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  • Heart treatment guidelines

    Heart treatment guidelines

    Doctors should prescribe newer medic-ations rather than the “smokescreen” of aspirin to treat a common heart condition, guidance released yesterday advises. Aspirin has commonly been used to treat atrial fibrillation (AF), a heart rhythm disorder,...

  • Breast screening ‘saves lives’

    Breast cancer screening reduces deaths from the disease by 28 per cent, new research suggests. For every 368 women invited to have a mammogram, one death is prevented, the study claims. Researchers from Norway set out to evaluate the effectiveness...

  • 30 million in Europe ‘smoke’ e-cigarettes

    30 million in Europe ‘smoke’ e-cigarettes

    Nearly 30 million people across Europe now use e-cigarettes and are most likely to be aged between 15 and 24, who smoke tobacco regularly and are trying to quit, a new analysis shows. The rising number of users has led to staggering growth in the...

  • Sitting down ‘raises risk of cancer’

    A couch potato lifestyle is linked to a significantly greater risk of certain cancers as well as heart disease and diabetes, research has shown. Every extra two hours spent sitting each day was associated with a 10 per cent increased chance of...

  • Diet battle of the sexes

    Diet battle of the sexes

    Fewer men join weight-loss programmes than women but are more likely to stick with them, an analysis of international obesity studies has found. The report found that middle-aged men are motivated to lose weight once they perceive they have a...

  • Fish is good for the brain

    Fish is good for the brain

    As we get older, we tend to suffer memory lapses more. It has almost become a standing joke that it must be age-related when you can’t remember someone’s name. However, a study found that memory lapses are not just the preserve of the older...

  • My heel hurts first thing in the morning

    My heel hurts first thing in the morning

    This description is the classic presentation of a condition referred to as plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory reaction in the sole of the foot where the plantar ligament attaches to the heel. This condition tends to occur in middle-aged people. It...

  • Move to a World Cup workout

    Move to a World Cup workout

    With the world’s most famous cele-bration of the beautiful game already underway, all eyes will remain firmly set on South America this summer. From Brazilian tans and cuts to the famous Brazilian behind, the world’s most skilful footballers...

  • Heart warning over processed meat

    Heart warning over processed meat

    Men who gorge on bacon, ham and sausages could be damaging their hearts and heading for an early grave, new research has shown. A large study of more than 37,000 men found that processed meat significantly increases the risk of death from heart...

  • Eat protein to lower stroke risk

    Eat protein to lower stroke risk

    According to a new analysis of past studies, people with the most protein-heavy diets are about 20 per cent less likely to have a stroke than those who eat the least protein. Since the analysis includes studies with different designs, there is a...

  • Brain scan offers Parkinson’s hope

    A brain-scanning technique that detects early signs of Parkinson’s holds hope of tackling the disease before it starts to cause symptoms. Researchers identified patients with early-stage Parkinson’s disease with 85 per cent accuracy using a...

  • Sun cream protection ‘not total’

    Sun cream protection ‘not total’

    High factor sun cream cannot be relied on to protect against the deadliest form of skin cancer, new research has suggested. The study by Cancer Research UK found that while high factor sun cream can reduce DNA damage caused by the sun and slow the...

  • Red meat linked to breast cancer

    Red meat linked to breast cancer

    Eating a large amount of red meat in early adulthood could be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, a study suggests. Substituting red meat with legumes – such as peas, beans and lentils – nuts, poultry and fish could reduce the...

  • Moles also carry threat

    Moles also carry threat

    Women with large numbers of moles on their skin may be at higher risk of breast cancer, research suggests. Generally cutaneous nevi, commonly known as moles, are associated with skin cancer. But a new study found that women with at least 15 of the...

  • A mosquito against malaria

    A mosquito against malaria

    Scientists have found a way of genetically modifying mosquitoes to produce sperm that only creates males, offering a potential fresh approach to fighting and eventually eradicating malaria. Researchers from Imperial College London tested a genetic...

  • Pocket mobiles ‘may harm fertility’

    Pocket mobiles ‘may harm fertility’

    Men who keep a mobile phone in their trouser pocket could be inadvertently damaging their chances of becoming a father, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Exeter said their work suggested that exposure to radio-frequency...

  • Stress hormones heart attack link

    Stress hormones heart attack link

    A link between stress hormones and bacteria may explain how emotional shock or over-exertion can trigger heart attacks. Scientists found that hormones released during stress caused thin sheets of bacteria called biofilms on arterial walls to...

  • Tomato pill 'good for heart health'

    Tomato pill 'good for heart health'

    A daily “tomato pill” can significantly improve the functioning of blood vessels in patients with heart disease, research has shown. The findings suggest that a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes may contribute to the health benefits of a...

  • Gene variant ‘link’ to brain cancer

    Gene variant ‘link’ to brain cancer

    A genetic characteristic usually associated with youthfulness and good health increases the risk of brain cancer, research has shown. Longer telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, are generally thought to be a sign of slow...

  • Wanted: a watchdog for mobile medical apps

    Wanted: a watchdog for mobile medical apps

    A smartphone app that rids you of acne. Another that monitors your heart rate 24/7. One that detects skin cancer by looking at your birthmarks. If they sound too good to be true, they may be. Patients today use a number of apps that purport to...

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