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  • Egyptian woman leaves Indian hospital more than 300 kg lighter

    Egyptian woman leaves Indian hospital more than 300 kg lighter

    An Egyptian woman widely believed to have been the world's heaviest woman left an Indian hospital today more than 300 kg lighter for further treatment in Abu Dhabi. Eman Ahmed, who weighed more than half a metric ton when she was operated on in...

  • Is a placebo better than nothing to treat insomnia?

    Is a placebo better than nothing to treat insomnia?

    People with insomnia who take a placebo may feel more rested than patients who get no treatment at all, a review of sleep research finds. Previous clinical trials testing sleep drugs like temazepam (Restoril) against placebo pills have found...

  • HIV cured in animals for the first time

    HIV cured in animals for the first time

    Researchers have discovered a "promising cure" for HIV and AIDS, according to The Independent. Using a gene-editing technique called CRISPR to remove the HIV-1 provirus, scientists have managed to almost completely eliminate the fatal immune...

  • Gluten-free diet may be bad for your health, experts say

    Gluten-free diet may be bad for your health, experts say

    Adhering to a wheat-free diet may be bad for your health, experts say. A team of researchers found that people who follow a gluten-free diet may be putting their health at risk because they are not eating whole grains, which are known to reduce...

  • Beer better for pain relief than paracetamol, study suggests

    Beer better for pain relief than paracetamol, study suggests

    A recent British study has revealed that drinking two beers may be more efficient at relieving pain than painkillers such as paracetamol, according to The Independent.  The study compared 18 different controlled experiments that involved 404 people.

  • Fasting every other day does little to help weight loss

    Fasting every other day does little to help weight loss

    People who fast every other day will not necessarily lose more weight than dieters who cut calories in other ways, a US study suggests. Fasting regimens that involve alternate-day calorie restriction have become increasingly popular, in part...

  • Toned and tight, sleep the night

    Toned and tight, sleep the night

    If you are well and truly living your life quintessentially the 21st century way, then chances are you’ve got plenty of things to fill it up to the brim, and no shortage of thoughts swimming around a cluttered mind. For many of us, a lot of those...

  • A far-sighted approach to solving age-related vision problems

    A far-sighted approach to solving age-related vision problems

    Presbyopia is when the eyes gradually lose the ability to see things up close. It is a normal part of ageing and starts getting noticeable around the age of 45. The condition is caused by a gradual loss of amplitude of accommodation that is...

  • Tired? Ditch the caffeine and take the stairs

    Tired? Ditch the caffeine and take the stairs

    For young women running on little sleep, 10 minutes of stair walking increased energy more than the amount of caffeine in a soft drink or half a cup of coffee, according to a small study. This energy boost is relatively short, and overtired...

  • Can puppies protect babies from allergies and obesity?

    Can puppies protect babies from allergies and obesity?

    Exposing babies to puppies and other furry pets might help them accumulate two types of bacteria in their gut that are associated with a lower risk of allergies and obesity, a Canadian study suggests. When researchers analysed fecal samples from...

  • Eye test ‘would save sight of millions’

    Eye test ‘would save  sight of millions’

    A pioneering eye test could save the sight of millions by helping doctors tackle the biggest global cause of permanent blindness. The test allows early detection of glaucoma so that treatment can start before vision begins to deteriorate. It also...

  • Blood test to spot lung cancer relapse hailed as ‘new hope’

    Scientists have developed a blood test which spots the relapse of lung cancer in patients, up to a year before the disease can be detected by CT scans and X-rays. The groundbreaking TRACERx study, funded by Cancer Research UK, identified the cause...

  • Cheap drug could prevent thousands of maternal deaths

    Cheap drug could prevent thousands of maternal deaths

    A third of new mothers who suffer from deadly haemorrhage could be saved by a simple, low-cost treatment, a UK-led international study has found. Severe bleeding accounts for around one in five of the approximately 300,000 maternal deaths that...

  • Air pollution is polluting our bloodstream

    Air pollution is polluting our bloodstream

    Inhaled nanoparticles, like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts, can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke, scientists said yesterday. In experiments using harmless...

  • Drinking four cups of coffee a day poses no health risks, study says

    Drinking four cups of coffee a day poses no health risks, study says

    A new study has found that consuming four cups of coffee a day is not a threat to your health, according to London's The Independent.  There is a lot of controversy surrounding the effects of coffee on one's health, however, a group of researchers...

  • 'Exercise pill' which builds muscle moves step closer

    'Exercise pill' which builds muscle moves step closer

    A muscle-building "exercise pill" that could reduce visits to the gym has come a step closer after a new study focusing on a protein that keeps us weak. Scientists found that suppressing production of the protein myostatin increased muscle mass...

  • Lifestyle changes while pregnant 'could cut unborn child's obesity risk'

    Lifestyle changes while pregnant 'could cut unborn child's obesity risk'

    A child's risk of obesity as they grow up can be influenced by modifications to their DNA while in the womb caused by their mother's "health, diet and lifestyle", according to new research. Scientists at the University of Southampton have found...

  • Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

    Scientists develop fluid-filled artificial womb to help premature babies

    Scientists in the United States have developed a fluid-filled womb-like bag known as an extra-uterine support device that could transform care for extremely premature babies, significantly improving chances of survival. In pre-clinical studies...

  • Regular 45 minute workouts boost brain power in over-50s

    Regular 45 minute workouts boost brain power in over-50s

    Exercising for at least 45 minutes several times a week can boost brain power in the over-50s, research suggests. Several types of exercise help improve thinking, attention, memory skills and executive function (mental skills that help people get...

  • Potential breakthrough for Multiple Sclerosis

    Potential breakthrough for Multiple Sclerosis

    A major new discovery has been made towards finding the cause of multiple sclerosis - potentially paving the way for new treatments. Scientists have found a new cellular mechanism which may cause the disease and a potential hallmark which could be...

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