Health

03
Dec
Developing countries told 'tax tobacco to save lives'

Poorer countries should consider adopting or raising tobacco taxes to help save lives, a group of leading economists says. The call comes in a report, published in The Lancet, which says there is a "once in human history" chance to wipe out health disparities between nations. The authors recommend increased investment in global health to tackle killer diseases. They suggest alcohol and sugar could also be taxed. They give China as an example... [read news]

02
Dec
Pesticide exposure may increase Parkinson’s risk for those with genetic mutation

People with a genetic mutation linked to Parkinson’s disease may have an increased risk of contracting the neurodegenerative disorder if they have been exposed to certain pesticides, according to a new study published in the journal Cell. Conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., the research involved using human stem cells, derived from a patient with... [read news]

01
Dec
'Memories' pass between generations

Behaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest. Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations. A Nature Neuroscience study shows mice trained to avoid a smell passed their aversion on to their "grandchildren". Experts said the results were important for... [read news]

30
Nov
Want to slim? Don't feel guilty about that chocolate cake! Scientists find that people who don't worry about snacks are less likely to gain weight

Next time you treat yourself to a sizeable slab of chocolate cake, make sure you enjoy every crumb. Psychologists have discovered those of us who see it as something to celebrate are much more likely to stay slim. But if you are racked with guilt afterwards, the chances are you will pile on the pounds. The findings, published in the latest online edition of the journal Appetite, show the way we perceive tasty treats like chocolate cake is... [read news]

25
Nov
Child cancer: 'Field of gold' scan cuts radiation risk

A new method for scanning children's livers for tumours could prevent them being exposed to unnecessary radiation, according to doctors in London. Children are more vulnerable to radiation, which can increase the odds of them developing cancer later in life. The team at King's College Hospital are trialling a scan that turns organs into a "field of gold" to find tumours. The findings were presented in the European Journal of... [read news]

22
Nov
Anorexic woman who dropped to four stone on a diet of peas reveals how McDonald's job saved her life

A woman who dropped to a skeletal four stone battling the eating disorder anorexia has made an amazing recovery after getting a job at McDonald's. Jo Thompson, now 21, beat the life-threatening disorder after falling in love with the manager of the fast food branch when she was 17. And today, despite being told she would almost certainly be infertile for life after inflicting so much damage on her body, the couple live together with... [read news]

20
Nov
Many children 'slower runners than their parents were'

Many children cannot run as fast as their parents could when they were young, a study of global fitness says. Experts say the work - being presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting - suggests children's fitness levels may be declining. Researchers analysed data spanning 46 years and involving more than 25 million children in 28 countries. On average, children today run a mile 90 seconds slower than did their counterparts 30... [read news]

19
Nov
New heart disease guidelines called into question

The nation's first new guidelines in a decade for preventing heart attacks and strokes call for twice as many Americans - one-third of all adults - to consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. They use a new formula for estimating someone's risk that includes many factors besides cholesterol, the main focus now. Above, Atorvastatin Calcium tablets, a generic form of Lipitor. Heart experts caused a stir last week with... [read news]

17
Nov
Bravery of schoolgirl, nine, born with half a heart who has survived SIX cardiac arrests

She is just nine-years-old but has already survived six heart attacks. Bethan Edwards looks the picture of health as she jumps for joy in her garden and to look at her no-one would know how close she came to death. She was born with just half a heart and suffered her first heart attack when she was just three days old. When she was four months old she underwent further surgery and suffered another five heart attacks after the... [read news]

16
Nov
Typhoon Haiyan: More cadaver bags sent to Philippines as toll climbs to 3,633 dead

More than a week after Typhoon Haiyan laid waste to much of the central Philippines, the toll is overwhelming: entire communities flattened, thousands dead and nearly 2 million people displaced. The arrival in recent days of hundreds of aid workers and military troops has seen a flood gate of humanitarian aid -- food, water and medical supplies -- open, albeit sporadically, in the hard hit provinces. Crews continued Saturday to collect... [read news]


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