Maps reveal schizophrenia ‘hotspots’ in England

Maps reveal schizophrenia ‘hotspots’ in England

Maps have revealed “hotspots” of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of medication prescribed by GPs. The analysis by the University of East London showed North Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, had the highest rates. The lowest rate of schizophrenia prescriptions was in East Dorset. However, explaining the pattern across England is […]

Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

Image copyright SPL The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts […]

Straight women have fewest orgasms

Straight women have fewest orgasms

Image copyright Thinkstock Heterosexual women have fewer orgasms than men or lesbian or bisexual women, a study suggests. The findings came from a study of 52,600 people in the US, exploring the “orgasm gap” between the genders and different sexual orientations. The report in Archives of Sexual Behaviour revealed a “variety of behaviours couples can […]

Greater Manchester patients to get seven-day GP access

Greater Manchester patients to get seven-day GP access

Image copyright SPL Image caption Around 2,500 in A&E could be treated elsewhere, health bosses say A £41m plan to give everyone in Greater Manchester seven-day GP access has been approved. The GM Health and Social Care Partnership Board said the move would make 24/7 urgent primary care provision easier for patients to access. The […]

Anorexia ‘improved by electrode therapy’

Anorexia ‘improved by electrode therapy’

Image copyright Thinkstock Deep brain stimulation – implanting electrodes deep in the brain – could be a new way to treat severe anorexia nervosa, a Canadian study suggests. Scientists studied 16 people with severe anorexia and found the treatment helped reduce depression and anxiety and in some cases prompted weight gain. Researchers say further, larger […]

Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

Image copyright SPL The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts […]

Anorexia ‘improved by electrode therapy’

Anorexia ‘improved by electrode therapy’

Image copyright Thinkstock Deep brain stimulation – implanting electrodes deep in the brain – could be a new way to treat severe anorexia nervosa, a Canadian study suggests. Scientists studied 16 people with severe anorexia and found the treatment helped reduce depression and anxiety and in some cases prompted weight gain. Researchers say further, larger […]

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

Image copyright iStock Eating loads of fruit and vegetables – 10 portions a day – may give us longer lives, say researchers. The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year. The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of cancer and […]

Adopted Romanian orphans ‘still suffering in adulthood’

Adopted Romanian orphans ‘still suffering in adulthood’

Image caption Adi (left) spent two and a half years in a Romanian orphanage Many young children adopted from Romanian orphanages by UK families in the early 90s are still experiencing mental health problems even in adulthood, researchers say. Despite being brought up by caring new families, a long-term study of 165 Romanian orphans found […]

Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030

Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030

South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, a study suggests. Imperial College London and the World Health Organization analysed lifespans in 35 industrialised countries. It predicted all would see people living longer in 2030 and the gap between men and women would start to […]

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