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Down syndrome boy's mum fires back at troll

Down syndrome boy's mum fires back at troll

"Ugly." That's how one commenter cruelly responded when US mother Megan Davies Mennes posted this photo of her son Quinn, who has Down Syndrome, to her Instagram account.
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Discovery to ease ravages of chemo

Discovery to ease ravages of chemo

A medical breakthrough will reduce the arduous side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients.
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Older mums 'more likely to have autistic child'

Older mums 'more likely to have autistic child'

Women who wait to have children are at a greater risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to US and Swedish researchers.
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Breastfeeding protects from heart disease

Breastfeeding protects from heart disease

Breastfeeding may reduce a major risk factor for heart disease well into adulthood, a US study has found.
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Nurse cleared over couple's $315k bequest

Nurse cleared over couple's $315k bequest

A nurse left $315,000 in the wills of a Christchurch couple "acted as a caregiver and close friend", the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal rules.
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Potential human superbugs in manure

Potential human superbugs in manure

Further study is needed to probe whether cow manure harbours a major reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes that could move into humans.
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'It's okay to drink a bottle of wine a day'

'It's okay to drink a bottle of wine a day'

We are told we shouldn't drink more than four standard drinks in one sitting, which is the equivalent of about half a bottle of wine.
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Narrow artery may be memory warning

Narrow artery may be memory warning

A build-up of material on the walls of carotid arteries can restrict blood flow to the brain and may be linked to memory decline, research shows.
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Cuba sells condoms after expiry date

Cuba sells condoms after expiry date

In a bid to address a national shortage, authorities in Cuba have approved the sale of more than one million condoms with apparently expired dates.
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UK skin cancer rates sky rocket

UK skin cancer rates sky rocket

Britain's love of a sun tan is being blamed for a huge rise in the rates of malignant melanoma.
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Pain threshold 'decided by genes'

Pain threshold 'decided by genes'

Researchers say a study showing four genes may affect a person's pain threshhold could lead to new pain management therapies.
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Screen time causing back pain for kids

Screen time causing back pain for kids

Too much time spent on computers, watching TV and using mobile phones is causing increasing numbers of children and teenagers to suffer back pain, according to...
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Kiwis not getting enough sleep

Kiwis not getting enough sleep

Many Kiwis are not getting enough sleep due to bad sleeping habits.
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Happiest couples spoon at night: study

Happiest couples spoon at night: study

The distance between you and your partner when you're sleeping could provide insights into the strength of your relationship, according to UK researchers.
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Measuring babies' heads could predict autism

Measuring babies' heads could predict autism

Measuring babies' heads and their head-tilting reflex appears to be an accurate predictor of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in infants aged between nine and 12...
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Bowel cancer risk 'boosted by gene'

Bowel cancer risk 'boosted by gene'

People born with a particular gene mutation are more likely to develop bowel cancer from eating processed meat, according to a US study.
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Brain scan offers hope to coma patients

Brain scan offers hope to coma patients

Belgian researchers say using scanner can help to identify brain-injured patients who have a chance of recovering some consciousness.
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Teenagers risk neck and back pain

Teenagers risk neck and back pain

Slumping over laptops and tablets could be contributing to a rise in neck and back problems among teenagers, a British study says.
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Low weight gain 'results in obese child'

Low weight gain 'results in obese child'

It's known that women with high BMIs or those who gain excessive weight gain during pregnancy are more likely to have overweight children, but now it appears...
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Cannabis use 'alters brain regions': study

Cannabis use 'alters brain regions': study

Scans show that the brains of people who smoke marijuana are markedly differenct from those of non-users, says a study in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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