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  • Girls less likely to get pregnant if a friend has a baby

    Girls less likely to get pregnant if a friend has a baby

    Girls whose friends had experienced teen pregnancies were less likely to get pregnant, a study shows. The researchers studied two groups of girls: those whose similarly-aged friends had given birth and those with a friend who'd had an early...

  • Study explains why Parkinson’s sufferers have walking difficulties

    Study explains why Parkinson’s sufferers have walking difficulties

    When people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have difficulty walking, their problem is not walking itself, it’s walking without having enough sensory information, according to a study. People with early PD can walk as well as healthy people when they...

  • Smoking linked to inflammation, sperm damage in men

    Smoking linked to inflammation, sperm damage in men

    The sperm of men who smoke, compared to those who don’t, have more damaged DNA, fewer active energy-generating mitochondria and more proteins indicating a revved-up immune response, according to a small study. Past research has found that smokers...

  • The immune system and allergies

    It is a shame that we aren’t taught more about the immune system at school, or at some stage during our educational life. There is no doubt that the immune system is the most important factor in our bodies in fighting off disease, inflammation and...

  • Viking power: Icelandic inspiration

    Viking power: Icelandic inspiration

    The sun is shining high in the sky yet again, and summer is enhanced yet further by the added atmospheric bonus of not one but two major international sporting spectacles. The ongoing European football championships in France have already...

  • Girls less likely to get pregnant if friend has baby - study

    Girls less likely to get pregnant if friend has baby - study

    Girls whose friends have experienced teen childbirth are less likely to get pregnant themselves, a new study suggests. The researchers compared two groups of teen girls: those with a similarly-aged friend who'd given birth, and those with a friend...

  • Father’s smoking tied to childhood cancer, study shows

    Father’s smoking tied to childhood cancer, study shows

    Smoking can cause DNA damage in sperm which is linked to a child’s risk of cancer, a new study has shown. The sperm of male smokers contains more damaged DNA, fewer active energy-generating mitochondria and more proteins indicating a revved-up...

  • Vegan diet may be linked to eating disorders

    Vegan diet may be linked to eating disorders

    Veganism, the dietary practice of not consuming any animal products including dairy and eggs, may be linked to eating disorders. The correlation between vegetarian or vegan diets and eating disorders has been studied extensively in the US.

  • Decision due on woman's use of dead daughter's frozen eggs

    Decision due on woman's use of dead daughter's frozen eggs

    A woman who wants to use her daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild is to find out if her plea to leading judges to allow her to carry out the dying wishes of her "much-loved and only child" has succeeded. The 60-year-old,...

  • Binge-eating disorder can be treated using therapy or drugs

    Binge-eating disorder can be treated using therapy or drugs

    People with recurring episodes of binge-eating can be helped with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or medication, according to a new review of previous studies. People with binge-eating disorder have brief, psychologically distressing...

  • Paralysed woman hikes 1,500km alone

    Paralysed woman hikes 1,500km alone

    A determined woman won’t give up on her favourite sport despite being paralysed from the chest down, according to Qevaz. Stacey Kozel, 41, from Ohio, USA, was diagnosed with lupus when she was 19 years old. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease...

  • California gets closer to legalising marijuana

    California gets closer to legalising marijuana

    The state of California may legalise recreational use of marijuana, as the California Secretary of State's office said the issue could be put up to vote in November. Recreational use of marijuana is legal in most Western states in the US. The use...

  • Air pollution ‘to kill millions more’ without change of energy policy

    Air pollution ‘to kill millions more’ without change of energy policy

    Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency said yesterday. Around 6.5 million deaths globally are attributed each year to...

  • Female pet owners may be less susceptible to stroke

    Female pet owners may be less susceptible to stroke

    Women with pets may be less likely to die of a stroke. Generally healthy US women over age 50 were less likely to die of a cardiovascular event, such as a stroke, if they had a cat or a dog, a new study found. Owning a dog requires more physical...

  • Fighting sex trafficking with a smartphone

    Fighting sex trafficking with a smartphone

    Exchange Initiative, an organization fighting back against sex trafficking has developed a new smartphone app, available on iOS and Android, that can help the fight against sex trafficking. The app, called TraffickCam, is designed to identify...

  • Workplace ‘cake culture’ fuels obesity and poor dental health

    Workplace ‘cake culture’ fuels obesity and poor dental health

    ‘Cake culture’ in the workplace is fuelling the obesity epidemic and contributing to poor dental health, a dental leader will warn. Workers should bring fruit platters into the office instead of doughnuts, cookies and biscuits, the dean of the...

  • Benefits of drugs vs supplements

    Benefits of drugs vs supplements

    A way of diagnosing disease used in Russian clinics could be up to 23 per cent more accurate than western screening technologies, such as X-rays and mammograms, a new study has claimed. Strannik Virtual Scanning (SVS), which uses light and colours...

  • Exercise good for medical conditions

    Exercise good for medical conditions

    It is with alarmingly high frequency that complaints are made by so many these days about nagging aches and pains, chronic tiredness and other niggling physical abnormalities that just don’t seem to go away. Low back pain, muscle tension, aching...

  • Scientists predict thousands of heat deaths as New York City heats up

    Scientists predict thousands of heat deaths as New York City heats up

    More than 3,000 New Yorkers could die each year from intense heat due to climate change beginning about 60 years from now, researchers said. The number of hot days is expected to triple by the year 2080 and beyond, causing death by heat...

  • Human skin cells used in animal-free cosmetics tests

    Human skin cells used in animal-free cosmetics tests

    A UK-based laboratory is working to eradictate animal testing by developing alternative methods to test cosmetics that are not only cruelty-free but also more scientifically advanced than current animal-based tests. The laboratory, XCellR8, uses...

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