New Boulder Park Coming To West VirginiaThe New River Gorge area of West Virginia is already a beloved East Coast climbing mecca, and soon there will be even more routes to be accessed at the Oak Hill Needleseye Boulder Park. The new climbing park will be located on a 283-acre tract of land full of rock formations, located in the Minden section of Oak Hill. The park, named after a well-known narrow craggy gap between two cliffs, will feature a range of bouldering problems, many found on a rock wall that spans nearly two miles. While no opening date has been set, plans for the park also include a trail network for both hikers and mountain bikers.Bad Weather = Bad Turnouts0 — Number of attendees watching minor league hockey’s Charlotte Checkers beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 17. Due to inclement weather, the Checkers were unable to host any fans for their game at Bojangles Coliseum. To avoid scheduling conflicts, though, the game took place anyway, in an empty arena.No More Canoeing“Instead of working hard, I committed misconduct as an athlete and, further, as a member of society.” – Japan’s Yasuhiro Suzuki, an Olympic hopeful, who admitted to spiking the drink of one of his main competitors, Seiji Komatsu, with an anabolic steroid during last year’s national championships. Suzuki is potentially facing a lifetime competition ban by the Japan Canoe Federation.High Heels Marathon Speed Record Set In ChattanoogaIrene Sewell set a bizarre world record at the Seven Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, Tenn., last fall by completing the 26.2-mile race wearing a pair of three-inch stiletto hills. Sewell, a native of Blacksburg, Va., credits her experience as a former professional ballroom dancer with helping get her painful feet across the finish line in 7:28.DuPont GrowsDuPont State Recreation Area—a popular 11,000-acre forest near Brevard—will expand by 753 acres this year. In January, the late Charles Pickelsimer’s estate donated to the state property near Cascade Lake (though it will not include the actual lake, which is still owned privately).
NewScience 14 August 2020Family First Comment: Still want this served up to classrooms of young children?“They found that about 8 per cent people who try meditation experience an unwanted effect. “People have experienced anything from an increase in anxiety up to panic attacks,” says Farias. They also found instances of psychosis or thoughts of suicide. The figure of 8 per cent may be an underestimate, as many studies of meditation record only serious negative effects or don’t record them at all, says Farias.”Mindfulness and other types of meditation are usually seen as simple stress-relievers – but they can sometimes leave people worse off.About one in 12 people who try meditation experience an unwanted negative effect, usually a worsening in depression or anxiety, or even the onset of these conditions for the first time, according to the first systematic review of the evidence. “For most people it works fine but it has undoubtedly been overhyped and it’s not universally benevolent,” says Miguel Farias at Coventry University in the UK, one of the researchers behind the work.There are many types of meditation, but one of the most popular is mindfulness, in which people pay attention to the present moment, focusing on either their own thoughts and feelings or external sensations. It is recommended by several National Health Service bodies in the UK as a way of reducing depression relapses in people who have experienced the condition several times.Enthusiasm for meditation may partly stem from a growing awareness of the side effects of antidepressant medicines and the difficulties some people report in stopping taking them. There have been some reports of people experiencing worse mental health after starting meditation but it is unclear how often this happens.Farias’s team combed through medical journals and found 55 relevant studies. Once the researchers had excluded those that had deliberately set out to find negative effects, they worked out the prevalence of people who experienced harms within each study and then calculated the average, adjusted for the study size, a common method in this kind of analysis.READ MORE: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2251840-mindfulness-and-meditation-can-worsen-depression-and-anxiety/#ixzz6VjwFkyWi