Feb 17, 2015

Pot smokers face fivefold psychosis risk

A British study released Monday suggested that the risk of psychosis is five times higher for regular users of cannabis than for those who have never tried it, adding to a growing body of evidence linking drug use to mental health disorders. The six-year ...

'08 Pentagon study claimed Putin has Asperger's syndrome

Feb 6, 2015

'08 Pentagon study claimed Putin has Asperger's syndrome

A Pentagon study from 2008 claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome, giving him a need to exert “extreme control” when faced with crises, according to the report released Thursday. Experts studying his movements and facial expressions in video footage theorized Putin’s ...

Jan 17, 2015

Dutch 'horror dentist' sent to French psychiatric unit

A Dutch dentist suspected of mutilating dozens of patients in France has been detained in a special prison psychiatric unit, a judicial source said. Dubbed the “horror dentist” by the media, Mark van Nierop, 50, claims to suffer from “psychological problems” including gender identity ...

Selfie sticks: useful or narcissi-stick?

Jan 12, 2015

Selfie sticks: useful or narcissi-stick?

Selfies at tourist attractions are nothing new. But until recently, if you wanted a perfectly composed picture of yourself with Times Square or the Colosseum in the background, you might have asked a passer-by to take the photo. Now, though, relatively new gadgets called ...

Dec 19, 2014

Ministry working to better situation of female inmates

The Justice Ministry is trying to improve the conditions of female prisoners, as women’s jails are facing difficulties such as overcrowding and a large number of inmates with mental health problems. According to the ministry’s Correction Bureau, the number of women who entered prisons ...

Dec 16, 2014

China's mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven

His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy. “There is no happier way for a person to live on this earth,” he declared, ...

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

Dec 16, 2014

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada’s Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas’ capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London. Police said all three were terrorists ...

Newtown massacre shooter indulged dark obsessions online: report

Nov 22, 2014

Newtown massacre shooter indulged dark obsessions online: report

By the time Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school two years ago, he was living in nearly complete isolation, communicating with no one except an online network of people obsessed with mass murder, a report released on Friday said. ...

Oct 31, 2014

French town bans clown disguises after assaults

A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — especially on Halloween. This week’s decision by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues follows a series of incidents around France in which people dressed as ...