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  • Over-60s ‘can cut heart failure risk by walking 20 minutes a day’

    Over-60s ‘can cut heart failure risk by walking 20 minutes a day’

    Walking or cycling for 20 minutes a day can reduce a 60-year-old man’s risk of heart failure by a fifth, a study has found. Researchers who monitored the progress of 33,000 Swedish men from 1998 to 2012 found that the least physically active were...

  • Music ‘has positive impact on patients during surgery’

    Music benefits surgery patients even when played while they are on the operating table, a study has found. Research shows that listening to music played before, after and even during surgery leads to reduced pain, anxiety and need for...

  • Doctors hail new non-invasive 3D image tool for heart disease patients

    Doctors hail new non-invasive 3D image tool for heart disease patients

    Doctors are using a new tool to create a 3D image of a patient’s coronary arteries in a “pioneering” technique to diagnose and manage heart disease. The technology, known as fractional flow reserve computed tomography (FFRCT), developed by US...

  • Study questions saturated fats health risk

    Study questions saturated fats health risk

    Eating margarine increases the risk of death and heart disease but there is no such link with butter and eggs, according to a new study. Scientists said research showed that trans fats – industrially produced from plant oils and found in products...

  • Cancer survival chances ‘boosted by early diagnosis’

    Cancer survival chances ‘boosted by early diagnosis’

    Cancer experts have spoken of the importance of diagnosing the disease as early as possible, with the chance of survival more than three times higher when some of the most common types are diagnosed in the earlier stages. Cancer Research UK said...

  • Bodybuilding supplements ‘are the new eating disorder for men’

    Bodybuilding supplements ‘are the new eating disorder for men’

    Low-self esteem, poor body image and a perception of not meeting the modern ideal of masculinity are driving more men to consume over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements, constituting what researchers believe is an emerging eating...

  • Children who ‘grow out’ of ADHD have higher IQs – study

    Children who ‘grow out’ of ADHD have higher IQs – study

    Children who “grow out” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have higher IQs than those who do not, a study has shown. Around one in 20 children are affected by ADHD, a condition characterised by overactivity, impulsivity and a short...

  • Thinking skills linked to heart attack, stroke risk

    Thinking skills linked to heart attack, stroke risk

    People with poor thinking skills may be at higher risk of heart attack or stroke, a study has shown. Scientists made the discovery after monitoring the progress of almost 4,000 individuals with an average age of 75 for three years. At the start of...

  • Exercise in early teen years ‘can reduce risk of diabetes’

    Exercise in early teen years ‘can reduce risk of diabetes’

    Carrying out exercise during the early teenage years could reduce a child’s risk of developing diabetes later in life, health experts have said. A study led by the University of Exeter found that physical activity provides the greatest benefits to...

  • Yoga for weight loss

    Yoga for weight loss

    I recently watched a programme on television about people over the age of 100. One of the participants was 103 and she was amazing: active, sprightly and driving around in a Mini Cooper. What was her secret? Well one of them (she had many) was her...

  • Poverty and brain development

    Poverty and brain development

    Brain growth is particularly active in childhood and even more so during its development during pregnancy. It is therefore understandable that deficiency of essential elements necessary for its growth can be deleterious for normal...

  • Dogs capable of sniffing out cancer are approved for use in trial by NHS

    Dogs capable of sniffing out cancer are approved for use in trial by NHS

    Medical Detection Dogs, a charity which works with NHS trusts and universities, has gained approval from Milton Keynes University Hospital for further trials, after an initial study showed specially trained dogs can detect prostate cancer in urine...

  • Bosses urged to cater for new mothers who want to breastfeed

    Bosses urged to cater for new mothers who want to breastfeed

    Employers should make it easier for mothers to continue breastfeeding their babies once they have gone back to work, a UK law firm specialising in maternity discrimination has said. Slater and Gordon suggested provisions such as setting aside a...

  • 'Very limited evidence' that IBS diet works, says study

    'Very limited evidence' that IBS diet works, says study

    There is very little evidence to show that a diet often followed by people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) actually works, a study has found. IBS is a common, long-term condition that causes stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or...

  • The Pill could protect against womb cancer for five decades

    The Pill could protect against womb cancer for five decades

    An estimated 200,000 cases of womb cancer have been prevented in the last decade by women taking the Pill, say scientists. Oral contraceptives are known to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer, which affects the lining of the womb, but the extent...

  • Turn that music down, doctor!

    Turn that music down, doctor!

    Listening to music in the operating theatre may not be as beneficial as thought, with evidence of loud dance or drum and bass music being played loudly during procedures, health experts have said. Research published in the Journal of Advanced...

  • Formula for more breastfeeding

    Formula for more breastfeeding

    World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1 to 7 in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by...

  • Parents warned on offsprings’ food fussiness

    Parents warned on offsprings’ food fussiness

    Picky eating in small children may be a sign of serious mental problems that should not be ignored, say experts. Parents and doctors who view food fussiness as a passing phase could be making a grave mistake, a study suggests. Even “moderate”...

  • iPad game helps schizophrenics

    iPad game helps schizophrenics

    A brain-training iPad game has been developed to help people with schizophrenia. Researchers at the University of Cambridge said slow progress is being made towards developing a drug treatment and the game, called Wizard, can help where drugs have...

  • Golf ball-sized heart pump could help dying patients

    Golf ball-sized heart pump could help dying patients

    An artificial heart pump the size of a golf ball could transform thousands of dying patients’ lives, the surgeon who implanted the first in the world has said. Retired father-of-three Harry Chivers, 63, was the first person to have the...

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