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Source: Global News

Kentucky governor intentionally exposed his 9 kids to chickenpox — experts say that’s ‘dangerous’

Today 08:04 GMT

Kentucky’s governor is being criticized for the health decisions he has made for his kids after he told a radio show that he intentionally exposed all nine of them to chickenpox, believing it would make them immune.

Anti-vaccine myths: The truth behind vaccines and your child’s health. “They got the chickenpox on purpose because we found a neighbour that had it, and I went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it, and they got it,” he told the station, as recounted by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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Source: The Guradian

'Super-smeller' helps develop swab test for Parkinson's disease

Today 05:09 GMT

Scientists have developed a test for Parkinson’s disease based on its signature odour after teaming up with a woman who can smell the condition before tremors and other clinical symptoms appear.

The test could help doctors diagnose patients sooner and identify those in the earliest stages of the disease, who could benefit from experimental drugs that aim to protect brain cells from being killed off.

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Source: Fox News

John Walker Lindh, American ex-Taliban fighter, to be released in May, hasn't denounced Islamism

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

John Walker Lindh, a former American Taliban militant convicted in 2002 for supporting the terrorist organization, is due to be freed in May.

“As of May 2016, John Walker Lindh (USPER) — who is scheduled to be released in May 2019 after being convicted of supporting the Taliban — continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts,” the Foreign Policy magazine reported. The report added Walker Lindh told “a television news producer that he would continue to spread violent extremist Islam upon his release.”

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Source: The Guradian

Social media addiction is not natural or normal – but is it really a disease?

Wednesday 14:31 GMT

On Monday a report was published by an all-party parliamentary group (APPG), proposing that internet addiction could be classified as a disease, and that research into its impact on mental health could be funded by a taxing social media companies.

It’s definitely not normal to wake in the night to use social media, or to spend roughly 24 hours a week on it, returning again and again even though it can make us feel depressed and alone.

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Source: Common Domain

London Leads U.K. in Buy-to-Let Cash Purchases With a 15% Increase

Tuesday 22:44 GMT

While the number of landlord cash buyers dropped 1% year-over-year across the U.K., cash purchases in London rose 15%, according to the Hamptons International monthly lettings index.

Hamptons International data show that in 2018, landlords in the east region of the U.K. made the most purchases with a mortgage, 54%, while northern landlords were most likely to buy with cash, making up 63% of purchases.

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Source: Fox News

Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, 'Miserlou' composer, is dead

Tuesday 09:00 GMT

Dick Dale, whose pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar, has died at age 81.

His musical influence was profound and included guitar virtuosos Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and movie director Quentin Tarantino, who selected Dale's "Miserlou," as the theme song of his 1994 film "Pulp Fiction."

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Source: Common Domain

An aspirin a day might not keep heart attacks away after all

Tuesday 18:11 GMT

After decades of recommending that men over 50 and women over 60 take a baby (aka low-dose) aspirin to prevent heart attacks and stroke, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association scrapped that popular prescription on Sunday.

The new studies that called taking aspirin for heart health into question included an analysis of more than 12,500 people published in Lancet last summer that found aspirin did not lower heart attacks or related events compared with a placebo over a five-year period — but the people who took the aspirin were twice as likely to report GI bleeding.

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Source: CTV

Canadian experts say prolonged antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease 'harmful'

Monday 16:21 GMT

A prolonged course of antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease is no more beneficial to a patient than a placebo and can even cause “harmful” health outcomes, Canadian infectious disease experts said in a new position paper.

The paper, which was released by the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada, says that long-term antibiotic treatment – beyond the standard short-course of antibiotics – can cause adverse health outcomes, including allergic reactions, C. difficile infections and other infections from intravenous catheters.


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