Thursday, 21 Mar 2019
Category: Health

Facebook under pressure to halt rise of anti-vaccination groups

Experts are calling on company to counter closed groups where members can post misinformation without challenge Facebook is under pressure to stem the rise of anti-vaccination groups spreading false information about the dangers of life-saving vaccines while peddling unfounded alternative treatments such as high doses of vitamin C. Related: How Facebook and YouTube help spread […]

Too many older people given ‘antidepressants instead of therapy’

Just 6.3% of people referred for NHS psychological help are older than 65, shows study GPs are giving too many older people antidepressants when they are struggling with depression, and should prescribe talking therapies far more often, according to new research. Family doctors too often avoid talking to patients over the age of 65 about […]

Number of US teens using e-cigarettes surges to 5m in one year – study

Vaping among young people increased by 1.5 million in 2018, prompting calls for regulation Roughly 4.9 million American teens used e-cigarettes in 2018, an increase of 1.5 million teens in just 12 months, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. The new figures prompted the head of the US Food and Drug […]

Study links heavily processed foods to risk of earlier death

French research involved more than 44,000 people over a period of seven years Eating a lot of heavily processed foods is linked to a risk of earlier death, according to a study. A team in France worked with more than 44,000 people in a study running from 2009 called NutriNet-Santé. They looked at how much […]

Concerns over birthing options as NHS shuts midwife-led centres

Trusts say midwives needed in hospitals, as critics argue women’s right to choose under threat They are places where birth balls, water pools and attentive midwives help women have their baby in a calm atmosphere without doctors intervening medically in the process of delivery. But NHS chiefs have sparked controversy by shutting eight birth centres […]

Queensland girls subjected to female genital mutilation in Somalia, court told

Mother is on trial in Brisbane after girls were allegedly taken from grandmother’s house and subjected to procedure Two Queensland girls were playing outside their grandmother’s house in Somalia when they were allegedly taken away to have their genitals mutilated, a court has heard. Their mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on […]

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