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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 ...

Slow the Ageing of Your Brain: Learn a Second Language!

Are you able to speak another language? Maybe you have thought about learning but dismissed the idea? A new study carried out by researchers from the University of Edinburgh now suggests that becoming bilingual (speaking two languages) has a positive, age-slowing effect on the brain - and better late than never! The latest study, actually carried out between 2008 and 2010 but published recently in the journ ...

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Mini Dialysis Machine Developed for Newborns

Every year in the UK, around 20 children are born with severe kidney problems, resulting in the need for dialysis within their first two years of life, some of whom need it from birth. Although doctors usually adapt a standard, adult-sized dialysis machine for babies, these often cannot be accurately adjusted for the child’s small size and, therefore, can be quite a risky treatment. But now, scientists in I ...

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The Scottish NHS Meets ‘Masterchef’

The last time the nutritional standards of hospital meals in Scotland were officially assessed was in 2010, and the report found that 20% of the hospitals didn’t meet the national standards required of them for their patients. Since then, the Scottish government has been trying to do more to improve the nutrition of meals in NHS hospitals. On admission to hospital, patients are tested for malnutrition and t ...

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Why is the Mediterranean Diet So Healthy?

Have you ever wondered what it is about the Mediterranean diet that makes it so healthy? Sure, all the ingredients on their own are pretty healthy, but somehow, when they are combined, they appear to make a sort of super diet. Scientists think they might now have the answer and have published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS for short. While a good amount of the Bri ...

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Exciting Discovery Could Explain MS Gender Gap

Multiple sclerosis, or MS as it is otherwise known, is a condition that affects the nerves in the brain, that can result in loss of vision, muscle stiffness and uncontrolled muscle movements, balance and coordination difficulties and fatigue. There are around 100,000 people in the UK suffering with MS, and is three times more common in women than in men, though it is not known why this is. There is also no ...

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Bright Side to the Black Death: A Stronger Population

Many of us would have learned something about the Black Death at school, being that it was one of the most devastating wipe-outs to hit Europe, resulting in the deaths of between 30 and 50% of the population in the mid-1300s. Although the whole range of symptoms is not exactly known because accounts at the time vary so widely, one thing that is consistent is the appearance of buboes, which were swellings fi ...

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Food Revolution Day 2014

On May 16th, it will the third annual Food Revolution Day, but what exactly is it? Jamie Oliver, world-renowned chef and family man, seems to be single-handedly trying to change the way the world thinks about food. This day of global action is a way to raise the awareness that we all need to keep cooking skills alive and to get children excited about real food, cooked from scratch. The event is a campaign b ...

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New Muscle Regrowth Treatment After Injury

An experimental treatment from the University of Pittsburgh in the US and published in the journal Science Translational Medicine could provide hope for people who suffer injuries resulting in the loss of muscle. The study was a small one - five men, of whom two had obtained their injuries from explosions in war, two in skiing accidents, and one through exercise. All of the patients were missing 58 to 90% o ...

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More Fibre a Day Keeps the Heart Attack Away?

Fibre is a necessary part of our diets, an important part of making sure our digestive systems function properly. Now, accord to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in the US, heart attack survivors can live longer if they make sure they consume plenty of fibre - especially in its cereal form. All food that is plant-based has some amount of fibre in it, but just how much depends on the type ...

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E-Cigs: Users Triple & Non-Smokers Are Still Not Encouraged to Start

There has been much speculation and propaganda bandied about recently about e-cigarettes, and whether their use is making smoking the norm again and encouraging non-smoker to partake in vaping when they wouldn’t otherwise smoke. However, two studies have recently revealed that not only are more people using e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes but that the use of them among people wh ...

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