To Save a Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy, New York Will Repeal It

Nearly two years ago, the New York City Council celebrated when it passed a far-reaching ban on conversion therapy, a discredited practice to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. On Thursday, Corey Johnson, the gay, H.I.V.-positive speaker of the Council, said that the Council would act swiftly to repeal the ban. The move…

10 of the Most Popular Farmhouse Kitchens on Apartment Therapy

It’s pretty much impossible to escape the influence of Joanna Gaines and Ree Drummond these days. But I guess that’s not such a bad thing. Thanks to the ubiquity of shows like Fixer Upper and The Pioneer Woman, farmhouse-style kitchens are everywhere you turn. (What qualifies a kitchen as “farmhouse?” Think: humble and cheerful vibes,…

Therapy Ponies Help Bring ‘Comfort and Joy’ To Dementia Patients

Therapy Ponies Help Bring ‘Comfort and Joy’ To Dementia Patients Anastasia Arellano By Anastasia Arellano Proper greatergood_ctg_belowtitle Everyone remembers wanting a pony as a kid. But for most of us that was never practical because it’s not like you could keep it in your backyard in the suburbs…Ponies don’t belong in a house. However, couple…

Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

Image copyright Getty Images Patients with a rare inherited eye disorder are set to be able to access a new gene therapy on the NHS which slows down sight loss. Draft NICE guidance recommends the therapy (Luxturna) to treat inherited retinal dystrophies. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates just under 90 people…

Menopausal hormone therapy risks ‘bigger and last longer’ than thought

Image copyright Getty Images The increased risk of breast cancer from menopausal hormone therapy lasts more than a decade after treatment stops, a major report suggests. The researchers at the University of Oxford say the results mean the risk of breast cancer is double what women are currently being told. And they estimate a million…

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre ‘may lose proton beam therapy’

Image caption BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones was treated at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in July A centre which has been the home of the only UK facility for treating rare eye cancers may lose the technology in the future, health bosses have warned. The world’s first low-energy proton beam therapy was performed at Wirral’s Clatterbridge…

Therapy Ponies Are Being Used To Help Dementia Patients

Therapy Ponies Are Being Used To Help Dementia Patients Do You Remember By Do You Remember Photo: Facebook Elaine and John Sangster run Therapy Ponies Scotland. Their organization brings Shetland ponies to dementia patients, because they actually have lots of benefits for elderly people with memory problems. The ponies will come to homes and hospice…

Ear ‘tickling’ therapy could ‘help thwart ageing’

Image copyright University of Leeds Image caption The therapy delivers a small, painless electrical current to the ear, which sends signals to the body’s nervous system Tickling the ear with a small electric current could rebalance the nervous system in over-55s and help them age more healthily, research suggests. Stimulation of the vagus nerve, which…

Florida Filmmaker ‘Needs Therapy’ After Roomba Tracks Dog Poop All Over House

Florida Filmmaker ‘Needs Therapy’ After Roomba Tracks Dog Poop All Over House Matthew Russell By Matthew Russell Proper greatergood_ctg_belowtitle Ryan Landy didn’t ask for this. At face value, the Coral Springs native is a pretty clean and organized guy. He’s responsible, too. Landy has his own house, and he’s training up a puppy to keep…

Israel education minister defends ‘gay conversion therapy’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Rafi Peretz was appointed Israel’s education minister in June Israeli Education Minister Rafi Peretz has said he believes so-called “gay conversion therapy” can work, triggering widespread condemnation. “I think it’s possible,” Mr Peretz, an Orthodox rabbi, told Israel’s Channel 12 TV channel. He added that he had “a very…