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  • 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...

  • Opening the door to harmful viruses

    Taking antibiotics may increase the chances of a serious viral infection, research suggests. By wiping out ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut, the drugs can impair the body’s immune system, scientists believe. Researchers issued a new warning about...

  • Young people with mental health problems face barriers getting help

    Young people with mental health problems face barriers getting help

    Some young people are facing "unacceptable barriers" in getting mental health support, a charity has warned. A survey of 2,700 young people in the UK who had struggled with mental health issues found that only 9% felt it was easy to get the...

  • Teenage pregnancy rate in UK lowest since 1969

    Teenage pregnancy rate in UK lowest since 1969

    Teenage pregnancy rates in Britain have dipped to their lowest level since records began almost half a century ago, new figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 2016 saw the lowest under-18 conception rate in England and...

  • Antibiotics may increase chances of serious viral infection

    Antibiotics may increase chances of serious viral infection

    Taking antibiotics may increase the chances of a serious viral infection, new research suggests. By wiping out "friendly" bacteria in the gut, the drugs can impair the body's immune system, scientists believe. Researchers issued a new warning...

  • Licensing e-cigarettes as medical products would reassure doctors

    Licensing e-cigarettes as medical products would reassure doctors

    Making e-cigarettes available on prescription would reassure doctors and patients that they are less harmful than smoking, a leading health expert has told MPs. Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said there were...

  • Who should pay for million-dollar gene therapies?

    Who should pay for million-dollar gene therapies?

    If you were born with a rare form of blindness, there is now a treatment for you that may restore your eyesight. That’s because gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Yet many people with rare diseases that could be treated in this way...

  • Are lonely hearts prone to cardiovascular disease?

    Are lonely hearts prone to cardiovascular disease?

    Feeling lonely contributes less to the risk of cardiovascular disease than recent research suggests, scientists said Tuesday, but social isolation really does up the odds of dying after a heart attack or stroke. The alleged link between loneliness...

  • South Africa pushes to combat HIV among girls #blessed by sugar daddies

    South Africa pushes to combat HIV among girls #blessed by sugar daddies

    Before 20-year-old Lebogang Motsumi even had sex with her first "blesser" - or sugar daddy - a successful, married, company boss more than twice her age, he handed her a wad of cash. He was soon making regular deposits into her bank account,...

  • Change in school performance is sign of future teenage depression

    Change in school performance is sign of future teenage depression

    Millions of people all over the world are experiencing mental health problems. And though the causes vary, we know that half of all these illnesses will have started in childhood or the teenage years. In the UK, referrals for and reports of...

  • Doctor's own diagnosis drives quest for a cancer cure

    Doctor's own diagnosis drives quest for a cancer cure

    Christian Hinrichs knew his life had forever changed the day he thought he was pouring milk into a glass, but heard it splashing on the floor instead. It was 2005, and the young cancer surgeon had just undergone the removal of his right eye...

  • New products to help lower blood cholesterol levels

    New products to help lower blood cholesterol levels

    New Benna products could lower blood cholesterol levels by seven to 10 per cent within a few weeks, the company said on Thursday. The new range includes milk and yoghurt products that contain plant sterols, a natural ingredient proven to lower...