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  • Gut bacteria link to bowel cancer

    Gut bacteria link to bowel cancer

    Bacteria in the gut can trigger cancer by breaking down carbohydrate food, a study has found. In tests on mice predisposed to cancer, microbes metabolising carbohydrates caused gut wall cells to proliferate and generate tumours. By either treating...

  • Abuse raises artery disease risk

    Abuse raises artery disease risk

    Sexual abuse as a child increases a woman’s risk of developing early signs of artery disease, a study has found. Scientists linked a history of sexual abuse with inner lining thickening of the carotid artery carrying blood to the brain. The...

  • Nature versus nurture

    Nature versus nurture

    When observing in awe the masterful performances of top athletes, marvelling at a beautiful figure or physique, or perhaps while appreciating someone’s wisdom or powers of reason, have you ever wondered if people are just born the way they are or...

  • Ways of escaping eczema

    Ways of escaping eczema

    Unless you have experienced living with eczema on a daily basis, you cannot begin to understand the pain and discomfort it brings to sufferers. It is often thought of as a childhood condition, but more and more adults are either beginning to...

  • Inhalers ‘stunt growth’

    Inhalers ‘stunt growth’

    Corticosteroid drugs given via inhalers to children with asthma may suppress their growth, according to two systematic reviews of scientific studies on the issue. Health experts who conducted the review and published it in The Cochrane Library...

  • Gene therapy creates ‘biological pacemakers’

    Scientists have used a gene therapy technique to create “biological pacemakers” from the heart’s own cells. The procedure, tested on pigs, could be ready for human trials in three years. In future, it could help infants born with heart block – a...

  • Stress, depression affect how the body processes fat

    Stress, depression affect how the body processes fat

    Stress and depression have long been linked with a heightened risk of weight gain, but a new study sheds light on how those mental states may alter the way the body processes fatty foods. Compared to women without stress in the study, stressed-out...

  • Under 40s could be at risk from high cholesterol

    Under 40s could be at risk from high cholesterol

    Research in the UK shows that 62 per cent of people under 40 have never had a cholesterol test, with only one in 10 saying they have asked their doctor to test them for high cholesterol. Furthermore, almost 40 per cent have never looked into...

  • Mild injury 'causes brain damage'

    Mild injury 'causes brain damage'

    Even a slight bang on the head – for instance after falling off a bicycle – can cause brain damage affecting thinking and memory, research has shown. Scientists compared 53 people who had suffered mild or moderate head injuries several days...

  • Arthritis drug hope for Alzheimer’s

    A drug commonly used to treat arthritis could potentially slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, an academic study has found. Scientists at the University of Southampton conducted a small control study with a group of 41 patients exhibiting...

  • Asthma inhalers 'can stunt growth'

    Asthma inhalers 'can stunt growth'

    Asthma inhalers can stunt the growth of children, research has shown. During the first year of treatment, the widely used remedies cut growth rates by about half a centimetre, said scientists. But they and other experts stressed that slight loss...

  • ‘Pre-diabetes’ label ‘worthless’

    ‘Pre-diabetes’ label ‘worthless’

    Telling people they have borderline diabetes has no medical value, researchers have said. A recent study estimated that more than a third of adults in the UK now have borderline diabetes, also known as pre-diabetes. The research, published in the...

  • Exercise ‘may cut dementia risk’

    Exercise ‘may cut dementia risk’

    Simple lifestyle changes such as taking more exercise and improving diet may protect against dementia in at-risk older adults, research suggests. Scientists studied the effects of healthier living in 1,260 men and women aged 60 to 77 considered to...

  • Nickel in iPads ‘can cause rashes’

    Nickel in iPads ‘can cause rashes’

    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad, because the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals describe nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices,...

  • Weather not tied to back pain

    Back pain is no more likely to strike on cold, rainy days than in fair weather, according to a study from Australia. Temperature, humidity, wind direction, precipitation and air pressure were not linked to the onset of lower back pain among close...

  • Many Alzhei mer’s cases ‘avoidable’

    Many Alzhei mer’s cases ‘avoidable’

    Data on possible protective behaviours and dementia risk factors emerges at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen A third of Alzheimer’s cases are potentially preventable if people improve their lifestyles, according...

  • Drinking less aids healthy heart

    Drinking less aids healthy heart

    Drinking less can help to improve the health of your heart, experts have said. A reduction in alcohol consumption could improve the cardiovascular health of even light-to-moderate drinkers, research suggests. The authors of the study, published in...

  • Why choose Pilates?

    Why choose Pilates?

    Why do you think that in the past five years Pilates has become a worldwide phenomenon? Is it because stars such as Jennifer Aniston or the Victoria’s Secret models have been raving about it? Pilates isn’t just a celebrity fad – it works because...

  • Finally fit

    Finally fit

    One of the summer’s biggest events will draw to a close tonight. We’ve been fascinated with the beautiful game and marvelling at some of the fittest athletes in sport for nearly a month now. At this moment in time, it really is survival of the...

  • ‘Let (super) food be your medicine’

    Much is written about super foods, but today I am looking at super foods specifically related to helping your body to fight cancer. In my research I have found a website called Canceractive (www.canceractive.com), which is a mine of information...

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