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  • NHS defers Duchenne drug decision

    The NHS has dealt a “harsh blow” to children with a severe muscle-wasting disease by turning down early funding for a drug that could keep them able to walk longer, a charity has said. Families of young boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy have...

  • Trial boosts cystic fibrosis gene therapy hopes

    Trial boosts cystic fibrosis gene therapy hopes

    Life-changing gene therapy for cystic fibrosis sufferers could be available in the next five years following a landmark trial in the UK. For the first time ever, a gene-altering treatment was shown to improve or stabilise the lung function of...

  • Indoor tanning not limited to tanning salons

    Indoor tanning not limited to tanning salons

    The availability of indoor tanning outside of tanning salons may promote risky use because of lax regulation, US researchers say. Outside of tanning salons, US women who tan indoors can often do so at gyms and health clubs, as well as in some...

  • No compensation over PIP implants

    A French appeals court has ruled that a German company does not have to compensate more than 1,000 women with leak-prone breast implants, overturning a lower court decision. Thousands of women worldwide received implants made by French company PIP.

  • Antidepressants taken for menopausal symptoms may boost bone fracture risk

    Antidepressants taken for menopausal symptoms may boost bone fracture risk

    The class of antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), taken to curb menopausal symptoms, may boost bone fracture risk, suggests research published online in the journal Injury Prevention. The heightened risk seems...

  • Half of US women are overweight during pregnancy

    Half of US women are overweight during pregnancy

    Roughly half of first-time mothers in the US gain too much weight during pregnancy, about the same proportion who are overweight at the start, a study finds. Researchers compared data on more than two million US women to a group of about 1,650 of...

  • Exercise 'helps children socially'

    Exercise 'helps children socially'

    Children who carry out physical activity and sport are likely to have better social skills, self-esteem, confidence and academic achievement, researchers say. A link to friendship, peer acceptance, anxiety, stress, cognitive functioning and...

  • Half of heart disease deaths in the US due to preventable factors

    Half of heart disease deaths in the US due to preventable factors

    In the US, preventable risk factors still account for 50 per cent of deaths from cardiovascular disease among adults age 45 to 79, according to a new analysis. But even if every state brought levels of those risk factors – such as obesity and...

  • Many older adults have persistent pain after car crashes

    Many older adults have persistent pain after car crashes

    One in four seniors who’ve been in car accidents will have lasting pain, and many will struggle to perform basic daily activities in the months afterward, a new study suggests. Car crashes are the second most common form of trauma among older...

  • Beware of animal diseases as biological weapons, health experts say

    The World Health Organisation, animal health and national defence officers called for wider international cooperation to avoid the spread of animal diseases that could be used as biological weapons. Sixty per cent of human diseases come from...

  • Plastic surgeons from different countries prefer different breast shapes

    Plastic surgeons from different countries prefer different breast shapes

    In an international study, plastic surgeons from different countries had varying preferences for the ideal size and shape of breasts and size of areolas. “Cosmetic surgery tourism,” or travelling to a different country to have a cosmetic...

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder tied to heart, stroke risk among women

    Post-traumatic stress disorder tied to heart, stroke risk among women

    Women with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, suggests a study. Women with the most symptoms were about 60 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, compared...

  • Cranberry juice may help protect against heart disease and diabetes risk factors

    Cranberry juice may help protect against heart disease and diabetes risk factors

    A study reveals that drinking low-calorie cranberry juice cocktail may help lower the risk of chronic diseases that rank among the leading causes of death worldwide, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The finding is welcome news...

  • Oldie worldly - wonderwomen of 115

    Oldie worldly - wonderwomen of 115

    When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet a world war or penicillin and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. They...

  • Mother’s diabetes control in pregnancy may affect kids’ brains

    Mother’s diabetes control in pregnancy may affect kids’ brains

    For pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, good control of blood sugar might make a difference in how well their child does in school years later, according to new research from Denmark. Overall, children born to mothers with type 1 diabetes...

  • Older stroke patients may not get needed anti-clotting drugs

    Older stroke patients may not get needed anti-clotting drugs

    Following a first stroke, older, poorer and less educated patients may have lower odds of getting clot-busting drugs to help prevent another blockage of blood to the brain, a Swedish study suggests. “Our findings confirm socioeconomic inequalities...

  • UK parents’ joy at daughter’s hearing operation

    A little girl who was born profoundly deaf will be able to hear her parents sing “Happy Birthday” today after becoming one of the youngest people in the UK to have pioneering hearing surgery. Leia Armitage, who is 4 today, was born with a rare...

  • Lack of important information

    Lack of important information

    For many years the tobacco industry hid information on how cigarette smoking affected our health. They knew back in the 1950s that to smoke would have a seriously detrimental effect on our health. Unfortunately, we are still suffering from...

  • Alarm bells ring for our children

    Alarm bells ring for our children

    I was in a popular discount cash and carry store the other day and was pleased to see among the various items piled up inside the seasonal offer containers, a rather nice-looking badminton set. The product, perched there in a smart and very...

  • Therapeutic food for disease control in pets

    A seminar by Borg Cardona & Co. Ltd and Royal Canin for local veterinarians and veterinarian nurses highlighted the importance of nutrition to prevent the risk of struvite and calcium oxalate bladder stones. Philip Baralon presented a lecture on...

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