Friday, 22 Feb 2019
Category: Health

Anti-vaxx propaganda has gone viral on Facebook. Pinterest has a cure

As pressure mounts on Facebook to explain its role in promoting anti-vaccine misinformation, Pinterest tries different approach On Wednesday morning, Adam Schiff, the powerful chair of the House intelligence committee, joined journalists around the world in a nascent Twitter meme: he searched “vaccine” on Facebook and posted a screenshot of the results. Schiff’s search results […]

One in 13 teenagers has experienced PTSD, research finds

Experts concerned that young people not accessing mental health support for trauma Of all 18-year-olds in England and Wales one in 13 have had post-traumatic stress disorder at some point, half of those within the previous 12 months, researchers have said. The study’s findings have been met with alarm among experts, who raised concerns that […]

Pinterest blocks vaccine-related searches in bid to fight anti-vaxx propaganda

As pressure mounts on Facebook to explain its role in promoting anti-vaccine misinformation, Pinterest tries different approach On Wednesday morning, Adam Schiff, the powerful chair of the House intelligence committee, joined journalists around the world in a nascent Twitter meme: he searched “vaccine” on Facebook and posted a screenshot of the results. Schiff’s search results […]

Treatment of urinary tract infections | Letters

Carol Ferguson on James Malone-Lee’s treatment, and Carolyn Sugden on her personal experience Your excellent article about chronic urinary tract infections (Would I ever get back to normal life?, G2, 20 February) highlights the lack of awareness among medical professionals and the poor treatment approaches available on the NHS to this debilitating condition, which my […]

Extreme fasting: how Silicon Valley is rebranding eating disorders

The obsession with fasting overlaps with a trend for what is often termed ‘biohacking’ – the idea that your body is a system that can be quantified and optimized Eating is so last season; these days all the cool kids fast. Fasting diets have rocketed in popularity over the last few years, garnering a number […]

OCD isn’t about being over-tidy. I had intrusive thoughts about sex | Rose Cartwright

Confronting and understanding the disorder has been a lifelong journey for me. My memoir, Pure, is just the latest step Defining obsessive-compulsive disorder is tricky. Redefining it against the grain of near-universal misunderstanding is trickier. For decades, OCD has been conflated with perfectionism, rigidity, neatness, cleanliness. I hope that Pure – the Channel 4 TV […]

High risk: anti-vaxxers in the delivery ward

What can a doctor say to a mother who refuses a potentially life-saving treatment for her newborn? By Rachel Pearson For paediatric resident physicians, the newborn nursery at a high-risk delivery centre is a potent mix of the mundane and the terrifying. We spend most of our time teaching new parents how many wet nappies […]

Island of garbage: the all-female voyage to battle Earth’s plastic crisis

Plastic is everywhere, and it’s not going anywhere – potentially posing serious risks to our health. A crew of scientists and activists is conducting a hands-on investigation When I arrive at the marina in Victoria on a late-July morning, the sky and water are complementary shades of azure. On the deck of the 72ft shiny-bright […]

Britons urged to get flu vaccine as critical cases rise above 2,000

Virus has killed 200 and left many more in intensive care units over winter period Flu has left more than 2,000 Britons needing life-or-death treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU) this winter, even though the virus is circulating at unusually low levels. Senior doctors said as many people were at risk of dying as […]