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  • 'New day' for lung cancer treatment as drug shines in trials

    'New day' for lung cancer treatment as drug shines in trials

    Merck & Co have scored a double hit, with new clinical data showing its Keytruda immunotherapy offered big benefits in previously untreated lung cancer patients, either when given on its own or with chemotherapy. As a monotherapy, Keytruda halved...

  • Weighing the risk of breast cancer: where do you stand?

    Weighing the risk of breast cancer: where do you stand?

    Risks expose you to danger, harm or loss.  Knowing about the causes of breast cancer can help you offset them. Yet this doesn’t mean that when you are exposed to or are susceptible to a known risk factor, or even several, you are sure to get...

  • Health gains ‘hide rise in illnesses and deaths’

    Health gains  ‘hide rise  in illnesses  and deaths’

    Health gains around the world mask a rising tide of illness, disability and death due to non-communicable disease, a major study has found. Seven out of every 10 deaths in 2015 were caused by conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes,...

  • Humans may have already reached their maximum lifespan

    Humans may have already reached their maximum lifespan

    When she turned 120 years old in 1995, plucky Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment was asked what type of future she expected. "A very short one," she replied. But Calment lived two more years, dying at age 122 with the longest documented lifespan of any...

  • Study shows health improving globally, but progress is patchy

    Study shows health improving globally, but progress is patchy

    Globally, people's health is improving and life expectancy is rising, but progress is far from universal with chronic diseases bringing long-term illness and causing seven out of 10 deaths, according to research published on Thursday. The Global...

  • Morning sickness remedies are still hit-and-miss

    Morning sickness remedies are still hit-and-miss

    Even though nearly all women experience some nausea or vomiting during pregnancy, there isn't much solid evidence to suggest the best treatments, a research review concludes. Ginger, vitamin B6 or antihistamines, for example, may ease mild nausea,...

  • Is politics stressing you out? Tune out and do a sun salutation

    Is politics stressing you out? Tune out and do a sun salutation

    Stop reading the news and take up yoga. That's what some therapists in the United States are telling patients stressed out by a nasty presidential campaign in which two unpopular candidates are in a tight race for the most powerful office in the...

  • Immunotherapy: medicine’s new hope

    Immunotherapy: medicine’s new hope

    We all know that chemotherapy blasts the body’s immune system, which is the main source of support to a recovering body. So it makes sense not to blast the symptoms of diseases with powerful drugs, but in-stead, encourage the body’s own immune...

  • What is fitness, exactly?

    What is fitness, exactly?

    You might have told yourself as some point or other you would like to improve your fitness, but did you ever stop to think about what exactly that means? There is a multi-billion euro industry operating within the European region that we call the...

  • Doctors don't communicate well about terminally-ill patients

    Doctors don't communicate well about terminally-ill patients

    Cancer specialists and primary care physicians are not communicating very well about the end-of-life concerns of the patients they share - and according to one new study, they often rely on those patients to convey information back and...

  • Hormonal contraception linked to increased depression risk

    Hormonal contraception linked to increased depression risk

    Hormonal contraception, including birth control pills or implants, may increase a woman's odds of depression and antidepressant medication use, according to a large study of Danish women. Based on data about prescription drug use for more than 1...

  • Mediterranean diet could prevent thousands of deaths in UK

    Mediterranean diet could prevent thousands of deaths in UK

    People in the UK who eat as if they live in the sunny south of France or Greece can significantly reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke, research has shown. The first study of its kind confirms the known benefits of aMediterranean diet in...

  • Hormonal contraceptives may be increasing risk of depression

    Hormonal contraceptives may be increasing risk of depression

    Women taking hormonal contraceptives may be at increased risk of depression, especially from skin patches, a study has found. Data from more than a million women in Denmark showed that those on the most popular type of Pill were 23% more likely to...

  • Manuka honey hailed for ability to keep medical devices free from infection

    Manuka honey hailed for ability to keep medical devices free from infection

    Manuka honey could be used to help keep internal medical devices such as urinary catheters free of infection, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Southampton have found that even low dilutions of Manuka honey can curb the...

  • Scientists find new fat clues in human poo

    Scientists find new fat clues in human poo

    Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo - the human fecal microbiome - and levels of harmful types of body fat. In research that may help explain why excessive weight problems and obesity tend to...

  • Giving babies eggs, nuts early ‘may avert allergies’

    Giving babies eggs, nuts early ‘may avert allergies’

    Infants who get a taste of eggs and peanuts starting when they’re as young as four months old may have a lower risk of developing allergies to those foods than babies who try them later, a research review suggests. With eggs, giving babies that...

  • GM enzymes used in household products ‘are potent allergens’

    GM enzymes used in household products ‘are potent allergens’

    Genetically modified enzymes that are used in a wide range of household products are “potent allergens”, experts have said. New products should be assessed for their “allergenicity”, researchers said after they found that exposure to such enzymes...

  • Coffee, classical music and vitamin deficiency

    Coffee, classical music and vitamin deficiency

    After a bad night’s sleep the tendency is to drink coffee in the morning to help you wake up. The same happens the next night, and the next and the next.  However, the stimulating effects of coffee seem to stop working after the third bad night of...

  • The benefits of laughing fits

    The benefits of laughing fits

    For some, assuming a healthier and more physically active lifestyle might be considered such an impossibility that it is almost laughable. If you currently scoff at the prospect of donning sports gear and hitting the gym or promenades to lift...

  • Serious injuries rare at popular obstacle courses

    Serious injuries rare at popular obstacle courses

    Obstacle course runs like Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash are becoming more popular and are relatively safe for participants, a Canadian study suggests. Only about 1 percent of participants are injured during these races, and most of the injuries...

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