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Mermaid scholars in action at Maija Möttönen's class in Espoo

The alternative sports trend and social media craze ‘Mermaiding’ has made its way to Finland, with qualified ‘mermaid instructors’ now teaching classes in Helsinki and Espoo.

The sport, which is believed to have first gained prominence in the United States earlier this year, consists of swimming with the aid of a mermaid tail, allowing the user to move like a fish. 

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Antigym® or Antigymastique® is a body work method developed by French physiotherapist Thérèse Bertherat in the 1970s. Its popularity has spread outside of France as Antigym practitioners have brought the method across the world, particularly to South America and Europe. Helsinki Times spoke to trained Antigym practitioner, Sonu Manglani, about the method after one of her classes. 

THE CLASS takes place in a bright, well-lit room. We begin by standing on our mats, rotating our knees in and out to get a feel of the way different parts of our body are connected to one another. Sonu gives instructions and asks questions as we move through each subtle movement slowly.

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Exercise firm Erimover's CEO, SUP instructor Sonja Lauren presents SUP paddling at Helsinki's Hietaniemi beach on 4 August.Nobody ever decides to quit doing sports. It just ends or slowly becomes more and more rare and eventually sinks to an embarrassing level. The reason is always the same: a break.

A small, innocent pause can kick off a year-long slacking off period meant to last originally either a week or two, after which you'd pull yourself together again. The reason may have been summer holiday, flu, travel, work commitments, kids or a backache.

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Several serious illnesses have been reported in the United States after parents' refusal of a vitamin K jab to be given to their baby. American magazine Mother Jones was the first to report this.

At the children's hospital at Vanderbildt University in Nashville, Tennessee, for example, seven children have been treated for internal bleeding caused by lack of vitamin K. The condition at its worst is very serious and can lead to permanent neurological problems if the bleeding takes place in the brain, or even to death.

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Emotional coldness in a child does not always predict the development of psychopathic characteristics later on, reveals a new review.“We know that it is very difficult to change psychopathic characteristics in adults. But this commonly held view is changing as we are accumulating research data showing that such characteristics in children can be changed,” explains Taina Laajasalo, a professor of psychology. 

A research team from the University of Helsinki compiled a review of several international studies and the conclusions have now been published in the medical journal Duodecim.

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Vitamin B can be found in fish, meat, milk, yeasts, whole grains, peanuts and seeds.The brain requires Vitamin B to calm down. Stress, depression and memory-related problems can be related to a lack of Vitamin B.

With stress looming over you and the blues take over, the need for vitamin B rarely crosses the mind first.

Studies in recent years have proven, though, that vitamins of group B can lift the mood and alleviate stress. They may well be called "nervous vitamins".

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“The cancer does not restrict my life in any way,” says Juha Wirekoski, who suffers from Waldenström’s disease. “I have to practice caution during the treatment periods but at other times I can lead a normal, quiet life.”"Prostate, breast, lung and bowel cancers are common," says Pirkko Kellokumpu-Lehtinen, professor of oncology at the University of Tampere and chief physician at the Tampere University Hospital.

"All other cancer types are rare, including childhood cancers."

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Illustrations by Donaldson, from the Library of Congress portraying an exagerated picture of people acting under hypnosis.A recent study reveals that hypnosis can produce real hallucinations.

A STUDY conducted by the Universities of Helsinki and Turku in collaboration with the Swedish Skövde University was able to determine that a hallucination produced by hypnosis was real by measuring the brains electrical activity.

During the study, a test was conducted with two highly hypnosis-prone persons who were shown figures, such as a square, triangle or circle, which were coloured either blue or red. The researchers then left the test subjects with a suggestion while they were under hypnosis, stating that a specific figure is always the same colour, for example: “triangles are always red.”

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Correct diagnosis, proper medication, and access to medical help is essential to the quality of life of people with bipolar disorder.Diagnosis was a relief and disappointment for Päivi Storgård.

A mother with small children calls 112 after having collapsed on the kitchen floor because of mental problems. No ambulance arrives, however, because “mothers with small children are always a little tired”.

This is how Päivi Storgård describes bipolar affective disorder in her book. Even though the book, called Keinulaudalla, is a work of fiction, the experiences described in it are true.

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While demand for private healthcare is increasing, Finland’s public healthcare remains one of the best in the world.A variety of experiences are had every day in Finnish hospitals by patients and their families.

Few topics have been so endlessly discussed and so bitterly disputed during the past few years as the future of Finnish healthcare. In an era where more and more people use private services, the public system can appear to some to be unwieldy and inefficient. On the other hand, others perceive it to be a massive step up from services on hand in a lot of other Western countries.

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