Is sexism part of military academies’ culture?

11 January 2014
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Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to a Pentagon report released Friday, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults. The report points to scandals involving sports teams at all three academies during the last school year as examples of the problems, and it urges leaders to do more to improve training and prevention programs. The issue of sexual assaults has gripped the military in the last year after a series of high-profile...

Is sexism part of military academies’ culture?

10 January 2014
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Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, a Pentagon report finds, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults. The report points to scandals involving sports teams at all three academies during the last school year as examples of the problems. It urges leaders to do more to improve training and prevention programs. Set for release Friday, the annual report on sexual assaults at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, the U.S....

Suicides of young veterans top those of active-duty troops

10 January 2014
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Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Tommy Sowers, left, talks with Brooke Robinson, a recreational therapist at the residential recovery center at the White River Junction, Vt., Medical Center on Dec. 19. Sowers toured the facility to learn about programs to treat post-traumatic stress.(Photo: Wilson Ring, AP) Story Highlights Young veterans take their own lives at higher rate than civilian population Rates for those diagnosed and treated for mental health problems decline Social media offer better chance for outreach to troubled veterans, VA official says Young veterans just...

Hard times and headaches

10 January 2014
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Blood test could help diagnose concussions

07 January 2014
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A report Monday in the journal Pediatrics says kids who suffer concussions should lay off reading, homework and video games. By giving their brains a rest, most can recover in 20 to 50 days, about twice as fast as those who keep doing those activities. We also have news regarding how concussions are diagnosed. Researchers are developing a test that could be a game changer. Quarterback Taylor Kelly of the Arizona State Sun Devils understands the mindset of college football players when it comes to injuries: They are going to want to keep playing....

Army takes on its own toxic leaders

07 January 2014
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i i hide captionHollywood has portrayed military leaders as monsters in movies such as 1987’s Full Metal Jacket. Army leaders wonder if this kind of toxic leadership is hurting its soldiers. Warner Bros/The Kobal Collection Hollywood has portrayed military leaders as monsters in movies such as 1987’s Full Metal Jacket. Army leaders wonder if this kind of toxic leadership is hurting its soldiers. Warner Bros/The Kobal Collection Top commanders in the U.S. Army have announced publicly that they have a problem: They have too many “toxic leaders” — the kind of bosses who make...

Weekend alcohol consumption may cause damage to DNA

03 January 2014
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Weekends spent drinking and partying may seem like harmless fun for young adults, but new research has revealed that this level of alcohol consumption may actually damage their DNA. According to Medical News Today, researchers from Autonomous University of Nayarit in Mexico set out to analyze the oxidative damage caused by drinking alcohol in young, healthy people.  Oxidative damage is considered damage to proteins, membranes and DNA. For the study, researchers recruited individuals between the ages of 18 and 23, who were then split into two groups.  One group was required to drink an average...

Study: Happiness makes us feel warm all over

01 January 2014
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Researchers in Finland mapped how emotions triggered sensations in the body.(Photo: Courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Aalto University) Do you feel red-faced when you’re angry or embarrassed? Tight in the chest when you’re anxious? Or butterflies in your stomach when you’re in love? It turns out our emotions are directly linked to sensations in specific parts of our bodies, according to a recent study by a team of Finnish researchers. In five experiments, 700 online participants from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan were given outlines of a body and asked to color in the regions where they...

Thicker brain sections tied to spirituality

01 January 2014
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For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints. Parts of the brain’s outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was “important” to them versus those who cared less about religion. “Our beliefs and our moods are reflected in our brain and with new imaging techniques we can begin to see this,” Myrna Weissman told Reuters Health. “The brain is an extraordinary organ. It not only controls, but is controlled by our...

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