mental health

Can a Game Change Lives?

More than one third of the world's population plays video games. The Games for Change Festival spotlights how games can be a force for good.

We Need to Change the Abortion Rights Narrative

Banning abortion pushes the U.S. towards the path of becoming a third rate power, with uneducated, unemployable citizens whose lives will need to be subsidized by government dollars. 

Scientists ID Genetic Risk Factors For Suicide

While any suicide attempt is triggered by a complex array of factors, new studies indicate that genetic variants contribute to a person’s risk. That could pave the way for new treatments or diagnostic tests.

The Shrink in Your Pocket Will See You Now

We are a nation on the verge of a collective nervous breakdown. But are apps the answer?

McKibben Prods Bill Gates to Go Further

What we’re reading this week: Environmentalist Bill McKibben unpacks apparent contradictions in Gates’ new climate book, critiquing his lack of political engagement. NASA aims to answer a question David Bowie asked in 1973. And apps...

COVID-19 Push to Virtual Therapy is Opening Up Mental Health

The pandemic-fueled fear, anxiety, and trauma the world has faced during the past few months has dramatically increased the need for mental health care across our country. Because in-person interactions have been so restricted, the...

Digital Health is Complicated

Haunting stories out of Facebook are contrasted with a pro-mental health initiative by Instagram; Uber and Lyft are planning to save the health care industry billions; and the eradication of polio is in the hands...

New Study: Meditation Literally Changes our Genes

People who practice meditation know it resets the mind and body, and there have been claims about its healing powers for centuries. Now scientific evidence backs them up. Researchers recently found that meditation does more...

Smartphones Could Help Mitigate Bipolar Disorder

People who suffer from bipolar disorder may soon be equipped with another line of defense in their battle against manic and depressive episodes. Not with more psychologists or prescriptions, but, surprisingly enough, with their smartphones....

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