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Science or snake oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections? Health 

Science or snake oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections?

Australia (Conversation) – Manuka honey is often touted as a “superfood” that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds. Manuka can apparently also boost energy, “detox” your system, lower cholesterol, stave off diabetes, improve sleep, increase skin tone, reduce hair loss and even prevent frizz and split ends. Some of these claims are nonsense, but some have good evidence behind them. Honey has been used therapeutically throughout history, with records of its cultural, religious and medicinal importance shown in rock paintings, carvings and sacred texts from many diverse Read More

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Hopelessness and Exploitation Inside Homes for Mentally Ill Featured Health 

Hopelessness and Exploitation Inside Homes for Mentally Ill

New York (ProPublica)  – A reporter finds that homes meant to replace New York’s troubled psychiatric hospitals might be just as bad. In the 1960s, New York began to clear out its scandal-ridden psychiatric hospitals. In their place, a new system emerged. Thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers moved into “adult homes,” large apartment complexes concentrated mostly in New York City and its surrounding suburbs. The homes were meant to provide a safer, more humane alternative to the hospitals; they were closer to where many of the patients lived, and promised modest psychiatric care and other services. But decades later, Read More

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Skin lightening: the dangerous obsession that’s worth billions Health 

Skin lightening: the dangerous obsession that’s worth billions

(Mosaic) – Millions of people across the world want to make their skin lighter – but the treatments they use can be dangerous. Mary-Rose Abraham meets beauticians, dermatologists and their clients to walk the line between aesthetic choice and racial prejudice. “It starts when children are young. The moment a child is born, relatives start comparing siblings’ skin colour. It starts in your own family. But people don’t want to talk about it openly.” Kavitha Emmanuel is the founder of Women of Worth, an Indian NGO that is standing up to an ingrained bias toward lighter skin. The Dark Read More

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Health Check: is makeup bad for your skin? Health 

Health Check: is makeup bad for your skin?

World (Conversation) – Makeup is an everyday item for many people and non-negotiable for some. Is it bad for our skin? As always, the answer is not clear-cut and depends on the individual, their skin type, and the products they use. With an overwhelming choice of cosmetic products available, most people don’t even know where to start with makeup. Organic? Natural? Fragrance free? Hypoallergenic? Non-comedogenic? Paraben free? What does this all mean, and are they any better? The term makeup generally describes the group of cosmetics that are used for beautification. Other cosmetics include products that are used to Read More

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Judge temporarily halts Texas ban on common second-trimester abortion procedure Health 

Judge temporarily halts Texas ban on common second-trimester abortion procedure

Texas (TexasTribune) – A federal judge on Thursday delayed for two weeks enforcement of part of a state law that bans the most common second-trimester abortion method. A federal judge has temporarily stopped Texas officials from enforcing a ban on the most common second-trimester abortion procedure, just one day before the ban was set to go into effect. Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted a temporary restraining order Thursday, delaying enforcement of the ban until Sept. 14. It was originally set to go into effect Sept. 1. Senate Bill 8, which passed during the 2017 regular Read More

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To the Bone: creating eating disorder awareness or doing harm? Health 

To the Bone: creating eating disorder awareness or doing harm?

Australia (Conversation) – To the Bone – a film about a turning point in a young woman’s battle with anorexia nervosa – has attracted comment from mental health professionals and advocates. Critics have concerns it could cause or worsen eating disorder symptoms. The writer-director of To the Bone assured audiences she wished to dispel myths, not do harm. So which aspects of the new film might do harm, and which might educate the audience in a positive way? How might the film cause harm? It’s important to be clear that this film isn’t going to cause an eating disorder in Read More

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Which type of chocolate is best for your health? Here’s the science Health 

Which type of chocolate is best for your health? Here’s the science

World (Conversation) – The Aztec emperor Montezuma II said that a soldier could march for a whole day on a single cup of cocoa. But this was not the hot chocolate we would be familiar with today. It was gritty, bitter and often had a fatty scum on top. And if that doesn’t sound unpleasant enough, it was occasionally laced with chilli or human blood. Modern sweet chocolate – with its added milk powder and sugar – is a product of the industrial revolution. Until fairly recently, chocolate wasn’t even considered to be a potential health food; it was Read More

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It’s Summertime, Where Have All the Children Gone? Health 

It’s Summertime, Where Have All the Children Gone?

United States (ITO) – It’s summer vacation, but you might not know it from the absence of children on streets and sidewalks, in parks and public spaces. Just as afternoons and weekends during the school year are more void of children than ever before, so too is summertime. Where are all of these young ones? Increasingly, they are contained in structured, adult-led, often indoor activities where they are told what to do, what to think, and how to act. Those play-filled afternoons with the neighborhood kids we remember from childhood? Gone. Those long summer days outside with friends, roaming Read More

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Are high heels bad for your health? Health 

Are high heels bad for your health?

(Conversation) – The answer to the question: “Are high heels bad for your health?” may seem obvious to some. There is copious research into the manifold ways that high heels affect their wearers’ well-being, but it is highly fragmented, often focusing on specific health issues. Plus, there is also research that shows benefits to wearing high heels. We decided to take the many factors involved in high heel health into account and conduct the first systematic review of research into both the benefits and harms of high heel wear. We identified 506 individual studies on the issue of high Read More

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Artificial Light of Digital Devices Lessens Sleep Quality Health 

Artificial Light of Digital Devices Lessens Sleep Quality

United States (Tasnim) – Blue light emitted from digital devices could contribute to the high prevalence of reported sleep dysfunction, suggests new research. There is no doubt we love our digital devices at all hours, including after the sun goes down. Who hasn’t snuggled up with a smart phone, tablet or watched their flat screen TV from the comfort of bed? But a new study by researchers at the University of Houston College of Optometry, published in Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics, found that blue light emitted from those devices could contribute to the high prevalence of reported sleep dysfunction. Study Read More

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