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Cheerleading could be future Olympic sport

Cheerleading could be future Olympic sport

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The International Cheer Union has received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The ICU will receive $25,000 to fund training the future cheerleading cohorts.  They will have the next three year recognition period to apply for additional grants and funds.  Then they can apply for full inclusion in the official Olympic games. "Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity.  It has strong youth focus," said IOC sports director, Kit McConnell to the BBC. Steph Malfatti, the Dragons Cheer captain at the University of Westminster in London says, "it shouldn't even be a question of whether it's a sport." Miss Malfatti who is on one of England's national cheer teams goes on to say, "More than 10 countries have national teams that compete at a level most

Brazil says Olympics will go ahead in spite of Zika being named a “public health emergency”

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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will not be called off because of the Zika virus, Brazil has said. Brazilian authorities emphasised that Zika poses no risk to athletes and spectators unless they are pregnant. Scientists, however, are discussing a potential link with a neurological condition known  Guillain–Barré syndrome. Symptoms of condition include rapid-onset muscle weakness and pain which could prove devastating for athletes. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a "public health emergency of international concern" on Monday following an emergency meeting. Their concern comes from the rapid spread of the virus which has now been seen in 22 countries across the Americas. The BBC has published a video explaining the WHO's decision: https://www.youtube.com/w

Antidepressants deemed dangerous in young people

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Family doctors should avoid giving antidepressants to children, new research has revealed. Scientists discovered the drugs caused a bigger increase in suicidal tendencies and aggressive behaviour than previously reported. This confirms Researchers from University College London (UCL)Family doctors should avoid giving antidepressants to children, new research has revealed. analysed 70 previous studies to find that the most commonly used drugs for depression (SSRIs and SNRIs) double the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour. This was only found to be the case in teenagers and children. The researchers have said they believe that the true risks are not reflected by their analysis. They claim trials with negative results are under reported by the pharmaceutical industry leading t...