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Daily cannabis use lowers odds of using illicit opioids among people who have chronic pain

For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial - and a less dangerous - alternative.

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Living in ethnic enclaves may improve pregnancy outcomes

Asian/Pacific Islander women living in ethnic enclaves in the United States are less likely to have pregnancy or birth complications.

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Trying to help parents decide to vaccinate kids against HPV?

Health campaigns on social media aimed at increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination may see greater success, if they inject a narrative into information-based posts

Long-tailed mouse

Chileans create vaccine against Hantavirus

The carrier of the virus is mainly the long-tailed mouse (Oligoryzomis longicaudatus) inhabiting the southern forests of South America.

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What makes a happy working mom?

New research shows that the well-being of a working mum depends more on whether her own psychological needs are met rather than the temperament of her baby

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Mexico, a country with many problems but without rage

Mexico is the first country in the world declared free of rabies in humans transmitted by dogs, according to the World Health Organization.

Healthy sleep brain-waves are similar to earthquakes

Findings link healthy sleep to brain-wave bursts that mathematically mimic earthquakes.

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People who cannot read may be three times as likely to develop dementia

The study provides more evidence that reading and writing may be important factors in helping maintain a healthy brain.

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A potential new way to diagnose male infertility and pharmaceutical treatment options

It can take a year or longer of trial and error for a doctor to determine if a man is infertile but new research could change that

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Is there finally a solution to the poor state of mental health in Latin America?

Mental instability has proven to be a significant problem globally. And, it’s costly

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Australian women turning to cannabis to treat endometriosis symptoms

A new study has found one in eight Australian women with endometriosis use cannabis to alleviate pain and other symptoms

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Virginity testing is still a thing is some parts of the world

This practice has been used historically to torture and punish young women in some parts of the world.

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Anorexia nervosa comes in all sizes, including plus size

Patients with atypical anorexia nervosa are as likely as underweight patients to suffer from bradycardia, and other complications.

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Blood test can help spot ovarian cancer

The study says that clinical guidelines could now be improved to ensure urgent referrals are made for women most at risk.

In Colombia, women are the best peacebuilders

Cleiner Almanza, leader of Corporación Mujer Sigue Mis Pasos, told us how women in Colombia have been responsible for building peace among themselves.

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Evidence that tobacco smoking increases risk of depression and schizophrenia

Researchers have found that tobacco smoking may increase your risk of developing depression and schizophrenia

Anger, anxiety, insomnia: Tweets from Twitter users could predict loneliness

Social media has the potential to allow researchers and clinicians to passively measure loneliness over time.

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Women at higher risk of feeling chronic pain

Higher frequency of some chronic diseases, worse functional state, psychological stress, and less physical activity can explain the risk in women.

Woman holding baby while they're sitting on bean bag.

A mother's warmth, sensitivity can mitigate obesity risk factors in infants

A majority of mothers in the UB study had used cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana or cocaine during pregnancy, an obesity risk factor.

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Dysthymia: the disease of bad mood

Dysthymia is compromised with global functioning, but not to the point of severe depression.

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