Walking along blue spaces such as beaches or lakes benefits mental health

Short, frequent walks in blue spaces—areas that prominently feature water, such as beaches, lakes, rivers or fountains—may have a positive effect on people’s well-being and mood, according to a new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a center supported by the “la Caixa” Foundation. The study, conducted within the BlueHealth project […]

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Targeted deep brain stimulation to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder

A group of researchers from Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin have further refined the use of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. By accurately localizing electrode placement in the brains of patients, the researchers were able to identify a fiber tract which is associated with the best clinical outcomes following deep brain stimulation. The researchers’ […]

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Italian cabinet approves ‘mother of all reforms’ to slash red tape

The Italian government approved a package of measures on Tuesday aimed at cutting the complicated red tape that has long been blamed for crimping growth in the euro zone’s third-largest economy. The “simplification decree,” approved after weeks of fraught political negotiation, has been touted by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as “the mother of all reforms” […]

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China travel warning: Australians told they may be at risk of arbitrary detention

Australia has updated its travel advice for China to warn that authorities have detained foreigners on alleged national security grounds and that Australians may be at risk of arbitrary detention. Amid increasing tensions in the relationship between the two countries, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs revised the travel advice on Tuesday to include the phrase: […]

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