Saturday, February 28, 2015

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The ten 'quack' cures that actually work! World's first professor of complementary medicine offers alternative treatments for common conditions 

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 04:40 PM PST

He's known as one of alternative medicine's fiercest critics, but here, Here, Professor Ernst offers readers his definitive list of 12 complementary treatments proven to work on ten common conditions.

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Linda Robson refusing Mums cancer treated was the best thing

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 04:02 PM PST

In early 2012, the Birds Of A Feather star's mother Rita's bizarre behaviour was confirmed as symptoms of dementia. It was then also discovered that she was suffering from stomach cancer.

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UK women bury heads in sand over cancer risks

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 02:20 PM PST

Ovarian cancer kills one woman every two hours in Britain. Angelina Jolie became the highest-profile star to undergo a preventative mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA gene.

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MATT ROBERTS: Make exercise a family activity like the Ramsays

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 02:17 PM PST

Tana Ramsay was spotted last week strolling along a Malibu beach after a workout with her celebrity chef husband Gordon, while two of their children were surfing nearby.

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Post-traumatic stress doesnt exist says psychiatrist

Posted: 28 Feb 2015 02:10 PM PST

Professor Dinesh Bhugra suggests the condition is not a true mental illness. Mick Jagger was claimed to have suffered a 'traumatic stress disorder' as a result of the suicide of his partner L'Wren Scott.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

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Study finds chronic fatigue commonly seen among professionals is not just in the mind

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 05:48 PM PST

Controversy has raged for nearly 30 years as to whether the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are real. Harpist Claire Jones (pictured) was bed-bound for three months with the condition.

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Could this little boy's tragic death provide clues about cot death? Tests reveal toddler had genetic heart condition never seen before in a child

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 04:41 PM PST

Gemma, and James Cook, 33 and 37, of Oldham, believe their son Dexter's case could shed new light on the causes of cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome.

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62% of men and 40% of women don't wash their hands after going to the loo

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 03:29 PM PST

Initial Washroom Hygiene, which carried out the survey, has now launched a monitoring system in public bathrooms that 'shames' users into adopting better habits.

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Test predicts woman's chance of surviving breast cancer

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 10:09 AM PST

Women whose immune cells were clustered together around breast cancer cells have a better chance of survival, said scientists at The Institute of Cancer, London.

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Only listen to music for an HOUR to stop yourself going deaf, warn global health experts

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 09:06 AM PST

The World Health Organisation has revealed a billion young people are at risk of hearing loss from listening to loud music as more than half of 12 to 35 year olds listen to unsafe levels of music.

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'Appalling' treatment of NHS whistleblowers must be investigated: Staff ostracised by hospital bosses demand independent inquiry after 'whitewash' Francis Report

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 07:25 AM PST

EXCLUSIVE: Dr David Drew and Sharmila Chowdhury have, along with a third whistleblower, written to Sir Robert Francis raising concerns that no action has been taken to address their concerns about patient safety.

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500 new cases of female genital mutilation in one month are 'just the tip of the iceberg' warn campaigners 

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:18 AM PST

The campaign group Equality Now said figures will 'increase significantly' as women access health services. It estimates more than 130,000 women and girls in the country are affected by the issue.

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Is the internet encouraging children to self-harm? 'Alarming' numbers are exposed to graphic images online, charities warn

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:12 AM PST

Children as young as 11-14 are viewing images of self-harm online, making them more likely to hurt themselves afterwards, charities ChildLine, YouthNet, selfharmUK and YoungMinds warned.

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A coffee a day could keep MS at bay: Caffeine protects against multiple sclerosis, study finds 

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:11 AM PST

People who do not drink coffee are one-and-a-half-times more likely to develop the condition, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, US, found.

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Army medics drafted in to fill more than 200 nursing vacancies at Colchester Hospital University

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:11 AM PST

Combat medical staff from 16 Medical Regiment will be deployed at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust's A&E department, to help address a staffing shortfall.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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More supermarket chickens than ever contaminated with potentially lethal food poisoning bug

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 03:37 PM PST

The proportion of fresh roasting chickens on supermarket shelves carrying campylobacter is up from 70 per cent to 72.9 per cent, according to figures from the Food Standards Agency.

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From eating sushi to banning emails, doctors reveals how to protect your eyes from damage

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 12:45 PM PST

EXCLUSIVE: Eat sushi and flaxseed to keep eyes from drying out, and chat to colleagues rather than emailing to stimulate blinking, advises London-based eye surgeon David Allamby.

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Theo Babbage born 'dead' for eight minutes makes remarkable recovery

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 12:29 PM PST

Theo Babbage's heart stopped beating as soon as he was born, leaving him pale blue and facing brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. Thanks to doctors in Norwich he is now perfectly healthy.

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Grandmother who died with a broken neck had been told for three WEEKS to take paracetamol instead of being taken to hospital for X-rays

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 07:49 AM PST

Ruby Rice, 89, of Norfolk, died after becoming paralysed from the neck down as a result of the fall. It was only after she had suffered the pain for three weeks that she was taken to hospital for X-rays.

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Heartbreaking picture shows beautiful smile of prom girl, 16, whose body was ravaged by deadly disease just one MONTH later

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 07:25 AM PST

Corah-Beth Slaney, from Nottingham, has since been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, which prevents the body producing energy for vital organs and muscles. Doctors have warned she has just months to live.

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Can't go to the loo? Try a hot drink to boost your digestive system, leading doctor advises

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 05:51 AM PST

Hot drinks widen the blood vessels, increasing blood flow and kick-starting the digestive system, said Dr Schnoll-Sussman, a gastroenterologist at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, US.

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Scientists hope new drugs can target pancreatic cancer with 'game-changing' results 

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 01:12 AM PST

Currently just 1 per cent of all people with pancreatic cancer survive for ten years after diagnosis. Pictured is the late Apple boss Steve Jobs, who lost his battle with the disease in 2011.

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The energy drinks with TWENTY teaspoons of sugar as campaigners call for ban to under-16s

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 12:47 AM PST

Campaigners Action on Sugar warned the drinks – such as Rockstar, Monster and Red Devil – are fuelling a taste for sugar that feeds through into the wider diet.

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Boy who can't smile finally gets a home after his hospital NURSE adopts him

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 06:48 PM PST

Joshua Burdall, three, from Hull, has Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy which means he cannot smile and his muscles will slowly degenerate. Repeated attempts at finding foster carers had failed.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Average age of UK mother is 34 as number of babies born falls to seven-year low 

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 09:41 AM PST

While the overall number of births fell in 2013-14, increasing numbers of babies are being delivered by Caesarean section, a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed.

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900 more patients admitted to hospital each day compared to last year 

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 09:41 AM PST

Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre reveal 15.5 million patients were admitted to hospitals in 2013-14 - equating to 42,400 a day, 870 more on average than in 2012-13.

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Boy allergic to SUN is determined to become a professional golfer

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 09:04 AM PST

Ben Brown, from Stockton, breaks out in hives and a rash, as well as developing migraines if he goes out in the sun. He takes antihistamine tablets, migraine tablets and has prescription suncream.

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New Ebola scare as fifth British healthcare worker is flown back to the UK

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 07:49 AM PST

Public Health England stressed the individual has not been diagnosed with Ebola, and is showing no symptoms. They have been admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in London for monitoring, it said.

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Southmead Hospital slammed after patients were issued with HANDBELLS

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 07:31 AM PST

Patients given the metal bells at Southmead Hospital in Bristol include a frail dementia patient Molly Goddard, 84, who was too weak to pick it up.

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Mother with cancer vows to treat it with vitamins and raw vegetables

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 06:56 AM PST

Kelly Logan, 34, from Dagenham, Essex, says chemotherapy would leave her unable to care for her children Logan, 14, and Blaze, 4 and that doctors are 'biased' towards conventional treatments.

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Fluoride in water to protect teeth could spark depression, scientists warn

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 01:51 AM PST

Scientific evidence shows that well-intentioned efforts to make our water healthier - by adding fluoride to prevent tooth decay - may actually be having serious long-term effects on our health.

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Feeling down? Grab a bag of pumpkin seeds

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 01:05 AM PST

Seeds and pulses have been shown to boost mood more than cakes, sweets and chocolates according to a new study which lists pumpkin seeds as the number one mood enhancer.

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UK becomes first country to legalise three-parent babies

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 01:04 AM PST

The House of Lords today voted 280 to 48 in favour of allowing the creation of three-parent babies after agreeing to allow mitochondrial donation following research by Newcastle University.

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Two thirds of smokers will die from the habit - and slash ten years from their lives

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 01:03 AM PST

A study of more than 200,000 people found that smokers are three times more likely to die early than those who have never used tobacco.

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The inaccuracies that damned Hinchingbrooke hospital after CQC report

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 12:57 AM PST

Shocking new evidence has emerged that the first privately run NHS hospital was the victim of a seriously flawed inspection by the health watchdog, containing more than 200 errors.

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Juice diet claims don't stand up to scientific scrutiny

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 12:52 AM PST

Adverts featuring nutrition guru Madeleine Shaw asserted that juices containing watermelon, beetroot, pineapple and other fruit and vegetables could reduce fat and tone the stomach.

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Weekend lie-in danger as sleeping for eight hours can increase stroke risk

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 06:21 PM PST

Researchers in Cambridge discovered the disturbing link between oversleeping and stroke after following 10,000 men and women aged betwen 42 and 81 over a period of nine years.

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Skin biopsies from people with Parkinsons and Alzheimers could help diagnose dementia

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 06:16 PM PST

The study from doctors in Mexico found people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's had higher levels of phospho-tau protein compared with healthy people.

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Too much TV could raise a child's blood pressure: Watching more than two hours a day 'makes them 30% more likely to have condition'

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 05:56 PM PST

Those aged two to ten were 30 per cent more likely to have high blood pressure than youngsters who spent less time in front of a TV or computer screen.

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People with ADHD are 'twice as likely to die prematurely than those without the disorder'

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 05:53 PM PST

Those diagnosed as adults were more than four times as likely to die early compared with those without ADHD at the same age, according to a study carried out by Danish researchers.

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Could dementia patients be helped by ROBOTIC cats?

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 05:25 PM PST

The JustoCat has been developed by academics in in Sweden to offer comfort and peace of mind to people suffering with dementia. But unlike the real thing, she doesn't make any mess and can be washed.

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Ban smoking in public parks and squares to stop young people taking up the habit

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 04:31 PM PST

The move would stop teenagers seeing adults light up, so they no longer see smoking as normal or admirable, experts from the Institute of Global Health Innovation have argued.

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Why too much red wine is bad for you and it's not just the alcohol

Posted: 25 Feb 2015 04:13 PM PST

It is claimed resveratrol, found in red wine, combats ageing and a new study at Manchester Metropolitan University said that is true - but too much of it does the opposite and actually slows down muscle repair.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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How fake eyelashes can damage your sight

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 04:13 PM PST

Eyelashes should be no longer than a third of the width of the eye in length or they can damage the eyes, researchers from Georgia University of Technology, Atlanta, warned.

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Brits take 41 minutes a day to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner because we're so busy

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 04:08 PM PST

One in three admit scoffing meals at high speed due to work pressure, while the average length of a breakfast is just eight minutes - with hard-pressed eaters allocating 14 minutes for lunch.

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Silas Philips born still INSIDE amniotic sac is hailed a 'medical miracle' by doctors

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 02:10 PM PST

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Silas Philips was born three months prematurely at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. Pictures show him curled up inside the sac - with a hand and leg clearly visible.

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Healthy gay men should be given HIV treatment to PREVENT infection

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 02:00 PM PST

The Proud study, conducted in England, shows pre-exposure of the HIV drug Truvada can reduce the risk of infection in men who have sex with men by as much as 86 per cent.

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Could getting on the scales every morning be the key to slimming? People who weighed themselves daily were twice as likely to say no to dessert

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 01:43 PM PST

People who weighed themselves daily were twice as likely to say no to desserts, - and lost three times as much weight, found researchers from Duke University in North Carolina.

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How DID Rosamund Pike lose a stone in 10 DAYS for Gone Girl?

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 10:39 AM PST

In fact, Rosamund had to undergo four intense cycles of weight gain and loss to suit the sequence of filming, her personal trainer, Holly Lawson, has said.

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Spending six hours a day on my mobile gave me a brain tumour, claims business exec

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 10:38 AM PST

Ian Phillips, of Cardiff, now uses a bright gold hand receiver plugged into his mobile phone so it is never pressed against his ear. He believes spending too much time on his mobile gave him cancer.

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Ann Walters found dead 10 HOURS after calling for emergency help

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 09:08 AM PST

Ann Walters, 61, from Portsmouth, died after an ambulance sent to her house was recalled by the NHS 999 service when it was just four minutes away. An investigation is ongoing.

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Teenage pregnancies reach all time low as more women delay motherhood until after 35 

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 07:05 AM PST

New figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal conception rates for those women aged 35 to 39 rose fastest in 2013, compared with all other age groups.

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'Slings' made from a plastic bag and pillowcase used to elevate 95-year-old man's arm for a WEEK

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 05:55 AM PST

Medics at New Cross Hospital in the West Midlands told Joseph Ward's daughter the specialist sling he needed could not be found and they would have to use a green plastic bag instead.

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Do your children suffer allergies? Your DISHWASHER could be to blame

Posted: 24 Feb 2015 03:42 AM PST

However washing dishes by hand leaves some bacteria on crockery, which helps keep a child's immune system strong, say scientists from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

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New warning over booze in pregnancy: Half a glass of wine 'could stop some babies breathing'

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 09:20 PM PST

Experts claim British women are being given insufficient advice, and compared the toxins in alcohol to those in Thalidomide, a drug which caused birth defects in the 50s and 60s.

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Heart failure: Gel that helps rebuild weak heart muscle

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 07:36 PM PST

The substance, called Algisyl-LVR, is injected into the heart wall to improve the organ's function and reduce symptoms such as breathlessness and swelling in the ankles.

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Joanne Harris: I don't tend to weigh myself, but go by how my clothes fit

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 07:27 PM PST

The Chocolat author, 50, on dealing with stress, losing 4½ stone in three months, and what she turns to when writing - and it isn't chocolate.

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Asthma: Think it can only start in childhood? Wrong - and in later life it can be even worse

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 07:10 PM PST

Peter Lindley developed asthma in his mid-40s. He is one of a growing number of people who develop it in adulthood, otherwise known as late-onset asthma.

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ASK THE DOCTOR: How to ease those painful chilblains

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 06:26 PM PST

DR MARTIN SCURR advises readers how to deal with cold hands and feet and hiatus hernia, plus concerns over the latest calls for doctor to whistleblow on their fellow doctors.

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Patients wrongly told they may have dementia by GPs on a controversial £55 bonus scheme, researchers warn

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 05:56 PM PST

A controversial scheme to pay GPs £55 for every new case of dementia on their books is leading to patients being wrongly told they may have the devastating illness, researchers warn.

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'Approve three-parent babies,' urges Dame Sally Davies

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 05:37 PM PST

Dame Sally Davies denied the controversial mitochondrial donation technique marks the start of a 'slippery slope' towards designer babies, insisting it would give hope to thousands of women.

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How to clean your teeth WITHOUT a toothbrush and how cheese helps beat fillings

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 05:33 PM PST

Research published last week suggested a type of bacteria that causes gum disease could make you more vulnerable to cancer. The good news is there are simple tricks to protect your teeth.

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Diazepam to temazepam: Everyday medicine that could leave you too woozy to drive

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 05:22 PM PST

A study found drug driving was responsible for up to 200 fatal accidents every year. We examine the common medicines which could have an influence on you behind the wheel...

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Losing your temper CAN cause a heart attack: Being angry increases the risk eightfold 

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 05:21 PM PST

Doctors should provide patients with training - or even medication - to reduce their anger levels, as this could lower the risk of a heart attack, scientists from the University of Sydney, Australia, said.

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Doctors baffled by boy, 4, whose right foot weighs nearly a STONE - but he can still walk and run normally

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 05:19 PM PST

Verdant Joshi, from Gujarat, India, has been bullied all his life because of his 11-inch foot, which weighs 12lbs (5.4 kg). Hundreds of doctors have been unable to diagnose his condition.

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Viruses: You can't catch a cold from kissing - but don't hold hands!

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 05:17 PM PST

Swapping saliva won't pass on the cold virus, but holding hands will — because your loved one is more likely to be harbouring the virus on their fingers from holding dirty hankies.

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You could have concussion and, like many others, not realise just how serious it is

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 04:46 PM PST

It took months for Abigail Butcher to be diagnosed with concussion after falling 4ft and landing squarely on the top of her head. This was despite going to A&E twice in twenty-four hours.

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Talking to a baby bump DOES improve a child's language skills later in life

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 04:27 PM PST

The sound of a mother's voice plays a direct role in the child's hearing and language development while they are in the womb, Harvard researchers said.

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Smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 04:26 PM PST

University College London researchers found that levels of anxiety and depression reported by long-term ex-smokers were indistinguishable from people who have never smoked.

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Fluoride in water 'linked to hypothyroidism', new study finds

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 04:23 PM PST

The University of Kent scientists have now called for a rethink of the public health policy which encourages fluoridation of the water supply in a bid to protect the nation's dental health.

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Lack of sunshine increases the risk of diabetes MORE than being obese

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 04:08 PM PST

People with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome - no matter what they weigh - scientists from the University of Malaga, Spain, discovered.

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Red cabbage sales soar 50% as consumers seek to benefit from more vitamin A

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 03:57 PM PST

Sales of red cabbage are booming as growing numbers of shoppers get wise to its health benefits. In the past year, 545 tons have been bought in Britain.

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The amputees in agony from limbs no longer there

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 03:54 PM PST

Sue Cook has phantom limb pain, a medically recognised condition that means pain messages are transmitted to the brain from a body part that is no longer there.

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New test for pre-eclampsia that can kill mothers and their babies

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 03:31 PM PST

Heidi Livesey was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia - a defect with the placenta causing blood pressure to soar - during her first pregnancy. Her daughter Ebony weighed just 1lb 1oz when born.

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Traces of nuts in a child's diet can prevent an allergy later in life

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 02:52 PM PST

In the study by King's College London, less than one per cent of babies introduced to peanuts under the age of one developed allergies later in life after eating it three times a week.

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Protein: Eating too much protein can strain your kidneys but too little is bad for your muscles

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 02:49 PM PST

There is now a raft of protein-enriched products, from breads and pastas to yoghurts and drinks, has arrived — and they're aimed not at super-fit athletes, but at everyday shoppers.

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How regular SAUNAS could save your life

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 12:28 PM PST

Overall, middle-aged men who visited saunas most often – as much as once every day - experienced the greatest benefit, found researchers from the University of Eastern Finland.

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Eating a PLACENTA is new trend among new mothers convinced it helps boost energy

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 11:53 AM PST

The gruesome-sounding phenomenon, called 'placentophagy', entails eating the iron-rich afterbirth in any form: liquid, solid or packed into a pill - and is soaring in popularity in the U.S.

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Boy diagnosed with brain tumour after given nose cream for 'virus'

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 09:28 AM PST

Stewart Sheridan, from Manchester, was prescribed with an anti-viral nose cream by doctors who believed he was suffering a virus. But now doctors say he has just months to live.

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Could olive oil be the latest weapon against cancer?

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 07:36 AM PST

Oleocanthal - an ingredient in extra virgin olive oil - kills a cancer cell within 30 minutes by rupturing its lysosome - the cell's 'waste dump', scientists from Rutgers University, U.S., found.

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Binge drinkers are 'less intelligent': Having a low IQ causes people to drink more alcohol, scientists claim 

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 07:28 AM PST

A lower than average IQ is linked with a higher than average alcohol intake - especially among young men, researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, found.

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Girl, 2, suffers horrific allergic reaction to Savlon 'hydrocolloid' plaster

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 06:52 AM PST

Jayda Johnson, from Essex, suffered a severe allergic reaction to Savlon Hydrocolloid Dressing plasters that claim to be hypoallegenic, prevent scarring and promote healing.

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NHS: £2 Billion a Week and Counting asks public how money should be spent

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 06:28 AM PST

A new four-part Channel 4 series which airs for the first time tonight explores the increasingly difficult question of which patients should get treatment and who will be forced to wait.

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BBC's Laura McMullan reveals skin cancer battle after becoming addicted to sunbeds

Posted: 23 Feb 2015 04:22 AM PST

Laura McMullan, a reporter for BBC Midlands, has called for high street sunbeds to be banned after revealing she was diagnosed with skin cancer last year after becoming addicted to them.

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