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  • Not only fleas: five diseases you can catch from pets

    Not only fleas: five diseases you can catch from pets

    Love them or hate them, it is hard to get away from pets. And even if you don’t own one yourself, you are likely to come across them (or things they have left behind) regularly. Most interactions between humans and pets are likely to be...

  • Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report

    Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report

    The world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday. "Widespread contamination" with...

  • Too much meat can exacerbate various chronic diseases

    Too much meat can exacerbate various chronic diseases

    Evidence is mounting that high consumption of red and mainly processed meat is unhealthy to humans and is related to chronic diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A new study published in the Journal of Hepatology...

  • ‘Game-changer’ drug defeats hot flushes

    ‘Game-changer’ drug defeats hot flushes

    A new class of drug has been developed that promises to end the misery of menopausal hot flushes. In an early trial, one experimental pill reduced hot flush episodes by almost 75% in just three days. The severity of flushes was also cut by more...

  • Smoking may increase risk of hearing loss

    Smoking may increase risk of hearing loss

    Smoking is not only bad for the lungs and heart, it can also damage your hearing, research suggests. A study of more than 50,000 participants showed an increased risk of hearing loss among current smokers compared with people who had never...

  • Lead poisoning may hasten death for millions in US: study

    Lead poisoning may hasten death for millions in US: study

    Persistent, low-level exposure to lead over decades is statistically linked to some 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year, far more than previously thought, researchers said. Compared to people with little or no lead in their...

  • Call for salt action on Chinese takeaway dishes

    Call for salt action on Chinese takeaway dishes

    Salt warnings should be compulsory for Chinese takeaways and ready meals, health campaigners have said. Action on Salt said there is urgent need to reduce salt content in popular takeaways and ready meals. The comments come after it found that...

  • Hopes for new treatments as scientists link 100 genes to breast cancer

    Hopes for new treatments as scientists link 100 genes to breast cancer

    Scientists have linked more than 100 genes to an increased risk of breast cancer - paving the way for more personalised treatments, a study has said. A team at The Institute of Cancer Research in London identified a "treasure trove" of specific...

  • Europe's drinks sector tells EU it will offer more product info

    Europe's drinks sector tells EU it will offer more product info

    Europe's drinks sector announced plans on Monday to inform consumers more about the energy content and ingredients in beer, wine and spirits in a self-policing move, but critics said much of this information would only be available...

  • Sperm counts are falling, but scientists can't say why

    Sperm counts are falling, but scientists can't say why

    They can make test-tube babies, grow human eggs in a lab and reproduce mice from frozen testicle tissue, but when it comes to knowing how a man's sperm can swim to, find and fertilize an egg, scientists are still floundering. Enormous advances in...

  • Babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces - cot death charity

    Babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces - cot death charity

    A cot death charity has warned that some popular sleeping products could be putting babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The Lullaby Trust said items such as cushioned sleeping pods, nests, cot bumpers, pillows, duvets and...

  • Ageing at the frontier of science

    Ageing at the frontier of science

    Although ageing is inevitable – most likely due to the accumulation of damage at cellular level, rather than from any one specific programme – the actual rate of ageing can be modified. Although we will all die, there is a certain amount of...

  • Adventures in menstruation

    Adventures in menstruation

    Shutterstock   Fifty years ago “period” was a dirty word, and menstruation a shameful event that was not for public discussion. The recent debate about period poverty and the ever-controversial subject of the tampon tax have reignited public...

  • Exercise can make you stay young for longer

    Exercise can make you stay young for longer

    The tradition of sending a telegram to every British citizen on their 100th birthday was started just over 100 years ago by George V, who sent out just nine letters. Last year, the Queen had to sign over 16,000 birthday letters. The UK has an...

  • Eating less meat? Meatless butchers, mushroom burgers can help

    Eating less meat? Meatless butchers,  mushroom burgers can help

    From juicy chicken chunks and sausage rolls to bacon and tuna, Dutch butcher Jaap Korteweg offers it all. But there's a twist: None of the goods on display at his shop in The Hague are made from meat. Korteweg, a ninth generation farmer, became a...

  • Vitamin D linked to lower risk of cancer: study

    Vitamin D linked to lower risk of cancer: study

    Higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood may be linked to a lower risk of developing certain cancers, a study in Japanese adults reported Thursday. "These findings support the hypothesis that Vitamin D has protective effects against cancers at many...

  • Cycling can hold back effects of ageing, rejuvenate immune system, scientists say

    Cycling can hold back effects of ageing, rejuvenate immune system, scientists say

    Cycling can hold back the effects of ageing and rejuvenate the immune system, a study has found. Scientists carried out tests on 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 and compared them with healthy adults from a wide age group who did not exercise...

  • Women happier to donate kidney to partner than men: study

    Women happier to donate kidney to partner than men: study

    Women are statistically far more likely to donate a kidney to a partner than receive one, according to a study released Thursday to coincide with World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day. Based on European data assessed, 36% of women donate...

  • The 'Mandela Effect' and how your mind is playing tricks on you

    The 'Mandela Effect' and how your mind is playing tricks on you

    Have you ever been convinced that something is a particular way only to discover you’ve remembered it all wrong? If so, it sounds like you’ve experienced the phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect. This form of collective misremembering of common...

  • Touchscreens aren't impacting children's handwriting – in fact, it could be quite the opposite

    Touchscreens aren't impacting children's handwriting – in fact, it could be quite the opposite

    Shutterstock   Parents the world over are concerned that touchscreen and tablet technology is negatively impacting children’s handwriting. But while some say that technology overuse will impact developing dexterity and handwriting skills, the...