Monday, May 2, 2016

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Health Articles | Mail Online


New research reveals sun benefits that AREN'T linked to vitamin D

Posted: 02 May 2016 06:50 PM PDT

Even taking the skin-cancer risk fully into account, scientists say that getting a good dose of sunshine is statistically going to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives.

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How taping your partner's mouth shut can actually STOP them snoring  

Posted: 02 May 2016 05:48 PM PDT

Sleep apnoea is thought to affect around 1 in 5 adults in Britain, with 60 per cent of over-65s affected by it - but scientists claim they may have a cure.

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How timing your health routine can make products work BETTER

Posted: 02 May 2016 05:07 PM PDT

Experts claim that chemical levels in our bodies vary throughout the day - meaning that certain products will work better at different times.

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ASK THE DOCTOR: Is it safe to keep taking steroids for two years?

Posted: 02 May 2016 05:07 PM PDT

Dr Martin Scurr answers your health concerns - and explains why boy circumcision is a human rights violation.

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Tory grandee Lord Ashcroft, 70, reveals his personal battle with sepsis

Posted: 02 May 2016 05:07 PM PDT

Lord Ashcroft was on a business trip in the Caribbean when doctors diagnosed the condition and organised an emergency airlift to a hospital in the U.S..

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ME AND MY OPERATION: Shockwave therapy to stop mouth pain spoiling your meals

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:50 PM PDT

Thousands of Britons suffer from salivary stones, which can cause painful facial swelling when eating. Simona Nita, 30, from London, was one of the first to have a new procedure to remove them.

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The artificial placenta that could keep premature babies alive

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:44 PM PDT

Almost 1 million babies die due to preterm complications. The University of Michigan has developed an artificial womb to help infants develop as if they were full-term.

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Do YOU live in the 'fat capital' of England?

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:21 PM PDT

The Wirral had the highest rates of hospital admissions for obesity with with 2,894 appointments per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 811.

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How technology is allowing doctors to treat psychological conditions

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:14 PM PDT

Treatment for mental illnesses could soon be transformed by virtual reality. This cutting-edge technology is allowing doctors to treat psychological conditions, including phobias.

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Are you a bad speller? It could be because you bumped your HEAD as a child

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:11 PM PDT

Lucy Halls, from Oxford, suffered concussion when she was four years old - yet, six years on, she still suffers from the after-effects of her fall.

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SECRETS OF AN A-LIST BODY: This week, how to get Gwen Stefani’s endlessly long legs

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:08 PM PDT

Gwen Stefani, blessed with endlessly long legs, showed that they are also super-toned when she appeared in hot pants at a recent awards ceremony. Here, we explain how she does it.

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Why MEN diagnosed with breast cancer are far more likely to die than women

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:04 PM PDT

When Peter Thorne, from Hampshire, came across a pea-shaped lump on the right-hand side of his chest, he put it down to a pulled muscle. But it later turned out to be grade 3 cancer.

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Angie Best, 63, model and former wife of George Best, answers our health quiz 

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:03 PM PDT

She hardly exercises, loves chocolate and had plastic surgery on her face at 46. Oh - and she wants to live forever...

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GPs are being paid millions a year to conduct health 'MOTs'

Posted: 02 May 2016 11:39 AM PDT

The £300million-a-year NHS Health Checks screening programme aims to save thousands of people from heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Research found it stopped one per 4,762 patients.

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Breast cancer breakthrough: Scientists uncover details of genetic events that cause it

Posted: 02 May 2016 11:37 AM PDT

Scientist from Cambridge-based Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute revealed what genetic variations exist in breast cancers and where they occur in the genome.

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Want better sex? Count your calories even if you don't need to!

Posted: 02 May 2016 10:52 AM PDT

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana found adults with an ideal BMI had better health and relationships 2 years after eating a calorie light diet.

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Woman who sunbathed using olive oil and VINEGAR says skin cancer left her 'looking like a car crash victim'

Posted: 02 May 2016 10:40 AM PDT

Carol Leech, 58, from Solihull, said she and her sister used the homemade tanning lotion as children. She noticed an age spot on her lip which turned out to be a potentially deadly melanoma.

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Couple forced to pay £8k for IVF treatment after hairdresser goes through early menopause

Posted: 02 May 2016 07:29 AM PDT

Laura Beeney and her husband John are hoping to raise enough money to fund private IVF treatment after doctors told her she had too few eggs for treatment on the NHS.

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Jeremy Hunt slammed by mother who's daughter died during Junior Doctors strike 

Posted: 02 May 2016 06:58 AM PDT

Julie Lovell, 51, from St Helens said she will 'NOT accept' daughter Karen's death being included in any statistics aimed at discrediting the striking doctors. Her Facebook post has 40,000 shares.

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NHS whistleblowers ignored and threatened with the sack by Liverpool bosses

Posted: 02 May 2016 06:27 AM PDT

The £160,000 report said bosses at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust were so desperate to gain the Government's coveted foundation status that huge budget cuts came before care.

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Indian baby born with 'Mermaid Syndrome' as legs fused together before birth

Posted: 02 May 2016 06:24 AM PDT

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Doctors in northern India were astonished when the baby was born on Friday. Tragically, the baby only survived for ten minutes.

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ZIka virus could affect up to a FIFTH of infected pregnant women's babies

Posted: 02 May 2016 04:16 AM PDT

Experts in Brazil are now linking the virus to several neurological conditions - in addition to microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads.

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Honeymoon ends in disaster as bride's leg doubled in size after insect bite

Posted: 02 May 2016 03:43 AM PDT

Kelly Roberts, 35, from Maidstone, Kent, was eventually diagnosed with lympheodema, a condition where fluid builds up in the leg, causing it to swell.

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Hospital audit reveals 40k patients given Do Not Resuscitate orders without families being told

Posted: 02 May 2016 12:53 AM PDT

A study of 9,000 patients conducted by the Royal College of Physicians found that a fifth of families were not informed that a DNR order had been put in place.

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Depression can be contagious for the elderly, Yale School of Public Health says

Posted: 02 May 2016 12:23 AM PDT

A study by Yale School of Public Health was the first to look at the effect of depression on couples. Older husbands tended to be more depressed and frail than younger husbands.

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Living Streets' survey reveals almost half of Britons admit taking car over 20 minute walk

Posted: 02 May 2016 12:21 AM PDT

Alarmingly, one in 20 also said they would take the car to avoid a walk of just five minutes. The survey of 2,500 adults in Britain was commissioned by the national exercise charity Living Streets.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Alzheimer's disease less likely to affect people who are fit, British experts say

Posted: 01 May 2016 06:59 PM PDT

Regular exercise in old age could keep the mind young, according to growing evidence that fitter people have bigger brains and better memories. It could even trigger the growth of new brain cells.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Nottingham graduate Josh Carrick's family urge people to be vigilant of testicular cancer

Posted: 30 Apr 2016 07:50 PM PDT

Josh Carrick, from Luton, died just a year after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, aged just 23. His family and friends established a foundation in his name to warn others to check for signs.

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BBC Holby City's Jules Lette and mother Kathy celebrate his success after bullied for autism

Posted: 30 Apr 2016 05:53 PM PDT

After torment at the hands of school bullies, the 25-year-old rising star – who was diagnosed with the condition – is having his moment in the spotlight with a trailblazing role in Holby City.

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HEALTH NOTES: Alesha Dixon says keeping trim is child's play

Posted: 30 Apr 2016 05:06 PM PDT

Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon (pictured) has revealed the secret to her enviable figure – keeping up with her two-year-old daughter.

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DR ELLIE CANNON: I'm a woman of 63. Why am I going bald? 

Posted: 30 Apr 2016 04:52 PM PDT

I AM a 63-year-old woman and find that my hair is thinning, especially at the front. It is so upsetting. My confidence is shattered. Can you help?

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Breast cancer boost after Angelina Jolie-style surgery that saves the nipple is 'safe'

Posted: 30 Apr 2016 04:50 PM PDT

Many patients – including Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (pictured) – have taken this approach, as it allows a more natural-looking breast after cosmetic reconstruction.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Moderate drinkers less likely to get ill and enjoy life, says Alcohol and Alcoholism report

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 07:28 PM PDT

A study by Finnish researchers has found that those who have up to a third of a bottle of wine – or two small glasses – with food every day suffer fewer illnesses and have a more positive outlook on life.

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Porn's toxicity is still not realised by parents, DR MAX says 

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 07:20 PM PDT

A recent study found that 90 per cent of boys aged between 11 and 16 had viewed hard-core porn. And if I'm honest, I suspect the other 10 per cent were liars.

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Depression in over-55s may be a sign of approaching dementia, Rotterdam scientists say

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 05:45 PM PDT

Scientists tracked more than 3,300 over-55s for 20 years, and found those whose depressive symptoms increased were at the greatest risk of developing dementia later on.

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The secret of SLEEP: Salts in the brain act as a 'switch' to wake us up, finds study

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 04:41 PM PDT

The study, by the University of Copenhagen and University of Rochester, reveals that by influencing the level of salts, it is possible to control a mouse's sleep-wake cycle.

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Breast cancer mastectomies better for younger women, Danish researchers say

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 04:39 PM PDT

Women who had a small operation to extract a lump were 13 per cent more likely to see their cancer return in 20 years - and twice as likely to see it spread - a study by Aarhus University Hospital found.

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Nurse left infertile has daughter after stress of cycling accident kick-started hormones

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 04:10 PM PDT

Kate Mansbridge, 43, from Birmingham, was lucky to survive the incident. But it triggered a sudden adrenaline rush restarting her reproductive hormones - and she is now mother to Ruby.

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Mother who blamed herself for stillbirth shares picture of her son after hospital pays out £40K

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 01:01 PM PDT

Laura Monks, 31, from Wigan, has shared the photograph of her stillborn son Rueben in order to urge other mothers who fear there is a problem with their baby to 'scream from the rooftops'.

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Cancer patient's promise to his best friend who died of the same disease

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 12:57 PM PDT

Jordan Lotter and Jake Andrews, formed a close bond after both were treated for cancer at the University College London Hospital. Just 12 months later, one read the eulogy at the other's funeral.

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Puerto Rico reports first Zika-related death amid outbreak

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 10:46 AM PDT

Puerto Rico's health secretary Ana Rius confirmed a 70-year-old man infected with Zika died in February from a drop in blood platelets.

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US couple bid to raise $400k for life-saving cancer treatment reaches 80% mark

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 08:41 AM PDT

Kate Brandon, 33, from Bristol, needs to fund pioneering cancer treatment in the US for her husband Mike who is battling leukaemia. They smashed their target this afternoon.

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Kent mother-of-3 died in agony from Crohn's disease after doctors dismissed her pain

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 07:50 AM PDT

Michelle Ashby, 43, spent three years in and out of Medway Maritime Hospital suffering from inflammatory bowel disease Crohn's before she died in January last year.

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California woman woke from coma unable to move or speak as doctor's predicted her death

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 07:43 AM PDT

Brisa Alfaro, 34, from New York, suffered a massive stroke which left her in a coma. When she awoke a week later she was paralysed by a rare disorder which meant she couldn't communicate.

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Expert explains how ibuprofen turns off headaches and antidepressants improve mood

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 07:25 AM PDT

Professor MacDonald Christie, a pharmacologist at the University of Sydney, says: 'For something that seems so incredible, drug mechanics are wonderfully simple.'

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The best foods to eat to boost your energy

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 07:08 AM PDT

If you're feeling zapped energy-boosting foods can help, says London-based nutritionist Rick Hay. Foe example, eating a banana and almond butter snack will energise you and improve your mood.

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Maryland mother sees daughter she was told wouldn't live past a YEAR celebrate 21st birthday

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 05:37 AM PDT

Julie Venners Christensen, 48, of Maryland, was told her daughter had mitochondrial disease - a rare illness that would cause her to go dead and blind and kill her.

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NHS chief Simon Stevens urges trusts to begin preparations for further strikes

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 01:34 AM PDT

Simon Stevens (pictured), chief executive of NHS England, wrote to trusts to urge them to begin planning for further industrial action, warning there could be 'major implications' for patients.

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DuPuy pinnacle hip implants are 'unacceptably' prone to failure, doctors warn

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 12:56 AM PDT

Surgeons in Britain say they have operated on patients with 'black tissue' caused by chemicals leaching out of the metal joint, and makers DuPuy have been ordered to pay $500million in a US lawsuit.

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Natasha Devon claims children are being wrongly prescribed anti-depressants

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 12:55 AM PDT

School children are being wrongly 'medicalised' and given anti-depressants when they just need their peers to stop bullying them, government mental health advisor Natasha Devon told headteachers.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Cure for blindness is in sight after British treatment produced astonishing results

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 06:01 PM PDT

Professor Robert MacLaren, pictured, developed the new gene therapy for the condition called choroideremia at the University of Oxford and the John Radford Hospital.

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Researchers find those who work past 65 live longer

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 12:52 PM PDT

Oregon State University found that those who work past age 65 have an 11% lower risk of death. Even those who term themselves unhealthy have a 9% lower mortality rate than retirees.

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Do carbs really make you fat? Here, 3 experts give their very different views...

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 12:35 PM PDT

Carbohydrates are often demonised by people wanting to lose weight. But should they be shunned entirely or is switching to the brown varieties of pasta and rice enough?

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Women spend 6 YEARS of their lives on a diet

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 12:13 PM PDT

The survey by a Kent-based diet company found single women in their 20s were most likely to be trying to lose weight and two thirds of women admitted dieting less after getting married.

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'Lyme disease is a ticking time bomb'

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 11:59 AM PDT

Dr Hany Elsheikha, associate professor of parasitology at the University of Nottingham, says Lyme disease is one of the fastest-growing diseases in the Western world.

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Girl crying bloody tears had an old contact lens that had been stuck in eyelid

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 11:43 AM PDT

Doctors believed the unnamed girl, from Hong Kong, had a cyst on her eye causing it to swell. But when they raised her eyelid to take a look - a rigid contact lens spontaneously flew out.

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Natalie Turner with just months to live plans dream wedding to childhood sweetheart

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 11:35 AM PDT

Natalie Turner, 19, from Portsmouth, was diagnosed with bone cancer after her leg swelled to twice the usual size. She is now desperate to marry long-term boyfriend John, 21.

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Government report reveals 1 in 3 children are overweight by the age of 11

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 11:31 AM PDT

Health and Social Care Information Centre data shows bariatric surgery patients have tripled in 20 years and 58 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men are now overweight.

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Legal High drug deaths tripled in last 2 years with men in their 20s at most risk

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 11:27 AM PDT

The analysis by the Office for National Statistics - which comes as the Government prepares to introduce a crackdown on the drugs - found the average age for deaths involving the drugs is 28.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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Hate taking the Pill? Scientists create tiny beads that trap sperm to prevent pregnancy

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 05:55 PM PDT

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health created the sticky beads using seaweed. They could also be used to choose the best sperm for use in IVF.

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Is a MINUTE of exercise all you need?

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 05:09 PM PDT

According to researchers at McMaster University, intense workouts totaling just 60 seconds within a 10-minute session can improve insulin sensitivity and cardiorespiratory fitness.

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E-cigarettes 'should be widely promoted as a substitute to smoking'

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 04:42 PM PDT

A report issued by the Royal College of Physicians concluded smokers can be reassured and encouraged to use the devices - and they are 'not a gateway to smoking'.

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Wife's race to raise £400k so husband can travel to America for cancer treatment

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 04:37 PM PDT

Kate Brandon, 33, from Bristol, has released a heartbreaking video begging people to share her story and donate to the cause. Her husband Mike, 31, is battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

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Alex Lewis who lost three limbs and half his face to flesh-eating bug speaks out

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 03:08 PM PDT

Alex Lewis, 35, from Hampshire, was given just a three per cent chance of survival after a common cold triggered a strep A infection, blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.

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Revealed, the most dangerous emergency operations

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 01:53 PM PDT

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston looked at patients receiving emergency general surgery, involving the most acutely ill and highest risk people.

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Mosquitoes carrying the deadly Zika virus could reach as far north as NEW YORK

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 01:26 PM PDT

Scientists at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, partnered with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado to produce a risk map.

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Could MRSA and TB finally be defeated?

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 01:24 PM PDT

Scientists at Lincoln University have made two versions of the chemical teixobactin, made naturally by bugs that live in soil. It has been hailed as a 'game changer' and could be ready in just six years.

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Mother in labour was forced to travel 61 miles to give birth

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 12:12 PM PDT

When her waters broke, Sophie Webster called the maternity unit at Colchester General Hospital to warn them to expect her immediately. But she ended up giving birth in Norwich.

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Muslim writer says hijab should be banned from medical profession

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 11:17 AM PDT

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a writer and commentator, argues there should be no compromise on health standards due to religion - and a dress code that applies to everyone should be introduced.

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Junior doctors strike for the second day running as 80% did not report for work

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 10:22 AM PDT

It comes after more than 20,000 junior doctors are estimated to have walked out yesterday as the conflict continues. Junior Staff from St Thomas' Hospital, London, are pictured this morning.

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Cojoined Thai twin sisters Pin and Pan don't wan't separation surgery

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 10:16 AM PDT

Seven-year-old Pin and Pan, from Thailand, are conjoined at the waist. Despite this, they have learned to walk, dress, eat - and even ride a tricycle - as one. They say they do not want to be separated.

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We reveal the 15 words YOU need to know for a healthy life...

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 09:56 AM PDT

'Activating' nuts and seeds by soaking them and drying them allows the nutrients to be more easily absorbed, while eating fermented foods such as miso soup aids digestion and immunity.

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Cardiff student claims she has a phobia of cheese

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 07:51 AM PDT

Katie Weston, 20, from Cardiff, has suffered the bizarre fear, known as turophobia, since childhood. The unusual phobia means she has often been subjected to pranks by flatmates.

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American professors find evidence that smacking children does more harm than good

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 06:00 AM PDT

Researchers from the universities of Texas and Michigan looked at studies spanning 50 years. They found smacking was associated with 13 of 17 negative outcomes including aggression.

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10 ways you’re damaging your teeth

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 03:50 AM PDT

Manchester-based dentist Dr Tariq Idrees says the chlorine in swimming pools is linked with enamel erosion, and swilling wine around our mouths to taste it simply coats the teeth in acid.

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Delays in MMR immunisation raise the risk of a measles outbreak

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 03:40 AM PDT

In March, doctors expressed concern they were seeing the start of a measles outbreak in London and the South East.

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Thousands of patients to benefit from £3-a-day treatment rolled out in hospitals from next month 

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 12:16 AM PDT

Sacubitril valsartan cuts death rates by a fifth when compared with enalapril – the current 'gold standard' heart failure treatment – and will be rolled out to hospitals in the next month.

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Former BMA chief explains why his fellow NHS doctors make him despair

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 12:13 AM PDT

As a doctor myself, I feel only despair at this escalating dispute. The full walkout, the first in the entire history of our health services, makes a mockery of the Hippocratic Oath.

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