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Sunday May 19th, 2019 morning edition

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The vegan diet can be dangerous for growing children, the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has warned.

Doctors in Belgium have called for parents who raise their children as vegans to face prosecution after a number of deaths in schools, nurseries and hospitals.

It is estimated that 3 percent of Belgian children are forced to follow the strict diet, which rules out any animal products, including dairy and eggs.

The opinion said it was unethical to subject children to the diet because it didn’t include animal proteins and vital amino acids which can help growth and prevent health problems.

The vegan diet could only be made safe for growing children if complemented with medical supervision, regular blood tests and vitamin supplements, which most parents were not qualified to provide.

"This restrictive regime requires ongoing monitoring of children to avoid deficiencies and often irreversible growth delays," the legal opinion said, "It is unsuitable for unborn children, children, teenagers and pregnant and lactating women.".

“This concept of nutrition is similar to a form of treatment that it is not ethical to impose on children.”. »

1 dead, 8 shot at high school graduation party in Alabama

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Alabama authorities say a high school graduation party fueled by alcohol spiraled out of control early Saturday, leaving one person dead.

When police arrived, they found a man who was shot to death inside the building's cafeteria.

Witnesses say the gunfire erupted after a fight between two women during a party that drew hundreds. »

Study finds that increased mindfulness is associated with reduced levels of procrastination – Solving Procrastination

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Mindfulness emphasizes non-reactive awareness and non-judgmental acceptance of thoughts and emotions, and as such is viewed as an attentional self-regulation strategy.

The current study suggests that there is a bidirectional relationship between mindfulness and procrastination, where increased levels of mindfulness predict lower levels of procrastination, and vice versa. »

Here's how much money you forfeit when you don't take your vacation days

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In 2016, more than half of all Americans forfeited vacation days, amounting to 206 million unused vacation days worth some $66.4 billion, according to a survey of 7,331 full-time employees.

After the 2008 financial crisis, the number of vacation days Americans took on average dropped from around 19 to 16.

Last year, the number increased modestly for the second year in a row, to an average of 16.8 days. »

Cannabis plant evolved super high (on the Tibetan Plateau)

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Intriguingly, this site is only a few hundred kilometres from a cave that researchers recently announced was once home to our ancient Denisovan cousins.

This is because cannabis lives on open grassy steppes, so its pollen usually occurs with the pollen of steppe plants.

There is cannabis pollen in the sand and dirt of Denisova Cave in Siberia, where Denisovan fossils were first identified. »