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“Epidemic Bad Laws” vs. Human Rights

What is “an epidemic of bad law?” According to Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the “bad law” punishes and discriminates people living with HIV. For instance, HIV travel restriction allows to detain or deport foreigners who pose risks to the economy, the security, the public health, or the morals. At present, there are 50 […]

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Everyone’s a Health Expert

These days, it’s not uncommon for people to connect via a variety of media and communication channels – websites, blogs, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Instagram – tools that allow people to not only network with each other, but spread ideas and exchange information. This system of “user-generated content” is a progressive way for people to make […]

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“And They Called It Puppy Love…”

As an addendum to Jeanette’s earlier post on dogs as effective stress relievers, I’d like to mention a study recently published in Science on the biology behind why they’re so doggone special. It turns out that there is a reason you don’t want to look away from those puppy-dog eyes. A team of Japanese scientists observed […]

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Epidemics after Natural Disasters

The earthquake hit Nepal a couple of days ago was reportedly killed more than 2000 people. But for survivors, there is also concern of possible epidemic outbreaks. In 2010, Haiti faced an outbreak of cholera after being hit by a 7.0 earthquake. Would the same situation happen to Nepal? What can people do to avoid […]

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Pro-sanity Sundays: Pets are good for you

Final exams are imminent at universities all across the country. Stress levels are skyrocketing, so students are turning to… pets. At the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Park Library is scheduled to be a stress relief center on Wednesday, April 29 and Friday, May […]

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New bird flu not dangerous to human

Seven million birds were killed because of the most widespread bird flu outbreak in North America in more than three decades. But an official from CDC confirmed that the most recent strain of bird flu that was identified in 12 U.S. states was different from the H5N1 bird flu that has spread from birds to […]

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Who are the victims of misinformation on indoor tanning?

Yesterday, Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, filed lawsuits against two indoor tanning salon chains. He accused them for not playing up the hazardous consequences, instead playing down the hazards of indoor tanning. The adverse consequences of Indoor tanning are not questionable including premature aging of the skin and several types of […]

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Fess Up Friday: mental health stigma = icky

About that mental health stigma thing… I’ve realized the hard way that it’s pretty icky. Let me explain: UNC-Chapel Hill’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) student health unit was looking for people to write or video testimonials about their services. CAPS had really helped me when I had a moment of extreme academic stress, so […]

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Zen or Zoloft? An Alternative to Antidepressants

“You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh Learning to cultivate mindfulness might be as effective as antidepressants in preventing depression relapses, recent research published in […]

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Wellness Wednesdays: Protein – How Much Do You Really Need?

Last week, I wrote about why protein shakes and supplements may not be a sure-fire way to lose weight. Still, protein is an essential macronutrient – one of the key building blocks our bodies need to function. But just how much do we really need? General dietary recommendations suggest consuming 10-20% of daily calories from […]

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