https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/10/20/daniel-the-emotional-support-duck-takes-his-first-plane-ride-soars-in-popularity/ The duck’s human introduced him to their fellow, now-amused passengers: This was Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt, or Daniel for short. He is a 4 1/2-year-old Indian Runner duck and is her emotional support animal, she explained. “I heard a few maybe semi-critical mutterings, like, ‘Now I’ve seen everything,’ ” EssigContinue Reading

http://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2016/02/pa_psychologist_who_used_touch.html TATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania psychologist who used “touching therapy” on two female sexual trauma patients will spend three to six years in prison. State prosecutors say the therapy really amounted to sexual abuse. Fifty-four-year-old Richard Lenhart, of State College, was sentenced Thursday in Centre County.Continue Reading

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.738928 For the past five months, seven prisoners clad in orange have been meeting weekly at the department for rehabilitation for drug addicts at the Hasharon prison. They are all victims of sexual assault and are participating in a pioneering support group called “trauma and recovery.” In prison they talkContinue Reading

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/06/23/why-many-rape-victims-dont-fight-or-yell/ Freezing occurs when the amygdala – a crucial structure in the brain’s fear circuitry – detects an attack and signals the brainstem to inhibit movement. It happens in a flash, automatically and beyond conscious control. It’s a brain response that rapidly shifts the organism into a state of vigilanceContinue Reading

The signs of narcolepsy aren’t always obvious, despite how the condition is popularly portrayed. While the most evident symptom is daytime sleepiness, narcoleptic patients might also experience other symptoms. One of these is cataplexy — muscle weakness that is brief and usually triggered by emotional stimuli such as laughter, surpriseContinue Reading

http://www.theframeworks.com/blog/2016/08/10/the-internet-is-no-place-for-reasoned-debate A large part of the problem is that it’s easy to act brave behind the shield of a keyboard and computer screen. On Facebook, comments are not even anonymous; your name and profile picture precede your comments. Yet some people still feel protected enough to be aggressive. Despite theContinue Reading