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  • Metal blood test could trace cancer

    Metal blood test could trace cancer

    A metal detecting blood test could one day form part of a screening programme for early signs of breast cancer. Scientists have discovered that breast cancer cells contain high concentrations of zinc consisting of ‘light’ atomic variants, or...

  • Antibody could help fight disease

    Scientists have discovered a new form of antibody which could act as a key treatment to fight cancer by helping boost the patient’s immune system. Researchers at the University of Southampton have found that a particular form of antibody, called...

  • Malaria death rates fall

    Malaria death rates fall

    WHO says world has managed to halve number of people dying from infectious disease but Ebola epidemic threatens progress in West Africa Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000 and cases are falling steadily thanks to more people being...

  • Ebola nurse slams Band Aid single

    Ebola nurse slams Band Aid single

    The British nurse who survived Ebola has described the new Band Aid charity single as “cringeworthy”. William Pooley went back to work at an isolation unit in Sierra Leone in West Africa, despite having been airlifted to London after catching the...

  • Y quit?

    Y quit?

    Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many cancers at disproportionate rates compared to women. In a study in the journal...

  • Test highlights lung cancer risk

    Test highlights lung cancer risk

    A new test could be used to warn smokers if they are likely to develop lung cancer. Scientists have discovered that cells taken from the mouth and nose react differently to infrared light in people vulnerable to the disease. Professor Sam Janes,...

  • Important and strange milk facts

    Important and strange milk facts

    Over the years we have been used to hearing that milk is good for us. A new study has found that it can cause premature death and that it doesn’t even protect against fractures and osteoporosis. I have been writing about this frequently, and,...

  • Seeing is believing

    Seeing is believing

    Of all those people who have ever dared peer beyond the constraints of their immediate surroundings, searching for something more, how many have been called idle dreamers, and how many great visionaries? If such vision can be backed up by...

  • ‘Dramatic’ impact of obesity

    ‘Dramatic’ impact of obesity

    Being obese can shorten life by eight years and condemn a person to almost two decades of ill-health, new research has shown. Scientists used a computer model to predict that diabetes and heart disease were likely to deprive an obese person of up...

  • Simple intravenous fluid could save many Ebola patients

    Simple intravenous fluid drips could save the lives of many West African Ebola patients, but are being neglected because of a perception that there is no effective treatment for the disease, specialist doctors said yesterday. “Ebola treatment...

  • US agency says current shots may not be a good match for flu strain

    US agency says current shots may not be a good match for flu strain

    Available vaccine possibly ineffective as influenza virus may have drifted US agency says current shots may not be a good match for flu strain A sampling of flu cases so far this season suggests the current flu vaccine may not be a good match for...

  • Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone

    Ebola spreading intensely in Sierra Leone

    The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 6,070 out of 17,145 cases as of November 30, and the virus continues to spread intensely across Sierra Leone, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. Sierra Leone recorded 537 new Ebola cases...

  • Warning over drying wet washing indoors

    Warning over drying wet washing indoors

    Wet washing dried indoors can pose a serious health threat for people with weakened immune systems or severe asthma, doctors have warned. Research shows clothes draped on drying frames or warm radiators can raise moisture levels in the home by up...

  • Winter ailments

    Winter ailments

    The cold, damp and cloudy weather brings with it ailments typical of this time of year. In many cases there are natural treatments that are able to help, starting with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition only recently discovered. There...

  • Good posture and back management

    Good posture and back management

    From strategic management to change management, it would seem we can’t get enough of the methods designed to help us live and work more productively and efficiently. The corporate world is riddled with gurus touting all sorts of weird and...

  • Europe and Central Asiafailing to curb spread of HIV

    Europe and Central Asiafailing to curb spread of HIV

    Global pandemic led to some 136,000 people becoming infected with the incurable virus last year, thereby hampering the fight against the disease Despite major advances in treating and preventing HIV, Europe and Central Asia have failed to tackle...

  • First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

    First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

    The Western world’s first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a €1.1 million price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease. The sky-high cost of Glybera, from Dutch biotech firm UniQure and its unlisted Italian...

  • Device could detect diabetes smell

    Device could detect diabetes smell

    A breathalyser device that can detect the ‘sweet smell’ of diabetes in children is under development by scientists. The breath test is designed to spot early signs of an organic chemical with a distinctive aroma that is associated with the...

  • DNA variants in Alzheimer’s link

    Genetic variants have been identified that are associated with lacking a good memory in middle and later life and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists analysed international data from 30,000 people aged 45 and over who took memory tests including...

  • Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year

    Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year

    Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese, and the problem is particularly acute in North America, the World Health Organisation’s cancer research agency said yesterday. In a study published in the...

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