Tag: Europe

Italy campaign to combat infertility stumbles with racist ad

ROME (AP) — Italy’s efforts to combat infertility and reverse one of Europe’s lowest birthrates stumbled badly Thursday following an ad campaign denounced as sexist, racist and ignorant of the economic reasons why Italians aren’t having babies. Italy on Thursday celebrated its first-ever “Fertility Day,” promoted by the Health Ministry to prevent infertility and sterility through education and health programs. Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin sought to keep on message during the official launch, decrying the fact that 700,000 Italians who want to have children can’t because of infertility problems. The campaign focuses on tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse. But...

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Digest this: heavy people may die up to 3 years early

LONDON (AP) — Being too heavy may cost you your life – literally. Scientists say overweight people die one year earlier than expected and that moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely. Doctors have long warned that being overweight can lead to health complications including heart disease, stroke and cancer, and previous studies have already found that extra pounds can take years off your life, based mostly on data from Europe and North America. In the new study, which the authors say is the largest-ever such analysis, researchers sifted through data for nearly 4 million non-smoking adults...

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Poles protest possibility of total ban on abortion

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles took part in street demonstrations on Sunday to protest a possible tightening of the country’s abortion law, already one of the most restrictive in Europe. The rallies in Warsaw and other cities were held under the slogan “No to the torture of women” and came as the influential Roman Catholic Church launched a campaign for a total ban on abortion, something supported by Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Abortion is currently illegal in Poland in most cases but there are exceptions if the pregnancy poses a threat...

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Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option

LONDON (AP) — A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study says. Some doctors, however, say there are lingering safety questions and warned patients not to rush to get the new technology. Unlike traditional pacemakers – which need a generator and wires and are implanted via surgery – the new pacemaker is a wireless tiny tube that can be attached to the right side of the heart using a catheter inserted through the leg. “This is another landmark in the development of pacemakers,” said Dr. Christopher Granger of...

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