School-based mindfulness training may reduce stress, trauma –

Courtesy Of The News International Middle-school students in urban areas may benefit from in-school mindfulness programs, a new study suggests. Students taking a mindfulness-based stress reduction program during the school day ended up with less symptoms of stress and trauma than children attending classes on health topics, researchers found. “High-quality structured mindfulness programs have the…

Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith boycott Oscars, Academy promises more diversity –

Courtesy Of The News International Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said on Monday they will boycott next month´s Academy Awards ceremony because black actors were shut out of nominations, and the Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. The Oscar acting nominees announced on Thursday lacked black performers for…