Same-sex UK weddings to begin in March

11 December 2013
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10 December 2013 Last updated at 16:54 ET The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the proposals The first same-sex weddings in England and Wales will be able to take place from 29 March 2014, Equalities Minister Maria Miller says. Initially it was thought the first marriages would not take place until next summer. Couples wishing to be among the first to marry will need to give formal notice of their intention by 13 March. It comes after the government’s...

You can’t blame hormones for your bad mood

11 December 2013
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Feeling grumpy? The classic “I’m hormonal” excuse may now be exactly that: Just an excuse. A new study from Stanford University finds that declining estrogen levels have no influence on women’s mood. Previous research has shown a tenuous link between estradiol—one form of estrogen—and depression in older post-menopausal females. “There is a lot of thought that estrogen has an important role with mood for women, with higher levels being associated with better mood,” says lead study author Victor Henderson, MD. “But the clinical data behind that is really...

Teachers give better grades to more attractive students

11 December 2013
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Getty Images/Blend Images If you were of a mind to forgive good-looking people for their freakishly good genetic makeup because you figure you got better brains than they did, don’t.  A new study suggests that people rated as more attractive are more likely to get higher grades and to go to college. In fact, the difference between the GPAs of the gorgeous and the unsightly was equivalent to the difference between kids who come from a two-parent or a single parent home. So feel free to hate on. The kids who were better-looking reported higher levels of teacher attention, more friends and less...

Violence in movies prevalent despite rating system

11 December 2013
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Violent movie characters often engage in other risky behaviors like sex and drinking, according to a new study — and those compounded behaviors occur equally in PG-13 and R-rated movies. “I think the take home message from this is that the motion picture rating system is not helping parents discriminate which movies children should see and which movies they should stay away from,” said Dr. James Sargent. Sargent, from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, has studied...

Dementia epidemic looms

05 December 2013
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Many governments are woefully unprepared for an epidemic of dementia currently affecting 44 million people worldwide and set to more than treble to 135 million people by 2050, health experts and campaigners said on Thursday. Fresh estimates from the advocacy group Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) showed a 17 percent increase in the number of people with the incurable mind-robbing condition compared with 2010, and warned that by 2050 more than 70 percent of dementia sufferers will be living in poorer countries. “It’s a global epidemic and it is only getting worse,”...

Photos show scale of North Korea’s repressive prison camps

05 December 2013
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Can you be obese and healthy?

05 December 2013
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The idea that people can be obese and still be “healthy” is called into question by a new study, that finds that, at least over the long term, obesity itself may confer a small increased risk of death. In the study, people who were obese but did not have metabolic problems — meaning they had normal blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and other measures of metabolic health — were still 24 percent more likely to experience a heart problem, such as a heart attack, or die from any cause over a 10-year period, compared with people who were a normal weight and also had no metabolic...

Veterans court program helps warriors battle addiction, mental health crises

05 December 2013
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Still in the Marine Corps at the time, and living at Camp Pendleton, Gonzales’s first court appearance was brief; he argued with the judge and got himself ejected. But then he finally listened to his counsel: “My lawyer recommended I go to veterans court” — one of a growing number of such programs that oversee criminal cases involving military veterans who were arrested at least partly because of an addiction or mental illness, most commonly depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. An average of 22 military veterans commit suicide every day in this country, perhaps the best measure...

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