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  • HIV appears again in child thought cured

    A toddler thought to have been cured of HIV now has detectable levels of the virus in her blood, the child’s doctors and US health officials said. The Mississippi child’s stunning story, first disclosed at a medical meeting in March 2013, was the...

  • Older mothers 'tend to live longer'

    Older mothers 'tend to live longer'

    Women tend to live longer if they give birth naturally later in life, research has shown.Beneficial genetic variants that allow women to remain fertile may be the explanation, scientists believe.The study found that women who had their last child...

  • Clarity sought over sports drinks

    Clarity sought over sports drinks

    More than a quarter of teenagers consume sports drinks designed for high intensity exercise while at the cinema, watching TV or gaming, a study in the UK has found.Some 25 per cent of teens think sports drinks are healthy enough to be drunk...

  • Smoking linked to dementia

    Smoking linked to dementia

    Smokers have a 45 per cent higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers, experts have said.And the more a person smokes, the higher the risk, according to a report from World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with Alzheimer’s...

  • Vitamin D boosts survival chances in bowel cancer

    Bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, according to research published earlier this week. Scientists who studied almost 1,600 patients after surgery for bowel cancer found those...

  • Blood test ‘may detect Alzheimer’s’

    Blood test ‘may detect Alzheimer’s’

    British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step towards developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease. Such a test could initially be used...

  • World leaders scramble to fix antibiotics market

    World leaders scramble to fix antibiotics market

    The drugs don’t work – and neither does the market, when it comes to antibiotics. When sophisticated bugs that medicines used to kill within days start to fight back and win, all of healthcare, and the people it keeps alive, is in trouble. Take...

  • Beating the heat

    Beating the heat

    Gyms and promenades suddenly become eerily devoid of runners and exercise enthusiasts at this time of year. Are they all really at the beaches and cafes, happily pursuing other pastimes, or are they reluctantly kicking their exercise routines...

  • Discovering secrets of longevity

    Discovering secrets of longevity

    As we age, there are tasks we took for granted when we were younger that we suddenly find we cannot do with ease. There are three tests which, it is said, will be a good measurement of whether you will live to a ripe old age. Whether that is true...

  • Target TB in rich world as model for poor – WHO

    Target TB in rich world as model for poor – WHO

    The World Health Organisation has launched an ambitious plan for rich countries to sharply reduce tuberculosis infections and serve as a model for harder-hit countries of Africa and Asia, where the disease still thrives. Although the 33 targeted...

  • West African authorities adopt common strategy to fight Ebola

    West African countries and international health organisations adopted a fresh strategy yesterday to fight the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. At a two-day meeting in the...

  • Headbanging fan gets clot on brain

    Headbanging fan gets clot on brain

    Heavy metal really can do your head in, according to doctors who treated a Motorhead fan with a blood clot on the brain caused by headbanging. The 50-year-old German developed the condition after getting carried away at one of the hardcore rock...

  • How magic mushrooms alter minds

    Scientists studying the effects of the psychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the human brain displays a similar pattern of activity during dreams as it does during a mind-expanding drug trip. Psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic...

  • Breast cancer hope with statins

    Breast cancer hope with statins

    Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs could help prevent breast cancer, new research suggests.A study of more than 600,000 British women found that breast cancer risk was almost doubled in those with abnormally high levels of blood fats.The...

  • A virtual reality cure

    A virtual reality cure

    Using a virtual reality suite can help people with autism overcome crippling phobias and allow them to live more normal lives, researchers have found. By experiencing the thing that terrifies them, but in a safe environment, eight out of nine...

  • Alcohol at 14 may lead one to binge-drink

    A single glass of wine or beer at the age of 14 can help a young teenager along the path to binge drinking, say scientists. Early alcohol experience is one of a wide range of factors that can be used to identify future binge drinkers, research has...

  • Mums ‘should know cot death link’

    Mums ‘should know cot death link’

    New mothers should be taught about the risks of sleeping with their babies to try to cut the number of babies who die from cot death, health officials said.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said families should learn...

  • Breast cancer ‘not bar to exercise’

    Breast cancer ‘not bar to exercise’

    Breast cancer survivors should not let a “groundless” fear of a painful condition prevent them from exercising, health experts have said.Worries that physical activity will cause or exacerbate an incurable type of painful swelling should be set...

  • UK urges action to cut pancreatic cancer risk

    UK urges action to cut pancreatic cancer risk

    Simple lifestyle changes could prevent almost two-fifths of cases of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease, a leading charity in the UK claims.Each year around 8,800 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, of...

  • Fertility ‘link’ to mental illness

    Fertility ‘link’ to mental illness

    Women with fertility problems are significantly more likely to give birth to children who develop mental illnesses including serious psychotic conditions, a study has shown.Whether or not the trend is linked to fertility treatment is unknown.

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