newyork #maine #grandrapids #ontario #plasticpollutes #river #drink #motherearth #sandiego #contamination
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"A National Institutes of Health-supported nationwide clinical trial will test a novel approach to combat hearing loss in children infected by a relatively unknown virus, cytomegalovirus (CMV). The University of Utah Health-led study will determine whether antiviral therapy can halt progressive hearing loss in children with a confirmed CMV infection. CMV is the leading non-genetic cause of hearing loss, contributing from 6 to 30 percent of childhood cases. Each year, about 30,000 U.S. babies are born infected with CMV. Because the vast majority of newborns show no outward symptoms, infection typically goes undetected. Nevertheless, about 1 in 5 will develop long-term health problems, the most common being hearing loss. Other symptoms include vision impairment and brain abnormalities. "Zika is a huge issue globally but CMV, which also causes microcephaly, is actually a bigger problem in the United States," says Albert H. Park, M.D., lead investigator of the clinical trial, a professor at U of U Health, and a practicing pediatric otolaryngologist at Primary Children's in Salt Lake City. Unlike Zika which is transmitted by mosquitos, CMV is passed from person to person by contact with bodily fluids. Although the virus typically causes mild symptoms in children and adults, it can severely impact infants in utero. Each year, about 5,000 babies are born in the United States with permanent problems related to CMV infection. By comparison, 51 U.S. newborns had Zika-related birth defects last year. This study will specifically evaluate whether antiviral medication prevents CMV-caused hearing loss in newborns from getting worse. "More than half of children with CMV-induced hearing loss will lose more of their hearing over time," says Park. "The question we are addressing in our study is, if you identify these children early and treat them with an antiviral medication, valganciclovir, can you prevent further hearing loss?"..." #cmv#cmveness #cmv #pregnant #pregnancy #awareness #humanrights #maternalrights #hea#heaross #hear #newborn #utah #iowa #connecticut #newyork #seattle #washyourhands #virus #zika #brain #portland #hygiene #sneeze #cough #immunesystem #vancouver
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"In the United States, it’s standard practice to prescribe powerful opioid painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxy­Contin and generic) and hydrocodone (Vicodin and generic) to manage discomfort during recovery from a Caesarean section. According to Marvin M. Lipman, Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser, opioids can be effective for such acute ­post-surgical pain but must be used with great care. Three studies recently published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology suggest that after a C-section, women may go home from the hospital with far more opioid pills than needed. That’s concerning, researchers say. “These are addictive medications,” says Brian Bateman, chief of obstetric anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and lead author of two of the three studies. “For some patients, being exposed, even in the setting of appropriate treatment for pain, may precipitate an affinity for the drug that leads to subsequent chronic use and even abuse.” In 2015, about 11,000 Americans died of overdoses of prescription opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When Bateman’s team surveyed 615 women who had filled opioid prescriptions after a ­C-section, they found that about 84 percent of the new mothers had leftovers. Most used only about half of the painkillers they were prescribed. But those who received more pills tended to use more pills. For example, women who were prescribed fewer than 30 pills took only about 15, and women prescribed 40 pills took about 32. (Most prescriptions were for five-milligram painkillers.) This potentially heightens their risk of addiction. What’s also worrisome is that 95 percent of the survey subjects who had leftover pills kept them instead of disposing of them..." #csection #humanrights #maternalrights #bigpharma #awareness #pain #painkiller #opiates #addiction #oxycontin #pregnancy #doctors #hospital #drugs #seattle #portland #vancouver #toronto #newyork #chicago #detroit #sandiego #homebirth #naturalbirth #government
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