Exercise levels decline ‘long before adolescence’

Exercise levels decline ‘long before adolescence’

Image copyright Getty Images Adolescence is thought to be the time when children go off exercise – but a study in The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests it happens much earlier, around the age of seven. Sitting is replacing physical activity from the time children start school, the research suggests. Children should get at […]

New drug for one in five breast cancers

Many more women could be helped by a new type of breast cancer drug, say experts Biological therapies are currently only available as part of clinical trials, but hold great promise Experts estimate as many as one in five patients might benefit Around 10,000 women a year in the UK might benefit from a new […]

Paralysis inspires MS discovery

Paralysis inspires MS discovery

Image copyright QUB “I had a dead leg one Sunday morning and it progressed to full paralysis within two hours,” says Dr Denise Fitzgerald, from Queen’s University Belfast. She was only 21 at the time, but the event helped to inspire the fledgling scientist to crack how the brain is repaired. The discovery reported today […]

B vitamins may have ‘protective effect’ against air pollution

B vitamins may have ‘protective effect’ against air pollution

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Road dust and emissions from vehicles in cities like New Delhi make the air a threat to human health B vitamins may offer some protection against the impacts of air pollution, a small scale human trial suggests. Researchers in the US found that high doses of these supplements may […]

Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening’

Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women who have sex with women are often wrongly told they do not need a cervical screening test, say LGBT groups. This results in half of all eligible lesbian and bisexual women never having had a smear test, they said. The human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, […]

Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening’

Lesbians ‘told they did not need cervical screening’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Women who have sex with women are often wrongly told they do not need a cervical screening test, say LGBT groups. This results in half of all eligible lesbian and bisexual women never having had a smear test, they said. The human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, […]

Let NHS off £1,000 overseas doctors charge, urge unions

Let NHS off £1,000 overseas doctors charge, urge unions

Two leading health unions are calling on the home secretary to make the NHS exempt from a new charge which will be payable on overseas doctors and nurses. The British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing say the Immigration Skills Charge, coming into effect in April, threatens NHS budgets. It will mean the […]

The biggest killer you may not know

The biggest killer you may not know

Image copyright PAtrick Kane “I flat-lined seven times, it was very uncertain for a long time whether I would make it,” says Patrick Kane. He nearly died from a condition that kills more people in the UK each year than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. Patrick was just nine months old when one morning […]

Use pram covers ‘to protect babies from air pollution’

Use pram covers ‘to protect babies from air pollution’

Image copyright Getty Images Parents should use pram covers to protect babies and young children from harmful air pollution during the school run, researchers suggest. Traffic lights and bus stops were pollution hotspots and there were higher levels of pollution in the morning compared with the afternoon, the University of Surrey study said. Young children […]

‘Make me comfortable but don’t resuscitate me’

“Do Not Resuscitate” forms are controversial. They’re kept in a patients’ medical notes, completed by the doctor in consultation with the patient – or their next of kin if they’re too unwell . It means, if the patients’ heart stops, they don’t want doctors to re-start it. What’s not well known is that doctors and […]

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