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Monday 24 January – Worst Day of the Year?

Monday 24 January - Worst Day of the Year?

Misery is expected to peak on Monday, as 24 January has been pinpointed as the worst day of the year. January has been long regarded as the darkest of months, but a formula from a part-time tutor at Cardiff University shows it gets even worse this...

A doctor with gift takes his own life

A doctor with gift takes his own life

Dr. Jonathan Drummond-Webb had a gift for fixing heart defects in the tiniest patients, and it made him one of the best in the business. But that apparently wasn't enough.

Drummond-Webb killed himself on Dec. 26, authorities say; he reportedly overdosed on painkillers and bourbon, three days after what seemed like another miracle: the successful use of a miniature heart pump that kept a 14-year-old boy alive until an organ became available for transplant.

This struck me as...

Europe is world’s suicide hotspot

Europe is world's suicide hotspot

Europe has the world's highest suicide rate and cases are rising among young people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Gudjon Magnusson, WHO director for Europe in charge of mental health, told that Europe needed to lose its shameful record of suicides per 100,000 population. He was speaking at a 52-country ministerial summit on mental health being staged in Helsinki. "There are 873,000 suicides worldwide and Europe, east and west, has 163,000 of those. There are...

Internet threat to libraries analyzed

Internet threat to libraries analyzed

A major national study conducted by the School of Informatics and the Urban Libraries Council found five years ago that increased Internet use in the had not produced a reduction in the public use of libraries.

The study presented a new consumer model of the adult market for library and Internet services, one that consisted of "information seekers" who used both resources, but in different ways. In that study, the researchers found that the use of libraries and...

The Next Big Thing

I've been working on this for the past 2 years, but here and now, I predict The Official Next Big Thing -- specialized search engines. Google is great, don't get me wrong, I love it! But when you need to do a specialty search...

Complementary and alternative therapies and conventional medical therapies

Complementary and alternative therapies and conventional medical therapies

Stating that health care should strive to be both comprehensive and evidence-based, a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies calls for conventional medical treatments and complementary and alternative treatments to be held to the same standards for demonstrating clinical effectiveness. The same general research principles should be followed in evaluating both types of treatments, although innovative methods to test some therapies may have to be devised, said the committee that wrote...

Lovers no good in spotting others in love

Lovers no good at spotting others in love

The next time you're at a party with the love of your life, don't spend a lot of time trying to identify other couples in love - chances are, you aren't very good at it.

Golfers may be able to identify a sweet swing, and runners admire a lengthy stride in others, but a new study has found that when it comes to identifying couples in love, no one is worse than - well, couples in...

Columbia study shows depression intensifies from one generation to the next

Columbia study shows depression intensifies from one generation to the next

Nearly 60 percent of children whose parents and grandparents suffered from depression have a psychiatric disorder before they reach their early teens, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). This is more than double the number of children (approx. 28 percent) who develop such disorders with no family history of...
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