Health

Nine books to read if you struggle with anxiety
Managing anxiety can be a giant pain in the *ss. If you have social anxiety, for instance, then it can take a tremendous amount of effort to calm
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Lack of sleep alters brain chemicals to bring on cannabis-style ‘munchies’
Too little sleep may bring on a form of the marijuana “munchies”, say scientists who found that sleep-deprived people craved crisps, sweets and biscuits far more than healthier
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Doctors warn of demand for ‘vaginal seeding’ despite thin evidence
British doctors say more parents are requesting so-called "vaginal seeding", when a swab from the mother's vagina is wiped into a newborn's mouth after caesarean-section birth, despite a
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The Kentucky lawmaker who wants men to ask wives’ permission to take Viagra
February 19, 2016
Kentucky lawmaker Mary Lou Marzian introduced a bill to ban men from accessing Viagra unless they had a signed note from their wife, two doctor visits and a ...read more
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We need a cure for bacterial vaginosis, one of the great enigmas in women’s health
February 17, 2016
Lenka Vodstrcil, Monash University and Catriona Bradshaw, University of Melbourne This article is part of our series examining hidden women’s conditions. Few have heard of bacterial vaginosis (BV) ...read more
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‘Social’ egg-freezing is a hideous fertility gamble
February 10, 2016
It was bound to happen. A pop-up shop for a debate on egg-freezing, designed to respond to “growing public interest” in “social” egg-freezing – ie the freezing of ...read more
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Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
February 4, 2016
Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the ...read more
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Study grants for virgins ‘illegal’
February 4, 2016
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has slammed as "illegal" a new scholarship scheme for female students who must pass virginity tests during the holidays to receive grant money. ...read more
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Why you can’t just wipe out mosquitoes to get rid of the Zika virus
February 2, 2016
On Saturday Colombia's national health institute confirmed that more than 2 100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the Zika virus, which has been linked to a devastating birth ...read more
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Ex-model sounds the alarm on pressure to be thin
January 28, 2016
It was the stuff of dreams: walking down a Paris street one day to walking the runway as a top 20 model in the world's fashion capital. That's ...read more
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Birth defects linked to Zika virus still rising in Brazil
January 21, 2016
The cases of babies born with unusually small heads continue to rise in Brazil where researchers said on Wednesday they had found new evidence linking the increase to ...read more
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Gogos step up for peace of mind
January 18, 2016
"Left! Clap! Right! Clap!” shouts a young woman dressed in an orange tracksuit. She stands in front of about 30 women, who follow her movements obediently to a ...read more
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Brazilian model dies after cosmetic procedure
January 15, 2016
A Brazilian model who was a finalist in a national beauty contest died of a heart attack hours after undergoing a cosmetic procedure to remove wrinkles, the pageant ...read more
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What I’ve learned about diets: Punishing your body is not taking care of it
January 12, 2016
It’s the third week in January. You’re probably on a diet. More than any other axis of life – more than our careers, our relationships, our finances – ...read more
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Shorter stretch for Indian prisoners who pass yoga exam
December 2, 2015
Prison officers in western India have come up with a novel way for convicts to secure early release -- master some yoga poses and pass an exam, an ...read more