Smokers should be given anger management lessons to help them give up smoking, a study suggests.University of California tests on 20 people found nicotine helped calm aggression, but it was more likely from people not wearing nicotine patches. Researchers hypothesised smokers were more likely to be people prone to anger and said tackling this could be a vital part of smoking cessation services. N Read More »
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By Heather SharpBBC News, NazarethIt seems everyone on the chaotic, slightly scruffy streets of the Israeli-Arab town of Nazareth is still seething about Israel's operation in Gaza."Nobody agreed to this massacre," says gently-spoken restauranteur Dokhol Safadi, 41, who swears by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and condemns rocket fire against southern Israel.Until 27 Dec Read More »
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Many pregnant women who smoke do not approach doctors for help to quit because they think they will be "judged", a poll suggests.Around 17% of women in England smoke during pregnancy, despite the risks to their unborn child.The NHS is launching a new campaign to try to persuade them to ask for help to give up their habit.Two in five of those smoking during pregnancy said they did not admit their Read More »
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Judy (not her real name), a 26-year-old Kenyan student who had an illegal abortion aged 18, gives the BBC her reaction to US President Barack Obama's recent decision to end a ban on US aid money going to abortion counselling groups."It makes me very angry when I think of what I had to go through. But I am very happy that clinics in Kenya can now provide abortion advice. I was still in second Read More »
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The oceans are thought to have absorbed about half of the extra CO2 put into the atmosphere in the industrial ageThis has lowered its pH by 0.1pH is the measure of acidity and alkalinityThe vast majority of liquids lie between pH 0 (very acidic) and pH 14 (very alkaline); 7 is neutralSeawater is mildly alkaline with a "natural" pH of about 8.2The IPCC forecasts that ocean pH will fall by "between Read More »
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The agriculture minister of Latvia has been forced to resign in the wake of growing protests by farmers, while the government faces a no-confidence vote.Minister Martins Roze announced his resignation even as the cabinet agreed a big rescue package for farmers.On Tuesday they picketed the agriculture ministry and delivered cows' heads in a coffin.Latvia has faced growing public discontent followi Read More »
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