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Investing in Healthy Living and Learning Communities for Native Children and Youth

Due to historical trauma, chronically underfunded programs, and broken promises on the part of the U.S. government, youth from Native American communities experience many educational, health, and economic disparities compared with their peers in the general population.

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams helped found International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War with a group of American and Soviet doctors. (Photo: Rod Searcey/Stanford University)

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, Who Worked Against Nuclear War, Dies at 95

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, a radiologist at Stanford and Harvard Universities, died on Jan. 20 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95. Dr. Abrams served as founding vice president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was awarded the Unesco Prize for Peace Education in 1984 and the Nobel Peace Prize a year later. In announcing the award, the Nobel Committee said the group had performed an important service “by spreading authoritative information and by creating an awareness of the catastrophic consequences of atomic warfare.”

CDC awards UofL $5.7M to fund youth violence prevention research center

(Original article: The Lane Report, Nov. 20, 2015) Louisville, Ky. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) $5.7M to establish a Youth Violence Prevention Research Center. “The CDC acknowledges youth violence as a preventable public health problem for individuals and communities,” […]

Youth violence undermines social and economic development in poorest corners of the world. CREDIT: McGill University

Youth violence undermines social and economic development in poorest corners of the world

(Original article: www.eurekalert.org, Nov. 19, 2015) MCGILL UNIVERSITY Youth violence undermines social and economic development, especially in the poorest corners of the world, according to research from McGill University. However, increased government spending on education may be the key to facilitate policy efforts to protect youth. Using data from two international school-based surveys, the Health Behaviour […]

European health groups launch peace education case studies

(Original article: Medact.org, 9-22-15) European health groups, including Medact, today launched new educational materials to educate nurses, doctors, students and others on the health aspects of war, violence and armed conflict. The new case studies form part of the Medical Peace Work framework and depict challenging situations for health professionals in the search of preventing […]

‘Some worry that a sort of ‘McMindfulness’ is taking over which ignores the foundations of the meditative practices from which mindfulness emerged.’ Photograph: Alamy

Mindfulness has huge health potential – but McMindfulness is no panacea

Original article: Jon Kabat-Zinn, TheGuardian.com)   Mindfulness is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, supported by increasingly rigorous scientific research, and driven in part by a longing for new practices that might help us to better apprehend and solve the challenges that threaten our health. This week a landmark British report will lay out recommendations for […]