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  • Desperate measures for desperate times

    Desperate measures for desperate times

    We have come to realise that being overweight is not just a physical problem but also, increasingly, a psychological and social one that impinges on body image and diminishes self-respect. Considering that three-quarters of people in the so-called...

  • Take steps to boost immunity in winter

    Take steps to boost immunity in winter

    Throughout the year, our body is very busy fighting various pathogens which are circulating. During the winter season, there are various viruses, including the common cold viruses, influenza viruses and noroviruses. Many times, the body manages to...

  • Early menopause results in higher risk of heart problems

    Early menopause results in higher risk of heart problems

    Women who go through early menopause are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke, research has shown. A study led by the University of Oxford also found a link between starting periods early, pregnancy complications and hysterectomy with...

  • Long hours taking toll on parents

    Long hours taking toll on parents

    Work is taking a "heavy toll" on parents, affecting their health and family lives, as they struggle to cope with the strain of long hours, a new study reveals. Research by charity Working Families and early years provider Bright Horizons, found...

  • Major breakthrough as new blood test can detect cancer

    Major breakthrough as new blood test can detect cancer

    A newly developed single blood test has the potential to change the way doctors screen for cancer, researchers have said. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in the US have developed a test that screens for eight common forms of cancer and...

  • Heated debate over sexual orientation questions by doctors

    Heated debate over sexual orientation questions by doctors

    Allowing health professionals to ask patients about their sexual orientation has triggered strong opposing views in the medical community. A GP, speaking to The BMJ, feared it will not help avoid discrimination and raise various issues of...

  • Researchers call for over 30s to be tested for breast cancer genes

    Researchers call for over 30s to be tested for breast cancer genes

    All British women over the age of 30 should be tested for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations to help save lives and cut costs, new research suggests. Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London said screening...

  • Friendly ear helped more than medical professionals - abuse victim

    Friendly ear helped more than medical professionals - abuse victim

    A woman who was sexually abused for years has said a "friendly listening ear" can help more on the road to recovery than an army of professionals and doctors. Sophie Andrews, 48, said she is living proof that phone calls can save lives after...

  • Flu: why this year's outbreak is one of the worst

    Flu: why this year's outbreak is one of the worst

    Jarun Ontakra/Shutterstock The UK is being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades. A total of 664 hospital admissions and 85 confirmed deaths have been reported since the beginning of winter 2017. The British media have blamed...

  • Ads encourage teenagers to eat junk food

    Ads encourage teenagers to eat junk food

    Teenagers who are bombarded with junk food adverts could be eating hundreds more packets of crisps, chocolate bars and fizzy drinks each year then those who are not, new research has found. Cancer Research UK said teenagers who watch more than...

  • Health officials defend handing cancer data to tobacco-linked firm

    Health officials defend handing cancer data to tobacco-linked firm

    Health officials have defended the decision to hand over data on NHS cancer patients to an American firm linked to one of the world's largest tobacco companies. Public Health England (PHE) said that it handed over the information after the...

  • How to turn Blue Monday into Happy Monday

    How to turn Blue Monday into Happy Monday

    Over the past decade, hordes of innocent people have bought the idea that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year – despite there being no scientific evidence to support it. While retailers, beauty salons, travel agents...

  • Exercise regimen should be ‘prescription for life’ in bid to reverse heart failure risk

    Walking, swimming and running could help middle-aged couch potatoes reverse their risk of heart failure, a study suggests. Decades of damage caused by leading a sedentary lifestyle could be reversed over two years with the “right dose” of...

  • A Mediterranean diet for diabetes

    A Mediterranean diet for diabetes

    A diet of fibre-rich foods, such as the Mediterranean diet which includes fruit and vegetables, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, diabetes expert and president elect of the International Diabetes Federation, Prof.

  • If you want to lose weight, ask yourself: is this really self-improvement?

    If you want to lose weight, ask yourself: is this really self-improvement?

    Shutterstock.   After the feasting of Christmas, January is a time of detox and self-denial. It’s when people start new diets, begin new exercise regimes and make new year’s resolutions. We promise ourselves that we will do better – that we will...

  • Sugar addiction fears amid rise in teeth operations for young people

    Sugar addiction fears amid rise in teeth operations for young people

    There were nearly 43,000 hospital operations to remove teeth in children and teenagers last year - equating to 170 a day, the latest figures in the UK show. The Local Government Association (LGA) said the alarming figures - up by nearly a fifth in...

  • What supplements do scientists use, and why?

    What supplements do scientists use, and why?

    Supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry. But, unlike pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of these products don’t have to prove that their products are effective, only that they are safe – and that’s for new supplements only. We wanted...

  • Cycling does not damage men’s sexual or urinary function

    Cycling does not damage men’s sexual or urinary function

    Cycling is increasingly popular for transportation, exercise, and leisure, and its impact on sexual health has received a great deal of media attention, especially regarding erectile function. In a new report in The Journal of Urology, researchers...

  • Housework can make elderly feel healthier, research finds

    Housework can make elderly feel healthier, research finds

    Elderly people who devote three hours a day or more to housework feel healthier than those who do less, according to new research. A study of more than 35,000 adults in Europe and the US revealed that tasks such as childcare and gardening had the...

  • Just one experimental cigarette leads to daily habit for majority

    Just one experimental cigarette leads to daily habit for majority

    Two-thirds of people who try a cigarette go on to become daily smokers, a study has found. Researchers found that 69 per cent of people who had ever tried a cigarette had gone on to become a daily smoker, even if just temporarily. The authors from...