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A group of Israelis watch as a helicopter carrying hostages released from Gaza lands at the helipad of the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva

Released hostages, detainees may face severe psychological effects, experts say

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) — Newly freed hostages and detainees may experience a range of layered psychological impacts including anxiety, depression, disorientation, grief, post-traumatic stress and survivor’s guilt as they return home and beyond the Israel-Hamas truce, experts say. The truce, which was slated to end Tuesday but has been extended for two days,

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Most school shootings aren’t mass killings, study finds, and they’re often driven by community violence

By Amanda Musa, CNN (CNN) — Many Americans think of school shootings as mass casualty events involving an adolescent with an assault-style weapon. But a new study says that most recent school shootings orchestrated by teenagers do not fit that image — and they are often related to community violence. The study, published Monday in

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Five weird signs of sleep apnea

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — If you snore the house down, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA — a potentially dangerous condition in which people stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time. The condition has been linked to smaller brain volume, damage to the white matter communication

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Is there such a thing as too much gratitude? Turns out sometimes less is more

By Jessica DuLong, CNN (CNN) — Gratitude gets credited with making improvements in just about every life sphere, including benefiting decision-making, self-esteem and stress reduction and boosting cardiovascular health, immunity and sleep. You don’t have to look far to find countless recommendations for a gratitude practice as a key to happiness. But is making a

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China says seasonal germs, rather than ‘unusual or novel pathogens,’ behind spike in pediatric respiratory illness, WHO says

By Jen Christensen, CNN (CNN) — Chinese health authorities told the World Health Organization on Thursday that a spike in cases of children with pneumonia or respiratory illness in the northern part of the country stems from typical seasonal germs rather than any novel or unknown pathogen, the organization said. After asking for more information

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Air pollution from coal-fired plants is much more deadly than originally thought, study finds

By Jen Christensen, CNN (CNN) — No pollution is good for anyone’s health, but a new study found that scientists may have significantly underestimated just how deadly pollution from coal-fired plants can be. It also shows how tighter regulations can work. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that exposure to fine particulate

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WHO asks China for more information on spike in pediatric respiratory illnesses

By Katherine Dillinger, CNN (CNN) — The World Health Organization says it has requested more information from Chinese officials on an increase in respiratory illnesses and pneumonia clusters among children there. Officials from China’s National Health Commission reported an increase in respiratory disease at a news conference last week, WHO said in a statement Wednesday. “Chinese authorities

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Recalled applesauce pouches still on some store shelves, FDA says, as more illnesses reported

By Katherine Dillinger, CNN (CNN) — Cinnamon applesauce pouches that have been recalled after reports of high blood lead levels in children are still on the shelves at some Dollar Tree stores, the US Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. Cinnamon applesauce pouches sold under the WanaBana, Weis and Schnucks brands have been recalled, and

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