The help and harm of the $173 billion “voluntourism” industry by Maya Wesby For college students, studying abroad offers the chance to travel, earn credit, and gain work experience. Students may opt to take language-emersion courses or even earn grants for working on subject-based projects (for example, doing scientific research on the Great Barrier Reef or filming a documentary in Egypt). Yet one type of study abroad involves volunteer work in developing nations, and willing participants can travel the world while gaining a sense of community alongside fellow volunteers and the native population.
Simple treatment for severe bleeding could save lives of mothers around the world New evidence suggests low-cost drug should become frontline response for major blood loss after childbirth. The global trial of 20,000 women found that death due to bleeding was reduced by 31% if the treatment was given within three hours. The drug, called tranexamic acid (TXA), works by stopping blood clots from breaking down. The findings also show it reduced the need for urgent surgery to control bleeding (laparotomy) by more than a third (36%). Severe bleeding after childbirth (known as post-partum haemorrhage or PPH) is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide. Arrival is a stunning science fiction movie with deep implications for today Science fiction is never really about the future; it’s always about us. And Arrival, set in the barely distant future, feels like a movie tailor-made for 2016, dropping into theaters mere days after the most explosive election in most of the American electorate’s memory. But the story Arrival is based on — the award-winning novella Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang — was published in 1998, almost two decades ago, which indicates its central themes were brewing long before this year.
When You Want to Say, “Be Careful!” - Child and Nature Alliance of Canada by Petra Eperjesi, Manager of National Programs “Be careful!” Saying (shouting) that can be such a knee-jerk reaction when we see kids doing something that we perceive as dangerous. Volunteer travel: experts raise concerns over unregulated industry It seems like such a wonderful idea, to head off across the world to help orphans and children, to build schools and conserve wildlife. But scepticism about the genuine value voluntourists provide for local communities is growing, and NGOs are asking whether an unregulated industry providing young unqualified westerners is really a good way to support developing countries. There are, of course, plenty of situations where volunteers have turned up, done a wonderful job and left again. But both on and offline there are growing collections of volunteering stories that have ended less than happily. “I know of school trips where local builders were working during the night to straighten the walls of a house built by foreign student volunteers the previous day,” says Frederikke Lindholm, the communications manager of The Shelter Collection, a children’s NGO in Vietnam. Billion-pound industry
Association between maternal social deprivation and prenatal care utilization: the PreCARE cohort study Despite the supposedly protective policies in France, we found that social deprivation is associated with inadequate PCU here. The strength of the association and the aspects of deprivation involved varied according to women’s migration status. Inadequate PCU was also associated with recent immigration, with unplanned and unwanted pregnancy, independently of others social conditions. In most studies, the definition of social condition is limited to only one of its multiple dimensions or is geographic/ecological rather than individual (Townsend index  or the Index of Multiple Deprivation ). A strength of this study is that the complex and multidimensional aspects of social deprivation were considered in the individual definition we used. At both enrollment and after delivery, we sought to collect several social characteristics that allowed an accurate assessment of the social condition of each woman.
I am not always very attached to being alive Content warning: this essay contains vivid language about suicide and suicidal thoughts. I wish there was a nicer way to say this, but I don’t always want to be alive. Right now, I don’t actively want to kill myself — I don’t have a plan, I don’t check the majority of the boxes on lists of warning signs of suicide, I have a life I enjoy and I’m curious about the future — but the fact remains, I don’t always feel strongly about being alive and sometimes, on particularly bad days, I truly want to die. It’s been a long time since that statement felt anything but mundane. In middle school and high school, there were the morbid poems, the self-harm, the overwhelming emotions that everyone dutifully labeled teen angst. In college, there were nights when I drank too much and the protective barriers keeping my depression at bay faded to nothing and the thought came to me unbidden, as seductive as it was scary.
Baby Storm five years later: Preschooler on top of the world By Jessica Botelho-UrbanskiStaff Reporter Mon., July 11, 2016 As a baby, Storm Stocker-Witterick drew attention from around the world. Now, as a 5-year-old, she’s more likely to be getting attention from her parents and siblings. Why International Medical Volunteering Does More Harm Than Good - Role Reboot The law cares about actions and outcomes, not intentions. When it comes to volunteering, so should we. Sidney Peters. She’s the whole package: an incredibly talented athlete, an emergency medical technician (EMT), and an aspiring Coast Guard physician. She combines excellence, perseverance, and a sincere desire to do good under adverse circumstances. Peters is the starting goalie of the University of Minnesota Women’s Hockey Team.
All hands on deck: new evidence on the need for a multi-sectoral approach to reducing childhood stunting In Indonesia, chronic malnutrition is widespread with more than one-third of young children being stunted. Despite the reduction of the poverty rate from 16.6% to 11.4% from 2007 to 2013, the rate of stunting amongst children under the age of five has remained alarmingly high, exceeding 37% in 2013, although that figure has declined in the last two years. Stunting has important lifelong consequences for health, as well as for cognitive development, education, human capital accumulation, and ultimately for economic productivity.
Kristin Neff Argues Self Compassion Works Better Than Self Esteem - The Atlantic Olga Khazan: What are some contexts in which we usually hear about boosting self-esteem? Kristin Neff: Well, it seems like it's just deeply permeated, especially American culture, where we have very high levels of self-esteem and narcissism. I think because of the big self-esteem movement, people just got it in their heads that the key to psychological health was self-esteem. Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell showed that because of this emphasis on self-esteem, we actually got a generation of narcissists. I think it’s generally out there in the culture, but maybe especially among parents and educators. Jenny Crocker—she’s one of the best people who talks about this.