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Frequent social media use can damage children’s mental health, study warns

Using social media isn’t directly harming teenagers – but it can reduce the time they spend on healthy activities, such as sleeping and exercising, a study suggests. Social media use raises children’s risk of mental health problems by up to half, a major study has found. The study suggested efforts should be made to reduce …

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Vaginal steaming leaves woman with severe second degree burns

A 62-year-old Canadian woman who attempted so-called “vaginal steaming” suffered a second-degree burn. The gynaecological misadventure, reported in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, occurred after the woman tried the Goop-endorsed practise as a means of remedying vaginal prolapse, which eMedicineHealth describes as a condition in which structures such as the uterus, rectum, bladder, urethra, …

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Man who was circumcised in hospital mix-up awarded $24,000 compensation

A man has been awarded £20,000 in compensation after he went into hospital for a bladder procedure and was mistakenly circumcised. Terry Brazier, 70, was given the procedure after staff at Leicester Royal Infirmary mixed up his notes. The hospital apologized and carried out an investigation, before confirming on Monday it had awarded Brazier a …

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7-Year-Old Boy Has 526 Teeth Removed From His Mouth

A 7-year-old boy in India had 526 tooth-like structures removed from his mouth, according to doctors. The boy was brought to the hospital with swelling in his jaw, according to a statement from the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital. Doctors decided to operate and discovered what they said resembled a “bag like mass” weighing almost …

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A Los Angeles hospital director has been arrested on child pornography charges

A Los Angeles hospital director was arrested after allegedly distributing and possessing child pornography, the district attorney’s office announced Wednesday Guido Germano, 59, of Santa Monica has been accused of distributing child pornography videos using peer-to-peer software and downloading them onto his personal computer at his home, a news release from the DA’s office said, …

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Ebola patient ‘escapes from treatment centre’

An Ebola patient under treatment in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reportedly escaped from the treatment centre. Local officials say the patient tested positive for the virus and was being treated. News website Actualité reports that DR Congo’s health ministry confirmed the incident. The Ebola treatment centre is located in Lubero, in North Kivu …

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Pastor who laid hands on the sick, becomes first person to die of ebola in DR Congo’s largest city

The first ebola patient in Goma, the largest city in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been confirmed dead, days after he got infected with the deadly virus.   DRC’s health ministry said the Pastor got infected after visiting Butembo, one of the epicentres of the epidemic, before taking a bus to Goma. The pastor …

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Michigan man electrocuted, then ‘returned from the dead’ after 20 minutes

Michael Pruitt was working outside when he was electrocuted, resulting in the untimely death of the young man in suburban Detroit. But after 20 minutes, doctors had him back on this side of reality. Michael Pruitt, 20, was helping his stepdad at a job site in Livonia when the ladder he was carrying touched a …

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African mothers sue America woman who they accuse of causing the deaths of more than 100 babies in Uganda

Missionary Renee Bach, who runs a local non-governmental organisation called Serving His Children in eastern Uganda, is being accused of representing herself as a doctor, and treating children in her care. She allegedly took children with malnutrition from local hospitals to “treat” them at her organisation – and some of them died. Renee Bach, 35, …

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Ebola outbreak alarming, but not yet a ‘global health threat,’ WHO says

The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is cause for extraordinary concern, but has not yet reached the threshold to declare it a global emergency. More than 1,400 people have died from Ebola in eastern DR Congo and more than 2,100 are infected with this fatal …

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