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"Ten of the [sex ed] programs had at least one lesson on gender and power, and 80 percent of them saw significant decreases in pregnancy or STIs compared with a control group. Of the 12 programs that did not address these issues, 17 percent led to those positive outcomes. Teaching about power and gender roles was a consistent predictor of better health outcomes, even when Haberland accounted for other variables like sample size and whether the studies were longitudinal."

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A new study shows a "striking" difference in effectiveness between programs that address gender and power, and those that don't.
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"Many people turn to hot yoga with an eye to improving health by some unknown mechanism. The practice undeniably tends to make people feel good — even researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are evaluating hot yoga as an adjunct therapy for depression — but almost no research has been done into whether hot yoga actually is good, or even prudent, as a bodily undertaking. So I was interested in concerns raised this week by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), which released a strongly worded warning about elevations in body temperatures during Bikram classes."

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Some experts have concerns about trends in hot workouts.
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"If everything that my body told me to do were really good for me, the world would be a different, wonderful place." With you there, author buddy.
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"The most revolutionary part of the [Starbucks] program had nothing to do with tuition and got far less media attention. In their announcement, Starbucks and Arizona State also committed themselves to providing all enrolled employees with individualized guidance—the kind of thing affluent American parents and elite universities provide for their students as a matter of course."

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Starbucks and Arizona State University are collaborating to help cafe workers get college degrees. Is this a model for helping more Americans reach the middle class?

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Also, this is a nice update to see: "Since March, the company has offered full tuition reimbursement to all employees, regardless of how many credits they’ve accrued. Starbucks has also committed to reimbursing employees immediately after they complete a class, rather than waiting for them to rack up 21 credits."
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"Try as we might, the aggregate costs imposed on a city of millions by even a single day of disrupted work, play, and living are hard to calculate and impossible to fully fathom."

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#news   #boston   #policing   #government  
Two years later, Boston's former police still fails to understand why shutting down the entire city to hunt for a cornered suspect was a terrible idea.
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"Indigenous Australians have served in all major conflicts, from the Boer War to Afghanistan. But during World War One, Australia's Defence Act 1903 excluded people who were not substantially of European descent from enlisting."

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Indigenous Australians broke the law and risked their lives to fight in the World Wars - but they have been denied due recognition. Saffron Howden reports.
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"Publishing in the journal Nature in 1964, Bear and Thomas proposed a name for the scent brought on by rain. They called it “petrichor,” a blend of the Greek words petra, rock, and ikhor, the blood of the gods in Greek mythology. But the scientists acknowledged that they were not the first to identify the stormy smell. They were not even the first to extract it. In fact, what they had dubbed petrichor was already a signature fragrance produced in Kannauj. Extracted from parched clay and distilled with ancient techniques, it is known as mitti attar —Earth’s perfume."

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Indian villagers have found a way to bottle the fragrance of monsoons.
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"The city is pledging to lift 800,000 residents out of poverty or near-poverty in the next decade — the largest urban poverty reduction effort ever in the country, officials said — and significantly reduce the 'racial/ethnic disparities' in premature mortality. The administration will move to create some 500,000 housing units by 2040, according to the plan, and help the average New Yorker reach hundreds of thousands of jobs by transit within 45 minutes."

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reimagined take on the city’s ambitious environmental program will come with a new series of lofty goals and a new name: OneNYC.
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"A controversial artificial sweetener is being removed from Diet Pepsi in the US amid consumer concerns about its safety.

Aspartame-free cans of the drink will go on sale from August in America."

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A controversial artificial sweetener is being removed from Diet Pepsi in the US following consumer concerns about its safety.
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The question is whether sucralose & acesulfame-potassium are any better from a health perspective.
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A thought-provoking post on an issue that has been much talked about in photojournalism circles recently. Although I must point out that it's not exactly a new issue -- there's been controversy over the Iwo Jima flag-raising photo and the FSA bleached cow skull photo for decades.

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With this week’s presentation of the World Press photo awards, Lens presents a conversation with photographers, curators and photo editors on the struggle between photojournalistic ethics and evolving visual storytelling strategies.
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"The people behind Treatment4Addiction, a website for finding addiction treatment, recently parsed the data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to see which drugs people tried right before and after they started using a given narcotic."

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Among the many things D.A.R.E. oversold is the idea that smoking weed will lead to a life of heroin.
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"[Hinda] Miller and two friends, Lisa Lindahl and Polly Palmer-Smith, set out to solve the problem experienced by women worldwide who were struggling to embrace the rise in popularity of running and fitness in the 1970s. "

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They were some of the most recognisable television scenes of recent decades.
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"Every user’s notifications - the timeline of messages directed at them - will be filtered for the first time, in an effort to prevent people from being confronted by abusive messages.

The social media company is also banning indirect threats of violence, and will introduce temporary suspensions for accounts that fall foul of its policies."

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Social network moves to ban indirect threats of violence and introduces temporary suspensions for accounts that fall foul of its policies
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Policies are a good first step.  The proof as always is in the enforcing.
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