FAA Plans to Review Mental Health of Pilots, and Other News

Passenger plane on runwayTwo months after a Germanwings pilot killed 150 passengers in an apparent suicide, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it will study pilots’ mental health. Pilots are currently required to undergo twice-yearly screenings of their health. Now, the FAA says, the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee will explore awareness and reporting practices for mental health issues, as well as current procedures for evaluating mental health issues. The board, which will be made up of aviation and aerospace medicine experts, will provide the FAA with a list of recommendations within six months.

It’s Not Rude: These Portraits of Wounded Vets Are Meant to Be Stared At

A new project from photographer David Jay encourages viewers to turn toward—rather than away from—that which they typically ignore. The portraits, which range from haunting to inspiring, feature images of wounded veterans. In one, for example, a veteran who received burns over 60% of his body is shown holding his daughter, with his wounds fully visible.

Giving Their Own Consent: Bill Would Allow NJ Minors to Self-Approve Their Own Mental Health Care

Earlier this week, the New Jersey Senate unanimously passed a bill that would allow minors to seek mental health care even without their parents’ permission. Teens typically need their parents’ permission to seek mental health care, but the new law would allow them to independently seek care, potentially removing mental health care barriers. Parents who don’t believe in psychiatry, who believe mental health issues are spiritual problems, or who are unsympathetic to the challenges their children face may act as barriers to care—a problem the bill was designed to eliminate.

Over 4 Million Working Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders

According to a new mental health study, 4.3 million Americans with full-time jobs experience anxiety. That works out to be 3.7% of the population. Researchers found anxiety was even more prevalent among part-time workers, at 5.6%. Among the unemployed, the figure was 6.9%, compared to 8.9% of those not in the workforce.

Millennials Experience Depression at Work More Than Any Other Generation, Study Finds

Millennials may now be working alongside their parents and grandparents, but their mental health suffers more than their older colleagues. Bensinger, DuPont, and Associates offers workplace assistance and advice to struggling employees. In workplaces where such assistance is available, about 20% of Millennials have sought help from the organization, compared to just 16% of Baby Boomers and members of Generation X.

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.

If you’ve ever been amazed by new stories promising that chocolate can help you lose weight, you’re not alone. It turns out that the claim was a hoax built on faulty data. It all began when a molecular biologist attempted to shed light on the junk science behind the diet industry. He recruited a small number of participants, making the data easier to manipulate. He then found a small difference between groups that ate chocolate and those that didn’t, and the media lapped it up, proclaiming that chocolate is indeed the key to weight loss.

Just Looking at Nature Can Help Your Brain Work Better, Study Finds

Many people find comfort in hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities, but it’s challenging to spend time outside during the work week. According to a new study, though, simply looking at nature might improve mental health and brain function. Researchers found that a 40-second “microbreak,” during which participants stared at an image on the computer of a green roof, improved performance and focus.

How Partitioned Grocery Carts Can Help Shoppers Buy Healthier Food

Anyone who’s ever shopped for fruits and vegetables knows how easy it is to run out of space, leaving a pile of crushed food at the bottom of the cart. A new study suggests that simply creating larger partitions for fruits and vegetables can encourage people to buy healthier foods.

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  • Jodie


    May 29th, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    There definitely needs to be more screening and reporting going on for mental health issues for pilots but I do not in any way think that just because you have struggled with something like depression in the past that this should automatically exclude you from flying.

    Yes there are some people who struggle with this all of their lives but there would have to be something else going on with someone to make them think that the best way out of this life is to crash a plane into a mountain and kill 149 other people right along with you.

    there is something more dangerous than simply depression going on in a mind like that

  • Tess


    May 30th, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Those portraits of veterans wearing their wounds with such pride and dignity… simply inspiring to the erst of us

  • connor


    May 31st, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    So is the state of NJ then going to foot the bill for medical care that the parents of these children may then oppose and not pay for themselves?

  • Kyley


    June 2nd, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    How do we know that partitioned grocery carts won’t just encourage people to buy more chips?

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