Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


How one small glass of wine a day harms older ladies' hearts... But study finds that elderly men are less susceptible to the effects

Posted: 26 May 2015 07:07 PM PDT

A US study has found that elderly women who drink one small glass of wine a day may suffer heart damage, but previous researchers have found health benefits from alcohol consumption.

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Pregnancy hormones alters the effect of HRT and raises Alzheimer's risk

Posted: 26 May 2015 06:31 PM PDT

The study by the University of British Columbia found motherhood permanently alters the brain, affecting the parts responsible for memory and spatial awareness.

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Found, drug that could wipe out skin cancer: Herpes virus-based medicine shrank tumors in patients where disease was deemed inoperable 

Posted: 26 May 2015 06:30 PM PDT

A landmark study at 64 research centres across the world found a viral immunotherapy based on the herpes virus helped extend the lives of those patients diagnosed with malignant melanoma.

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Autistic adults could take Ecstasy to help reduce awkwardness in social situations

Posted: 26 May 2015 05:31 PM PDT

Scientists in the US, who believe a therapeutic dose of the drug could help autistic adults in social situations, are set to carry out the first clinical study.

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New types of the Pill 'double chance of blood clots' compared to older brands

Posted: 26 May 2015 05:29 PM PDT

Women taking newer brands of the Pill are up to twice as likely to suffer blood clots as those using older types, a study found. And that risk is four times greater than for those who do not take any pills.

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Eat like the Greeks to prevent womb cancer: Mediterranean diet HALVES risk of developing a tumour, study finds

Posted: 26 May 2015 05:01 PM PDT

The Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of womb cancer by 34 per cent to 57 per cent depending on how rigidly a person sticks to it, said experts from the IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche, in Milan.

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One in four MS patients are misdiagnosed with a trapped nerve - while others are told they've had a stroke, charity warns

Posted: 26 May 2015 05:01 PM PDT

The MS Society has warned 81 per cent of MS patients are misdiagnosed, with one in four told they are simply suffering a trapped nerve - meanwhile 14 per cent are told they have depression while 11 per cent are informed they've suffered a stroke.

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Jab that lowers blood pressure for up to six months 'could replace tablets'

Posted: 26 May 2015 03:54 PM PDT

Japanese researchers found that injecting a DNA vaccine into rats reduced blood pressure for six months at a time, reducing damage to the heart and blood vessels as a result.

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Travel more than 20 minutes to work? If so, you're at risk of burnout

Posted: 26 May 2015 12:16 PM PDT

For those travelling by car, the bigger the city, the more stressful the commute. Surprisingly, cyclists in rural areas were more anxious than city bikers, say University of Montreal experts.

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The new weight-loss pill that 'sets fat on FIRE': Drug accelerates speed at which calories are burned off, experts claim

Posted: 26 May 2015 11:09 AM PDT

Scientists from Bonn University found an enzyme which triggers the conversion of food into more brown fat than white fat. Brown fat burns calories to generate heat, leading to weight loss.

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Ebola's 'Achilles heel' is identified, paving the way for new treatments to defeat the deadly virus

Posted: 26 May 2015 10:45 AM PDT

Experts at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found the virus can only invade host cells by attaching itself to a specific protein. If it loses access to the protein it cannot infect and kill its victims.

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Adult ACNE on rise 200% due to stress, poor diets and pollution

Posted: 26 May 2015 08:49 AM PDT

A survey of 92 dermatology clinics in the UK found a 200 per cent rise in adults seeking treatment. The majority, like sufferer Cameron Diaz, are women and aged over 35.

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The real reason you're not productive at work? Lack of SLEEP: Get seven hours a night and you can 'drink, eat and smoke what you like'

Posted: 26 May 2015 07:56 AM PDT

Smoking, drinking and eating does not affect productivity as much as having six hours sleep or less does, according to new research carried out by Cambridge University and Rand Europe.

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Is BONE BROTH the new coffee? Fans of the meaty soup claim it boosts energy more than caffeine - and reduces insomnia

Posted: 26 May 2015 07:55 AM PDT

Bone broth is low calorie and nutritious as it is rich in calcium and collagen. Here, we reveal the 6 key rules to cooking up a delicious and super healthy batch.

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Girl, 5, with 'Rapunzel syndrome' has huge HAIRBALL from stomach removed

Posted: 26 May 2015 07:52 AM PDT

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: After the 125g mass was removed, the girl, from Adelaide, Australia, was sent for therapy to stop her eating her own hair - a condition called Rapunzel syndrome.

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Baby boy born with 12 fingers and 12 toes leaving doctors clueless

Posted: 26 May 2015 07:43 AM PDT

Jacob Duffy, seven months old, from Leeds, was born with four extra digits. He also has a hole in his heart, a dairy allergy and a range of eye problems, but doctors do not know what is causing the defects.

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How five-a-day can 'stop you going DEAF': Healthy diets protect against hearing loss, study finds

Posted: 26 May 2015 06:49 AM PDT

Scientists at the University of Florida found those who ate a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fibre, and low in salt and fat, were less likely to suffer hearing loss, though healthy eating was not found to reverse any hearing damage.

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Tynemouth woman believes 'maternal instinct saved her son's life'

Posted: 26 May 2015 06:14 AM PDT

Six-month-old Jenson Baldwin is back at his Tynemouth home after being struck by the killer brain bug seven days ago. His mother Natalie spotted the tell-tale rash when changing his nappy.

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INCEST risk due to baby boom from donor sperm and eggs is 'extremely worrying'

Posted: 26 May 2015 04:00 AM PDT

Children from donors often live in similar areas and are the same age, raising the risk they might unwittingly begin a relationship with a half-sibling, said Professor Susan Golombok, of Cambridge University.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Can't stop yawning? Hair going curly? The medicines with VERY odd side-effects

Posted: 25 May 2015 09:41 PM PDT

Within the long lists of known side-effects are some truly bizarre reactions, many of which are associated with commonly prescribed drugs, as we reveal.

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Jab cuts cholesterol better than statins and may halve patients' chances of suffering a heart attack and dying

Posted: 25 May 2015 07:10 PM PDT

The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, work by stopping a protein that raises levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol.

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Obesity warning from UK's most senior children's doctor who says babies 'are getting fat in their mothers' wombs'

Posted: 25 May 2015 06:56 PM PDT

Professor Neena Modi, the UK's most senior children's doctor, claims Britain's obesity strategy 'is failing' because babies begin to become fat in their mother's womb.

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Could one in five GP visits be due to dehydration? New study claims there is a fatigue epidemic

Posted: 25 May 2015 06:45 PM PDT

Researcher say it is 'surprisingly common' for GP appointments to be taken up by patients suffering from dehydration, complaining of symptoms including tiredness and concentration problems.

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The herbal remedies that can give you high blood pressure: St John's Wort, arnica, ginseng and liquorice can all cause problems, say experts 

Posted: 25 May 2015 06:26 PM PDT

Nikki Chapman, 51, from Ditchling, wasn't too concerned when a routine check-up showed her blood pressure was much higher than usual. A tea blend was the source of her problem.

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Superdrug gene test claims to show if you're at risk of breast cancer or Alzheimer's

Posted: 25 May 2015 06:18 PM PDT

ANGELA EPSTEIN underwent the gene test you can now buy from Superdrug.

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Flawed science triggers U-turn on cholesterol fears

Posted: 25 May 2015 06:16 PM PDT

In a move signalling a dramatic change of stance on the issue, the US government is to accept advice to drop cholesterol from its list of 'nutrients of concern'.

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How traffic din drives up our weight: Living near a motorway or under flight path could mean you pile on the pounds

Posted: 25 May 2015 05:57 PM PDT

The Swedish researchers found that adults who lived in an area disrupted by road traffic, trains or planes were 25 per cent more likely to have a bulge, spare tyre or 'central obesity'.

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Hormone that could fight infertility - AND diabetes: Kisspeptin could also be used to make IVF even safer

Posted: 25 May 2015 05:53 PM PDT

Scientists think it stimulates the production of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, in turn boosting follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone creation by the brain's pituitary gland.

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NHS database 'could do unintended harm': Plans to allow patients to view their own records could put confidentiality at risk, say experts

Posted: 25 May 2015 05:49 PM PDT

Under the proposals from NHS England, every person in the country will be able to access their medical record online by 2020.

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ASK THE DOCTOR: What can I do about my embarassing hernia? 

Posted: 25 May 2015 05:38 PM PDT

Dr Scurr advises a 77-year-old patient with a vaginal hernia who is considering getting it sorted out as an out-patient.

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Why hating creepy crawlies is a sign you're healthy: Sensing unwelcome objects makes us react to threats so we avoid them

Posted: 25 May 2015 05:11 PM PDT

Do cockroaches and rats make you flinch? That doesn't necessarily make you a wimp - it could mean you're less likely to become ill.

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ME AND MY OPERATION: New metal joint to relieve the pain of an arthritic big toe 

Posted: 25 May 2015 05:02 PM PDT

Anne Tigwell, 78, a retired doctors' receptionist from North Yorkshire, had the operation last November. She tells CAROL DAVIS her story.

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Anthea Turner under the microscope 

Posted: 25 May 2015 05:00 PM PDT

TV presenter Anthea Turner, 54, answers our health quiz.

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Guilia Enders' new book reveals astonishing truth about how the human body digests food

Posted: 25 May 2015 04:51 PM PDT

New book by 25-year-old microbiologist Guilia Enders. Gut: The Inside Story Of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ makes eye-opening reading, as this extract reveals.

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'My mum Valerie Bagwell's last hours in A&E will haunt me', says daughter Charity

Posted: 25 May 2015 04:49 PM PDT

Charity Bagwell, 27, from Surrey, says her mother Valerie was the best mum anyone could have. Valerie died five months ago, on December 20, in Torbay Hospital, after 21 hours of unremitting agony.

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Secrets of an A-list body: We reveal how to get Anna Friel's tiny aist

Posted: 25 May 2015 03:35 PM PDT

We reveal how to get the enviable physiques of the stars. This week: Anna Friel's waist.

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Scientists peek inside healthy brains to find the cause of Alzheimer's: Experimental new treatment will scan 'tangles' in nerve cells that may trigger disease

Posted: 25 May 2015 03:21 PM PDT

Using the latest technology, experts can now spot these abnormalities in living brains and they hope scanning healthy subjects will provide clues to what triggers the disease.

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The breakthrough that could stop diabetics going blind

Posted: 25 May 2015 01:00 PM PDT

Scientists from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found the protein angiopoietin-like 4 can trigger blindness in people with diabetes. Drugs to block its action could save their sight.

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Lilly-Anna Forrest's mother creates memory box of daughter's milestones

Posted: 25 May 2015 10:17 AM PDT

Donna Forrest, 25, from Preston, Lancashire, is creating a memory box for her daughter Lilly Anna, who was born with just half a heart.

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Hope for heart failure patients as 'pioneering treatment' helps the organ to heal ITSELF

Posted: 25 May 2015 09:51 AM PDT

Scientists at Oxford University and University College London discovered a way to encourage the heart to heal itself after a heart attack, in a breakthrough they called 'exciting'.

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Losing even a FEW pounds has effect on your joints and risk of diabetes

Posted: 25 May 2015 09:43 AM PDT

Science shows that losing even just 5 per cent of your weight can pay dividends when it comes to your health - including dramatically reduced joint pain, explains Dr Sally Norton.

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The man and the dog organ donation video goes viral

Posted: 25 May 2015 07:53 AM PDT

A tear-jerking new film created for the Argentina Foundation for Liver Transplants shows a dog racing after an ambulance after his owner is taken ill, and waiting patiently outside the hospital.

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Fallan Kurek dies from blood clot after taking the contraceptive pill

Posted: 25 May 2015 06:43 AM PDT

Fallan Kurek had been taking the pill Rigevidon for just 25 days when she collapsed at home in Tamworth, Staffordshire. After three days in intensive care, she was pronounced brain dead.

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Russian doctor stranded in the Antarctic removed his OWN appendix

Posted: 25 May 2015 06:14 AM PDT

Leonid Rogozov was the only doctor on an expedition to the Antarctic, and the next boat back to Russia would not arrive for a year. He was forced to remove his own appendix on 30th April 1961.

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Exam expert reveals her stress-busting tips to eat your way to success

Posted: 25 May 2015 05:51 AM PDT

Sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan reveals her top tips for A-grade exam success, including not drinking any caffeine after 2pm.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Why brains, not bust size, matter more for men: Scientist claims males value intelligence most as it's a sign a woman will be a responsible mother

Posted: 24 May 2015 06:56 PM PDT

Evolutionary biologist and Cambridge academic, Professor David Bainbridge, said it indicated that the woman was brought up by intelligent parents and had been well looked after.

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These siblings are facing an agonising gene test dilemma to discover if they have Huntington's disease 

Posted: 24 May 2015 06:51 PM PDT

The Hall siblings from Glenrothes, Fife, (pictured) each have a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the debilitating condition from their mother Karen Hall, 44, and must decide whether to test if they have it or not.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Sun, sea, sand and surgery: From curing cataracts in Norway to getting new knees in Prague - how YOU can join the thousands of Brits flocking to far-flung destinations for vital ops (and save a packet in the process)

Posted: 23 May 2015 07:03 PM PDT

Here, our global guide reveals the go-to destinations and how much you can expect to pay – without risking your health or all your savings…

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Health Notes: No more sinning for these Saints as Appleton sisters get their abs ready for their comeback

Posted: 23 May 2015 06:55 PM PDT

All Saints' Nicole, 40, and Natalie Appleton, 41 have hired celebrity personal trainer Nicki Waterman to put them through their paces on London's Hampstead Heath as they prepare for a comeback.

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That coffee kick, but without the bad bits: Our resident GP (and caffeine connoisseur) on why you should ditch those sugar-laden frappés for THE summer health drink

Posted: 23 May 2015 06:29 PM PDT

I am very particular – some might say obsessional – about what goes in my cup, writes DR ELLIE CANNON, so of course I've been intrigued by the new coffee trend: the cold-brew.

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Taylor Swift is not too slim, she is a role model, MATT ROBERTS writes

Posted: 23 May 2015 05:52 PM PDT

Is Taylor Swift too thin? Some said so when she appeared at the Billboards last weekend, writes MATT ROBERTS. I get it – Swift, is much slimmer than many 25-year-olds. But I disagree with the verdict.

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Fifty injections in a 15-minute treatment and up to six sessions.. so would you brave the flab jab to lose your double chin?

Posted: 23 May 2015 05:49 PM PDT

The new drug unveiled at a conference in Montreal, Canada, contains a man-made version of deoxycholic acid (DC), a digestive secretion that breaks down fat in the intestines.

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Twenty suicides in Britain over two-year period 'linked to controversial acne drug Roaccutane'

Posted: 23 May 2015 05:21 PM PDT

New figures show 20 people took their own lives while on Roaccutane from mid-2012 to mid-2014. They were among 218 patients in whom side effects were reported.

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Reprieve for £4,500-a-month NHS cancer drug after Mail On Sunday highlights torment of sufferers 

Posted: 23 May 2015 03:24 PM PDT

The gastro-intestinal cancer known as GIST - which often attacks young adults - has been shown to double average survival times from nine to 17 months. But health bosses deemed it too expensive.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Anxiety and depression searches soar as Google reveals Britain's state of health

Posted: 22 May 2015 07:01 PM PDT

A new poll, by private healthcare company Bupa, reveals four in five people turn to the internet for health advice with inquiries about anxiety tripling, and dementia and diabetes queries doubling in the last five years.

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Could spinach stop cataracts? Eating foods rich in vitamin E could cut chances of developing the eye disorder by a quarter

Posted: 22 May 2015 06:35 PM PDT

Expert analysis of studies involving almost a quarter of a million people found high blood levels of vitamin E, found foods like spinach, broccoli and seeds, protected against the eye disorder.

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THE MIND DOCTOR MAX PEMBERTON: 'Never mind women... what about men's limp libidos?' 

Posted: 22 May 2015 05:54 PM PDT

Viagra can rescue a chap's sex life if his difficulties are all about rising to the occasion. But it can't deal with flagging desire — and that's a huge, neglected problem for middle-aged men.

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Sex hormones make women's faces redder as a sign of fertility

Posted: 22 May 2015 05:23 PM PDT

Female's facial skin is redder when the sex-hormone oestradiol, which promotes fertility, is at its highest level in the body. A side-effect of its presence is causing the skin's blood vessels to dilate.

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Protein IS the secret to staving off hunger pangs and can help beat obesity

Posted: 22 May 2015 02:04 PM PDT

Indulging in an afternoon snack rich in protein or soy helps stave off hunger and the desire to gorge on unhealthy foods in the evening, researchers at the University of Missouri discovered.

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What does your Facebook status says about YOU

Posted: 22 May 2015 12:14 PM PDT

Narcissists post about their diet, exercise and achievements as they seek validation, while those with low self esteem write about relationships to quell insecurities, a study by Brunel University found.

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Ovarian cancer sufferers denied Olaparib, revolutionary drug

Posted: 22 May 2015 11:27 AM PDT

Olaparib, which has been found to keep ovarian cancer at bay for up to five years, is to be rejected by the Cancer Drugs Fund, in a move doctors have called 'disgraceful'.

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The items DIRTIER than a toilet seat, including tap handles and your make-up bag

Posted: 22 May 2015 11:24 AM PDT

A kitchen tap harbours 44 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, while a handbag is covered in up to 10 times more germs, a new infographic by Plumbworld reveals.

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The dark side of meditation and mindfulness: Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis, new book claims

Posted: 22 May 2015 10:20 AM PDT

The book, The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Change You?, has been written by British psychologists. Other s argue the shortage of rigorous statistical studies into the negative effects of meditation is a 'scandal',

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The little girl who blisters so violently she can't even get a cuddle from mum: Rare condition means huge sores erupt at the slightest touch or movement 

Posted: 22 May 2015 09:34 AM PDT

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Tia Price, two, from Hertfordshire, suffers from from epidermolysis bullosa, which which causes her skin to blister in response to heat, light and touch.

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Catching a simple infection can damage your IQ for several years

Posted: 22 May 2015 09:15 AM PDT

Danish researchers say the link is very real - and the more infections a person suffers, the bigger the damage to their brain power.

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Fat people ARE more tempted by adverts for junk food, brain scans reveal 

Posted: 22 May 2015 08:51 AM PDT

Researchers at Dartmouth College examined MRI scans of the brains of children aged 12 to 16 measuring responses to watching food and non-food adverts.

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After Cannes 'banned' flat shoes, an expert reveals how high heels are a MENACE

Posted: 22 May 2015 06:51 AM PDT

An expert from the University of Salford, explains how high heels can change the way we walk, trigger painful bunions and ulcers as well as increasing the risk of low back pain and ankle injuries.

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Malaria will be virtually eradicated by 2030, World Health Organisation declares

Posted: 22 May 2015 06:09 AM PDT

At a meeting at the WHO in Geneva this week, an 'ambitious' plan was agreed to cut malaria cases by 40 per cent by 2020 and by 90 per cent by 2030.

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Four in five doctors admit prescribing POINTLESS treatments to pushy patients

Posted: 22 May 2015 05:24 AM PDT

A new poll revealed 83 per cent of doctors questioned admitted to giving antibiotics, ordering scans, X-rays and other tests needlessly, after buckling to pressure from expectant patients.

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12million bottles of wine a week go 'missing' from official statistics

Posted: 22 May 2015 02:26 AM PDT

People losing track of how much they drink on holidays adds up to 12 million bottles a week going 'missing', says a study of more than 6,000 Britons, because surveys usually ask for an average.

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Thousands of patients suffer as nurses fail to respond to call bells

Posted: 22 May 2015 01:23 AM PDT

Forty per cent of the 59,083 British patients who were surveyed said there were not always enough nurses on duty including 11 per cent who said the ward was constantly understaffed.

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