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  • How to support children after traumatic events

    How to support children after traumatic events

    Many children will be exposed to a traumatic situation – where there is a threat to life or serious injury – at some point in their childhood. Such events can range from serious road or sporting accidents, to experiences of violence or abuse. They...

  • Night owls at greater risk of death than early birds, say scientists

    Night owls at greater risk of death than early birds, say scientists

    Nocturnal "night owls" are more at risk of dying than "larks" who turn in early and leap out of bed when the sun rises, new research has shown. Night owls stay up late but struggle to drag themselves out of bed in the morning. Scientists who...

  • Best way to avoid back pain? Lift heavy things

    Best way to avoid back pain? Lift heavy things

    Lightspring/Shutterstock.com   Most people think that the human spine is one of evolution’s great flaws. After all, around 80% of adults suffer from lower-back pain. What more evidence do you need? The truth is, the spine is a robust structure.

  • Research shows that financial traders have least sex

    Research shows that financial traders have least sex

    People working in the financial industries only have sex twice a month, compared with those outside the sector, according to new research. The team at TopTradingPlatforms.co.uk have conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into British...

  • Pensioners with unexpected weight loss should get urgent cancer tests - study

    Pensioners with unexpected weight loss should get urgent cancer tests - study

    Pensioners who visit a GP with unexpected weight loss should be referred for urgent tests to investigate for possible cancer, researchers have said. The call comes after a study found over-60s who go to their family doctor after unintentionally...

  • Ageing: is it all in the genes?

    Ageing: is it all in the genes?

    We all know that genetics play a role in how long we live. But we do not know exactly how. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, was interested in ageing and in the 1900s he found that people who lived long had long-lived...

  • New partners after separation, as seen through children’s eyes

    New partners after separation, as seen through children’s eyes

    When a couple first separates, children will often hold on to the hope that their parents will somehow get back together again as a way of coping with the changes. Older children may be more aware of some of the problems that led to the separation...

  • Mental health: the dangers of the social media diagnosis

    Mental health: the dangers of the social media diagnosis

    Shutterstock/AntonioGuillem   Even Facebook agrees that social media can be bad for your mental health. And research by the Department of Education has found that the mental well-being of teenage girls in the UK is worsening, with the impact of...

  • Food allergies in children linked to baby wipes, study finds

    Food allergies in children linked to baby wipes, study finds

    Scientists have found a link between food allergies in children and the use of baby wipes. A US study found genetics and skin exposure to baby wipes, dust and food are all factors behind increasing levels of children with food allergies. Lead...

  • Study links adult lung conditions to childhood illnesses and parental smoking

    Study links adult lung conditions to childhood illnesses and parental smoking

    Three-quarters of cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be traced back to exposures during childhood, a study has found. COPD is the name for a group of lung conditions which cause breathing difficulties including emphysema and...

  • Taxes are key in war on ‘lifestyle’ disease

    Taxes are key in war on ‘lifestyle’ disease

    Global health leaders declared war on lifestyle diseases yesterday, decrying the impact of tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks on the world’s poor, while calling for taxes to curb consumption and finance healthcare. In half-a-dozen studies in The...

  • Vegetables tied to artery health for older women

    Vegetables tied to artery health for older women

    Elderly women who eat more vegetables may be less likely to develop hardening of the arteries, an Australian study suggests. Researchers surveyed 954 women aged 70 and older. They also used ultrasound to assess the thickness of the walls of the...

  • Bowel cancer patient recovering after rare double robotic surgery

    Bowel cancer patient recovering after rare double robotic surgery

    A cancer patient is recovering at home after being operated on in two areas at the same time in a rare procedure using a robot. Christine Lockton, from Croydon, south London, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in September after she grew...

  • Age of sexual consent still debated around the world

    Age of sexual consent still debated around the world

    France is considering changing its legal age of consent so that sex before the age of 15 is automatically considered rape after recent child sex cases raised serious concerns. At the moment, prosecutors have to prove that the underage sex was...

  • Six things to consider before freezing your eggs

    Six things to consider before freezing your eggs

    An increasing number of women are freezing their eggs, according to the latest data from the UK’s fertility industry regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. However, there is little guidance for women who are considering...

  • School lunch decisions made by the child and not the parent

    School lunch decisions made by the child and not the parent

    Child’s enjoyment of packed lunch is the primary motivation for parent’s acceptance of food choices, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. While school lunches in the UK are subject to food...

  • Lung cancer drug shows promise for breast cancer linked to genetic defect

    Lung cancer drug shows promise for breast cancer linked to genetic defect

    A drug used in treating non-small cell lung cancer could offer a new targeted therapy for thousands of breast cancer patients, new research has shown. Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research have established that lung cancer drug crizotinib...

  • Ancient practices to relieve modern issues

    Ancient practices to relieve modern issues

    The Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Kordin, Paola offers a variety of services which aim to improve health and well-being Based on Chinese medical practices which date to more than 2,000 years of knowledge, the...

  • Overlooked 'organ' could play role in cancer spread

    Overlooked 'organ' could play role in cancer spread

    Thanks to a laser-equipped mini-microscope developed by a French start-up, scientists have discovered a previously undetected feature of the human anatomy that could help explain why some cancers spread so quickly. Nobody was looking for the...

  • Antibiotics consumption soars, fuelling fears over superbugs

    Global consumption of antibiotics has soared since the year 2000, stoking calls for new policies to rein in usage – and fuelling fears that the worldwide threat posed by drug-resistant superbugs will spiral out of control, researchers say. A study...