Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


First DIY test for HIV goes on sale in UK: Self-testing equipment has a 99.7 per cent accuracy

Posted: 26 Apr 2015 06:52 PM PDT

The 99.7 per cent accurate BioSure HIV Self Test enables people to test themselves when and where they like.

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Implants boost odds of halting prostate cancer: Men treated with radioactive 'seeds' twice as likely to find disease has stabilised after five years

Posted: 26 Apr 2015 06:15 PM PDT

Prostate cancer patients treated with radioactive implants are twice as likely to find the disease has stabilised after five years, a study has found.

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Broccoli breakthrough in fight to treat arthritis: Artificial version of ingredient found in vegetable can prevent inflammation

Posted: 26 Apr 2015 05:24 PM PDT

UK drug company Evgen Pharma has developed a stable synthetic version of the chemical sulforaphane that offers the potential of a pill treatment which could help the condition.

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Always seeing the same GP raises risk of missed cancer: Doctors who know patients well could mistake warning signs for ongoing medical problems

Posted: 26 Apr 2015 03:08 PM PDT

The study of 18,500 patients found that people with bowel cancer who saw their normal GP were diagnosed, on average, a week later than others. It did not apply to breast or lung cancer.

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Hundreds of babies are born with brain damage every year because their mothers drank during pregnancy 

Posted: 26 Apr 2015 10:31 AM PDT

Last year 272 children were admitted to hospital in England after being born brain damaged following exposure to alcohol in the womb, alarming new figures have revealed.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Operation save dad: He was overweight, diabetic and on the verge of losing a leg, but Geoff Whitington refused to change the lifestyle that was killing him. Until his sons intervened

Posted: 25 Apr 2015 06:13 PM PDT

Geoff Whitington, 63, from Ashford, Kent, was made so sick by obesity-related type 2 diabetes that he was told he may need a leg amputated. His sons helped the father-of-four shed six stone.

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MATT ROBERTS: It's safe to HIT the road after a heart attack

Posted: 25 Apr 2015 06:12 PM PDT

Surviving a heart attack can leave you feeling you've been given a second chance. Embrace it, there is no reason why you can't work towards becoming extremely active.

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Judy Murray says forget Botox and old gracefully

Posted: 25 Apr 2015 03:27 PM PDT

She once revealed that Botox anti-wrinkle jabs stopped her looking like 'a scary monster' before she appeared on Strictly – but Judy Murray has vowed never to have the treatment again.

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Cell check spares women chemo for breast cancer: New £2,500 tests reveal risk of disease returning

Posted: 25 Apr 2015 03:24 PM PDT

Breast cancer patients may be spared chemotherapy thanks to new tests that pinpoint genetic 'markers' in the tumour and determine its aggressiveness.

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BABY STEPS: How can I stop dogs turning my bubbly boy into a nervous wreck

Posted: 25 Apr 2015 03:08 PM PDT

Two-year-old Felix Hoyle is terrified of dogs and starts screaming uncontrollably when one approaches him. He is pictured meeting German Shepherd puppy Beth at his local Dogs Trust centre.

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Thousands of lives at risk as hospitals ignore simple tests for blood poisoning

Posted: 25 Apr 2015 03:05 PM PDT

Some 90 per cent of patients were not given correct treatment to prevent blood poisoning on a surgical ward at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, an NHS study revealed.

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Toothbrush to check your DNA for onset of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's

Posted: 25 Apr 2015 11:52 AM PDT

Your toothbrush could warn you about the onset of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's, technologists have said.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

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Letting your baby nap in a car seat, swing or bouncer could be deadly

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 07:56 PM PDT

Researchers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center warned babies put to sleep in car seats, slings, swings and bouncers were at risk of death via strangulation from straps or suffocation.

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Simple blood test that can detect ovarian cancer in 80 per cent of patients could be available by next year 

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 06:56 PM PDT

In a new pilot study, the test picked up cancer cells in 80 per cent of 42 patients with ovarian cancer - an 'encouraging' breakthrough as the disease is often diagnosed too late for a cure.

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THE MIND DOCTOR MAX PEMBERTON: Is being mindful just a bit of a fad? 

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 05:58 PM PDT

Mindfulness — a form of meditation and therapy based on Buddhist teachings — is the latest craze to sweep the medical world.

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What does marathon running do to the body? Average runner loses 1cm in height and sweats out 6 litres of fluid - but boosts their memory 

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 11:38 AM PDT

However, as Californian researchers recently found, long-distance running also boosts memory. It also increases a man's attractiveness to the opposite sex.

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Teacher Kevin Bowes wins £30k damages from his dentist over 'apple core' teeth

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 10:42 AM PDT

Kevin Bowes, 53, from Guisborough in North Yorkshire lost several teeth, had four avoidable root canal treatments and five avoidable crowns at the hands of dentist Dr Nicholas Crees.

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Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 10:30 AM PDT

PepsiCo has confirmed will now use sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda, in US products. Despite repeated fears over aspartame, the FDA says it is safe.

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How safe are the prawns YOU'RE eating? Farmed shrimp found to contain traces of E.coli, MRSA and salmonella

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 09:30 AM PDT

Experts at Consumer Reports tested 342 packages of frozen prawns from farms in Thailand, India and Indonesia. They found 60 per cent were found with traces of harmful bacteria.

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Anxiety is 'catching' and can be passed on to children

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 07:23 AM PDT

Although scientists have long known that anxiety runs within families, the attitudes of over-anxious parents strongly affect their children's behaviour, say the researchers at King's College London.

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HRT raises breast cancer risk up to EIGHT years after women stop taking it

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 07:21 AM PDT

New findings from the Women's Health Initiative in Seattle, have shown women taking combined HRT of oestrogen and progesterone have an increased risk years after stopping treatment.

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The 10 signs of MENOPAUSE every woman should be aware of

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 05:27 AM PDT

London-based GP Deyo Famuboni reveals the 10 signs you could be experiencing perimenopause, the transition period women go through before the menopause.

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Living near busy roads 'can raise dementia risk'

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 05:08 AM PDT

Exposure to small, sooty particles, mostly caused by traffic fumes and factory emissions, alters the structure of the brain according to US researchers who examined more than 900 people.

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Kerrie Armitage's condition means contact with his saliva triggers HIVES

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 04:41 AM PDT

Kerrie Armitage, 28, from Leeds, suffers from the ultra-rare condition aquagenic urticaria – an allergy to water. Her condition also means sweating or crying can trigger an episode.

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Lack of natural sunlight thought to be driving up short-sightedness among young

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 03:16 AM PDT

In China, where four in five teens are shortsighted, some schools are using translucent classrooms to expose children to more sunlight, after research showed it helped combat the condition.

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Cigars 'are worse than cigarettes' warning after consumption doubled in a decade

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 02:16 AM PDT

The risks for cigar smokers of dying from oral or lung cancer are at least as bad as for cigarettes, a new study claims. The news comes as cigar use rises in the US, where the research was carried out.

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Salford schoolboy with rare illness is subjected to racist abuse over brown suncream

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 01:33 AM PDT

James Creag, from Salford, is so sick of being taunted that he has stopped putting on the special cream - meaning that it is not safe for him to go outside.

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How to beat men's problems: Cancer ops don't have to ruin your sex life 

Posted: 24 Apr 2015 01:32 AM PDT

The good news is there have been significant advances over the past decade in treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer, says Professor Roger Kirby, who is one of the world's leading prostate surgeons.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Legacy of hope from tiny Teddy: Nearly 2,000 people sign up to be organ donors following tragic story of newborn whose kidneys and heart valves were transplanted when he died 100 minutes after birth

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 07:07 PM PDT

Nearly 2,000 people have signed up to be organ donors after Jess Evans and her fiance Mike Houlston, from Cardiff, revealed how their son Teddy saved a life when his kidneys were donated.

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How to keep your crown jewels safe: The things you should look out for and why you should check them once a month

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 07:01 PM PDT

Men should get used to checking their testicles once a month, a testicular cancer survivor has said, preferably after a shower. It's a focus that young men especially find uncomfortable.

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How to beat men's problems: Why men MUST seek help if their love life's falling flat 

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:53 PM PDT

Around 40 per cent of men over 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction and while the cause may be psychological, it's important to get treatment as it is 'very often' a warning sign of serious health problems.

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Women with BRCA1 gene are less likely to die from breast cancer if OVARIES are removed

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 05:22 PM PDT

Scientists at the Women's College Research Institute in Toronto found the procedure, known by the medical term oophorectomy, was linked to a 62 per cent reduction in deaths from breast cancer.

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Ali Malfucci replaced pasta with spiralized vegetables and lost 2st in three MONTHS

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 11:45 AM PDT

Ali Maffucci, 28, lost 11 kg, (24 lbs) in three months by replacing pasta, rice, and bread with spiralized vegetables. She went from a size 12/14 to a size 8/10 and says she feels happier and more energized.

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'Did my son eat himself to death?': Mother's heartbreak as 'lonely' obese teenager dies at just 18 - after years of gorging on junk food and playing computer games

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 10:57 AM PDT

Shaun Appleby's heartbroken mother Satish said her son's lifestyle should be a warning to others. The teenager, from North Tyneside, had been bullied and had no friends, she said.

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Cancer patient has his tongue re-built using skin from his ARM (which still had hair on it)

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 10:49 AM PDT

Surgeons at the Royal Derby Hospital had to cut into the jaw of David Billings, 48, and use skin tissue from his arm to rebuild his tongue.

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Koby Hodder has cardiac arrest in playground due to undiagnosed heart condition

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 07:20 AM PDT

Koby Hodder, 10, of Doncaster, suffered a cardiac arrest after playing a game of British Bulldog. He was later found to have the same heart condition as footballer Fabrice Muamba.

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Welsh doctor caring for thousands after his partners retire fears for patient safety

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:49 AM PDT

Dr Arfon Williams is now the sole GP covering two rural practices in North Wales after his last partner retired in March. He has warned it will be difficult to provide a 'safe service' for his 4,300 patients.

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Bikram yoga raises body temperatures and heart rate to 'dangerous levels'

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 06:10 AM PDT

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse found the body temperature of some class participants reached 40°C/105°F putting them at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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Surgeons extracting Yamini Karanam's 'brain tumour' discover embryonic growth

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 05:27 AM PDT

Yamini Karanam, 26, has dubbed the tumour her 'evil twin sister', adding 'she's been torturing me for the past 26 years'. She underwent surgery at the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles to remove the mass.

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DNP capsules are made from chemicals used in war weapons and pesticides

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 05:12 AM PDT

Dr Simon Cotton, a senior lecturer in chemistry at the University of Birmingham said DNP is highly toxic. Eloise Parry (pictured), died after DNP pills made her 'burn up from the inside'.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Are you a victim of HIDDEN hearing loss? If you listen to the radio at maximum volume or lip reading you're probably suffering from the silent epidemic

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 07:06 PM PDT

Hearing loss affects around 10 million people, but that is set to rise dramatically to 14.5 million by 2031, according to Action on Hearing Loss, formerly the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.

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Can't hear? It may be down to grinding your teeth or problems with your kidneys

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 07:00 PM PDT

Grinding or clenching the teeth can cause problems with the jaw joint, putting stress on the muscles and making them inflamed. It can also cause loss of hearing in one or both ears.

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NHS cold ration joint replacements and IVF to save money

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:59 PM PDT

More than a third of health trusts are considering rationing some types of surgery to save money. Obese patients may be denied knee and hip replacements while smokers could be banned IVF.

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Sugar, not laziness, makes us fat: Poor diet responsible for more disease than lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol combined, say doctors

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:59 PM PDT

Doctors said poor diet was now recognised as being responsible for more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined. Obesity has rocketed in the past 30 years.

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Britain's youngest ever organ donor: Parents tell of heartbreaking decision to donate kidneys and heart valves of their 'hero' twin son Teddy who lived for only 100 minutes

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:38 PM PDT

Jess Evans, 28, and her fiance Mike Houlston, 30, from Cardiff, Wales, described their son Teddy as a 'hero' after deciding to donate his organs when he died just 100 minutes after being born.

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Depression is NOT caused by low serotonin levels psychiatrist claims

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:03 PM PDT

Writing in the BMJ, Professor David Healy, a psychiatrist in Bangor, North Wales, claims the idea that SSRIs can correct a chemical imbalance and treat depression is a fallacy.

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New cancer treatment uses body's immune system to kill off cancerous cells 

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 05:03 PM PDT

The German team which carried out the research found that early trials of the new technique 'profoundly retarded' tumour growth in mice, with survival rates boosted by more than 50 per cent.

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Dog owners unaware their pets can transmit Lyme disease to them say vets

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 05:00 PM PDT

Vets are urging pet owners to check their animals for the pests, as a poll found half did not realise ticks can transmit deadly diseases to humans. The move is part of The Big Tick Project.

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Dementia sufferers with demanding jobs live longer

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 04:52 PM PDT

The Penn State University research adds to the theory that have long held that keeping your brain active - especially in later years - could be the best insurance against developing dementia.

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Asthma breakthrough as scientists discover root cause and treatment 5 years away

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 02:20 PM PDT

Cardiff University scientists have found a protein within the airways which they believe triggers all asthma attacks. And remarkably, a drug already exists which they think could deactivate it.

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Indian man's kidneys grew to size of a baby due to genetic disease

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 12:56 PM PDT

The man, who was treated at a hospital in Delhi, was suffering from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, a genetic condition that caused his organs to grow to 20 times their normal size.

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Being attractive to bugs like mosquitoes is genetic

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 12:18 PM PDT

Whether or not a person has body odour that is attractive to mosquitoes is strongly influenced by genetics, scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found.

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Brain condition means mother is incontinent and unable to walk

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 11:35 AM PDT

Samantha Rawcliffe, 40, from Morecambe, was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder following the accident. It has left her confined to her home, and reliant on 32 drugs a day.

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Miles Roberts with flat head syndrome now has a special helmet to treat it

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 08:41 AM PDT

Kate Thomas, 24, of Sunderland, raised £2,000 by setting up a GoFundMe page and hosting raffles in the pub. Her son Miles will now be fitted with a custom built helmet to change the shape of his head.

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Soft toys 'harbour germs putting children in hospital at risk of infection'

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 08:35 AM PDT

Scientists at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, advise parents and carers to wash and sterilise their children's soft toys and comfort items before they are admitted to hospital to reduce the risk.

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NO link between MMR vaccine and autism even in high-risk children

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:24 AM PDT

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), are based on a study of 95,000 young people.

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Dementia patients shown videos from loved ones in idea from 50 First Dates

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:12 AM PDT

Residents at a care home in New York, are shown recordings from relatives each morning. In the 2004 film Adam Sandler uses the technique to remind Drew Barrymore who he is after she suffers a brain injury.

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Indian man has hundreds of coins and nails removed from his stomach

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 05:48 AM PDT

Rajpal Singh, 34, from Bathinda in Punjab, India, sunk into a depression and began eating metal objects to ease his pain. Doctors removed 140 coins and 150 nails from his stomach.

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Sally Lutkin left with black hole and scar in her leg after tattoo became infected

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 05:13 AM PDT

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Sally Lutkin, 49, of Hull, East Yorkshire, underwent emergency surgery to stop the infection from a botched tattoo spreading to her bone.

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Children 'should be banned from playing rugby at school'

Posted: 22 Apr 2015 04:12 AM PDT

The Government wants rugby to be played more at school as part of plans to increase competitive sports and curb obesity but experts say the game poses an unnecessary health risk.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Starvation diet that can reverse type 2 diabetes: How dramatic weight-loss could lower blood-sugar levels

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 06:37 PM PDT

Participants lost an average of 2st 5lb. At a follow-up scan, they had all regained about half a stone but most still had normal blood-sugar levels despite eating normal food again.

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How to beat diabetes: Simple test to show if you need treatment

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 06:08 PM PDT

So you think you might be at risk of type 2 diabetes — what next? If you are in one of the at-risk groups you can ask your GP for a free annual blood-glucose test.

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Diabetes drug could hold back Alzheimer's

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 04:31 PM PDT

More than 200 men and women in their 50s from across the country will be recruited for the year-long, £5million exercise, during which their brains will be scanned and their memory tested.

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Coffee 'can cut risk of breast cancer tumours returning'

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 03:58 PM PDT

A cancer-killing cocktail of the hormone drug tamoxifen and two coffees every day was found to reduce the risk of tumours returning by 50 per cent in women recovering from the disease, researchers said.

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Prostate cancer hope as scientists discover breast cancer drug can help

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 03:30 PM PDT

The drug, olaparib, can extend the length of time that a prostate cancer patient lives with the disease without it getting worse, say scientists at London's Institute of Cancer Research.

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Primary school kids are failing to reach healthy fitness levels

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 02:19 PM PDT

Fit For Sport, which runs holiday camps and after school clubs across the UK, said parents and schools must do more to increase children's activity levels to ensure they stay healthy.

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Could YOGURT help beat depression?

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 12:04 PM PDT

People who ate probiotics found in live yogurt for a month were far less prone to rumination, the obsessive thinking that turns into depression, scientists from Leiden University found.

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Cancer patient's giant tumour is 'completely destroyed' by pioneering new drugs

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 12:02 PM PDT

Scientists at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York believe the combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab produces 'one of the most astonishing responses' they have seen.

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Extreme morning sickness linked to 'speech and language delays' in children

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 10:43 AM PDT

It is believed the link is due a lack of nutrition in early pregnancy, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, said.

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Why CHOCOLATE MILK is the best post-workout drink

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 10:30 AM PDT

Chocolate milk, so long as it was a low fat brand, was the 'gold standard for a recovery beverage', scientists from Cornell University said after developing a formula for the best product.

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Why DOES your sight get worse with age? Experts give tips on prevention and treatment for four common problems

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 10:14 AM PDT

An estimated five million Britons are living with age-related eye conditions, such as glaucoma. We spoke to the experts to discover the latest on prevention and treatment for four common problems.

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Anorexia is an illness NOT a lifestyle choice, academic claims

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 09:26 AM PDT

Rachel Cole-Fletcher, of at Durham University, works with students investigating traits associated with anorexia risk. She says personality traits - rather than external factors - are to blame.

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Creams used to treat athlete's foot and eczema 'could REVERSE multiple sclerosis'

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 09:26 AM PDT

The active ingredients in the creams can repair the damage to nerves that causes multiple sclerosis, scientists from Cape Western Reserve University found.

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The six foods you should add to your diet to help prevent cancer and stroke

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 07:35 AM PDT

Weight-loss expert, Dr Sally Norton, reveals how cherries, avocados, cranberries, blueberries, pumpkin and chia seeds are a 'power-house of nutritional value' helping boost your health.

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Two cups of coffee a day can HALVE the risk of breast cancer returning

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 06:44 AM PDT

Caffeine in coffee causes cancer cells to grow more slowly and die more frequently, and can boost the effects of the drug tamoxifen, researchers from Lundt University and Bristol University found.

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All-nighters before exams 'don't work' as sleep is vital to memory

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 06:16 AM PDT

Scientists at Brandeis University, Massachusetts believe that when memory neurons are activated and begin converting short-term memory to long-term , a person needs to sleep to remember what they've learned.

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Father dying from lung cancer was told cough was 'harmless' FIVE TIMES

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 05:10 AM PDT

Chris Rowe, from Gloucester, was repeatedly told by doctors he was suffering a simple virus. He has since been diagnosed with an aggressive lung cancer that has spread to his liver and bones.

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Asthma sufferer accidentally inhaled an earring into her LUNG

Posted: 21 Apr 2015 04:54 AM PDT

The 41-year-old was rushed to hospital in Sydney after taking a puff on her inhaler and accidentally shooting an earring that had got inside the device into her right lung.

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