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U.K. Doctors Call for Caution in Children’s Use of Screens and Social Media

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Europe|U.K. Doctors Call for Caution in Children’s Use of Screens and Social MediaImageBritain’s chief medical officers said that an association had been observed between the use of social media and mental health problems, but that “cause and effect are not yet fully understood.”CreditCreditChristophe Archambault/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesLONDON — With even Silicon Valley worrying about… Read More

Instagram Bans Graphic Images of Self-Harm After Teenager’s Suicide

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Technology|Instagram Bans Graphic Images of Self-Harm After Teenager’s SuicideImageInstagram announced that it would bar graphic images of self-harm from its site. The change follows a 14-year-old girl’s suicide that her father linked to her exposure to social media content about depression and self-harm.CreditCreditDado Ruvic/ReutersInstagram announced on Thursday that it would no longer allow graphic images… Read More

Measles Outbreak in Philippines Spreads Beyond Capital

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Asia Pacific|Measles Outbreak in Philippines Spreads Beyond CapitalImageChildren being treated for measles at a hospital in Manila on Thursday. Health officials said a dengue vaccine scare in 2017 had deterred many parents from inoculating their children against other diseases.CreditCreditFrancis R. Malasig/EPA, via ShutterstockMANILA — The Philippines expanded the area of a declared measles outbreak on… Read More

Key West Bans Sunscreen Containing Chemicals Believed to Harm Coral Reefs

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U.S.|Key West Bans Sunscreen Containing Chemicals Believed to Harm Coral ReefsImageA beach-goer in Key West, Fla., on Tuesday. The city has voted to ban the sale of sunscreen products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, believed to damage coral reefs.CreditCreditSteve Panariello/Florida Keys News Bureau, via Associated PressKey West, the sunny city at the southernmost tip of Florida,… Read More

Trilobites: Beaked Whales Are the Deepest Divers

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TrilobitesCuvier’s beaked whales off Cape Hatteras dive farther and stay underwater longer than any other marine mammal. ImageA Cuvier’s beaked whale making a rare appearance on the surface in waters off of North Carolina.CreditCreditTodd Pusser/Minden PicturesCuvier’s beaked whales are among the most mysterious and adept mammals on Earth.They can dive deeper and hold their breath… Read More

In Davos, Prince William Calls for Action on Mental Health

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Europe|In Davos, Prince William Calls for Action on Mental HealthVideoMental health stigma must end, Prince William said on a panel at Davos. He also spoke of his own struggles with mental health and the British tradition of suppressing emotions.CreditCreditMarkus Schreiber/Associated PressLONDON — Prince William, who has long spoken publicly about his emotional struggles, has taken… Read More

Phys Ed: Even a 20-Second Exercise ‘Snack’ Can Improve Fitness

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Phys EdAs little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough to increase aerobic fitness.ImageCreditCreditGetty ImagesAs little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough exercise to improve fitness, according to a pragmatic new study of interval-style training.The study finds that… Read More