Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

I suffer from anxiety and depression. My dogs help to improve my mental — and physical — health every day. Scientists believe positive human-animal interaction is linked to a reduction of subjective psychological stress and an increase of oxytocin levels in the brain. Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter that is associated with feelings of love, trust and psychological stability. Living with pets has multiple benefits. Here are just a few that I experience every day.

5 days in the life of a Black zero-waste activist

Freweyni Asress shares how she made the lifestyle work for her, despite its limitations for people of color

Endometriosis relief is already hard to come by. A common treatment may be causing patients more pain.

The latest finding highlights the need for more research into the condition, experts say

Climate change is endangering sacred land. For these Native women, it threatens ‘everything we are.’

Wildfires and droughts are fundamentally changing the relationship between Native women and the land they steward