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Does mindfulness work just as well as medication to curb anxiety?

Does mindfulness work just as well as medication to curb anxiety?

New evidence suggests that daily meditation is as effective at treating restlessness, feelings of worry or dread, and sleep problems as a regularly prescribed antidepressant. Amid the ongoing mental health crisis, openly discussing how we’re feeling has never been more important. Fortunately, spaces encouraging conversation are becoming increasingly widespread. Improved dialogue...

Uganda closes schools early due to Ebola surge among children

Uganda closes schools early due to Ebola surge among children

Uganda is battling its eighth Ebola outbreak, caused by Sudan ebolavirus. According to World Health Organization data, more than 65 deaths have been recorded including more than eight school children. Uganda has been facing both environmental and health catastrophes this year, putting thousands of lives in danger. Six Ugandan districts have Ebola cases, including the capital, Kampala. Last week, all primary and secondary schools across Uganda closed as a result of...

By Nairobi, Kenya
Russia passes law banning ‘LGBT propaganda’ among adults

Russia passes law banning ‘LGBT propaganda’ among adults

The controversial bill outlaws any promotion of ‘non-traditional sexual relations,’ representing a toughening of an existing 2013 legislation which makes providing information about homosexuality to children a criminal offence. On Thursday, Russia’s parliament approved by 397 votes to none a bill that makes any expression of an LGBTQ+ lifestyle almost impossible. Though it still has yet to pass in the upper house and be signed off by President Putin, this is...

By London, UK
Is hemp the answer to combatting climate change?

Is hemp the answer to combatting climate change?

Research suggests that the fast-growing plant is twice as effective as trees at sequestering carbon, offering a promising solution to mitigating the environmental crisis’ impacts. When mulling over how we’ll ever solve the ongoing environmental crisis, it’s likely your mind will jump to options such as renewable energy, sustainable transport, or reducing plastic consumption. Unless you’re an advocate for a particular type of green, it’s unlikely you’ve considered hemp as...

By London, UK
Marine biologists are optimising fishing practices in Europe

Marine biologists are optimising fishing practices in Europe

Oceanologists are using their knowledge to help fishermen increase their income while improving the sustainability of their catches. If implemented across Europe, it could transform the fishing industry in the Mediterranean. Though there’s been a lot of talk about unsustainable fishing in recent years, it’s important to remember that all fishermen are not created equal. Amongst the most problematic are industrial-sized fishing organisations and large fleets of trawling vessels, which obliterate...

By London, UK