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  • 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...

  • Study shows why older women more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than men

    Study shows why older women more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than men

    Researchers have discovered why older women are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than older men. Cardiovascular disease is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels and previous studies have shown...

  • Patients can cut death risk by exercising after heart attack

    Patients can cut death risk by exercising after heart attack

    Heart attack patients should be prescribed exercise to reduce their risk of death, researchers have said. Patients who become more physically active in the year after a heart attack can significantly reduce their risk of death, a new study has...

  • More than half of world's wealthy expect to live to 100 -survey

    More than half of world's wealthy expect to live to 100 -survey

    More than half of wealthy investors around the world expect to live to the age of 100, with almost two in three planning to work longer in life to afford a comfortable retirement, according to a survey on Thursday. The UBS Investor Watch, which...

  • Heavy exercise does not compromise your immune system

    Heavy exercise does not compromise your immune system

    It is commonly believed that some forms of exercise, such as endurance events, suppress your immune system and leave you at risk of infections, like the common cold. However, our latest review of the evidence suggests that this is probably not true.

  • Artificial pancreas systems safe for insulin-dependent diabetics

    Artificial pancreas systems safe for insulin-dependent diabetics

    Artificial pancreas systems are "safe and effective" for people with type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. Type 1 diabetes patients' immune systems destroy their insulin-producing pancreatic cells and they need to inject insulin to stay alive. To...

  • Self-injected drug may ease pain for migraine sufferers

    Self-injected drug may ease pain for migraine sufferers

    A self-injected smart drug holds out new hope for migraine sufferers who until now have had to grit their teeth and bear the pain of thunderclap headaches. Trial results show that the antibody drug erenumab can cut episodic migraine attacks by...

  • First new treatment in almost 60 years for inflammatory disease

    First new treatment in almost 60 years for inflammatory disease

    Health officials in the UK are set to give the green light to a new treatment for a condition which has not seen any advances in almost six decades. The British National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is to issue guidance recommending...