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  • Do doctors spend too much time on computers?

    Do doctors spend too much time on computers?

    For every hour that some doctors devote to direct patient care they may spend about five hours on other tasks, often because they're tied up with computer work, a Swiss study suggests. The results are based on observations of just 36...

  • Scientists examine liver cell damage caused by excessive paracetamol

    Scientists examine liver cell damage caused by excessive paracetamol

    Scientists claim to have shed new light on how the common painkiller paracetamol causes liver damage when used excessively. They believe their findings could inform further research into therapies to counteract the harm caused by excessive doses...

  • Lego helps children with autism develop social skills

    Lego helps children with autism develop social skills

    Experts are using Lego to help children with autism develop their social skills. A new study at the University of York will use Lego in small groups to help children with autism develop interaction skills and express themselves through...

  • Tobacco companies should be taxed more - UK parliamentary report

    Tobacco companies should be taxed more - UK parliamentary report

    Smoking is costing UK authorities £760 million (€890 million) a year in social care, a new report warns. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health urged the British government to renew its efforts to drive down smoking rates and look...

  • Anxiety and depression could increase risk of cancer death

    Anxiety and depression could increase risk of cancer death

    Suffering anxiety and depression could increase the risk of dying from cancer, research suggests. Experts analysed data for 163,363 men and women who were free from cancer at the start of the study, of whom 4,353 went on to die from the...

  • Sitting less linked to lower risk of diabetes

    People who spend time walking or even just standing instead of sitting may be at lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a UK study suggests. Findings from this study “provide further encouraging evidence” that simply substituting standing for sitting...

  • Sugar, not fat, real cause of obesity

    Sugar, not fat, real cause of obesity

    It is always helpful to keep updated with how food and drink affect our bodies, so today we are looking at a range of food and the effects on the body. The official health advice to follow a low-fat diet had been one of the biggest mistakes in...

  • Effects of exercise on genes

    ‘Genetics’ is a frequently coined word in exercise and fitness, and perhaps even more so in the world of competitive sport. When we think of genetics we tend to perceive something fixed and immutable, a predetermined code that dictates everything...

  • Waking up often during the night to use bathroom? You're more likely to slip and fall

    Waking up often during the night to use bathroom? You're more likely to slip and fall

    People who wake more often during the night to use the bathroom are also more likely to slip and fall, a study of Korean men suggests. Compared to people who slept through the night without any bathroom trips, those who woke just once for the...

  • Discovery of gene that prevents TB strains from mutating into 'superbugs' reported

    Discovery of gene that prevents TB strains from mutating into 'superbugs' reported

    Scientists have reported the discovery of a key "survival gene" which prevents strains of tuberculosis (TB) from mutating into drug resistant "superbugs". The gene, called NucS, has been found to "dramatically" reduce mutation rates in...

  • Picky eating may extend into early adulthood

    Picky eating may extend into early adulthood

    Selective, or “picky”, eating habits, common among children, can often persist into adulthood, and can even begin in the teen or adult years, a recent study suggests. However, being a picky eater as an adult was not tied to being either overweight...

  • Nearly half of breast cancer patients have severe treatment side effects

    Nearly half of breast cancer patients have severe treatment side effects

    Many women being treated for breast cancer suffer from severe treatment side effects even when they don’t receive chemotherapy, a recent study suggests. For the study, researchers surveyed 1.945 women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer about...

  • Healthy babies don't need apps to monitor vital signs

    Healthy babies don't need apps to monitor vital signs

    Smartphone applications paired with sensors to monitor babies' vital signs may appeal to parents anxious to make sure infants sleep safely through the night, but there is no medical evidence to prove these products work, a new paper...

  • Many middle-aged workers face job problems due to physical frailty

    Many middle-aged workers face job problems due to physical frailty

    Nearly a third of middle-aged workers suffer from some level of frailty, including fatigue, issues with walking and other physical limitations that make them less able to hold a job, according to a UK study. Frailty is more often something...

  • Health fears as Rio women embrace black tape bikinis in tanning craze

    Health fears as Rio women embrace black tape bikinis in tanning craze

    Women in Rio de Janeiro are soaking up the sun in bikinis made of black tape in search of the perfect tan. Alexandra da Silva Prazeres, tanning with about 20 other women at Erika Bronze salon, is one of several who uses the technique. She said...

  • World must not miss early signals of any flu pandemic

    World must not miss early signals of any flu pandemic

    The World Health Organisation called on all countries to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases that could signal the start of a flu pandemic. Different strains of bird flu...

  • Tattoo artists can help with skin cancer detection

    Tattoo artists can help with skin cancer detection

    Many tattoo artists may ink skin with moles or blemishes even though this can make cancer harder to detect, a recent study suggests. Just 43 per cent of tattoo artists surveyed for the study said they had received training on how to handle skin...

  • Overdone chips, toast, are cancer risk, scientists warn

    Overdone chips, toast, are cancer risk, scientists warn

    Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said today. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said a substance called acrylamide,...

  • Obese patients ‘less likely to die after heart operation’

    Obese patients ‘less likely to die after heart operation’

    Obese and overweight patients are less likely to die after a heart operation than those who are a healthy weight, research suggests. The new study throws the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) approach in some parts of the country – where obese...

  • Evening whisky key to long-running life

    Evening whisky key to long-running life

    A whisky every evening is the key to a long life, according to Britain’s oldest living Olympian who celebrated his 100th birthday last week. Despite his athletic feats, centenarian Bill Lucas said it was the daily tipple and a glass of wine or...

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