Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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Pregnant women found to be dying because doctors miss 'clear symptoms' of heart disease

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 05:11 PM PST

A national audit, led by experts at Oxford University, found a quarter of maternal deaths are linked to cardiac disease - the biggest single cause of death among pregnant women.

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Woman becomes mother to own GRANDCHILD by having surrogate baby for daughter

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 04:18 PM PST

Jessica Bradford, from Gwent, Wales, was left infertile from chemotherapy and had her eggs frozen three years ago. In May, one of her embryos was inserted into Julie's womb.

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Twins contract viral meningitis in womb and are forced to fight for their lives

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 03:39 PM PST

Nancy and Rita Holgate, from Middlesborough, now three months, were rushed back to hospital just four days after they were born. Doctors discovered their mother had inadvertently passed on her enterovirus.

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Conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval start surgery with 30% risk of death

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 03:31 PM PST

Two-year-olds Eva and Erika Sandoval, of California, share a digestive system, a uterus, a liver, a bladder, and a third leg with a seven-toed foot.

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Tacoma mother shares agonizing grief to urge other families to get vaccinated

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 03:15 PM PST

Scarlett Anne Taylor, five, was sent home from school in Tacoma, WA, with the flu in December 2014. Two days later she was hospitalized with breathing issues. Within hours she was dead.

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RAND study warns child-friendly restaurant options are packed with fat and sugar 

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 03:07 PM PST

A kids' burger should never exceed 300 calories, while fries should be under 100 calories, and sides or salads under 150 calories. However, a new US study has found the average is 465 calories.

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Life-saving facts all women should know about estrogens (but probably don't)

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 01:26 PM PST

Estrogens affect cancer risk, the brain, libido, and other things. Prof Jeffrey Blaustein of the University of Massachusetts Amherst warns too few women understand what this means.

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The 3 simple swaps to boost your health to help you live longer revealed

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 11:56 AM PST

London-based nutritionist Cassandra Barns says that you should ditch coffee a healthier alternative, such as matcha tea. Making the transition will provide you with a much needed energy boost.

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Professor Lesley Regan says women should be encouraged to lose weight before pregnancy

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 10:38 AM PST

Professor Lesley Regan, the new president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said young women often think a layer of 'padding' will protect the baby.

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Children more likely to use cannabis if their mother smoked while pregnant

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 10:08 AM PST

Tobacco causes epigenetic changes in the brain of a developing foetus which makes them more prone to trying new things, including cannabis, researchers from King's College London found.

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Mumps outbreaks hit 10-year high with more than triple the cases recorded in 2015

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 09:10 AM PST

As of December this year, the CDC had recorded 3,832 cases of mumps across 45 states and Washington, D.C., in 2016 - more than triple the 1,088 cases in 2015, and the most since 2006.

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Girl is the only person in the world with defect that sees her grow uncontrollably

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 07:36 AM PST

Jessica Ruston, from Southport, Merseyside, also has Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a rare uncontrollable growth condition that affects one in 14,000 children.

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Boy, 10, dies of suspected meningitis after falling ill at home over the weekend

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 05:09 AM PST

Edward Dee, 10, who was a pupil at Clifton Primary School in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, was rushed to hospital on Saturday before passing away from suspected meningitis the next day.

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Girl who has never been able to walk due to mystery illness takes her first steps

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 03:21 AM PST

Savannah West, from Hull, uses the revolutionary UpSee harness which allows her to experience the sensation of walking through being attached to her father, Richard's feet.

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Health experts say alcohol-fuelled events should be replaced with other activities 

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 11:39 PM PST

A rising number of offices are organising trips bowling rather than alcohol-fuelled events. Drinking in the workplace can negatively impact productivity, health experts say.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Moderate exercise can curb oxidative stress that damages sperm

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 05:59 PM PST

Any amount of exercise can help men improve the quality of their sperm, research shows. Experts say moderate exercise curbs oxidative stress and is a simple and cheap strategy to help conceive.

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MPs in call for review of 24-hour drinking laws after A&E staff are forced to hire security guards for night and weekend shifts

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 05:55 PM PST

Female police officers and nurses have been groped, while one doctor had been kicked in the face, an inquiry heard. The report recommended that 24-hour licences be limited in 'overwhelmed' areas.

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Can a electricity-blasting gadget really beat your insomnia? From an earlobe stimulator to a musical pillow, an expert gives their verdict on modern sleeping aids

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 05:15 PM PST

A wide range of gadgets claim to cure insomnia, but which of these are actually effective? Michael Oko of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals has assessed some of the newest sleeping aids.

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House of Cards writer Michael Dobbs takes our health quiz

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 05:14 PM PST

The author reveals how he can walk up to 20 miles in a day, which keeps his weight in check. It seems to even out his intake of pizza and cake when his children are home, as well as the occasional beer.

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Are you brave enough to try VAMPIRE therapy? We reveal the latest ways to treat everything from arthritis to scars and hair loss using your own blood

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 05:12 PM PST

A 2013 study by researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York found that injecting the patients' own blood cells into their arthritic knees improved pain and function.

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7 healthy Christmas pamper hampers to enjoy over the holidays

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 05:05 PM PST

Christmas is a time for overindulgence, but if you feel like starting your New Year resolutions early, we reveal some festive hampers that, if not guilt-free, can be considered the healthier option.

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We wouldn't be here for Christmas without the DONORS that saved us: The uplifting stories of 12 patients who received help just in time

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 05:00 PM PST

There are 6,500 people — including 150 children — on the waiting list for a transplant in the UK. NHS Blood and Transplant has today launched a drive to encourage people to join the organ donor register.

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Do YOU suffer from night sweats? Don't blame the menopause just yet: After being misdiagnosed by doctors for two years, Wendy discovered she had cancer 

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:55 PM PST

Wendy Leigh from Buckinghamshire started experiencing constant night sweats in her mid-40s. When she finally went to the hospital for a scan, doctors discovered she had lymphoma.

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Women prefer a BIGGER penis for a one-night-stand than for a long-term relationship, study reveals (...but both are bigger than average)

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:34 PM PST

Scientists at UCLA and the University of Mew Mexico asked 75 women to select two ideal penises from a basket of 3D-printed penises - one for a one-night-only liaison, and one for a long-term partner.

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Are depression pills driving patients to commit suicide? An ominous warning from a mother-of-two who almost became a victim herself

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:29 PM PST

After she started taking the antidepressant drug SSRI escilatopram, Katinka Blackford Newman from London was unable to leave the house, read a book or hold a conversation.

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Can an implant that swells like cooked spaghetti really ease your back pain? The unusual procedure lowers the risk of paralysis after surgery

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:25 PM PST

Jamil Hussain from Birmingham, had a serious fall while climbing Ben Nevis for a charity, causing damage to two disks in his back. Rather than risking a spinal fusion surgery, he got the new implant.

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Make sure that 'funny turn' does not become a STROKE: Thousands who suffer dizziness and blurred vision are denied the preventative treatment that could save their lives

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:23 PM PST

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that anyone who has a mini stroke should have an operation to clear the carotid artery within two weeks.

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'Can the fasting diet reduce my weight and ease my diabetes?' Our expert explains why dieting is essential for overweight patients to protect their future health 

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:19 PM PST

Tom Jones from Middlesex, who has type 2 diabetes and weighs 20st, asks whether going on a 'semi fast' diet every second day — i.e. one day at 2,000 calories, the next day at 700 — is too risky.

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Do YOU trim your pubic hair? Then you're 80% more likely to have an STD

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:08 PM PST

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, believe it's because more sexually active adults are more likely to keep themselves trimmed down below.

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Can a steroid jab in the ear banish your dizzy spells for good? New treatment reduces symptoms without the risk of severe hearing loss

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 03:07 PM PST

For some, dizziness can be a chronic condition, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. A new treatment by Imperial College London can cut these patients' number of dizzy spells by 90 per cent.

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We are losing the battle against childhood obesity, CDC data show

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 02:59 PM PST

New data released on Monday show progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing.

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Soaring drug prices are making sex impossible for older couples, doctors warn

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 02:30 PM PST

Prices for prescriptions for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some. Without insurance coverage, Viagra and Cialis cost about $50 a pill, triple their 2010 list prices.

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Bringing back the 1930s method of inducing childbirth could cut labour time by 4 HOURS, study finds

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 02:19 PM PST

The Foley catheter, invented eight decades ago by an American surgeon, can significantly reduce how long women spend in labour, experts from the University of Pennsylvania found.

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FDA warns pets exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke raises risk of cancer

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 02:09 PM PST

The Food and Drug Administration has released a seasonal advisory urging smokers studies show even third-hand smoke can kill animals.

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Secrets of an A-list body: We reveal how YOU can get Sharon Stone's shapely arms 

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 02:04 PM PST

Sharon Stone sparkled at the Country Music Association awards, in a glittery dress that showed off her shapely arms. How does the Basic Instinct star from Pennsylvania maintain her physique?

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Experts draw up list of 37 viruses 'most likely to trigger major epidemics'

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 01:06 PM PST

A list of 37 viruses that pose a potential threat to populations around the world has been drawn up by experts. All the infectious agents have shown some abi...

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Occasional smokers have 64% higher risk of early death

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 12:42 PM PST

Smokers who restrict themselves to fewer than seven cigarettes a week still have a 64 percent higher risk of an early death than non-smokers, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Success of Caesarean sections is leading to less cases of natural births as in the past babies wouldn't survive

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 12:00 PM PST

Scientists at the University of Vienna have calculated that the use of Caesareans accounts for the 'puzzling' question of why giving birth for humans is often so difficult.

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Stars from Selena Gomez to Adele on their battle with anxiety

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 11:50 AM PST

For celebrities and high profile individuals, life isn't all glitz and glamour in the spotlight, as many popstars have noticeably been revealing in recent weeks.

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Why just 1 glass of wine a day could KILL you: Heart flutter risk greater for people for frequent drinkers

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 11:25 AM PST

Experts from the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, found drinking one 'standard' drink a day increased the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm by 8 per cent.

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Middle-aged women are drinking 3 TIMES more alcohol than recommended

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 09:15 AM PST

More than a quarter of British middle-aged women drink between five and 16 glasses each week, according to a new survey of 2,000 women aged between 40 and 65.

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May Simpkin reveals 5 ways to get your day’s diet back on track

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 08:16 AM PST

Surrey-based registered nutritionist May Simpkin says to help you avoid eating anything else until lunchtime, drink plenty of fluids as hunger can often be mistaken for thirst.

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GPs to be given advice on how to deal with amorous patients on social media

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 07:10 AM PST

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) said British doctors were 'more accessible than ever' as a result of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Welsh boy shown wiped out after having chemotherapy to help battle his rare form of cancer

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:35 AM PST

Logan Sellers, from Bangor, Wales, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma after a lump developed behind his eye. But his condition has become so bad that he often turns down food.

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Welsh teacher ordered to give up job by doctors as working with kids may kill her

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 04:34 AM PST

Hannah Harry, 26, from Neath, South Wales, has Postural Orthostatic Tacychardic Syndrome, a condition which means her body cannot cope with even minor illnesses.

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Newcastle schoolboy diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering from headaches for weeks

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 03:58 AM PST

Bailey Yates, from Newcastle, had initially been told that his symptoms were down to a migraine. But after being rushed to hospital in pain, it was revealed he had a rare brain tumour.

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NHS spends more than £1 billion on just 4 common drugs, latest figures show

Posted: 05 Dec 2016 02:29 AM PST

Of its depleted £116 billion budget, the health service now spends 15 per cent on medications and treatments. This is 30 per cent higher than it was five years ago, figures from NHS Digital reveal.

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NHS forks out £10million on trial of lifestyle pill to prevent HIV

Posted: 04 Dec 2016 11:49 PM PST

The cash-strapped NHS is to spend £10 million testing a controversial drug which blocks HIV infection – despite fears that it could fuel high-risk sexual behaviour.

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Eggs from free-range hens shown to contain 30% more Vitamin D

Posted: 04 Dec 2016 11:49 PM PST

Researchers discovered that yolks from birds that are allowed to wander outdoors contain up to 30 per cent more vitamin D than those from birds kept in sheds or cages.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Women suffering worse dementia care than men: Female patients are being seen less frequently by GPs and not getting the same checks as males 

Posted: 04 Dec 2016 05:48 PM PST

Female dementia patients (stock photograph) are seen less frequently by their GPs than men, are not given the same checks and tests, and are more regularly given sedative drugs to control behaviour.

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Eat nuts every day to cut heart and cancer risk: Just a handful can reduce chance of dying early by a fifth

Posted: 04 Dec 2016 05:42 PM PST

Eating just 20 grams of nuts every day could reduce the chances of dying early by more than a fifth, scientists found.

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Why caveman in us makes yo-yo diets fail: Changes in our diet convince our brains to store extra fat because food supplies are unreliable

Posted: 04 Dec 2016 04:27 PM PST

Changes in dieting convince our brains that food supplies are unreliable – and so they prepare for 'famine' by telling our bodies to store extra fat, much like birds fattening up before winter.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Health Articles | Mail Online


NHS doctors trial magic wand for pancreatic cancer that kills disease in 90 seconds

Posted: 03 Dec 2016 08:29 PM PST

A procedure that zaps fluid-filled pancreatic cysts - which takes just 90 seconds - before they can turn into one of the most lethal forms of cancer is being trialled by NHS doctors.

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University of Hertfordshire finds robot companions would help autistic children

Posted: 03 Dec 2016 04:53 PM PST

So far, 300 British autistic children have had access to one of 20 robots - called Kaspar - both at school and at home. There are 700,000 people in the UK with autism, with one in 100 children affected.

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NHS to offer breast cancer prevention treatment pill for 4p-a-day

Posted: 03 Dec 2016 04:44 PM PST

Prescribing watchdogs the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the drug, anastrozole, should be available to women who are over 50 and deemed to have a high risk.

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India Willoughby answers everything you wanted to know about transgender

Posted: 03 Dec 2016 04:34 PM PST

India Willoughby, 51, who was the first transgender panellist on ITV's show Loose Women, has now written a piece answering six questions about transgender that 'everyone wants to ask'.

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British mothers-to-be warn over epilepsy drug dubbed 'new thalidomide'

Posted: 03 Dec 2016 04:32 PM PST

Thousands of British mothers-to-be are taking an epilepsy drug dubbed 'the new thalidomide' because of its link to birth defects, despite decades of health warnings, say campaigners.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

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Health Articles | Mail Online


Britons are drinking 42% more than they were 30 years ago

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 10:12 PM PST

Public Health England found sales of alcohol in England and Wales have increased by 42 per cent since 1980. Experts say cheaper alcohol and women drinking more than ever could be factors.

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Menopause affects women's lungs the same way as smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 YEARS

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 10:11 PM PST

The menopause caused an accelerated decline in the lungs' ability to expand and expel air, researchers from the University of Bergen, Norway, found.

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A drug to slow down Alzheimer's disease will be available by 2025, experts predict

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 10:09 PM PST

People would have to be tested for early signs of the disease in a wide national screening programme before being given the treatment, scientists from the University College London said.

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Norovirus cases 40% higher than last year putting NHS on course for vomiting bug epidemic

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 10:07 PM PST

There have been 1,495 confirmed cases of norovirus since July, compared to 1379 during the same period in 2015, according to figures from Public Health England.

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Women heart attack victims failed by the NHS as 44% are given essential rehabilitation care

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 10:05 PM PST

All patients should be offered rehabilitation care after a heart attack, which has been shown to cut the risk of death by 18 per cent in the next year. Yet only 44 per cent of British women are given it.

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NICE says 11 million people should be HIV tested but it'll cost £77m

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 09:51 PM PST

More than 11 million Britons should be offered an HIV test when they go to their family doctor or A&E, health watchdogs said yesterday.

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Huddersfield scientists have finally worked out exactly how probiotics work

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 06:35 PM PST

Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have managed to shed light inside the black box of probiotics to uncover the mechanism by which live bacteria boost the gut's defenses.

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DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Faith can help when medicine fails... 

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 06:02 PM PST

While we like to think medicine has an answer for everything, it frequently doesn't. There are some situations that no amount of operations, scans, blood tests or drugs are going to help.

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Diet pills that claim to trigger natural weight loss have alarming side-effects   

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 05:25 PM PST

The NHS says only one ingredient, Orlistat, has been proven to help people lose weight in clinical trials. But its possible side-effects include skin blistering and kidney stones.

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Hampshire mother's joy as her sons who were born at 23 weeks

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 03:18 PM PST

Born at just 23 weeks, triplets Alfie, Dylan and Connor from Havant, Hampshire, collectively weighed less than 3lb — little more than a bag of sugar and doctors warned of serious health issues.

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Testosterone treatment to cure sexual dysfunction 'raises risk of blood clots by 63%'

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 03:10 PM PST

In the first six months after starting testosterone, men have a 63 percent higher risk of clots in the legs and lungs than they did before beginning treatment, the German study found.

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Saturated fat is good for you according to University of Bergen study

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 02:20 PM PST

In a study by the University of Bergen, volunteers' 'good' cholesterol levels increased only on when they were on a very-high-fat diet.

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Dorset boy rips off 2 of his fingers after they were impaled on spikes

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 10:12 AM PST

Tommie Randall, from Poole, Dorset, had lost his footing while scrambling over a fence to watch his stepfather at a motocross competition. As he fell, his little and ring finger got impaled and were torn off.

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Watchdog launches probe into care homes amidst fears the elderly are being ripped off

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 10:10 AM PST

The Competition and Markets Authority launched an investigation into the entire British social care home sector, after concerns were raised about unfair practices.

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Do YOU have high cholesterol? Here are 5 foods to eat and avoid

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 09:56 AM PST

Three diet experts from the University of Newcastle explain the science behind higher and lower cholesterol - and why it is important to avoid certain foods.

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Virgin leads all airlines in healthy airline food survey

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 09:23 AM PST

Dr Charles Platkin, director of the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College and editor of Diet Detective, has studied the best 'calorie bargains' and 'calorie rip-offs' across 12 airlines.

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University of Connecticut expert explains how your gut controls your body clock

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 09:23 AM PST

Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, explains the importance of new research showing the gut's influence on our circadian rhythm.

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Cornwall paramedic has his EYE removed after parasite infects his contact lens

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 06:39 AM PST

Andrew Carthew, from Wadebridge, Cornwall, was diagnosed with acanthamoeba keratitis - an infection caused by an amoeba - a parasite found in almost all soil, fresh and sea water.

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Ireland moves towards legalising marijuana for medicinal use

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 04:23 AM PST

It is hoped if the bill does become a law in Ireland, that the drug will help to relieve those suffering from chronic pain, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis - for which it has a proven benefit.

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Vegan diets really ARE safe for young children and the elderly

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 01:28 AM PST

Those who adopt a plant-based diet are known to consume fewer sweets and salty snacks, lowering their risk of heart disease, obesity and some cancers, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, US, says.

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