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Roe v Wade: why vasectomies are no answer to abortion restrictions

The US supreme court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade will have a significant impact on the reproductive health and the safety of women who become pregnant in the US. Researchers have estimated it could increase maternal mortality in the country by 20%. The ruling also sparked debates around men’s reproductive options, including the role of vasectomies...

Children too anxious to attend school being failed by English councils – report

Ombudsman says children are going months and even years without proper alternative educationCouncils are failing to put adequate alternative education in place for the growing numbers of children in England who are unable to attend school because of social anxiety, according to a report by the local government ombudsman.Many have complex special educational...

30-minute class can improve teenagers’ stress response, study finds

Approach focusing on positives of stress is linked to academic improvement and lower anxietyStress in teenagers can be reduced by a single 30-minute online training session aimed at encouraging a growth mindset and seeing the body’s reaction to stress as a positive, according to scientists.A study involving more than 4,000 secondary school pupils and...

The mother of all worries never stops | Brief letters

Price of parental love | A convenient Royal Mail service | Stand like a tree | One foot on the groundRe your article (I’m learning to live with my fear for my baby’s safety: it’s the price we pay for love,4 July), the fear never goes. You just learn, if you are in reasonable mental health, to put the thought to the far recess of the mind’s worry file....

Who’s clapping now? UK healthcare workers with long Covid have been abandoned | Kelly Fearnley & Shaun Peter Qureshi

Frontline workers risked their lives for us, but now many with long Covid risk losing their jobsUK frontline doctors, like the rest of our NHS colleagues, stepped up to provide medical care to patients with Covid-19 from the start of the pandemic, long before any available Covid vaccines. Most were not furloughed nor able to stay home, but continued...

Sierra Leone backs bill to legalise abortion and end colonial-era law

Country hails ‘monumental step’ towards expanding reproductive rights at a time when the US has overturned themMinisters in Sierra Leone have taken a major step towards decriminalising abortion and overturning the country’s colonial-era law, in a move hailed by campaigners and women’s rights activists.President Julius Maada Bio said his cabinet had...

After the long wait, US parents seeking under-5s’ vaccine face yet more hurdles

Some local officials are unsure of how to order Covid vaccines or when they will arrive, while others are aiming to ignore federal guidelines completelyAshley Comegys, a parent of two young children in Florida, was ecstatic when the Covid vaccines were authorized for children above the age of six months in the US. “We’ve been waiting for this for so...

Doctors to overhaul car wreck rescue techniques amid new evidence

Firefighters trained in movement minimisation since 1980s but method can be time consuming and cost lives‘I feel disorientated’: replicating a real car crash to research rescue techniquesThere are plans for a major overhaul of how people are rescued from car wrecks amid growing evidence that current methods where people wait to be cut free may be harmful.Last...

‘I feel disorientated’: replicating a real car crash to research rescue techniques

Linda Geddes took part in simulated car crash rescue for research into how entrapment affects patient outcomes• Doctors to overhaul car wreck rescue techniques amid new evidence“Linda, Keep looking forward, OK? I’m just making some space and I’ll be coming into the front of the vehicle with you just as soon as I can,” booms a voice in my left ear. “Are...

Urban wetlands ‘could improve wellbeing in deprived UK areas’

Report says more ponds and streams can tackle health inequalities and foster community, saving NHS moneyCreating wildlife-rich wetlands such as ponds, streams and rain gardens in deprived urban areas could help level up inequalities in wellbeing across the UK, according to a report.The report collates evidence that access to wetlands improves health...

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