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Friendliness to newcomers is not translating into friendship in schools, finds one study. Here, a youth receives her Certificate of Citizenship from Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Citizenship Judge Marie Senecal-Tremblay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Newcomers and Canadian high school students are friendly, but not friends

How to support students from diverse backgrounds to appreciate the inherent value of engaging one another in close friendships remains a question for educators.
Floral tributes form a makeshift memorial to Courtney Herron, whose body was found in Royal Park, Melbourne, on Saturday. David Crosling/AAP

Carelessly linking crime to being homeless adds to the harmful stigma

Media coverage often uses the label 'homeless' in ways that link the plight of tens of thousands of Australians to criminality. But a homeless person is much more likely to be vulnerable than violent.
Science tells us that body weight is not just about lifestyle, and yet health-care providers often assume that people with obesity are lazy and lack willpower, and that fatness is the only relevant health issue. (Rudd Center)

How anti-fat bias in health care endangers lives

One year ago, Ellen Maud Bennett asked women of size to make her death from cancer matter -- by advocating for their own health.
Research shows we all hold negative stereotypes; once we accept this, we can start to making positive change. Shutterstock

Let’s stop blaming ourselves for stigmatizing mental health

Awareness campaigns can only go so far to stopping the stigmatization of mental health. Change occurs once we stop shaming ourselves and others for our bias.
People living with HIV/AIDS all over the world are still struggling with stigma due to perceptions of the virus as dark and shameful. Here a Filipino man lights candles at a World AIDS Day even in Quezon city, Philippines in 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

What you need to know about HIV/AIDS today

Researchers from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS share the latest research on HIV prevention, treatment and stigma.
In this 2012 photo, grandmother Janet Kitheka, 63, collects her adopted “granddaughter” Lucy, 13, at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their parents to HIV, and grandparents who lost their children to HIV in Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Aspirin could help reduce HIV infections in women

Research shows that Aspirin could reduce the number of HIV infections in women at high risk for HIV, such as Kenyan female sex workers.
Mariah Carey recently announced she has bipolar II disorder. Most of us won’t know what that means. AAP/Alba Vigaray

Mood and personality disorders are often misconceived: here’s what you need to know

Media portrayals don't help misconceptions about disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. So what do these terms actually mean?

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