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  • Young people with mental health problems face barriers getting help

    Young people with mental health problems face barriers getting help

    Some young people are facing "unacceptable barriers" in getting mental health support, a charity has warned. A survey of 2,700 young people in the UK who had struggled with mental health issues found that only 9% felt it was easy to get the...

  • Teenage pregnancy rate in UK lowest since 1969

    Teenage pregnancy rate in UK lowest since 1969

    Teenage pregnancy rates in Britain have dipped to their lowest level since records began almost half a century ago, new figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 2016 saw the lowest under-18 conception rate in England and...

  • Antibiotics may increase chances of serious viral infection

    Antibiotics may increase chances of serious viral infection

    Taking antibiotics may increase the chances of a serious viral infection, new research suggests. By wiping out "friendly" bacteria in the gut, the drugs can impair the body's immune system, scientists believe. Researchers issued a new warning...

  • Licensing e-cigarettes as medical products would reassure doctors

    Licensing e-cigarettes as medical products would reassure doctors

    Making e-cigarettes available on prescription would reassure doctors and patients that they are less harmful than smoking, a leading health expert has told MPs. Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said there were...

  • Who should pay for million-dollar gene therapies?

    Who should pay for million-dollar gene therapies?

    If you were born with a rare form of blindness, there is now a treatment for you that may restore your eyesight. That’s because gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Yet many people with rare diseases that could be treated in this way...

  • Are lonely hearts prone to cardiovascular disease?

    Are lonely hearts prone to cardiovascular disease?

    Feeling lonely contributes less to the risk of cardiovascular disease than recent research suggests, scientists said Tuesday, but social isolation really does up the odds of dying after a heart attack or stroke. The alleged link between loneliness...

  • South Africa pushes to combat HIV among girls #blessed by sugar daddies

    South Africa pushes to combat HIV among girls #blessed by sugar daddies

    Before 20-year-old Lebogang Motsumi even had sex with her first "blesser" - or sugar daddy - a successful, married, company boss more than twice her age, he handed her a wad of cash. He was soon making regular deposits into her bank account,...

  • Change in school performance is sign of future teenage depression

    Change in school performance is sign of future teenage depression

    Millions of people all over the world are experiencing mental health problems. And though the causes vary, we know that half of all these illnesses will have started in childhood or the teenage years. In the UK, referrals for and reports of...

  • Doctor's own diagnosis drives quest for a cancer cure

    Doctor's own diagnosis drives quest for a cancer cure

    Christian Hinrichs knew his life had forever changed the day he thought he was pouring milk into a glass, but heard it splashing on the floor instead. It was 2005, and the young cancer surgeon had just undergone the removal of his right eye...

  • New products to help lower blood cholesterol levels

    New products to help lower blood cholesterol levels

    New Benna products could lower blood cholesterol levels by seven to 10 per cent within a few weeks, the company said on Thursday. The new range includes milk and yoghurt products that contain plant sterols, a natural ingredient proven to lower...

  • Teens reveal what would encourage them to become more active

    Teens reveal what would encourage them to become more active

    The UK department of health recommends that young people (aged five to 18) should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. But not enough teenagers actually do. In schools, children and teens are taught from a young age about the...

  • Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet

    Scientists develop brain scanner in a helmet

    British scientists have developed a lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet, allowing the patient to move about naturally. Results from tests of the scanner showed that patients were able to stretch, nod...

  • Surviving that faulty gene

    Surviving that faulty gene

    Taking the drastic step of having a double mastectomy reduces the risk of premature death in healthy women carrying a breast cancer gene, research has shown. For women with the mutant BRCA1 gene, removal of both breasts also lowered their risk of...

  • How to ‘beet’ Alzheimer’s

    How to ‘beet’ Alzheimer’s

    A vegetable compound in beetroot could provide new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. In tests, betanin, which gives beetroot its distinctive red colour, suppressed chemical changes linked to the death of...

  • Caitlyn Jenner warns about sun exposure after having skin damage removed

    Caitlyn Jenner warns about sun exposure after having skin damage removed

    Caitlyn Jenner has shared a photograph of herself with a bloody nose after she had sun damage removed from her face. The 68-year-old reality star warned her fans to always use sun protection. In the make up-free selfie, Jenner can be seen dressed...

  • Blood cancer survivor meets 'genetic twin' stem cell donor

    Blood cancer survivor meets 'genetic twin' stem cell donor

    A father of four who survived blood cancer has met and thanked the "genetic twin" stem cell donor who saved his life. Peter Milburn's health was rapidly failing before he was paired with "the only match in the world for me" - Aysha Lord, back in...

  • If your knee hurts, keep exercising - expert

    If your knee hurts, keep exercising - expert

    If you take up exercise later in life, as a treatment for joint or hip pain, you should expect a small, temporary increase in pain. But if you proceed sensibly, you will be rewarded with pain relief similar to that of a non-steroidal...

  • 'Beeting' Alzheimer's disease gets boost

    'Beeting' Alzheimer's disease gets boost

    A vegetable compound in beetroot could provide new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. In tests betanin, which gives beetroot its distinctive red colour, suppressed chemical changes linked to the death of neurons. Scientists...

  • Large doses of artificial sweeteners may make you fat

    Large doses of artificial sweeteners may make you fat

    With nearly 40 per cent of the world’s population now classified as obese, and increasing evidence pointing to sugar as the culprit, people are turning to foods that contain low-calorie sweeteners to give them the sweet taste they enjoy, without...

  • Sitting quietly not only way to meditate

    Meditation has been hailed as a way to boost mental health, help chronic pain, reduce stress and build a new appreciation for the world around us. But even with all this interest, misconceptions about what this ancient practice can do for human...