science, writing

Writing = therapy (or 5 reasons why writing is good for you)

Writing = therapy (or 5 reasons why writing is good for you) I have always enjoyed writing—whether it’s stories, poems, scripts, silly notes to myself or pages and pages of unnecessary commentary on my favourite television shows. There is something about putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) that soothes me. One of my… Continue reading Writing = therapy (or 5 reasons why writing is good for you)

coronavirus

What’s the latest with COVID-19?

According to an editorial in Nature (dated 10 Jan 2022), it is time for us to come to terms with the fact that COVID-19 is here to stay. Given the amount of pandemic fatigue there is at the moment, many people have already come to terms with it. However, as Nature states, this doesn't mean… Continue reading What’s the latest with COVID-19?

coronavirus, Uncategorised

How are we using social media?

Roxanne Cohen Silver, PhD: Research does make it clear that social media is a larger source of misinformation and rumour than we typically get from traditional media. There isn't anybody who is monitoring and vetting the information for its truthfulness or its veracity. So we need to step back. How are we using social media?… Continue reading How are we using social media?

coronavirus, Mental Health, Public Health

the effect of COVID-19 on mental health

I wish it would just go away.  That is a common sentiment everyone's heard at least once this year thanks to the coronavirus, COVID-19, the global pandemic that's taken the world by storm since early February. COVID-19 has left a huge and unprecedented impact on modern society. An article in Brain, Behavior and Immunity states COVID-19 ‘threatens our basic need for… Continue reading the effect of COVID-19 on mental health

Public Health

On This Day – 12th July

On 12th July 1957, the US government became the first government to publicly link smoking to lung cancer. The Surgeon General, Dr. Leroy Burney, who was an epidemiologist (someone who looks at patterns and causes of various health and disease conditions), issued a report which stated: ‘It is clear that there is an increasing and… Continue reading On This Day – 12th July

Public Health

Can you really boost your immune system?

  Can you really boost your immune system? Boosting the immune system is something that is popular no matter where you are. In times when people are working longer hours than usual, it’s easy to look for quick ways to stop us from getting sick. A simple Google search will turn up a host of… Continue reading Can you really boost your immune system?

coronavirus, Mental Health, Uncategorised

Writing your way through your new normal

Journaling or keeping a diary (and more recently, blogging) has always been a useful tool in our daily lives. Journaling helps maintain control of our moods, thoughts and feelings by allowing us to focus on our concerns, problems and fears while providing us with a creative outlet.  It has been shown to improve mental health,… Continue reading Writing your way through your new normal

coronavirus, Public Health

Should people be worried about Coronavirus?

What is coronavirus? Coronavirus is the scientific name for a group of viruses that cause things like common colds and more serious illnesses like SARS (severe acute respiratory symptom). They can be transmitted from humans to other humans or from animals to humans. Why is it in the news today? The coronavirus we’ve been hearing… Continue reading Should people be worried about Coronavirus?

Mental Health

the impact of social media on young people

These days, anyone with a mobile phone can access almost anything on the internet. Particularly social media, which has fast become an effective tool for business and advertising. Everywhere we go, social media follows. For the current generations who have been born into this era, social media is all they know. It's easy to find… Continue reading the impact of social media on young people