How to Interpret Scientific Studies + Other Stories
Every week, we corral our favorite wellness stories from around the internet—just in time for your weekend reading.
The New Yorker
In Britain, one movement for ecological reform on farms centers around a man named Jake Fiennes. Fiennes is the conservation manager of a twenty-five-thousand-acre rural estate, which he’s transitioned from a typical agricultural structure into something he calls multifunctional farming. The ethos is built on respect for natural processes: Don’t just grow the land, but let the land grow—no bug, fungus, or weed left behind.
The New York Times
Understanding how to interpret scientific studies can be challenging. And even for people within the scientific field, a gripping news headline interpreting the results of a study can obscure the nuances that allow for careful interpretation. In the Times’ Parenting section, Amitha Kalaichandran, MD, explains eight things to keep in mind when you read about that new groundbreaking study.
Research shows that talking to kids more openly and honestly about sex keeps them safer from high-risk behaviors, like substance use. Experts also agree that having those conversations earlier than we think (before kids hit puberty) also makes a lasting difference. And it can actually be a little easier and less awkward than talking to them when they’re older. Here are five tips for how parents can help their tweens and teens navigate consent, porn, identity, and relationships.
MIT Technology Review
Amid the 2019 coronavirus outbreak, there have been new heights of fearmongering, misinformation, racism, and xenophobia on social media. The World Health Organization has dubbed this a “massive infodemic” and is partnering with these sites to dampen the spread of fake news and release its own daily situation reports with accurate, up-to-date information on the virus.