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  • Marijuana and alcohol tied to lower college grades

    Marijuana and alcohol tied to lower college grades

    A new study links heavy use of alcohol and marijuana to lower grades among college students. Substance abuse has long been tied to poor achievement, worse graduation rates and difficulties finding and keeping good jobs. The current study takes a...

  • Victims of perceived weight discrimination less likely to exercise, UK study shows

    Victims of perceived weight discrimination less likely to exercise, UK study shows

    People who think they are discriminated against because of their weight are less likely to exercise than those who do not, a new study suggests. Those who felt stigmatised because of their weight had higher odds of being inactive, according to the...

  • Environmental pollution is killing 1.7m children a year

    Environmental pollution is killing 1.7m children a year

    World Health Organisation report issued yesterday shows that one in four deaths of children under five years attributable to unhealthy environments A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments...

  • Mediterranean diet ‘cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%’

    Mediterranean diet ‘cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%’

    A Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by 40 per cent, a large study has found. Scientists monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years to see how their breast cancer risk was affected by what they...

  • Facebook and Twitter make you lonely, say psychologists

    Facebook and Twitter make you lonely, say psychologists

    Social media sites designed to help people connect are actually causing them to feel more alone, say psychologists. The more time young adults spend on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest, the more likely they are to feel cut off...

  • Mediterranean diet can cut deadly breast cancer risk by 40 per cent

    Mediterranean diet can cut deadly breast cancer risk by 40 per cent

    A Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by 40 per cent, a large study has found. Scientists monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years to see how their breast cancer risk was affected by what they...

  • Vitamin C for cancer treatment

    Vitamin C for cancer treatment

    Vitamin C used intravenously for the treatment of cancer has been a controversial subject for some time. Now the therapy is finally on track for approval. This is 50 years after Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling and Scottish physician Ewan...

  • With HIV treatment, medication management can make all the difference

    With HIV treatment, medication management can make all the difference

    Researchers increased HIV treatment success rates by almost 18 per cent through a new programme to help patients take their medication correctly. Their study reported that while HIV medication does not deliver a cure, it works so well that the...

  • Home-cooked meals, hold the TV, linked to less obesity

    Home-cooked meals, hold the TV, linked to less obesity

    Adults who never watch TV during family meals and eat mostly home-cooked food are much less likely than others to be obese, according to a recent US study. Past research has suggested that more frequent family meals are linked to lower obesity,...

  • Obesity firmly linked to 11 types of cancer

    Obesity firmly linked to 11 types of cancer

    Obesity is strongly linked with developing and dying from several types of cancer including malignancies of the breast, ovary, kidney, pancreas, colon, rectum and bone marrow, a research review confirms. Even though excess weight is thought to...

  • Abnormal sleep patterns linked to weight gain in those at risk of obesity

    Abnormal sleep patterns linked to weight gain in those at risk of obesity

    Sleeping too much or too little could increase the likelihood of becoming obese, researchers have found. A study at the University of Glasgow found abnormal sleeping patterns increase the risk of obesity for those who are genetically predisposed...

  • Rolls-Royce develops toy car to drive ill children to surgery

    Rolls-Royce develops toy car to drive ill children to surgery

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has developed a bespoke child-sized version of the luxury model to enable children facing surgery to drive themselves to the operating theatre. The Rolls-Royce SRH takes its initials from its recipient - St Richard's...

  • Four key questions that could help allergy sufferers

    Four key questions that could help allergy sufferers

    Asking people four simple questions could rule out those who mistakenly believe they have an allergy and pursue costly tests, researchers in UK say. A new study found that asking four questions helps identify those who are not allergic with an...

  • Traffic fumes and rubbish may ruin our sense of smell

    Traffic fumes and rubbish may ruin our sense of smell

    Modern life could be putting health at risk by damaging our ancient sense of smell, a leading scientist claims. Traffic pollution, uncollected rubbish and messy homes are all having a harmful effect on the nose, says Kara Hoover, an expert in...

  • Acupuncture might help prevent migraine

    Acupuncture might help prevent migraine

    For people with migraine without aura [vision problems], regular acupuncture may help reduce the frequency of attacks, hints a study from China. Patients with migraine without aura who received five acupuncture treatments per week for four...

  • The theory of snoring

    The theory of snoring

    Every one of us knows someone who snores. You probably do it yourself. I know a couple who have separate rooms to enable a good night’s sleep due to one of them snoring (in this case it is the woman). However, men are more likely to snore than...

  • Exercising through the menopause

    Metabolism has to be one of those most persistently misused terms in the fitness industry. Having a fast metabolism was once the envy of almost every a would-be fitness enthusiast. Having a fast metabolism, instructors said, would mean that the...

  • For men, heavy drinking may damage the heart over time

    For men, heavy drinking may damage the heart over time

    Men with a history of heavy drinking are more likely to have arterial stiffness, an important measure of heart risk, according to a recent study. “Arterial stiffness is an important indicator of cardiovascular aging and is known to be strongly...

  • African app cuts medical costs with community "virtual pharmacy"

    African app cuts medical costs with community "virtual pharmacy"

    A mobile app in Senegal helps families save money and reduce waste through a "virtual pharmacy" where users can exchange leftover medication for new prescriptions. JokkoSante is scaling up after a two-year pilot phase in one Senegalese town and...

  • Acupuncture might help prevent migraine

    Acupuncture might help prevent migraine

    For people with migraine without aura, regular acupuncture may help reduce the frequency of attacks, hints a study from China. Patients with migraine without aura who received five acupuncture treatments per week for four consecutive weeks had...

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