Stigma of mental illness in India linked to poverty

The stigma surrounding people with severe mental illness in India leads to increased poverty among them, especially women, according to new research. “Mental health professionals must incorporate an understanding of multidimensional poverty stressors as well as address family and community dynamics,” authors. “Our findings go beyond medical and public health and link mental health to international development.” —> Read More Here

Sun damage causes genetic changes that predispose children and adolescents to melanoma

Melanoma in some adolescent and adult patients involves many of the same genetic alterations and would likely respond to the same therapy, researchers have found. “Until now the genetic basis of pediatric melanoma has been a bit of a mystery,” said a co-corresponding author. “With this study, we have established the molecular signatures of the three subtypes of this cancer, signatures that have implications for diagnosis and treatment.” —> Read More Here

Book Review: Space Architecture

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Have you ever had one of those days when you just couldn’t complete another Fourier Transform no matter how many chocolate covered cacao nibs you consumed? You need to perk yourself up, maybe imagine something a little more exotic than a Volkswagen diesel scooting down a gravel road. Well then, pull up a chair and grab a copy of the last Architectural Design issue of 2014 entitled “Space Architecture – The New Frontier for Design Research”. Sure it’s got some pretty involved speculative prose, but the graphics are stupendous and will knock you right back into a can-do mindset.
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The Guardians of Raja Ampat: Driving Conservation in Remote Communities

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This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.

THE GUARDIANS OF RAJA AMPAT FILM AND CONCERT TOUR: Driving Conservation with Grand-Scale Media in Remote Communities

Text and Photos by John Weller and iLCP Fellow Shawn Heinrichs

A thousand faces glowed in the light of the 2-story-tall outdoor theater screen, and the mood of the crowd changed minute to minute in reaction to the film: excited whispers and inside jokes as they saw themselves and their village on screen; pursed lips and angry sideways glances as a fish bomb exploded; nods of agreement, sweet smiles and even tears at the end. But the end of the film was only the midpoint in this event, and moments later hundreds of fists flew into the air as Edo Kondologit – Papua’s most famous singer, who donated his time to headline the tour – leaned forward into the climax of his song Aku Papua, “I AM Papua.”

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The crowd screamed the lyrics into the night, proclaiming their heritage, declaring their solidarity in —> Read More Here

Novel Approach Helps Prevent Early Menopause in Breast Cancer Patients, Study Finds

Early menopause can be prevented and fertility may be preserved in young women with early stage breast cancer, according to a study. A major international clinical trial has found that the risk of sudden onset of menopause can be significantly reduced by adding a drug called goserelin to the chemotherapy regimen. Women who took goserelin and wanted to have children also were more likely to get pregnant and deliver a healthy baby. —> Read More Here

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