Month: July 2015

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Boys, bears, bugs and battling depression: Wilderness therapy treats mental health disorders

Whether for a child, teenager, adolescent or adult, it is hard to clear the mind and get away from the pollution, work stress, car horns and “noise of society.” A stimulation intensive world filled with triggers can easily set off underlying stressors and emotions. An individual who struggles with depression or anxiety may be more …

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Dramatic personality changes in teenagers: What’s typical and what’s not?

“Who are you and what have you done with my child?” is a common joke parents make when their children start exerting their individuality. To accomplish the healthy separation process of development, children test boundaries to become separate individuals. These changes are particularly evident during toddlerhood and again during adolescence, as any parent may attest. …

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The politics of vaping: Promoting one addiction over another

E-cigarettes and vaping devices were initially marketed as smoking cessation devices. The logic being that if a person smokes an e-cigarette instead of a traditional, tobacco leaf-burning cigarette, he or she stands a better chance of quitting smoking because e-cigarettes were originally advertised as not habit forming. E-cigarettes were also promoted as being less harmful …

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The pineal gland and schizophrenia

There are contradictory findings regarding the role the pineal gland plays in the onset of schizophrenia. Some scientists have made the correlation between low melatonin—or  a faulty pineal gland—and schizophrenia. However, researchers in Italy found no connection between low pineal volume and clinical features of schizophrenia. But this does not rule out a possible link, …

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At sea in academia: Large class sizes and college freshmen

According to an NBC News story, in 2007, the University of Colorado had 33 classes with more than 400 students. Three of those had more than 1200 students — though these were broken up into sections. In the article, physicist Carl Wieman, who won the Nobel Prize while teaching at Colorado, says large classes are …

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Boarding schools: Setting your child up for success

Many people don’t stop to think of the advantages of attending a boarding school. Often the experienced teachers hold advanced degrees in their subject of choice and students benefit by increasing their academic excellence. There are usually a multitude of sports available with facilities for hockey, basketball, rowing and swimming in addition to the usual …

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