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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 ...

Twice-a-Day Pill Could Cure Alopecia Hair Loss

Around one or two out of a thousand people in the UK suffered from alopecia areata, a kind of hair loss that results in patches of baldness and is very difficult to treat, according to the NHS. Usually a person develops the disease when they are between the ages of 15 and 29, with 60% of these finding their first bald spot before they are 20. Although the hair tends to grow back after about a year, it can b ...

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Child’s Play: Great for Boosting Development!

A new report commissioned by the Children’s Play Policy Forum and published to coincide with 6 August's national day of play, Playday, has reviewed a wide range of research into the importance of child’s play. It has confirmed that playing helps boost a child’s language development, risk management, independent learning skills and problem-solving. Playday is celebrating its 27th birthday this year. The aim ...

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11-Year-Old Invents the IV Pediatric Backpack 4 Kids with Cancer

Kylie Simonds from Connecticut in the US is only eleven years old and has already overcome cancer and become an inventor to help other children just like her. Around three years ago, Kylie had a kind of cancer of the connective tissue called rhabdomyosarcoma. She spent 46 weeks having chemotherapy, radiation and many surgeries, before finally being given a clean bill of health and has remained as such so fa ...

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An Aspirin a Day Could Keep the Cancer Away?

A report published in the Annals of Oncology by the Queen Mary University of London has reviewed all available studies about aspirin to determine what the harms and benefits are of taking the drug on a regular basis. It was found that aspirin, one of the most cheap and common drugs on the market, can reduce the risk of dying from or developing certain types of cancer. Aspirin has long been the subject of me ...

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Small Doses of Video Gaming are Good for Kids

We often worry about the impact playing computer games has on the development of children, but now new research suggests that gaming might not be as bad for them as we thought. In fact, not only was it found that young people who play video games for between one and three hours a day experience no effect whatsoever on how adjusted they are, but small doses of electronic gaming could actually be good for the ...

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One-Shot Breast Cancer Therapy Given Go-Ahead on NHS

Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease in the UK, affecting around 48,000 women and one in every 100,000 men. Treatment tends to involve surgery and many trips to the hospital for the patient to have radiotherapy, which can be both inconvenient and draining. But those trips could become a thing of the past for people who catch their breast cancer in the early stages, with a single shot targete ...

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Cancer Drug Brings HIV Out of Hiding to Help Treat, Maybe Cure

At the beginning of the year, we told you that this could be the year for a cure for HIV, and there have certainly been some promising stories about the progress being made in that department. And here comes another from the University of Aarhaus in Denmark. One of the many problems with treating HIV is that it can lie dormant in a person for decades. While people with the condition can enjoy a near-normal ...

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The Heart’s Possible “Grow-Your-Own” Pacemaker

After groundbreaking experiments, US scientists have been able to encourage the heart to grow its own pacemaker by converting cells inside of it, and the treatment could be hitting human trials within three years. The findings have been published in Science Translational Medicine. Pacemakers have been around since the 60s and are an electronic device that is implanted inside the chests of patients with an a ...

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Remote-Controlled Birth Control: The Future of Contraception?

Contraception: a necessity in most people’s lives at one point or another. But often, finding the right birth control for you can be a tricky and arduous task, and if you decide that you want to try for a baby, many of the contraceptives currently on offer require you to make an appointment with your doctor to have it removed, or you have to wait for the effects to wear off. At the moment, the longest-lasti ...

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Accurate Leukaemia Prognosis Test Developed

Scientists from Cardiff University have developed an unparalleled new test, funded by charities Cancer Research UK and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, that can accurately predict the prognosis of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). They have published their findings in the British Journal of Haematology. More than 3,000 people in the UK - most of which are over the age of 60 - are diagnosed ...

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