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Urban women at increased risk for postpartum depression

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women who live in large urban areas are more likely than their peers in more rural areas to develop postpartum depression, according to new research from Canada. That’s largely because risk factors for postpartum depression – such as having low levels of social support and…

Taiwan upholds first transgender marriage

Taiwanese authorities have agreed to uphold the marriage status of a local transgender couple, reversing a previous official decision in a ruling activists said would help the bid to legalise same sex marriage. In what was hailed as a “benchmark” ruling, Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior on Wednesday decided that…

Dogs yawn along with their masters: study

Tired dog lovers who think their pet pooch is yawning right along with them may just be right, according to a Japanese study. Dubbed “contagious yawning”, the new research says man’s best friend can sense human fatigue and, in a possible show of empathy, will join humans in a big…

Judge orders defense lawyers to remain with alleged Fort Hood shooter

FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) – The judge in the court-martial of a U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of a mass shooting denied a request by his standby defense lawyers to reduce their role, and ordered them Thursday to continue assisting Major Nidal Hasan. The three lawyers had asked military Judge Colonel…

New study finds high levels of arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites

By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale. While the findings are far from conclusive, the study provides further evidence tying…

IRS manual detailed DEA’s secret spying program

By John Shiffman and David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years. The practice…

Pope Francis strengthens Vatican law against money laundering, terrorism financing

Pope Francis intensified the fight against corruption in the Vatican on Thursday, strengthening the law to counter “money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” The short “Motu Proprio”, a decree of Francis’s own initiative, strengthens the supervision of financial transactions “in response to…

‘Revolutionary’ honors Chavez with her ‘people’s barber shop’

Ana Urdaneta, 64, proudly displays a poster of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez in her makeshift “people’s barber shop” in downtown Caracas. Although her beloved president died of cancer earlier this year, Urdaneta says his Venezuelan revolution goes on, with every snip of her scissors. Urdaneta’s particular calling is providing…

British prime minister urges boycott of social network sites over cyberbullying suicide

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday urged Internet users to boycott certain social networking sites, after a teenage girl who was bullied online committed suicide. Cameron described the death of 14-year-old Hannah Smith, who hanged herself last week after receiving abuse on the website ask.fm, as “absolutely tragic”. He…

Hackers plant false Mikhail Gorbachev death rumor on state media Twitter accounts

The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was forced to deny rumours of his death after hackers planted a false report on Twitter accounts of a state news agency. “I’m alive and well,” Gorbachev late Wednesday told the website of Novaya Gazeta newspaper, using a blanked-out Russian expletive to describe his…

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