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  • Nose bacterium proves lethal to MRSA superbug

    A bacterium that lives in the human nose produces an antibiotic lethal to the MRSA superbug, scientists have discovered. The new drug, named lugdunin, is made naturally by Staphylococcus lugdunensis, one of a number of different kinds of microbe...

  • Ice Bucket Challenge craze has led to ALS breakthrough

    Ice Bucket Challenge craze has led to ALS breakthrough

    Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge craze? The campaign that encouraged millions of people to dump buckets of ice-cold water over their heads raised enough money to help make an important research breakthrough, the international ALS Association has...

  • US may change blood donation policy for gay men

    US may change blood donation policy for gay men

    The US Food and Drug Administration has opened a door to a change in its blood donor policies, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a year following their last sexual encounter.   In December, the administration overturned a 30-year...

  • Solar-powered machine turns urine into drinking water

    Solar-powered machine turns urine into drinking water

    A team of scientists at a Belgian university say they have created a machine that turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer using solar energy, a technique which could be applied in rural areas and developing countries. While there are other...

  • Childhood diseases don’t affect life expectancy, study finds

    Childhood diseases don’t affect life expectancy, study finds

    Contrary to earlier beliefs, infections common in childhood do not affect life expectancy later on in life, a new study has shown. Earlier studies had suggested that inflammatory diseases in childhood, such as measles, smallpox and whooping cough...

  • First baby with Zika-related birth defect born in New York City

    First baby with Zika-related birth defect born in New York City

    New York City has reported its first case of a baby born with the birth defect microcephaly related to exposure to the Zika virus, health officials said. New York City Department of Health officials said the baby's mother was infected after...

  • Alcohol now linked to seven types of cancer

    Alcohol now linked to seven types of cancer

    There is strong evidence that alcohol causes seven types of cancer and probably others, a review has concluded. A study of existing research found strong evidence of a direct, harmful effect of drinking, even though scientists are unsure of the...

  • TV noise can hinder toddlers picking up new words

    TV noise can hinder toddlers picking up new words

    Background noise from the radio or TV can make it harder for toddlers to learn new words, research suggests. Scientists conducted experiments in which children aged around two were taught new words while hearing soft or loud background...

  • Extreme sitting may lead to increased heart risk disease

    Being sedentary, at least in moderation, is unlikely to cause heart disease, according to a new review of past research. Based on their analysis, researchers conclude that only very high levels of sedentary time – more than 10 hours per day – are...

  • Argentine women protest over shaming of public breastfeeding

    Argentine women protest over shaming of public breastfeeding

    Mothers in Buenos Aires come out in defence of the right to breast-feed in public after a woman was threatened with arrest for breast-feeding in public.   22-year-old Costanza Santos was threatened with arrest for breast-feeding her...

  • Prescription for high blood pressure

    Prescription for high blood pressure

    How common is it that one walks into the gym suffering from high blood pressure? How often has a client been referred by a general practitioner to start an exercise programme to lower their blood pressure? Are we aware that stress has the tendency...

  • Can you hear me?

    Can you hear me?

    Hearing loss can have many causes. There is no doubt that age-related hearing loss is the most common human auditory disorder, affecting about 40 per cent of those over the age of 75, worldwide (J. Am. Geriatr. Soc., 1995). However, hearing loss...

  • Some of the things we need fixing

    Some of the things we need fixing

    While eagerly awaiting the start of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games in just under two weeks’ time, I'm always attentive to updates I catch on TV or elsewhere. If you’re close by and utter the words, “the Olympics,” then as long as I’m in earshot...

  • Community set up to provide lifestyle guidance

    The increase in obesity levels has been somewhat alarming in the past few years – sedentary lifestyles and lack of guidance on how to create a good work-life balance are major contributing factors to this issue. With this in mind the...

  • Alcohol directly linked to several cancers

    Alcohol directly linked to several cancers

    Alcohol is directly linked to seven forms of cancer, a new study has established. People consuming even small to moderate amounts of alcohol are at risk, according to the new study, published on Addiction Journal. The evidence from the study...

  • Double hand transplant patient looks forward to holding a bottle of beer

    Double hand transplant patient looks forward to holding a bottle of beer

    The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says he feels "whole again" as he looks forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing shirts with real buttons. Chris King, 57, lost both his hands, except the thumbs, in an accident...

  • Mother’s pre-pregnancy diabetes connected to baby’s risk to heart disease

    Mother’s pre-pregnancy diabetes connected to baby’s risk to heart disease

    Women with diabetes have considerably higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as birth defects than women with no diabetes, a new study shows. The risk is linked to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A Danish study, published in Circulation...

  • Florida health dept investigates possible local Zika transmission

    Florida health dept investigates possible local Zika transmission

    Florida health officials are investigating a case of Zika virus infection that does not appear to have stemmed from travel to another region with an outbreak. The statement from the Florida Department of Health did not specify whether the Zika...

  • A healthy diet ‘can include a lot of fat’

    A healthy diet ‘can include a lot of fat’

    Extra healthy fats from a Mediterranean diet may help protect against heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer, a research review suggests. “The kind of fat matters,” said lead study author Hanna Bloomfield of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs...

  • ‘Roller-coaster cholesterol’ may be linked to lower mental ability scores

    ‘Roller-coaster cholesterol’ may be linked to lower mental ability scores

    Roller-coaster levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol may lead to poorer mental performance in older adults, a study has found. Greater fluctuations in low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is linked to heart disease, were associated with lower scores in...

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