From AI-powered chatbot apps to TikTok therapists offering 60-second videos on topics like trauma and perfectionism, it’s never been easier to get advice on improving your mental health. Now when it comes to tabletop RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons are becoming more and more popular, some seek to use them for therapeutic purposes.
Play Therapy UK aims to encourage socially excluded groups, including the homeless, people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and military veterans, to play games as a means of solving personal problems. The charity claims that the role-playing aspects of the sessions can improve social skills, help cope with trauma, and increase receptivity to therapy. New scientist joined the session in London to find out more.
It’s been a busy week, from lab leak theories at the COVID-19 origin hearing to the long-awaited Supreme Court ruling on access to the abortion pill mifepristone. But that’s not all that’s happening in healthcare. Here are some exciting updates you might have missed, according to Yahoo News partners.
New study may explain why your hair turns gray with age
Researchers at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine studied melanocyte stem cells in mice — a type of cell that also occurs in humans — and found that these cells can eventually get “stuck” with age, eventually losing the ability to move between growth zones. in the hair. particles and produce the pigment that provides hair color.
If this result also applies to humans, the researchers hope it could lead to a way to prevent hair from losing its youthful hue.
“The newly discovered mechanisms raise the possibility that the same fixed position of melanocyte stem cells could exist in humans,” Qi Song, lead investigator of the study, says in a press release. “If this is the case, this represents a potential route to reverse or prevent graying of human hair by helping stuck cells move back between the developing compartments of the hair follicle.”
UNICEF report says 12.7 million children in Africa missed vaccinations
new report published by UNICEF On Thursday, 12.7 million children in Africa were found to have missed one or more vaccinations between 2019 and 2021 due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a “child survival crisis” on the continent, a Yahoo partner said. News Canadian press accused by UNICEF. “heavy demands on health systems, diversion of immunization resources to COVID-19 vaccinations, shortage of healthcare workers and self-isolation measures”, as well as conflict, climate change and vaccine distrust due to declining vaccination rates, which now leaves the continent more vulnerable to serious illnesses. Last year, 34 of Africa’s 54 countries experienced outbreaks of measles, cholera and poliovirus. Africa needs to vaccinate some 33 million children by 2025 to recover from COVID-19’s “destructive trail”, according to the World Health Organization.
Immunization rates have also suffered in other parts of the world. The report says that some 67 million children missed routine immunizations, with vaccination coverage falling in 112 countries. Vaccine skepticism also grew during this period, including in South Korea, Japan, Papua New Guinea and Ghana, where confidence fell by more than a third.
Elite athletes live longer than average people, study finds
A study published The UK’s International Longevity Center (ILC) found on Wednesday that elite athletes can live up to five years longer than the rest of us, a Yahoo News Evening Standard partner reported.
The researchers looked at records of Commonwealth Games participants from 1930 and found significant differences in the life expectancy of medal winners compared to the life expectancy of people in the general population who were born in the same year.
“We have long known that sports are good for health, but our research shows the significant impact that top-level sport can have on the life expectancy of athletes around the world,” said Professor Les Mayhew, Deputy Head of Global Research at the ILC.
Male life expectancy increased by 29% with water sports, 25% with athletics and 24% with indoor sports, which the researchers say is between 4.5 and 5.3 extra years of life. Women’s life expectancy increased by 22%, or 3.9 years, in all sports.
Some other interesting findings noted by the researchers: wrestlers live longer than boxers; the life expectancy of long-distance runners is slightly higher than that of short-distance runners; and cycling was the only sport not associated with increased life expectancy.
New study links sugary drinks to early death in some people
According to research published by the Harvard School of Public Health. T. H. Chana on Wednesday, high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, fruit punch and lemonade was associated with an increased risk of premature death and cardiovascular disease among people with type 2 diabetes.It is reported by USA Today, partner of Yahoo News.
The study authors say the report, which includes data from 1980 to 2018, is one of the first large-scale studies examining the association between death or illness and alcohol use among people with type 2 diabetes.
“Drinks are an important component of our diet and their quality can vary greatly,” lead author Qi Song said in a press release. “People living with diabetes may benefit particularly from drinking healthy beverages, but data has been sparse. These findings help fill this knowledge gap and may inform patients and caregivers about diet and diabetes management.”
The study found that replacing one sweetened drink per day with an artificially sweetened drink was also associated with an 8% reduction in the risk of “all-cause mortality” and a 15% reduction in the risk of cardiovascular death; replacing a sugary drink with an unsweetened drink such as coffee, tea, water, or low-fat cow’s milk has been linked to even greater health benefits.
Now 18, Noble is still getting used to the wheelchair. She needs help with most activities, such as getting into bed, using the bathroom, and cooking. Among the tasks that she has gained enough strength to perform on her own, routine makeupwhich she told BuzzFeed News gave her “so much strength and joy,” especially since she’s been doing it herself since childhood for cheerleading competitions.
“Making up and even just washing my face and brushing my teeth really gave me confidence and made me feel so good,” Noble said. “Just being able to express myself and do my makeup the way I want was amazing.”
A friend gave Noble several Guide Beauty makeup brushes, and she said the products were “game-changers.” Noble struggles the most with applying primer and foundation because it’s hard to hold the sponge and tap repeatedly on the face to evenly distribute it. Poor hand control also means it’s easy to poke herself in the eye when applying eye makeup, so she has to rest her elbows on the dressing table, hold the brush or pencil with both hands, and then move her head to apply the product.
“I think about how easy healthy people do things quite often and don’t even think twice about it,” Noble said. “But now that so many things have been taken from me, I have realized that independence is such a wonderful and amazing gift.”
“Makeup can be a haven for people with disabilities.”
As a beautician with an invisible chronic illness, 21-year-old Brittany Visowati has learned to mask her flaws. For about five years, she has had chronic stomach pains that make it difficult for her to eat and get enough energy to work, do her hair or make-up in the morning. Among other conditions, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and cyclic vomiting syndrome.
Having worked in beauty salons since she was a teenager, Visowati saw firsthand how people with disabilities were treated in beauty salons.
“People are crowding at the back door. People can’t go up to the second floor for a massage because there is no elevator,” said Visowati, a patient advocate. epic fund is a non-profit organization that offers support to people with chronic diseases. “Honestly, it’s very disappointing. It’s hard to tell a person in a wheelchair that he can’t get a haircut because we don’t have a ramp, or that our bathrooms can’t fit him, so he has to either put on a diaper or figure it out.”
Visowati often wants to be that “angry justice fighter,” she told BuzzFeed News, but she has to restrain herself, “because people just don’t get it. We must inform people that there are people who do not have access to beauty, but want and deserve it.”
By and large, people with disabilities are not considered profitable, Visowati said, but a look at Generation Z and millennial interests proves otherwise: “They have the highest purchasing power in this industry and they are interested in more conscious capitalism – they are more willing to buy products, if they feel there is a greater good behind it.”
When beauty brands make their products more accessible, they gain loyal customers who give them free publicity because people with disabilities will “scream it from the rooftops,” she added. “They’ll tell everyone because they’ve found something that suits them.”
That’s why Rare Beauty is “going absolutely viral” on TikTok, Visowati said. “They were so thoughtful during the design process that it sets them apart from other brands.”
“As a person with a disability, this is where my love of beauty began,” Visowati said. “It was almost like an armor to protect me from the way people looked at me because maybe I couldn’t control what they thought of me in terms of my disability, but that was what I could controls.”
Her goal is to work with beauty salons and help make their products, workplaces and facilities more accessible. Ultimately, she would like to open her own salon, which will provide people with various disabilities “the services they deserve at a reasonable price.”
“Engaging with the beauty industry can be extremely valuable when you live in a world that makes you feel completely different,” Visowati said. “Makeup can be a haven for people with disabilities.”