Doctors prescribe time in nature, tackling domestic violence with theatre, cancer screening capsules
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how Canadian doctors are prescribing time outdoors as a health treatment, a non-profit organisation educating men on toxic masculinity through theatre, and an innovative swallowable tiny camera helping doctors detect bowel cancer.
Ontario doctors are prescribing patients time in nature
The Park Prescriptions programme recommends spending at least 20 minutes a day outside as an alternative to medication.
Burundi is fighting domestic violence and toxic masculinity through theatre
With traditional gender perceptions condoning violence against women, a group of men are looking to change Burundian society’s view of masculinity.
Source: Africa News
Bowel cancer screening capsules the latest in at-home care trend
Innovation in NHS self-care will see patients in England swallow tiny cameras instead of having standard endoscopy.
Source: The Guardian
Street art is making Missouri’s roads safer
Murals and planters have been used to transform a dangerous intersection in Kansas City, with the idea to be replicated in other areas.
Source: Route Fifty
A Danish start-up has developed a portable wind turbine
Drawing inspiration from kites, The Wind Catcher weighs 10kg and can produce up to 600W of energy, with users able to set up the device within 15 minutes.
Source: Interesting Engineering
Minneapolis has banned the use of facial recognition technology in its police force
With such software unable to recognise non-white faces as well as Caucasian ones, the move stands as a small step in addressing racial bias in law enforcement.
Source: Tech Crunch
AI has detected and prevented hundreds of sewage leaks from treatment plants
926 spill events were identified over an 11-year period, indicating that machine learning could be used on a larger scale in the fight against water pollution.
Source: BBC News
EU declares itself a LGBTQI freedom zone
The move comes as a response to increasing anti-heteronormative rhetoric in Poland and Hungary, with the resolution set to be written into law in the near future.
Source: BBC News
Bilingual learning pods are supporting ESL learners throughout the pandemic
With many after-school programmes unable to run as usual due to lockdown restrictions, the Esperanza NGO is acting as a lifeline to immigrant students.
Source: The 74 Million
Teachers are tackling depression in students through creative activities
By integrating “right-brain” techniques into online lessons, young people are given the chance to express themselves in a healthy and supportive way.
Source: Washington Informer