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  • ‘Allow chronic pain sufferers chance to have flexible working arrangements’

    ‘Allow chronic pain sufferers chance to have flexible working arrangements’

    Enforce flexible work legislation for people with chronic pain, who make up one fifth of the adult European population, healthcare stakeholders are demanding. Some 19 per cent of Europeans suffer from chronic pain, meaning it is not just a medical...

  • Exercise improves children’s intelligence and school performance

    Exercise improves children’s intelligence and school performance

    Exercise increases children’s intellectual ability and improves their performance in school, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study shows that besides the well-known health benefits, physical activity...

  • Going to church tied to lower risk of suicide

    Going to church tied to lower risk of suicide

    Attending religious services at least once a week may offer spiritual and social protection against suicide, a US study suggests. The study followed nearly 90,000 women for over a decade in the Nurses’ Health Study. The risk of suicide was five...

  • How to get children to eat more vegetables

    How to get children to eat more vegetables

    It is not always easy for parents to get junk food-craving offspring excited about vegetables. For many kids, a packet of crisps seems more enticing than carrot sticks, and broccoli is often left uneaten. But a new study published in the journal...

  • Eat pasta to lose weight, say Italian researchers

    Eat pasta to lose weight, say Italian researchers

    People trying to lose weight tend to skip the carbs, but a recent Italian study shows that it should be the opposite. Researchers comparing 23,000 people's daily eating habits found that there is no link between eating pasta and gaining weight.

  • Smile - dental fillings that rebuild your teeth are on the horizon

    Smile - dental fillings that rebuild your teeth are on the horizon

    Cavity treatment may soon be revolutionised thanks to a new synthetic biomaterial. The new material, developed by the University of Nottingham and the Harvard University's Wyss Institute, stimulates the repair and regeneration of parts of...

  • Dolly the sheep may have pushed stem cell research forward 20 years, says expert

    Dolly the sheep may have pushed stem cell research forward 20 years, says expert

    Stem cell research might be 20 years behind where it is today if Dolly the Sheep had never been born, according to the scientist whose team created the world's first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Speaking on the eve of Dolly's 20th...

  • The Zika virus has now been transmitted sexually in Spain

    The Zika virus has now been transmitted sexually in Spain

    Spain has recorded its first known case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted, after a woman contracted it from her partner, according to health authorities in Madrid. Her partner returned to Spain from a Latin American country. The woman...

  • Men might underestimate their partner's sex drive

    Men might underestimate their partner's sex drive

    Men have something to learn when it comes to detecting signs of their partner’s interest in sex. When it comes to new encounters or fictitious targets, men tend to perceive greater sexual interest in women’s behavior than in reality, studies have...

  • 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...

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