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“The NHS can only do reactive, fixing illnesses,” Woods says. “Prevention is the cheapest way.” Others are more interested in the physical manifestations of mental unease. Take IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome. Gastro specialists admit there are few treatments for sufferers. Some doctors believe it is caused principally by a surfeit of stress. “IBS is all about stress, and with technology we can deliver tools that can alleviate symptoms,” says Jossy Onwude

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It would be hard to argue that digital products have a net-positive impact on our health. Most are designed to provide the same dopamine hit as a slot machine. We all know someone who wasted their youth playing games that were designed to be all-consuming, with the World Health Organization recently going so far as to categorize video game addiction as a mental health disorder.But this habit-forming power of digital products can be used for therapeutic benefit too

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That's what 55 people from 19 countries have done, and by the end of this month they'll know whether their gamble is likely to pay off. They're all part of the Zinc programme, a business incubator which brings talented people together in London to try and solve a big social problem. For the last six months they've focused on creating companies which help improve the mental health of women and girls in developed countries.

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18 exciting startups have emerged from Zinc.VC, a London-based program which is building a new innovation system to connect and grow talent, ideas and capital to build successful and scalable businesses that solve chronic social problems. Zinc had a whopping 800+ applications from across the world all wanting to be Mission One founders, after much analysis it brought together an eclectic cohort of 55 highly talented individuals, all recruited to be Zinc Mission 1 Founders.

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If you’ve ever felt butterflies before a hot date, or gotten an upset stomach due to an important exam, you know there is an intimate link between life’s stressors and the body’s response through physical symptoms. I learned this first hand in my first high-pressure job, when I was clocking stressful, long hours, and developed a mild version of IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.I had abdominal pain daily, everything I ate made me feel sick and bloated

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New solutions to challenges as diverse as money, street safety, retirement and even sexual pleasure have emerged from the first six-month mission from for-good business builder Zinc.vc. The London-based programme, launched last October, brought together 55 entrepreneurs from across the world to build ventures from the ground up, following the model pioneered by Entrepreneur First.The result is a range of purposeful products

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