Suicidal due to ‘crisis in mental health services’

August 19th, 2014 No comments

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin has been telling the BBC how he became suicidal after facing huge waiting lists when he experienced depression as a teenager. He has been asked to join a new task force looking at ways to modernise mental health …

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Facekini Is the Newest Trend in Skin Protection

August 19th, 2014 No comments

The trendiest accessory in skin protection, the facekini, is a cloth headsock that closely resembles a bank robber’s disguise. Ironically, 58-year-old facekini inventor Zhang Shifan, told Qingdao Television website that the mask was initially created to protect against offshore sea crabs rather, not to provide sun protection. Maybe that’s why Internet users in China were shocked when the practical (and not very pretty) item worn by so many middle-aged women hit the global fashion world.  Photo by Hong Wu/ CR Fashion Book, a magazine edited by the former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld, introduced the accessory to the world of haute couture this summer in a swimsuit photo shoot called “Masking the Sun.” The faces of presumably beautiful models are obscured by masks in bright colors and crazy prints paired, paired with expensive jewelry and the season’s hottest swimsuits. One post, according to BBC, sarcastically jokes, "Chinese old women are at the centre of the global fashion world."  Considering sunscreen needs to be reapplied about every two hours — or more often if you’ve been swimming or sweating — and hats only cover so much, the facekini is actually an excellent form of protection.

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The Medical Tests Some People Over 65 May Not Need

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In the study, researchers evaluated rates of colorectal, cervical, prostate, and breast cancer screening in people 65 or older using data from the National Health Interview Survey from 2000 through 2010. A total of 27,404 participants were grouped by their risk of dying during the next nine years from an illness other than the type of cancer involved in the screening. Approximately half of the men screened for prostate cancer were deemed likely to die in the next nine years. Roughly one-third of women screened for cervical or breast cancer similarly had a high risk of death.

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Gross or Dangerous? The Travel Edition

August 19th, 2014 No comments

Whether your current vacation plans involve a quick train ride to visit college friends or an 18-hour flight to some exotic locale (and if so, please try to keep the Instagram bragging to a minimum so the rest of us don’t die from envy, OK?), the journey and the destination will most likely feature some germy moments. We asked Charles Gerba, Professor of Microbiology & Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Public Health, and super duper clean-person Jolie Kerr, author of “My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha,” to share how to stay safe from the ickiness that’s lurking positively everywhere. More from YouBeauty: Tried-and-True Ways to Prevent Vacation Weight Gain 7 Awesome Products That Solve All Your Travel Problems Gross or Dangerous?

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California Couple Shares Surrogate Story in Wake of Thailand Controversy

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When news broke earlier this month about baby Gammy — the newborn with Down syndrome who was left (or kept) in Thailand with his surrogate mother while his intended adoptive parents returned to Australia with his twin sister — many were shocked. She’s referring to the roller-coaster ride she and her partner, Andrea, had in 2012, when Andrea agreed to be a surrogate for their friends, another lesbian couple who wanted a child but was having trouble conceiving.

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