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Exercise programme 'can reduce concussion' in youth rugby

A 20-minute exercise programme for young rugby players to improve their strength and balance could help to reduce concussion injuries, according to a study from the University of Bath. In a study of 14- to 18-year-olds in 40 schools, those completing the exercises three times a week saw 59% fewer concussions than other schools. The exercises focus on increasing neck ...

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More than 10,000 defibrillators in public places 'could be faulty'

More than 10,000 defibrillators in the UK may be affected by a fault, which means they will not work in an emergency. The fault affects LIFEPAK 1000 devices, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said. The manufacturer, Physio-Control, has sent a safety alert to those with the devices concerned, urging them to check the battery connection. The defibrillators ...

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Instagram 'worst for young mental health'

Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people’s mental health, a UK snapshot survey suggests. The poll asked 1,479 people aged 14-24 to score popular apps on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, bullying and body image. Instagram said keeping the platform a safe and supportive place for young people ...

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NHS performance data delay 'disappointing', regulator says

The publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands. Regulator NHS Improvement had wanted to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but was advised against it by the government. NHS Improvement said it was “disappointing” the results could not be published until after the election. ...

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Suspected Ebola cases in Congo rise to 29: WHO

0SHARESShare The number of suspected Ebola cases in Congo has risen to 29, up from 21, World Health Organization spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva on Friday. “As of this morning we have 29 suspected cases,” he said. There were no new deaths in the outbreak, but 416 contacts of sufferers were being chased up in ...

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Philippines' tough public smoking ban gets broad support

By Enrico Dela Cruz | MANILA A Philippine ban on smoking in public places received broad support on Friday, with anti-tobacco activists hailing it as a victory and some smokers saying they were now prepared to kick the habit. Even an industry lobby group, the Philippine Tobacco Institute (PTI), said it supported the regulation and acknowledged the health objectives. President ...

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Threat of malnutrition still high in Somalia despite onset of rains: ICRC

By Rajiv Golla | NAIROBI Rains in Somalia have brought relief from drought but malnutrition remains a threat, the International Red Cross said on Friday, with the number of children admitted to its feeding centers nationwide nearly doubling over the last year. Somalia is coming out of a severe drought that meant more than half its 12 million citizens were ...

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Yemen cholera cases could hit 300,000 within six months: WHO

By Tom Miles | GENEVA Yemen could have as many as 300,000 cases of cholera within six months and an “extremely high” number of deaths, the World Health Organization said on Friday. “We need to expect something that could go up to 200,000-250,000 cases over the next six months, in addition to the 50,000 cases that have already occurred,” Nevio ...

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