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  • Underweight babies ‘more likely to be neurotic adults’

    Underweight babies ‘more likely to be neurotic adults’

    Babies born very prematurely or severely underweight are at an increased risk of becoming introverted, neurotic and risk-averse as adults, research suggests. Scientists say such a personality profile could help explain the higher rates of career...

  • Protein ‘biomarkers’ discovery throws light on what drives cancer

    A new mechanism behind cancer spread has been discovered that challenges the conventional view about what drives tumours. Scientists investigating ovarian cancer found that a protein imbalance within cells switched on a biological circuit...

  • Sweeteners and weight loss

    Sweeteners and weight loss

    Last week we took an in-depth look at sweeteners. The discovery that artificial sweeteners don’t help us to lose weight wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who keeps up with the scientific evidence. In fact, as long ago as 1988, clinical trials...

  • Health and care solution launched

    Health and care solution Scope (Safely communicating health observations in a productive and efficient way), enabling individuals to conduct routine medical tests and instantly capture the reading electronically through health-monitoring devices,...

  • Insider secrets that will help out

    In my work I’m lucky to meet some very knowledgeable people in the areas of sport and health-related exercise. I have conversations about fitness from time to time with ardent enthusiasts, physique/figure competitors, instructors, coaches, current...

  • Experts call for €1.8bn global fund for vaccines

    Experts call for €1.8bn global fund for vaccines

    Global health experts have called for the creation of a €1.8 billion vaccine development fund to feed a pipeline of potential new shots against priority killer diseases like Ebola, Mers and the West Nile virus. The fund would help bridge the gap...

  • Campbell to stop adding MSG to kids’ condensed soups

    Campbell to stop adding MSG to kids’ condensed soups

    Campbell Soup Co. said it would stop adding monosodium glutamate (MSG) to its condensed soups for children and increase its organic offerings as part of a broader strategy to cater to changing consumer tastes. The world’s largest soup maker said...

  • Binge eating gene in teenagers

    Binge eating gene in teenagers

    Scientists have discovered a gene they believe may hold the key to why some teenagers binge eat. Around 10 per cent of adults and teenagers binge eat – characterised by excessively overeating with a feeling of losing control over what they are...

  • Bionic eye a ‘total success’

    Bionic eye a ‘total success’

    A partially-sighted pensioner has had his central vision restored for the first time in nearly a decade after he received a ‘bionic eye’. Ray Flynn, 80, from Audenshaw, Manchester, is the world’s first patient with advanced dry age-related macular...

  • Problematic diabetes drugs may reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease

    Problematic diabetes drugs may reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease

    Two problematic diabetes drugs associated with worrying side effects may reduce the risk of patients developing Parkinson’s disease, offering a springboard for further research, scientists said. An analysis of more than 160,000 British diabetics...

  • ­­Sugary drinks blamed over type 2 diabetes

    Drinking sugary drinks could be causing nearly 8,000 cases of type 2 diabetes a year, according to research. A study led by the University of Cambridge found sugar-sweetened drinks could give rise to 1.8 million diabetes cases over 10 years in the...

  • First case of long-term HIV remission in child revealed

    First case of long-term HIV remission in child revealed

    A French teenager born with HIV and treated until age six is still free from infection 12 years after stopping the treatments, suggesting the first case of long-term remission in a childinfected from birth, experts said. The girl is one of a small...

  • Additives and artificial sweeteners

    Additives and artificial sweeteners

    Last week I bought a bottle of flavoured water. It was extremely sweet, so much so that I couldn’t drink it. I then looked at the contents (unlike me to do this after I buy a product, but I was at an event and was very thirsty). The additive that...

  • A little space saga of our own

    “In a galaxy far, far way...” OK, this is just a fitness article, not an episode of Star Wars, but who’s to say we cannot enjoy a little space saga of our own? When referencing various fancy or complex items of equipment found inside the modern...

  • ‘Slim chance’ of a return from obesity

    ‘Slim chance’ of a return from obesity

    The chances of an obese person achieving normal body weight are very low, a study has found. Losing five per cent to 10 per cent body weight is often recommended as a weight loss target, but researchers also found the chance of this being achieved...

  • Breast cancer diagnosis linked to weight gain

    A diagnosis of breast cancer can lead to serious weight gain for some women, a study has found. Chemotherapy may be one of the factors involved, scientists believe. Women given chemotherapy were more than twice as likely to have gained at least...

  • Smartphone data ‘could help diagnose depression’

    Smartphones could provide a handy way of telling when people are depressed, according to researchers. Tracking the number of minutes a phone is used, and its location, can provide clues about the user’s state of mind, a study suggests. The more...

  • ‘Lynchpin’ of cancer spread identified

    ‘Lynchpin’ of cancer spread identified

    A molecule described as the ‘lynchpin’ of cancer spread has been identified, paving the way to potentially life-saving treatments. Targeting the protein DNA-PKcs could prevent the deadly spread of prostate cancer and possibly other cancers as...

  • Bid to ‘soften up’ tumours

    Targeting a protein that helps tumours withstand chemotherapy could make cancer treatments more effective and less likely to cause side effects, research suggests. British scientists have identified a molecule called Bcl-xl that blocks the...

  • Smoking ‘a mental illness trigger’

    Smoking ‘a mental illness trigger’

    Chemicals in tobacco may help trigger serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, a study suggests. Research shows that smoking can triple the chances of developing psychosis. Previously the fact that people with psychotic mental illnesses are...

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