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Study shows HPV vaccination does not cause riskier sexual behaviour among teens

Study shows HPV vaccination does not cause riskier sexual behaviour among teens

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There is no evidence to suggest that getting an HPV vaccination encourages teenage girls to engage in riskier sexual behaviour, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, used data from the B.C. Adolescent Health Survey, which collects health information every five years from B.C. students in grades 7 through 12. The study…
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A promising new way to treat appendicitis

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A brand new study from Finland shows the choice of antibiotic a fair alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment with antibiotics, almost two-thirds of patients had not had another attack. It is a substantial change in contemplating how to treat an inflamed appendix. For decades, appendicitis has been considered a medical…
Paralysed patients able to walk following epidural stimulation

Paralysed patients able to walk following epidural stimulation

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Two recent separate studies report successes with epidural electrical stimulation in helping paralysed patients regain the ability to walk. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers enrolled four patients who experienced spinal cord injuries roughly 3 years earlier. The patients had no motor abilities (ability to cause a predetermined movement outcome) below…
Excessive computer use can lead to poor vision

Excessive computer use can lead to poor vision

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Excessive use of smartphones, tablets or other types of computers in early childhood increases the risk of developing short-sightedness, eye-care professionals warn. "Studies show that lifestyle is responsible for about half of all cases of short-sightedness," says ophthalmologist Dr Bettina Wabbels, who points out that evidence of a link between computer use and short-sightedness has…
Weight loss can put type 2 diabetes into remission

Weight loss can put type 2 diabetes into remission

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In 2017, the landmark Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) revealed that type 2 diabetes can be reversed in some adults by following an intensive weight management programme, but no-one knew why. Now, new research being presented at this year's European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting suggests that remission is dependent on…