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In 2001, the pharmaceutical company SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) published a trial known as Study 329, which claimed that the drug paroxetine – known as Paxil or Seroxat – was “generally well tolerated” and that it helped cure depression in children and adolescents. This led to some two million youngsters being prescribed the pill in the […]
The European Union and the G20’s Financial Stability board have imposed a “bail-in” regimen to aid in banking crisis. This bail-in system means keeping insolvent banks afloat by “confiscating the savings of investors and depositors.” Instead of taxpayers paying for the debt of the banks, as in the case of so-called “bail-outs,” money from public […]
Guided one-on-one mindfulness meditation is being proposed for rehabilitation purposes in high security prisons. Sixty of Britain’s most dangerous criminals, from eight of the highest security prisons, are undergoing daily mindfulness practices to learn how to subjugate violent impulses. 60 prisoners have voluntary chosen to practice mindfulness exercises and partner with psychologists and prison officers […]
The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently ruled against India’s National Solar Mission, which aimed to rapidly increase the country’s renewable energy and create local jobs. The plan would bring energy to millions of people by generating 100 gigawatts of solar energy annually by 2022, and have a positive impact on global warming. However, the U.S. […]
Under new guidelines, the FBI is instructing high school students across the country to report fellow students who criticize government policies and “western corruption” as potential future terrorists, warning that they may be in the same category as ISIS and “anarchist extremists.” They also warn that young people who are poor, immigrants or travel to […]