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    13 Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why

    Recently, I watched the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (based on a book with the same title). The framework for the series is that an adolescent, Hannah Baker, has died by suicide and left behind audio tapes detailing every component that she believes led up to her death. In addition, she has a methodical plan for the […]

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    Research Grant Aids Social Workers and Medical Providers in Identifying and Treating Sexual Abuse

    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) clinical nursing professor Kathleen Jordan is leading grant-funded research to aid medical professionals and social workers who examine and care for children who have been sexually abused. Jordan, who is an active nurse practitioner, created the study, titled “Pediatric Sexual Abuse: An Interprofessional Approach to Optimizing Emergency […]

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    Study Finds Pokemon Go Players Are Happier, Friendlier

    Pokemon Go people are happy people. That’s the finding of media researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016. Their work, newly published in the journal Media Psychology, shows that Pokemon Go users were more likely to be positive, friendly and […]

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    Comics Change the World – The History of Activism in Comics

    Recently at WonderCon 2017, Alex Cox, Deputy Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), led a revealing panel on the history of comics and their impact in changing the world. He gave an image-filled walk through more than a century of comic book content that fueled calls to action and activism in the real world. In his discussion, he clearly […]

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    A Plea for Humility in the Self-Assessment of Our Knowledge

    One does not have to be a serious student of history to know there was a time when people knew that the Earth was flat and the center of the universe.  Some even believed that the Chicago Cubs would never win a World Series. Today, we know better. In February 1966, after 10 years as […]

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    Tending the Caregivers

    Mothers who work as healthcare professionals – physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners – can significantly reduce their stress levels and burnout by participating in close supportive groups at work, according to a new study by researchers at Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic. The shared experiences in these support groups provide a wealth […]