Health

France likely to pass bill banning super-skinny models
France's government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models as well as potentially fining the modelling agency or fashion house that hires them and
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Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds
Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s peak body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies. Homeopaths believe that
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IVF test improves chances of implantation by pinpointing fertility window
Thousands of infertile couples could benefit from a new test that tailors the timing of IVF treatment to a woman’s individual cycle for the first time. The scientists
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Puerto Rico law would brand parents of obese children ‘child abusers’
March 9, 2015
Nikhol Cruz Cepeda doesn’t look like a victim of child abuse. She has a wide, sparkling smile, enjoys spending time with her family and close circle of friends, ...read more
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Psychedelic drugs like LSD could be used to treat depression, study suggests
March 6, 2015
Psychedelic drugs could prove to be highly effective treatments for depression and alcoholism, according to a study which has obtained the first brain scans of people under the ...read more
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Life seems short, says world’s oldest person at 117
March 6, 2015
The year Misao Okawa was born, Queen Victoria was on the British throne and the Spanish-American war was in its infancy. She married almost a century ago and ...read more
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‘We christened your dead baby': Belfast clinic’s anti-abortion siege
February 25, 2015
Armed with walkie-talkies and body cameras, they guide women through a gauntlet of demonstrators who are hurling abuse and waving plastic foetuses outside the only clinic in the ...read more
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Binge-beating Banting: Why Tim’s take is hard to stomach
February 20, 2015
“The thing about carbohydrates is: they make you feel good,” Noakes says. “Modern scientists have shown that there are pathways in the brain that light up when you ...read more
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Why getting an abortion was the best decision of my life
February 19, 2015
Sometimes, however, I do feel guilty for not ‘sticking it out’ and ‘doing the right thing’. My husband feels the same. But then I think to myself, who ...read more
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‘I want dyed hair – even if I have to pick scabs off my scalp’
February 6, 2015
Every two months Barclay Cunningham goes through a process that begins with taking an antihistamine tablet. After a few hours, she smears a thick layer of antihistamine cream ...read more
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Measles threat puts Ebola to shame
January 30, 2015
The year 2014 saw one of the scariest infectious disease outbreaks in recent history. Ebola has so far claimed about 8 600 lives of the nearly 21 700 ...read more
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Moral crusade condemns SA women to die
January 30, 2015
Almost exactly three weeks ago, women ­attending a Cape Town reproductive clinic found themselves running an unexpected gauntlet. Instead of ­walking through the doors and waiting in line ...read more
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Disneyland measles outbreak leaves many anti-vaccination parents unmoved
January 26, 2015
For more than three years, Tanya Gottesburen refused to have her son Robert vaccinated. She didn’t like what she read about the ingredients in vaccines – things like ...read more
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Fetal illness is scarring the Karoo
January 23, 2015
"The doctor told me that she had a heart condition,” Santie Coetzee* said. Her voice was barely audible. She tightened her grip on the crumpled tissues in her ...read more
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Longevity is just a few steps away
January 16, 2015
It’s that time of year again: the New Year fervour has begun to wane, the spirit of resolution is becoming diluted with the realities of daily life, and ...read more