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New Study Emphasizes Need for Mental Health Support for Graduate Students

The struggle is very real for these students.

It’s not being talked about, but there’s a mental health crisis in graduate education, and something needs to be done about it. This is the main message from a recently published global survey of Ph.D. and master’s students. The study, titled “Evidence for a mental health crisis in graduate education,” includes anecdotes, testimonials, and discussions about the matter and reinforce the need for change in the higher institutions of learning.

The online survey data includes 2279 responses, mostly from Ph.D. candidates based in 234 institutions across 26 countries. Forty percent of the respondents are in the biological and physical sciences and engineering,

The results show alarmingly high rates of depression and anxiety among graduate students.

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Forty-one percent of respondents showed moderate to severe anxiety, while 39% showed moderate to severe depression. These figures are more than six times the prevalence found in studies of the general population.

There is also a notable difference based on gender. About one-third of male respondents reported experiencing each condition, compared with about 40% of female respondents and more than half of the 42 transgender and gender-nonconforming respondents.

Having a healthy work-life balance and a supporting relationship with one’s principal investigator (PI) contributes to a graduate student’s mental health.

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About half of the students experiencing depression or anxiety reported not having supportive relationships with their PIs. More than half of the respondents with depression and anxiety didn’t feel that they had a good work-life balance. The study includes suggested intervention strategies to address the problem, including enhanced access to mental health support, a call for cultural change, and a call to action. The authors wrote:

“Our studies show a high prevalence of anxiety and depression in a diverse graduate student sample. The strikingly high rates of anxiety and depression support a call to action to establish and/or expand mental health and career development resources for graduate students through enhanced resources within career development offices, faculty training and a change in the academic culture.”

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Star Fruit or ‘Balimbing’ is Actually Harmful, Research Shows

It’s seemingly harmless but science has evidence that the fruit can be deadly.

Little is known about the seemingly harmless, vitamin-rich fruit aptly called star fruit in North America. However, in Asia (i.e. Philippines, China, Taiwan) and even in Central America, Africa, Brazil and Australia, the fruit is popular that people enjoy it for its sweet, mild taste. What's the harm then?

It turns out that this well-loved fruit can actually be dangerous to the health - or even deadly for some. You might be one of those people who can't or refuse to believe such claim because you've eaten star fruit all your life or as a child and yet here you are -- alive and kicking. But researchers actually have proof that eating star fruit can really be dangerous.

Researchers found out that star fruit contains a neurotoxin that affects the nervous system.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, a major health organization in the United States, the star fruit contains a neurotoxin that can negatively affect the brain and nerves. However, this only happens among people with kidney problems since a healthy kidney can easily filter out toxins....

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Vegan YouTuber Slammed After Forcing Her Carnivorous Fox On A Vegan Diet

She insists feeding meat to animals is considered animal abuse.

A YouTube star in Barcelona, who also happens to be an animal rights activist, is now in hot water after posting photos of her thin pet Fennec fox. Not only that, vegan YouTuber Sonia Sae also revealed that her pet named Jumanji is actually following a plant-based diet.

Now, her followers -- mostly animal advocates -- are calling her out because of how she's treating the animal, which is classified as an obligate carnivore. Sonia said Jumanji has been observing a vegan diet ever since he was rescued from a breeder in 2014.

Sonia's pet Fennec fox named Jumanji has been eating vegan food for years.

But people aren't happy with the photos of a thin fox that Sonia uploaded.

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‘Spoiled’ Millennial Claims That Life Was Easier For Their Parent’s Generation

His points are valid, but not everyone seems to agree.

A Tumblr user by the name of illogicalliberal has caused an uproar online after posting about the massive differences in opportunity between the younger and older generations. Some say that the numbers do not simply add up, but, in one way or another, the user’s post actually makes sense when it comes to a couple of things.

Case in point, higher student debt, wages that do match inflation, increased rates in houses. And to think, all of these seem to hit the average worker the most. Still, others suggest that everyone is different and has his/her own circumstances in life. They even pinpoint that this is something that can be fought against using hard work and sacrifices.

Here is illogicalliberal’s lengthy post on Tumblr:

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