Health

16
Nov
Soldier discovered fiancee’s body when he came home from Afghanistan after she hanged herself while suffering postnatal depression

A soldier returned home from the front line to find the dead body of his fiancee, who had hanged herself after suffering from postnatal depression. Linzi Mannion had told friends she was looking forward to marrying Lance Sergeant Robert Kopicki and was busily decorating their new home. But the mother of two committed suicide the night before her fiance returned from his post in Afghanistan and he discovered her body. They had spoken on... [read news]

15
Nov
Baby steps to saving lives

Each year, one in 10 babies around the world will be born prematurely and over a million of those will die. But could measuring the size of a baby's feet help save lives? In the final weeks of pregnancy, the idea of going into early labour might not seem like such a bad thing. But giving birth prematurely - officially classed as before 37 weeks gestation - can lead to long-term health effects. Depending on quite how early the baby is born... [read news]

13
Nov
Depression 'makes us biologically older'

Depression can make us physically older by speeding up the ageing process in our cells, according to a study. Lab tests showed cells looked biologically older in people who were severely depressed or who had been in the past. These visible differences in a measure of cell ageing called telomere length couldn't be explained by other factors, such as whether a person smoked. The findings, in more than 2,000 people, appear in Molecular... [read news]

12
Nov
(No) Condom Culture: Why Teens Aren’t Practicing Safe Sex

There were certain things that the 1990s just did better — including getting the word out about the dangers of unprotected sex. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of American students using condoms hit its peak at around 60% a decade ago, and has stalled since then, even declining among some demographics. A recent study released by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada found that... [read news]

10
Nov
Pediatricians support condoms for teens

Providing condoms to adolescents has been - and likely will continue to be - a controversial topic. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking communities, educators, parents and doctors to step up in making this form of contraception more available to teens. "Although abstinence of sexual activity is the most effective method for prevention of pregnancy and STIs (sexually transmitted infections), young people should be prepared for... [read news]

10
Nov
Kids of less-educated moms may have noisier brains

A mother's level of education has strong implications for a child's development. Northwestern University researchers show in a new study that low maternal education is linked to a noisier nervous system in children, which could affect their learning. "You really can think of it as static on your radio that then will get in the way of hearing the announcer’s voice," says Nina Kraus, senior author of the study and researcher at the... [read news]

10
Nov
Put down that doughnut: FDA takes on trans fats

So long, margarine: Artificial trans fat in foods may eventually become a thing of the past. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took a first step toward potentially eliminating most trans fat from the food supply, saying it has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats -- partially hydrogenated oils -- is no longer "generally recognized as safe." If the preliminary determination is finalized, according... [read news]

18
Jan
The Pill eases menstrual pains

Studies have showed that the use of oral contraceptive pill can ease the cramps, bloating and other pain many women experience during their period. In 2009 a review showed there was only limited evidence the Pill helped in these matters. However, new results revealed by a Swedish research team showed that women who used the combined birth control pill went through less pain than those who chose not to use it. The study was published in the... [read news]

13
Jan
Milestone conquered by India

India has managed to move one step closer to becoming a polio free country. In 1995 the country started a massive project in order to drive the sickness away and today India managed to complete a whole year without a single case of polio being reported. The last case of polio reported was last year on January 13th. “UN officials tell me that hopefully by early next year we shall be able to announce that India is finally free of polio,”... [read news]

13
Jan
Bald Barbie: can it be done?

Even though she is not a real person, for many years Barbie has been a role model for young girls. A campaign is currently ongoing on Facebook in order to create a "Bald Barbie" as inspiration for young girls battling hair loss conditions or going through chemotherapy."We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania," was written on the... [read news]


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