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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 ...

First Child’s Double Hand Transplant Success

Out of the many things we take for granted, using our hands might. It’s one thing to lose the use of them over time to various conditions like arthritis, but what about having to have them amputated at a young age? That’s what happened to eight-year-old Zion Harvey from Baltimore, Maryland, in the US. When Zion was just two years old, he contracted an infection in his limbs. This infection turned into gangr ...

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The World’s First Bionic Eye has Been Implanted

Bionic eyes might sound like something in your favourite sci-fi show, but surgeons in Manchester in the UK have made them a reality. The recipient was one Mr Ray Flynn, an 80-year-old with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which causes most sight loss cases in the developed world. AMD is so common that it's thought that half a million people are living with some degree of the condition in the UK alone ...

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Gene Therapy Breakthrough for Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is one of those conditions that we are yet to have found a cure for. All we can hope for at the moment is to develop treatments that help elongate the sufferer's life and make it more worth living. And the latest trial, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, might just be what we have been waiting for. The condition, often shortened to CF, is caused by a faulty gene and affects the lu ...

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Cuba is First Country to Eradicate Mum-to-Baby HIV and Syphilis

When it comes to HIV, the unlikely second-most affected region of the world is the Caribbean. About 1% of the adult population suffer from the disease, and the only region with a higher rate is sub-Saharan Africa. After learning this information, it might come as a happy shock to find out that one Caribbean country, Cuba, has become the first country in the world to eradicate mother-to-baby transmission of ...

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Brain-Training App Could Help Stop Snacking

We've all dabbled in brain-training exercises for fun or to try and make ourselves smarter, but what about if we could use them to stop reaching for the biscuits in-between meals? According to a small study from the Universities of Exeter and Cardiff, such an app could help with that, helping people to stay away from snack foods. They have published the research in the journal Appetite. The study involved 8 ...

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Chlamydia Vaccine in Sight

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the world. While treatable with antibiotics once diagnosed, a person with Chlamydia might not experience symptoms for months or years - if ever. Of course, if it isn’t treated, Chlamydia can cause a huge range of problems: infertility, ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb), and even blindness. But most people don’t even kno ...

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“Forrest Gump” Runs 42 Back-to-Back Marathons

Have you ever taken part in something sponsored for charity - something you have had to really push yourself for, to raise as much money as possible? Most of us have thought about it at least, but it's really heartening to see those people who put their bodies on the line and show us just how many good people there are still out there. Take Ewan Gordon from Bicester in England, for example. He has just comp ...

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Virtual Reality Helps Stroke Patients Regain Movement

People who have suffered a stroke can experience a range of complications after, such as depression and anxiety. But what of the physical repercussions? Having a stroke can result in weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, called hemiparesis. Paralysis of any kind can take a lot of work to overcome - if it's even possible to - and it's understandable that someone with it would be more inclined to fav ...

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“Female Viagra” Approved by FDA

Most of us will have heard of Viagra, which is often prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction and help men enjoy a happy and healthy "love" life again. "But what of the female equivalent?" ask women's rights activists. It's been something that pharmaceutical companies have been trying to tackle for some years. And now, a drug that has twice been rejected in the past few of years has finally been approved by ...

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Children’s Charity Gets Boost from Online Community

What if you had the chance to make the hospital experience of a child just a little more comfortable? Children in hospital still want to be able to do all the things that other children do. Unfortunately, hospital budgets don't cover entertainment for these kids, and they have to rely on donations. This is where Get-Well Gamers comes in. They provide hospitals with consoles and games so that the kids have a ...

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