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Anti-depressants really do work, according to major new study

It’s hoped the latest research could help end any stigma about taking the medication   Scientists have finally concluded that anti-depressants work following the results of a major new study. According to the results – published in the Lancet – which analysed data from 522 trials involving 116,477 people, it was found 21 common anti-depressants were all more effective at reducing symptoms of acute depression than placebos. The authors of the report said it showed that many more people could benefit from the drugs, although the study also showed big differences in how effective…

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Acne may put you at risk of major depression. Here’s what new research says

Acne is associated with increased risk of developing major depression in the first years after the condition appears, reveals a study. The analysis included data from The Health Improvement Network (THIN) (1986-2012), a large primary care database in the United Kingdom. The investigators found that the risk for major depression was highest within one year of acne diagnosis – a 63% higher risk compared with individuals without acne – and decreased thereafter. The results indicate that it is critical that physicians monitor mood symptoms in patients with acne and initiate…

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The NSW Department of Education commissioned a $300,000 scripture review, but rejects its major findings | poll

THE NSW Department of Education has rejected major recommendations of a $300,000 taxpayer-funded review of scripture in NSW schools, including the need for more information on scripture providers to “identify radical groups or cults”. The 238-page review, completed in 2015 but not released until Tuesday, found scripture providers did not “consistently produce good quality curricula from an educational perspective”, the system of authorising scripture providers lacked transparency, and some scripture teachers were using authorised, but age-inappropriate materials, while others used non-authorised materials. The review found the Department of Education and scripture providers…

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Fat Shaming Can Be Major Cause of Health Disorders

A lot of people are subjected to fat shaming – at work, in school and almost every day. It is a form of prejudice where people are extremely critical of your appearance. Researchers from Penn Medicine believe that people who are obese or overweight face the stereotype of being lazy, incompetent or unattractive and are constantly blamed for their excess weight. According to this study, this kind of an attitude can take a toll on their health and put them at the risk of other diseases like heart trouble and metabolic…

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Living Close To Major Roads Increases Dementia Risk

People living near major roads have a higher chance of developing dementia, according to a large-scale study published in British medical journal The Lancet on Thursday. The research looked at six million adults living in Ontario, Canada between 2001 and 2012, and found that those living less than 50 metres (yards) from a busy road had a seven percent higher incidence of dementia. The risk was four percent above normal for those living 50-100 metres from main roads and two percent higher among those 100-200 metres away. There was no…

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E-Cigarettes a ‘Major Public Health Concern’: US Surgeon General

E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now “a major public health concern,” the US Surgeon General warned Thursday, sparking disagreement from experts in Britain where the devices are seen more favorably. The battery-powered devices heat a liquid containing nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled, and some experts worry that a new generation of smokers is becoming addicted. About one in six US high school students say they have used e-cigarettes in the past month. “E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900…

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