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Nadia Prupis – Fearing Trump, Calls Grow for ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ for Undocumented Students

Students and professors across the country are calling for their schools to become “sanctuary campuses” for undocumented immigrants, in a creative form of resistance to the xenophobic policies of the incoming Trump administration. Inside Higher Ed reports that thousands of people have signed petitions urging their campuses to protect undocumented students, who will likely be at increased risk of deportation …

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Free tampons and pads added to Brown University campus bathrooms

Brown University students are returning to classes this semester to find free tampons and sanitary napkins in academic building bathrooms. The students leading the initiative at the Ivy League school say the products are a necessity, not a luxury – an argument that’s being made across the country inefforts to stop taxing feminine hygiene products. The products will be available …

Disturbing US Fact: Over 1 Million 0-5 Year Olds Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs!

The data, as reported by IMS Health, the largest and most credible source of prescribing data in the United States, is staggering: 274,804 babies, 370,778 toddlers and 500,948 preschoolers have been prescribed psychiatric drugs so powerful that they carry 386 international drug regulatory warnings. In total, the number of 0-5 year olds prescribed dangerous and life-threatening drugs psychiatric drugs is …

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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 09.21.16

Wayne Douglas went through benzo hell and lived to tell the tale, leaving psychiatric drugs behind. His story teaches us how bad benzodiazepines are for the human body and soul, and also how hard work and determination, and healthy living, can help us triumph over the nasty mental and neurological effects of these drugs during both toxic exposure and withdrawal. He shares his experiences trying to get redress in the Japanese court system and, as a bonus, he also dramatically describes how he also survived the Fukushima earthquake and the subsequent nuclear meltdown. Very interesting stories from a courageous man!

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Nadia Prupis – Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost Nearly $5 Trillion (and Counting): Reportc

The U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost taxpayers nearly $5 trillion and counting, according to a new report released to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the attacks. Dr. Neta Crawford, professor of political science at Brown University, released the figures in an independent analysis(pdf) of U.S. Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs spending, as …

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Deirdre Fulton – In Major Ruling, Grad Students Win Right to Unionize at Private Universities

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said Tuesday that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private colleges are employees—a ruling with “big implications” for both higher education and organized labor in the United States. Inside Higher Ed explains: The NLRB said that a previous ruling by the board—that these workers were not entitled to collective bargaining because they are …

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Vandana Shiva – Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarized Mind

A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled “Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values,” warns: “One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in its abundance.” Gene Drives have been called …

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EARLY STRESS MIGHT MAKE BRAINS GROW UP TOO FAST

Scientists understand that stress in early childhood can create lifelong psychological troubles, but have only begun to explain how they emerge in the brain. For example, they have observed that stress incurred early in life attenuates neural growth. Now a new study with male mice exposed to stress shows that the hippocampus reaches some developmental milestones early—essentially maturing faster in …

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Mindfulness linked to lower obesity risk, belly fat

A study of 400 people found that those who were mindful, which means they pay attention to their present thoughts and feelings, were less likely to be obese. They also had less belly fat than less mindful people. The study only measures an association, notes says Eric Loucks, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health, …