Oct

20

2017
Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

The world is incredibly close to wiping out polio. This year the number of polio cases has shrunk to fewer than a dozen. And those cases are in just two countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. “We are definitely encouraged by the decline in number of cases,” says Dr. Rana Safdar, the national coordinator for polio eradication in Pakistan. His country has seen the number of reported…

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Oct

19

2017
Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Enlarge this image A woman wears a mask and filter as she walks to work during heavy pollution in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet. The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease….

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Oct

19

2017
For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind

Enlarge this image The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death. Jennifer Kerrigan hide caption toggle caption Jennifer Kerrigan As someone who lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, novelist John Green sometimes feels like his mind is spiraling uncontrollably. “It starts out with one…

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Oct

19

2017
Itsy bitsy spider: Fear of spiders and snakes is deeply embedded in us

Itsy bitsy spider: Fear of spiders and snakes is deeply embedded in us

Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people, even in developed countries where hardly anybody comes into contact with them. Until now, there has been debate about whether this aversion is innate or learnt. Scientists have recently discovered that it is hereditary: Even babies feel stressed when seeing these creatures – long before they could have learnt this reaction.


Oct

19

2017

When Your Teenager Asks, ‘Did You Smoke Weed?’

October 19, 2017 Adolescence By LISA DAMOUR Adolescents sometimes raise important topics by putting adults on the spot. When asked if they have ever used marijuana, many parents feel surprised, defensive or wary. But with new research confirming that parents who provide direct information, guidance or advice about substances like marijuana have adolescents who are less likely to experiment with drugs, we might also feel…

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Oct

17

2017
HIV infection, even with antiretroviral therapy, appears to damage a growing child’s brain

HIV infection, even with antiretroviral therapy, appears to damage a growing child’s brain

One of the largest and best-documented trials of children receiving early antiretroviral therapy — the CHER clinical trial in South Africa — finds ongoing white matter damage in HIV-positive children at the age of 7 years. The study aims to contribute to a better understanding of brain development in HIV-infected and exposed children, as well as the impact of long-term antiretroviral treatment.


Oct

17

2017

Can Fathers Have Postpartum Depression?

By DOUGLAS QUENQUA October 17, 2017 In the days after his son was born, Rob Sandler found the thrill of becoming a new father replaced with dark feelings of dread and hopelessness. Those feelings, coupled with sleep deprivation and stress, culminated in a panic attack during his son’s bris. As a group of old friends was saying goodbye after the ceremony, “I had this feeling that they…

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Oct

17

2017
Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Enlarge this image Firecrackers are set off on the eve of last year’s Diwali festival. AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP via Getty Images India is set to celebrate Diwali this week. But the holiday has morphed from a festival of lights, illuminated with clay lamps, to a festival of sound and fury. It’s estimated some 50,000 tons of fireworks are exploded…

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Oct

16

2017
Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School

Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School

Enlarge this image Anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5 percent of school-age children. Some schools are employing new strategies to help these students overcome their symptoms. Anna_Isaeva/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Anna_Isaeva/Getty Images/iStockphoto Your child doesn’t want to go to school. It’s a daily struggle that many parents are familiar with. But what if your child refuses to go to school? Mental health…

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