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  • Manga for Girls: New York Times Walk into almost any chain bookstore and you're likely to find a teenage girl sprawled on the floor reading manga -- thick black-and-white comic books by Japanese authors ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 6:23 AM by Sarah Glazer
  • New Ways to Talk About Cancer: Comics, Cartoons, and the Graphic Novel Nancy K. Miller is a literary scholar, memoirist, and the author or editor of more than a dozen books. Her new memoir, Breathless: An American Girl in Paris, will be ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 6:16 AM by Sarah Glazer
  • Graphic Medicine: Comics Turn a Critical Eye on Health Care A patient arrives in the emergency room apparently in a comatose state. But is he really unconscious or just faking? The young doctors on duty are skeptical. Failing to get ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 6:05 AM by Sarah Glazer
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  • A partial list of recently published articles by Sarah Glazer.

  • CQ Researcher European Migration Crisis v.25-28

    Members of the European Union (EU) are feeling besieged by a rising tide of refugees fleeing conflict and migrants seeking economic opportunity. Many of the refugees, who are mainly from the Middle East and Africa, are crossing the Mediterranean on overloaded boats or traveling via treacherous land routes, often victimized by unscrupulous human traffickers. National leaders disagree on what to do, other than fortify Europe’s borders. Refugee organizations say strengthened borders will just push migrants, who have been dying by the thousands, to try even more dangerous routes. An EU plan to send navies to destroy smugglers’ boats faces similar criticism. Some economists argue that Europe needs more migrants to bolster its aging workforce. However, polls show most Europeans want fewer immigrants amid worries about unemployment and terrorism. Violent conflicts far from Europe — primarily the Syrian civil war — are driving this year’s surge. That leads some observers to argue that an international solution to the migration crisis is needed.

    CQ Researcher European Migration Crisis v.25-28
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 5:44 AM by Sarah Glazer
  • CQ Researcher Free Speech on Campus v.25-18

    Several recent incidents in which college students spewed racist or misogynistic language on campus have renewed debate about how much freedom of speech the U.S. Constitution actually permits. Among the most notorious examples: the singing of a racist chant this year by several University of Oklahoma fraternity members. College presidents at Oklahoma and other campuses have swiftly disciplined students for speech deemed inappropriate, but civil liberties advocates say college officials are violating students’ First Amendment rights to free speech. Meanwhile, critics say a small but growing movement to give students “trigger warnings” about curriculum material that might traumatize them indicates that colleges are becoming overly protective. American universities also have come under fire for accepting money from China and other autocratic governments to create overseas branches and international institutes on their home campuses. Defenders of such programs say they are vital for global understanding, but critics say they may compromise academic freedom.

    CQ Researcher Free Speech on Campus v.25-18
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 5:43 AM by Sarah Glazer
  • CQ Researcher Prisoners and Mental Illness v.25-11
    Thousands of people with schizophrenia, severe depression, delusional disorders or other mental problems are locked up, often in solitary confinement. While some committed violent crimes and remain a threat to themselves or other inmates and prison staff, many are incarcerated for minor offenses, simply because there is no place to send them for treatment. The number of mentally ill inmates has mushroomed in recent years as states have closed their psychiatric hospitals in favor of outpatient community mental health centers that typically are underfunded and overcrowded. In an attempt to reduce the influx of mentally ill inmates, some 300 specialized mental health courts have diverted them into court-monitored treatment instead of jail. Yet, many participants re-offend, and some experts say psychiatric treatment alone won’t prevent criminal behavior. Meanwhile, courts in more than a half-dozen states have declared solitary confinement unconstitutional for those with mental illness. However, some corrections officials say solitary is necessary to separate dangerous prisoners, even if they are mentally ill.

    CQ Researcher Prisoners and Mental Illness v.25-11
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 5:42 AM by Sarah Glazer
  • CQ Treating Schizophrenia v.24-43

    Schizophrenia, a mental disorder that makes it difficult to distinguish reality from unreality, afflicts about 1 percent of the adult population, with symptoms typically emerging in adolescence or young adulthood. A growing number of experts believe schizophrenia is not a single disease, but rather a variety of disorders that manifest themselves in different ways. While many with the diagnosis hear voices, that experience lies on a continuum, from hearing the benign words of a deceased relative to enduring terrifying rants urging self-harm. Recent studies have sparked debate over whether psychiatric drugs taken over many years -- today's mainstream treatment -- may actually make it harder for people to cope with daily life and work. In addition, understanding voices as representations of past trauma is more helpful than trying to suppress them with drugs, some voice-hearers contend. Meanwhile, experts are divided over whether states should mandate involuntary outpatient treatment for those who need treatment but resist it.

    CQ Treating Schizophrenia v.24-43
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 5:40 AM by Sarah Glazer
  • CQ Researcher Understanding Autism v.24-28
    More children than ever before have been diagnosed with autism, according to the latest government figures. Yet the condition remains mysterious. The diagnosis encompasses a wide spectrum of individuals, from people with severe mental disabilities to brilliant savants. Scientists are still searching for the causes of autism, which for most individuals with the condition probably include a complex combination of genetics and environmental factors. Whether rising autism rates simply reflect greater awareness of the condition and broadened diagnosis remains a matter of debate. Meanwhile, treatment and education of autistic children can be expensive, and many parents are fighting insurers and school systems over who pays. At the same time, a generation of autistic children is transitioning to adulthood, and families face stark choices about their children's future. Activist autistic adults say the federal government should put less emphasis on finding biological causes and cures and more on assuring a good quality of life for the thousands of autistic adults entering society.

    CQ Researcher Understanding Autism v.24-28

    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 5:39 AM by Sarah Glazer
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