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World’s Largest Trial: Aspirin vs Recurring Cancer

World’s Largest Trial: Aspirin vs Recurring Cancer

Aspirin has seen documented used since way back in the times of ancient Greece. Alright, so it wasn’t just a pill you could pop back then, but certain plant extracts were found to ...

Heart Attack Test Hugely Reduces Hospital Admissions

Heart Attack Test Hugely Reduces Hospital Admissions

There are many causes of chest pain: perhaps it's strained muscles or joint inflammation, pneumonia, a panic attack... or even a dreaded heart attack. The prospect of a heart attac ...

UK Womb Transplant Trials Given Go-Ahead

UK Womb Transplant Trials Given Go-Ahead

Thousands upon thousands of women are either born without a uterus or have it removed for health-related reasons. This has massive implications for their ability to have children, ...

Could ‘Good’ Bacteria be Key to Preventing Asthma?

Could ‘Good’ Bacteria be Key to Preventing Asthma?

Contrary to popular belief, asthma isn't just a childhood condition. It affects around five-and-a-half million people in the UK alone - one in 12 adults and one in 11 children. It' ...

“Healthy” Smokers’ Lungs: Mystery Solved!

“Healthy” Smokers’ Lungs: Mystery Solved!

It makes sense to assume that all smokers have unhealthy and blackened lungs, so you might be interested to know that some smokers actually have surprisingly healthy lungs, despite ...

Could Eating More Fish Reduce the Risk of Depression?

Could Eating More Fish Reduce the Risk of Depression?

After the analysis of almost 30 studies, researchers in China believe that eating more fish could help reduce the risk of depression. Contrary to what some people think, depression ...

Weight Loss Surgery Could Cure 50% of Type-2 Diabetes

Weight Loss Surgery Could Cure 50% of Type-2 Diabetes

According to a new study published in The Lancet, weight loss surgery could put half of patients with type-2 diabetes in remission for at least five years. The trial of 60 patients ...

World’s Largest Trial: Aspirin vs Recurring Cancer

Aspirin has seen documented used since way back in the times of ancient Greece. Alright, so it wasn’t just a pill you could pop back then, but certain plant extracts were found to alleviate headaches, pains and fevers. And what these plant extracts have in common with the aspirin we deal with today is their active ingredient: salicylic acid. Hippocrates, considered the “father of modern medicine” from his w ...

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Heart Attack Test Hugely Reduces Hospital Admissions

There are many causes of chest pain: perhaps it's strained muscles or joint inflammation, pneumonia, a panic attack... or even a dreaded heart attack. The prospect of a heart attack is enough to make anyone want to get checked out at A&E if they have any sort of pain in their chest, and quite rightly so. Unfortunately, should you find yourself in this situation in the UK, you could spend almost a whole ...

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UK Womb Transplant Trials Given Go-Ahead

Thousands upon thousands of women are either born without a uterus or have it removed for health-related reasons. This has massive implications for their ability to have children, as you can imagine. Their only options are adoption or using a surrogate mother. But following success in Sweden last year, a team of doctors has been granted approval by the Health Research Authority (HRA) to carry the UK's first ...

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Could ‘Good’ Bacteria be Key to Preventing Asthma?

Contrary to popular belief, asthma isn't just a childhood condition. It affects around five-and-a-half million people in the UK alone - one in 12 adults and one in 11 children. It's more common in women than in men and can develop at any age. It isn't fully known what causes the condition, but it leads to inflammation and sensitivity of the bronchi in the lungs, which carry air in and out. When an asthma pa ...

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“Healthy” Smokers’ Lungs: Mystery Solved!

It makes sense to assume that all smokers have unhealthy and blackened lungs, so you might be interested to know that some smokers actually have surprisingly healthy lungs, despite a lifetime of smoking. Of course, this is something that has puzzled scientists for quite some time... Until now! This ongoing mystery has finally been explained by researchers in the UK, funded by the Medical Research Council. A ...

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Could Eating More Fish Reduce the Risk of Depression?

After the analysis of almost 30 studies, researchers in China believe that eating more fish could help reduce the risk of depression. Contrary to what some people think, depression isn't just feeling sad for a couple of days - something we all go through now and again. Depression can leave the sufferer feeling persistently down and unable to interact as they normally would for weeks, or sometimes even month ...

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Weight Loss Surgery Could Cure 50% of Type-2 Diabetes

According to a new study published in The Lancet, weight loss surgery could put half of patients with type-2 diabetes in remission for at least five years. The trial of 60 patients - of which 53 continued to the end - was carried out by an international team from King's College London and the Università Cattolica in Rome. The surgery was able to improve symptoms both through weight loss and by changing the ...

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‘Drinkable Book’ to Filter Water for Developing Countries

There are about 663 million people in this world who don't have access to clean drinking water, and as a result, many people die. Of course, this means that researchers have spent many years trying to come up with a way of making water safer to drink, especially in developing countries. One such researcher, Dr Theresa Dankovich at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the US, has been d ...

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Handwashing Programme Reduces Spread of Bugs

By now, we should all know the importance of washing our hands. You know the drill: after going to the bathroom, coughing, and sneezing, or before preparing and eating meals, that kind of thing. But do we all follow these "rules", and if we do, is it enough? According to research led by Professor Paul Little at the University of Southampton, most people wash their hands about five or six times a day. He sug ...

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Ebola Vaccine So Far 100% Effective

The Ebola outbreak in Africa, which was first officially reported on in March 2014, might finally have met its match in a vaccine that has so far proven to be 100% effective. The virus was only discovered in 1976, and this outbreak quickly became one of the deadliest occurrences of it, killing up to five times as many people that all of the other outbreaks put together. In total, so far, more than 28,000 pe ...

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