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  • Women who eat fast food and little or no fruit 'take longer to become pregnant'

    Women who eat fast food and little or no fruit 'take longer to become pregnant'

    Women who eat less fruit and more fast food take longer to get pregnant and are less likely to conceive within a year, a study has suggested. Compared with women who ate fruit three or more times a day in the month before conception, women who ate...

  • Doubling light activity cuts risk of premature death by almost 30%

    Doubling light activity cuts risk of premature death by almost 30%

    Pretty much everyone knows that taking exercise helps people stay in good health. It staves off chronic ailments like type 2 diabetes and heart disease and – maybe – helps us live longer. Until recently, however, the prevailing view among both...

  • Scientists devise new, more accurate peanut allergy test

    Scientists devise new, more accurate peanut allergy test

    British scientists have developed a far more accurate blood test to diagnose peanut allergy, offering a better way to monitor a significant food hazard. Peanuts are the most common cause of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis, or severe allergic...

  • Ecstasy therapy may help service veterans suffering PTSD

    Ecstasy therapy may help service veterans suffering PTSD

    Combining intensive psychotherapy with a pure form of the party drug ecstasy is safe and could aid recovery in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the findings of a study in military veterans. Scientists who conducted...

  • Vitamin D could be a 'game changer' for malnourished children

    Vitamin D could be a 'game changer' for malnourished children

    High-dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and help with the development of language and motor skills in severely malnourished children, our latest study has found. Severe acute malnutrition is the most extreme and visible form of...

  • 'Tip-of-the-tongue' less frequent for older people who are fit

    'Tip-of-the-tongue' less frequent for older people who are fit

    You meet with a friend and tell her about a great book you’re reading. “It’s by a really famous author. Her name is, um … ” But the author’s name doesn’t come to you. This is one of those frustrating tip-of-the-tongue moments that happen when you...

  • Four out of five young mothers feel lonely

    Four out of five young mothers feel lonely

    Four out of five young mothers feel lonely after having a baby and meet their friends less often, a new study shows. Research by the Co-op found that many mothers under the age of 30 feel too tired to go out, or simply want to stay with their...

  • A third of all alcohol in the UK consumed by 4.4% of population

    A third of all alcohol in the UK consumed by 4.4% of population

    Britain seems to be slowly changing its relationship with alcohol, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Although alcohol continues to be heavily marketed and advertised, the number of people who are teetotal has...

  • How IVF changed the way we think about infertility

    How IVF changed the way we think about infertility

    To all outward appearances, Louise Brown looked exactly the same as thousands of other babies when her blinking, slightly quizzical gaze met newspaper readers on the morning of July 27, 1978. But as the first child born using the technique of...

  • The problem of excessive sweating and how to solve it

    The problem of excessive sweating and how to solve it

    Excessive sweating is a modern problem. Sweating normally occurs when one’s body temperature is high and acts as a temperature-lowering physiological mechanism. However, it has been theorised that sweat on the hands may have had a function in our...

  • Local scientists make drug discovery in quest to protect patients at risk of stroke

    Local scientists make drug discovery in quest to protect patients at risk of stroke

    A newly-discovered drug that protects rodent brains from being damaged after a stroke could pave the way for medical trials into treatments for patients at high risk of such brain conditions.   The drug, named QNZ-46, was discovered by a team of...

  • People still confused by lifestyles that cause cancer

    People still confused by lifestyles that cause cancer

    About a third of cancers could be prevented with lifestyle changes – that’s roughly a million cases of cancer in Europe each year. You might have thought that by now most people would be aware of what the lifestyle risks are, but you’d be wrong.

  • Sweet tax may be more effective than soft drinks' one

    Sweet tax may be more effective than soft drinks' one

    A 10% tax on sweet snacks could lead to a greater overall reduction in sugar consumption than taxing soft drinks alone, according to a study. Adding 10% to the price of chocolate, confectionery, cakes and biscuits could lead to a drop in purchases...

  • Wounded soldier gets world's first penis transplant in U.S. operation

    Wounded soldier gets world's first penis transplant in U.S. operation

    A soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan has received the world's first complete penis and scrotum transplant, officials at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore said on Monday. A team of nine plastic surgeons and two...

  • Ireland wins EU OK to tax sugary drinks on health grounds

    Ireland wins EU OK to tax sugary drinks on health grounds

    Ireland gained EU approval on Tuesday for a tax on sugary drinks after regulators said the levy would help the country tackle health and obesity issues. The ruling could help head off any challenges to taxes in other EU countries, including...

  • Neuroscience unlocking mysteries of the teenage brain

    Neuroscience unlocking mysteries of the teenage brain

    How would you describe an average teenager? For most people, the following characteristics might come to mind: moody, impulsive, risk taking, likely to succumb to peer pressure. While it’s clear that adolescence is a period of life that is rife...

  • Taking cancer warnings - with a pinch of coffee

    Taking cancer warnings - with a pinch of coffee

    A California judge recently ruled that Starbucks and other coffee companies in the state must serve the drink with a cancer warning. The legal issue comes from the presence of acrylamide in coffee. This chemical is typically found in many foods...

  • Snoring threatens one in every six marriages in UK

    Snoring threatens one in every six marriages in UK

    Nearly one in six Brits have considered leaving their partner due to their snoring, according to a new survey. In light of this year's National Stop Snoring week, Breathe Right undertook a nationwide survey of couples in the UK. They found as many...

  • Yoghurts may contain child's daily sugar limit

    Yoghurts may contain child's daily sugar limit

    Apparently healthy yoghurts can come close to sending children over their daily sugar limit in a single helping, campaigners have warned. Public Health Liverpool said its own analysis found that some yoghurts contain the equivalent of almost five...

  • The stomach bug

    The stomach bug

    Vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps are not the best one could wish for. However, these are very common at this time of year. Such illnesses are consistent from year to year, with most cases occurring from October to May. But specific peaks...