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Natural family planning gets trendy

CNN.com - Health - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:52

More women are saying no to hormonal birth control and yes to pregnancy prevention that sounds old-fashioned, natural family planning, also called FAM.

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Arctic bacteria could create life-saving drugs

CNN.com - Health - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:51

Scientists are scouring Arctic waters to find new bacteria, in the hope of creating vital new antibiotics.

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Medical News Today: Lack of exercise 'twice as deadly' as obesity

Medical News Today - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:00

We know lack of exercise is tied to obesity - which in turn raises risk of chronic diseases and early death - but a new study shows it also links to early death regardless of BMI.

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Medical News Today: Experts consider medical care standards for civilians in space

Medical News Today - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:00

An original article considers a range of current medical care standards and explores how they might be applied to the developing commercial space transportation industry.

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Medical News Today: Episiotomy has fallen in popularity, study finds

Medical News Today - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:00

Following recommendations from experts, rates of episiotomy have fallen in the US, according to researchers. Rates vary across different hospitals and among different demographics.

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Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of biotin?

Medical News Today - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:00

Find out about the potential health benefits of biotin including assisting with a healthy pregnancy, improving nail strength and durability, and lowering blood glucose.

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Medical News Today: 'Fear of exercise' is biggest barrier to chronic fatigue syndrome recovery

Medical News Today - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:00

Investigating how to optimize available CFS treatments, researchers found that many patients fear that exercise will exacerbate rather than improve their fatigue symptoms.

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Medical News Today: Breast cancer: rates of diagnosis and survival 'vary by race'

Medical News Today - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:00

A new study finds the likelihood of women in the US being diagnosed with breast cancer at stage I and surviving the diagnosis varies by race and ethnicity.

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NHIAA Hockey Trinity blanks Brady

Union Leader - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 01:35

John McNichols scored at 1204 of the second period and goalie Matt Beaudet stopped all 29 shots he faced as Trinity of Manchester defeated Bishop Brady of Concord 2-0 at Everett Arena Wednesday.

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Flu season a bad one, CDC says

CNN.com - Health - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:50

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College Roundup Hartford knocks off UNH men's hoop

Union Leader - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:32

Sophomore Daniel Dion nailed four threes and finished with 14 points but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell, 68-67, to America East foe University of Hartford on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

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NHIAA Roundup South rallies to upset Guertin in hockey

Union Leader - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:27

The Nashua South boys' hockey team upset Bishop Guertin, 7-6, Wednesday night at Skate 3 in Tyngsborough, Mass., to collect its first win of the season.

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Hawks roll past Celtics to post 10th straight win

Union Leader - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:17

Jeff Teague returned from a one-game layoff to record 22 points and six assists and lead visiting Atlanta to its season-high 10th straight win, 105-91, over the Boston Celtics.

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Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:02

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. Google is working on sensors to detect road signs and other vehicles, and software that analyzes all the data. The small, bulbous cars without steering wheels or pedals are being tested at a Google facility in California. Urmson wouldn’t give a date for putting driverless cars on roads en masse, saying that the system has to be safe enough to work properly. He told reporters Wednesday at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit that Google doesn’t know yet how it will make money on the cars. Urmson wants to reach the point where his test team no longer has to pilot the cars. “What we really need is to get to the point where we’re learning about how people interact with it, how they are using it, and how can we best bring that to market as a product that people care for,” he said. Google may face state regulatory hurdles depending on where it chooses to test the cars in public. Under legislation that Google persuaded California lawmakers to pass in 2012, self-driving cars must have a steering wheel and pedals.

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Government policy change aims to help first-time homebuyers

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:02

Uncle Sam wants to make it more affordable for Americans to buy their first home. The recent policy changes affect government-backed home loans and could make it less costly for first-time buyers to come up with a down payment or to afford private mortgage insurance. The changes center on the Federal Housing Administration and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Last week, the Obama administration announced that the premium that borrowers with an FHA-backed home loan must pay for mortgage insurance will be dropped to 0.85 percent from 1.35 percent by the end of this month. The move is estimated to save the average homebuyer $900 a year, as well as help save money for homeowners looking to refinance their mortgage. That followed an  announcement last month that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which buy home loans from lenders and then package them as securities to be sold to investors, would be adopting new guidelines on down payments. Specifically, the change would enable some borrowers to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, down from a minimum of 5 percent. “These combined actions between the FHA, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are a huge signal to the market that it’s OK to lend to first-time homebuyers,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist at real estate brokerage Redfin. The share of U.S. homes bought by first-time buyers has been below average through much of the housing rebound. First-time buyers accounted for 31 percent of all previously occupied homes bought in November. That’s well below the 40 percent that has been historically common. For many, affordability remains an obstacle because they have insufficient savings or poor credit – hurdles that could keep them from benefiting from the recent loan policy changes. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering applying for a home loan backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or guaranteed by the FHA: The fine print The FHA’s new 0.85 percent mortgage insurance premium is lower, but remains higher than historic norms.

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New Hampshire man arrested in Kansas

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:01

CONCORD (AP) – U.S. marshals say a New Hampshire man who failed to appear in Merrimack County Superior Court on child pornography charges in November is in custody in Kansas. Officials say Robert Leroy Amos was arrested in Salina, Kansas Wednesday morning without incident. He was charged as a fugitive from justice and is being held at the Saline County Jail pending extradition to New Hampshire. Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White said Amos fled to Kansas in late summer after learning Concord police were investigating him for possible possession of child pornography. Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Amos with two counts of possession of child pornography.

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Business break-ins reported in Manchester

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:01

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, say there’s been a rash of burglaries at businesses overnight and they’re searching for suspects. The break-ins included a pawn shop, an auto consignment store, an eye store, pet store, and pizzeria. Some items were taken. Police said they found a utility truck parked near a restaurant containing a cash register taken from the break-in at the pizzeria. An investigation also showed the vehicle had been stolen and used in a commercial burglary in Bedford. Police said security cameras were able to capture images of possible suspects.

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Mont Vernon board still closing karate studio, despite citizen protest

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:01

MONT VERNON – About 15 people filled the selectmen’s meeting room Monday night to urge board members to reverse their decision to evict a popular karate studio from the town-owned McCollom Building. But the board is sticking with its plan, said Selectman Jim Whipple, and it was not a snap decision. “We’ve been thinking about it for a year, year and a half,” he said Tuesday morning. Jim Peacock’s Mont Vernon Karate Studio has been on the second floor for almost a quarter of a century, and the town’s letter of eviction gives him until June 30 to vacate the space. Along with the need for more space for town functions, safety is an issue, Whipple said, because the Mont Vernon Police Department is on the first floor and children must pass near the police office to get to the studio. On Monday night Police Chief Kevin Furlough cited state laws regarding police department safety issues, Whipple said. Wesley Sonner, one of the residents who would like the studio to stay where it is, said on Tuesday morning he was disappointed. “We asked them to pass a motion to reverse the eviction until the town has a concrete plan to renovate or use the space,” he said. “Then we could come together as a town with Jim” and figure out a plan. If safety is a big concern, why give Peacock six months to get out, asked Sonner. The board made its decision in December, and the vote was 2-1, with Selectman John Quinlan dissenting. This is the second time in recent months that selectmen have gone against the wishes of residents, he said. Last fall the board voted to ban the use of fireworks without a permit. Peacock said the idea of opening a studio somewhere else is bittersweet. “The town has been really good to me,” he said, and “so generous” in allowing him to use the space. The board’s letter of eviction gave no reason, he said, and it also said he could use selectmen as a reference when looking for a new studio. With two children in college, Peacock is anxious about finding new space, because parents sign their children up for karate in the spring, and he’ll need a bigger enrollment to cover the cost of higher rent. The Mont Vernon Karate Studio began as a small club in 1991.

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Uber agrees to share passenger trip data with Boston

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:01

BOSTON (AP) – Uber has reached an agreement with Boston to share information about the trips passengers take using its on-demand service, a turnaround for a company that in the past has been reluctant to hand over data to government regulators. Uber, which announced the deal Tuesday, says it will provide Boston with the distance and time passengers travelled using the ride-hailing service, as well as general pick up and drop off locations. The San Francisco-based company promises the information, which it will provide quarterly starting in about two weeks, will be anonymous and protect drivers’ and passengers’ personal information. Meghan Joyce, general manager of Uber Boston, said Wednesday that the data can help city officials adjust traffic light patterns, reduce road congestion, focus transit investments and prioritize street repairs. “The implications for the insights that come out of this data are enormous,” she said. Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Boston’s chief information officer, says the information will also help on a range of planning and development decisions. “For us, it’s really a tool to look at the overall characteristics of roadways, trends and changes,” he said.

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Dismal report on US retail spending hits the stock market

Nashua Telegraph - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 00:01

NEW YORK (AP) – A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove stocks lower and sent yields on government bonds plunging as investors sought safety. U.S. stocks fell from the start of trading on a report that consumers pulled back on spending last month and on a slump in European markets. At one point, the Dow Jones industrial average shed nearly 350 points. Investors dumped some key commodities on fears global growth is stalling, pushing the price of copper to a five-year low, and they piled into German, British and U.S.

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