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Depression in late teens linked to high school drop out

(Reuters Health) – Older teens struggling with depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school as peers without that mental illness or those who recovered from a bout of depression earlier in life, Canadian researchers say. Understanding that current or recent depression raises dropout risk …

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Kids who get moving may also get better grades

(Reuters Health) – Students who get extra physical activity may pay more attention in school and do better in subjects like reading and math, a research review suggests. The study team analyzed data from 26 previously published studies with a total of more than 10,000 children between 4 and 13 …

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Acupressure app may help ease menstrual cramp pain

(Reuters Health) – Women with intense menstrual cramp pain may get more relief from smartphone app-guided acupressure than with typical medical treatments like painkillers, a recent study suggests. Some previous research has linked acupressure – which uses precise finger placements at pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain – …

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Credibility, recipes, references help food blogs improve eating habits

(Reuters Health) – Consumers like healthy eating blogs written by nutritionists who seem credible and who interact with their readers, a small study in Canada suggests. The researchers looked at what properties of a food blog are most likely to encourage readers to make healthy changes in eating behavior. They …

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Vaccination plea after Halesworth boy's meningitis death

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The parents of a boy, six, who died from meningitis B have called on all children to be vaccinated.

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Vaginal mesh ban 'a retrograde step', surgeons say

Banning vaginal mesh implants would remove an important treatment for some women suffering from a prolapse, says the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Many women benefit from the implants and should have a choice, it said. The health watchdog NICE is expected to recommend that the implants be banned. …

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Mum campaigns for disabled toilets with selfies on the loo

A mum of twins is taking a photo of herself on the loo each day until Christmas Eve to raise awareness of the lack of toilet facilities for disabled people. Sarah Brisdion started taking the Christmas-themed selfies because of experiences she had with her son, Hadley who has cerebral palsy. …

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Uganda says it has contained an outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda said on Friday it had successfully contained an outbreak of the Marburg virus, a highly infectious haemorrhagic fever announced by officials on Oct. 19, which killed three people. Junior health minister Sarah Achieng Opendi told a news conference in the capital Kampala that all suspected persons …

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'Pimp My Zimmer' reduces falls

Care home residents in Wales have been decorating their Zimmer frames, with help from local schoolchildren. The Pimp My Zimmer project aims to reduce falls after a care home matron noticed people with dementia sometimes find it hard to recognise their own frame. One care home claims the project has …

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Pfizer breast cancer drug superior to chemotherapy in Phase III study

(Reuters) – Patients with advanced breast cancer tied to an inherited gene mutation who were treated with an experimental Pfizer Inc drug went about three months longer before their disease worsened than those who received chemotherapy in a late stage study, according to data released on Friday. A logo of …