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Jun 29, 2011, 5:05 p.m.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Turning his head from side to side as he checks his reflection in the barbershop mirror, Terrell Mack seems pretty pleased with his haircut -- a tight, neat crop -- but he can't get up from the chair just yet. The hair-dusted cape is swept away with the usual toreador flourish.

Swine flu vaccine safe in pregnancy: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The swine flu shot appears to be safe for pregnant women, according to a new government report that tallies health problems occurring after the vaccinations. During the 2009 and 2010 flu seasons, millions of pregnant women received the vaccine against swine flu, or H1N1 influenza, yet but less than 300 possible complications were reported to a national database.

Pollutants linked to diabetes in new study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with higher levels of pesticides and other pollutants in their blood may be more likely to get type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study of elderly Swedes. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that these chemicals might drive changes in the body that lead to diabetes, researchers say, although they don't prove that one causes the other.

"Mindfulness" may ease irritable bowel symptoms

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A therapy that combines mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga may help soothe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a small clinical trial suggests. In a study of 75 women with the digestive disorder, researchers found that those assigned to "mindfulness training" saw a bigger improvement in their symptoms over three months than women who were assigned to a support group.

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