Library Offers Homeless People Mental Health Services, And It’s Working | HuffPo #mentalhealth #libraries #outreach #homeless


Of the 5,000 people who visit the San Francisco Public Library every day, about 15 percent of them are homeless, PBS reported. After years of watching this underserved demographic float through to get Internet access, a restroom and often, just refuge from the cold, the library realized it was in an auspicious position to stage effective interventions.

So, in 2009, the library hired Leah Esguerra, who is believed to be the nation’s first psychiatric social worker to be employed full time at a library, SFGate reported. Since the program started, about 150 homeless people have received permanent housing, and another 800 have enrolled in social and mental health services, according to PBS. READ MORE: Library Offers Homeless People Mental Health Services, And It’s Working | HuffPo

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Good news for #bookworms: 6 scientific reasons #reading is good for you | PresentNation #books #science #research #health #wellness


Could a chapter a day keep the doctor away? READ: Good news for bookworms: 6 scientific reasons reading is good for you | PresentNation

#JohnGrisham thinks his new #book is so important he’s giving it away for #free | WaPo #medical #tech #fiction


There are no lawyers or courtrooms in John Grisham’s new thriller. There is not even a single bad guy. The protagonist is Paul, a 35-year-old suburbanite with a pretty wife, three beautiful children, and a tumor quietly swelling in his brain. One day his wife hears a loud thump in the bathroom. “She finds him on the floor,” Grisham writes, “shaking in a full-blown grand mal seizure.” And so begins “The Tumor,” one of the stranger literary digressions in recent memory.

Against the wishes of his agent, editor and publisher, the author famous for (and rich from) legal thrillers, from “The Firm” to “The Rogue Lawyer,” just published a free book whose hero is a medical device called focused ultrasound. Grisham says it’s the most important book of his career. READ MORE: John Grisham thinks his new book is so important he’s giving it away for free | The Washington Post

Robert Waldinger: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on #Happiness | TED.com #studies #lifestyle #wellness #relationships


What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life. MORE: Robert Waldinger: What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness | TED.com

Gaming-Inspired Glove Helps Stroke Patients Relearn Vital Skills | Mashable #gaming #wellness #affective #tech #rehab #disabilities #learning #gadgets


The Rapael Smart Glove looks a lot like the Nintendo Power Glove, but it’s not exactly a video game controller. It’s a smart rehabilitation glove for recovering stroke patients. Gaming was definitely a huge part of it, however. The glove, created by Korean health tech company Neofect, incorporates motion-based games to help stroke patients relearn how to use their arm and hand.

Neofect founder Ban Ho Young told Tech In Asia that everything they have now was made with collaboration between rehabilitation experts and game designers.

With Rapael, users can play games depending on which movements they want to work on. Want to improve your forearm supination and pronation (facing your palm upward and downward)? Strap on the glove and virtually pretend to pour yourself a glass of wine. Want to improve your finger flexion and extension? Bend and unbend your fingers to decorate cupcakes with icing. READ MORE: This gaming-inspired glove helps stroke patients relearn vital skills | Mashable

Phoenix #Libraries Unveil Treadmill Desks | KSAZ #books #reading #health #wellness #services #treadmilldesks


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We’ve all been to the library to check out books, rent DVD’s, and surf the web. But now at three Phoenix libraries you can do more; work out. READ MORE: Phoenix libraries unveil treadmill desks | KSAZ

How Changing Your #Reading #Habits Can Transform Your #Health | Fast Company #books #wellness #psychology


Reading doesn’t just improve your knowledge, it can help fight depression, make you more confident, empathetic, and a better decision maker. READ MORE: How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Want To Reduce Your Social Anxiety? Just Be Kind | Co.Exist #kindness #socialanxiety


In my experience volunteering is an especially rewarding act of kindness activity. 

Focusing on other people, and not yourself, helps take the pressure off. READ: Want To Reduce Your Social Anxiety? Just Be Kind | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.

Everything Science Knows Right Now About #StandingDesks | Co.Design #treadmilldesks #activedesks #business


If it wasn’t already clear through common sense, it’s become painfully clear through science that sitting all day is terrible for your health. What’s especially alarming about this evidence is that extra physical activity doesn’t seem to offset the costs of what researchers call “prolonged sedentary time.”

In response some people have turned to active desks—be it a standing workspace or even a treadmill desk—but the research on this recent trend has been too scattered to draw clear conclusions on its benefits (and potential drawbacks). At least until now. A trio of Canada-based researchers has analyzed the strongest 23 active desk studies to draw some conclusions on how standing and treadmill desks impact both physiological health and psychological performance. READ MORE: Everything Science Knows Right Now About Standing Desks | Co.Design | business + design.

The Science Behind Why You Can’t Read in the Car | Thrillist #books #reading


For many of us, carsickness is the bane of every automotive experience: It’s always there, preventing us from navigating with our phone or even reading a book to pass the time without the sudden onset of a headache, cold sweats, and crippling nausea. It’s like being hungover, but without the fun drinking part that precedes it.

What exactly is going on here? Why do some of us fall violently ill just by glancing at a book in a moving car, while others can read through an entire road trip without any problem at all? Here’s the scientific lowdown on what makes carsickness tick, as well as what you can do to prevent (or at least minimize) its wickedly brutal effects.

READ MORE: The Science Behind Why You Can’t Read in the Car | Thrillist