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Rights groups fight Canada government's defense of solitary confinement
TORONTO, June 21 (Reuters) - Canadian law allows for prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement that hurts vulnerable people most and that is why it must be struck down, lawyers for civil liberties groups argued this week, as they accused the government of backing away from its avowed goal of pursuing prison reform.
Lifestyle changes can help obese women improve fertility
(Reuters Health) - Although obesity can significantly decrease a woman's ability to get pregnant, losing weight through diet and exercise can improve her odds, according to a research review.
Close sibling bonds may protect against harm of family conflict
(Reuters Health) - Strong sibling ties can help buffer adolescents from the stress of witnessing parents' battles and unresolved conflicts, a small study suggests.
Head of new U.S. corporate health plan cites surgery as biggest cost
San Diego (Reuters) - Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon who was named this week to head the company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to trim employee healthcare costs, on Thursday cited surgery as the single biggest U.S. healthcare cost and said there are ways to both cut costs and improve patient care.
U.S. House OKs farm bill with major food stamps changes
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a massive Republican farm bill with changes to the government food stamps program that make it unlikely to become law in this form.
'Heartbroken' father of designer Kate Spade dies at age 89
(Reuters) - The father of fashion designer Kate Spade has died just over two weeks after the suicide of his daughter, the family said on Thursday.
White House proposes merging Labor, Education departments
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday proposed merging the U.S. Labor and Education departments into a single agency, as part of what senior officials described as the biggest federal government reform since the Great Depression.
Immigration detainees influx squeezes healthcare at California prison -workers
WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) - An influx of hundreds of immigration detainees at a U.S. prison in California is straining its medical staff and raising concerns about the adequacy of healthcare for detainees and inmates, several employees at the prison have told Reuters.
Seafood tied to more sex and faster conception
Reuters Health - Couples who eat a lot of seafood may have sex more often and get pregnant more quickly than those who shun the shellfish and sardines, a U.S. study suggests.
Portable music players tied to hearing loss in kids
Reuters Health - Children who listen to music through headphones may be at greater risk of noise-related hearing loss, a Dutch study suggests.
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