Health

Sissi’s power grab in Egypt gets a nod from Trump

President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi of Egypt was in Washington this week, and the headlines of Egyptian newspapers and media channels — and also those from the White House — are emphasizing cooperation and shared interests in the region. Predictably, up until the Trump-Sissi Oval Office meeting, there had been absolutely no mention of Sissi’s moves to consolidate power through constitutional amendments and Egypt’s democratic struggles. This ...

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Yoga: A beginner’s guide

First things first: yoga is not about being ridiculously flexible or standing on your head. In fact, centuries before Instagram and activewear, “doing yoga” didn’t involve the body at all. At its core, yoga is a practice for tapping into your mind and poses are just one way of doing that. Yoga’s philosophy is based on eight limbs; only one ...

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South Sudan conflict: The hungry emerge from swampland for aid

KALAHAN DENG Three years of civil war in South Sudan have driven thousands of families into the marshes of the Nile to hide from the fighting. A famine has been declared some parts. The BBC’s Alastair Leithead has been to the rebel-held town Thonyor in Leer County, where people have been told to gather to get help. They emerged from ...

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Australian vet nurse spends 30 minutes massaging tennis ball out of snake that mistook it for food and swallowed it

KALAHAN DENG Asnake that had swallowed a tennis ball had to have the item massaged out of its gut by a vet, after it was found by a snake catcher in Townsville, Australia. The 1.5m carpet python was taken to a local vet surgery on Monday by local snake handler, Brian West. “Maybe everyone six months we’ll find ones with ...

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‘Trapped’: Thousands call Childline for mental health help

“Trapped” and feeling like a “monster” is how one young person has described their struggle with mental health. They were just one of more than 50,000 children and young people who turned to Childline last year because of a serious mental health problem. New data from the NSPCC shows one in six Childline counselling sessions is now about serious mental ...

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These Girl Scout Cookie-Flavored Pancakes Are Actually Good for You

If Tagalongs—those peanut butter-and-chocolate pockets of yumminess—are your jam come Girl Scout Cookie season, but you just can’t let yourself eat cookies for breakfast (even in cereal form), you are in luck: We’ve created a pancake recipe that incorporates that classic PB-chocolate combo, looks super appealing (chocolate chip pancakes!), is really easy to make (whip it up in a blender) ...

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US patients await Obamacare’s fate

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG As Republicans begin their repeal of the Affordable Care Act, patients weigh in on how the act has changed their medical care. At first, 20-year-old Duncan DeLoach figured that the persistent, squeezing feeling he had at the base of his spine was just a pulled muscle. But the pain intensified to the point where, on the ...

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Fox News under fire after pressuring news anchor Megyn Kelly to lose 25 pounds

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Megyn Kelly has struggled with weight all her life. Two years ago Fox News told her to “Shape up or shape out”, she either needed to lose 25 pounds or find a new network to work for. Kelly, who wore a size 16 then, watched the pounds melt away. At her heaviest she weighed 185 pounds, ...

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Obamacare boosted number of people with health insurance in every state, decreased cost barriers to care, study finds

A lot of people got health insurance under Obamacare — and they’ve elected a president who has vowed to take it away. A new study out Wednesday notes that all 50 states and the District of Columbia saw decreases — often sharp decreases — in their rates of people lacking health insurance after implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nine ...

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Film highlights Fiji’s baffling rate of albinism

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Fiji is a popular destination for travellers in search of tropical beaches and sunshine, but many visitors would be unaware the country struggles with an unusually high rate of albinism. A new film has highlighted the issue, writes Ben Collins. Christine Nestel called Fiji’s largest television station to ask if she could use footage from a ...

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