Coronavirus England: Death rates ‘twice as high in Muslims as in Christians,’ ONS data shows


Muslims died of Covid at more than twice the rate of Christians in England, official data shows.  Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released today show 4,191 Muslims died with the virus up to February 28. The religious group was by far the worst affected in the country, with Muslim men having a death rate […]

NHS waiting list hits ANOTHER record-high with 4.95MILLION patients in England needing treatment


Nearly 5million people in England are waiting for hospital treatment — the highest number ever recorded.   Despite the second Covid wave having been almost entirely squashed, the NHS is still struggling to recover from the impact of the virus on normal care. Some 4.95million people were waiting to start routine treatment in March, the most […]

Map of metabolic changes after heart attack holds clues to recovery — ScienceDaily


Researchers have mapped out the changes in metabolism that occur after a heart attack, publishing their findings today in the open-access eLife journal. Their study in mice reveals certain genes and metabolic processes that could aid or hinder recovery, and might be good targets for treatments to prevent damage after a heart attack. “Although some […]

AI analytics predict COVID-19 patients’ daily trajectory in UK intensive care units — ScienceDaily


Researchers used AI to identify which daily changing clinical parameters best predict intervention responses in critically ill COVID-19 patients. The investigators used machine learning to predict which patients might get worse and not respond positively to being turned onto their front in intensive care units (ICUs) — a technique known as proning that is commonly […]

Using contrast MRI after a heart attack could increase survival — ScienceDaily


According to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter (27 per cent) of all deaths in the UK, which equates to more than 160,000 deaths each year — or one death every three minutes. The research, published in the top science journal Advanced Science, found that injection of the […]

Jab that curbs calorie intake and cravings could help fight obesity crisis, study shows 


Dieters’ weight-loss wonder-drug: Jab that curbs calorie intake and cravings could help fight obesity crisis, study shows Experts say semaglutide could play major role in combating the obesity crisis Patients given the weekly jab lost a tenth of their body weight in just 20 weeks  Participants also ate 35% fewer calories when offered an unlimited […]

Residential coal use in China results in many premature deaths, models indicate — ScienceDaily


Coal combustion by power plants and industry pollutes the air, causing many governments to implement mitigation actions and encourage cleaner forms of energy. Now, a new study in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology indicates that in China, indoor air pollution from residential coal burning causes a disproportionate number of premature deaths from exposure to tiny, […]

Coronavirus: Covid can cause erectile dysfunction months later, study claims


Coronavirus can cause erectile dysfunction months after a man has recovered from the illness, according to a study.   Miami University scientists scanned the penis tissue of two recovered Covid patients aged 65 and 71 who were struggling to get erections. And, in what they claimed was a world-first, they found the virus was still lingering […]

How fasting diets could harm future generations — ScienceDaily


Fasting diets could impact the health of future generations according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Fasting diets have risen in popularity in recent years, however little is known about the long-term impact of these diets, particularly for future generations. New research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal […]

Proof-of-principle research shows that genes can be accurately edited in cells throughout the body — ScienceDaily


Researchers at the University of California San Diego have laid the groundwork for a potential new type of gene therapy using novel CRISPR-based techniques. Working in fruit flies and human cells, research led by UC San Diego Postdoctoral Scholar Zhiqian Li in Division of Biological Sciences Professor Ethan Bier’s laboratory demonstrates that new DNA repair […]

Every region of England saw ZERO Covid deaths at least once during the final week of April


Every region in England saw zero Covid deaths at least once in the final week of April, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed virus fatalities have halved in a month. Covid was mentioned on 205 death certificates across England and Wales over the seven-day spell ending April 30. For comparison, the […]

Ban on online junk food ads WILL go ahead


What might be covered by online ad ban?  The proposed ban on junk food adverts online will target food and drink products are high in fat, sugar and salt. How a product is classified as HFSS has not been finalised yet. Experts suggest the ‘traffic light’ system on food packaging could be used. The Government […]

Controlling cholesterol in microglia alleviates chronic pain, opioid-free — ScienceDaily


Chemotherapy can induce a painful peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a chronic condition and common adverse effect for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues elsewhere, have used a mouse model to demonstrate the pivotal role of cholesterol in CIPN, and proposed a novel therapeutic approach to reverse […]

Could ECSTASY cure PTSD? Patients given party drug before counselling respond better to treatment


Giving ecstasy to people with post-traumatic stress disorder before counselling can relieve them of their symptoms within weeks, a study has suggested. Two-thirds of patients prescribed the illegal party drug alongside therapy no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis two months after treatment finished.  For comparison, 32 per cent who were given a placebo and […]

The Harley Street doctors charging for cannabis treatments 


The smart entrance to the Sapphire Medical Clinic looks much like any other private practice on Harley Street in London. But there is something very different about this one. It’s not the staff — the doctors here are all leading experts with roles as NHS consultants. It’s what they are prescribing that marks them apart. […]

Asthma attacks plummeted among Black and Hispanic/Latinx individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic — ScienceDaily


Asthma attacks account for almost 50 percent of the cost of asthma care which totals $80 billion each year in the United States. Asthma is more severe in Black and Hispanic/Latinx patients, with double the rates of attacks and hospitalizations as the general population. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the United States, a series […]

Researchers provide reassuring findings to the majority who have had COVID-19 — ScienceDaily


Mild Covid-19 infection is very unlikely to cause lasting damage to the structure or function of the heart, according to a study led by UCL (University College London) researchers and funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Barts Charity. The researchers say the results, published in JACC Cardiovascular Imaging, should reassure the public, as […]

New Strep A human challenge model paves the way to test vaccines against the deadly bacteria — ScienceDaily


Researchers have successfully developed a new Strep A human challenge model, paving the way to test vaccines against the common deadly bacteria that causes sore throats, scarlet fever and skin sores. The collaborative research effort, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and published in The Lancet Microbe, found the model, which deliberately infected […]

Vegetarians have healthier levels of disease markers than meat-eaters — ScienceDaily


Vegetarians appear to have a healthier biomarker profile than meat-eaters, and this applies to adults of any age and weight, and is also unaffected by smoking and alcohol consumption, according to a new study in over 166,000 UK adults, being presented at this week’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO), held online this year. Biomarkers can […]

Small study shows heart damage after COVID-19 uncommon in college athletes — ScienceDaily


In a small study, researchers found college athletes who contracted COVID-19 rarely had cardiac complications. Most had mild COVID symptoms that did not require treatment, and in a small percentage of those with abnormal cardiac testing, there was no evidence of heart damage on special imaging tests. All athletes returned to sports without any health […]

Undetected early heart damage raises risk of death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients — ScienceDaily


Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with impaired first-phase ejection fraction were nearly 5 times more likely to die compared to patients with healthier measures of this early, often undetected sign of heart failure, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. First-phase ejection fraction is a measure of the left ventricular ejection […]

‘I went through the menopause at 13’: Woman tells her moving story in a new TV show


For a teenager, it was an unexpected and shocking diagnosis: blood tests and an ultrasound confirmed that, at 13, Hayley Cockman had gone into premature menopause. Her periods had stopped within a year of starting, and then symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes and poor concentration kicked in. ‘At school, I’d be sitting in […]

DR MARTIN SCURR: Face pain that even makes shaving agony 


For  two years, I’ve suffered with trigeminal neuralgia, a most annoying and painful condition that makes it a struggle even to brush my teeth, shave and eat. It began after a tooth extraction. My GP prescribed the nerve pain drug carbamazepine, and I’ve asked for the dose to be increased. Someone suggested I try acupuncture. What […]

A brisk stroll is as effective at getting you in shape as jogging, expert says


Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been one pastime that people have been able to indulge in more than normal. Walking. A recent survey for Transport for London showed 57 per cent of people have been walking more than normal, and other surveys indicate it’s one lockdown habit that people intend to keep […]

Can ‘smart coffees’ really boost your brain?


Beyond the welcome caffeine lift, research shows that regularly drinking coffee may help you live longer, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  But now manufacturers are ‘pimping up’ coffee with everything from added vitamins to brain boosters.  Angela Dowden asked dietitians Noor Al-Refae, based in Doncaster, S. Yorks, and Helen Bond, from Derbyshire, to […]

Covid UK: Nurse, 41, who died was one of thousands of brave NHS workers from Philippines


At the height of the initial Covid outbreak in March last year, Leilani Medel, a 41-year-old mum, posted a picture of herself and her 13-year-old daughter Carmina on her Facebook page with the caption: ‘Don’t ask me to stay home, I’m a nurse! We fight when others can’t any more.’ Leilani, who lived in Bridgend, […]

Animal production responsible for vast majority of air quality-related health impacts from U.S. food — ScienceDaily


Poor air quality caused by food production in the United States is estimated to result in 16,000 deaths annually, 80 percent of which are related to animal production, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The research also found there are measures farmers and consumers alike can take to […]

Stimulators could aid spinal cord, heart therapies — ScienceDaily


Implants that require a steady source of power but don’t need wires are an idea whose time has come. Now, for therapies that require multiple, coordinated stimulation implants, their timing has come as well. Rice University engineers who developed implants for electrical stimulation in patients with spinal cord injuries have advanced their technique to power […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

Why are incontinence patients being denied life changing BOTOX injections?


For millions of Britons it is a secret they dare not discuss. A problem they put up with, silently, often for decades. Incontinence will affect 40 per cent of women, and one in ten men at some point in their lives. And it’s not simply an embarrassing inconvenience: it can leave sufferers near-housebound for fear […]

Scientists working on anti-Covid nasal spray


It’s an attractive prospect: a single pill, popped immediately after you test positive for Covid, to stop the virus in its tracks and prevent serious disease. The idea was floated by the Prime Minister recently at a Downing Street press conference, generating much excitement. There’s just one problem: no such pill exists. Prime Minister Boris […]

HEALTH NOTES: Women still take sun-tanning risk


HEALTH NOTES: One in ten women admits risking deadly skin cancer by excessive holiday sunbathing By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:02 EDT, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 17:14 EDT, 1 May 2021 One woman in ten admits to sunbathing for five hours a day on two-week holidays – dramatically increasing the risk of deadly […]

Scientists insist a woman’s fertility doesn’t always fall off a cliff after 35


One of the UK’s top fertility experts has hit out at older celebrity mothers who ‘mislead’ women into thinking having a baby in their 40s is easy. In March, BBC presenter Christine Lampard, 42, became the latest in a line of famous faces to give birth in their 40s, following the likes of Nicole Kidman, […]

Managing children’s weight, blood pressure and cholesterol protects brain function mid-life — ScienceDaily


Managing weight, blood pressure and cholesterol in children may help protect brain function in later life, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. This is the first study to highlight that cardiovascular risk factors accumulated from childhood through mid-life may influence poor cognitive performance at midlife. Previous research […]

Women who plan to have a C section are no more likely to suffer poor outcomes


Planned caesareans pose no bigger threat than vaginal deliveries for either mother or baby, according to a study. NHS doctors tend to only carry out the major procedure if it is considered the safest option because it carries several risks. But Canadian researchers have now challenged the claims, finding that it may even be better […]

The 3D scan that can spot heart disease in 20 minutes


The 3D scan that can spot heart disease in 20 minutes: Hi-tech imaging could enable doctors to diagnose patients five times faster… with 35,000 people set to benefit each year HeartFlow introduced in UK to reduce time from first appointment to surgery  It turns regular CT scan of heart into a 3D image that shows […]

PROFESSOR ROY TAYLOR explains the science behind type 2 diabetes


Barely a day goes by without type 2 diabetes hitting the headlines. Last week alone there were two major stories about the condition.  A study from French researchers showed that if you develop type 2 in middle age, it doubles your risk of getting dementia by the age of 70. Another study, which looked at […]

Hundreds of fat children should be given NHS weight-loss ops


Hundreds of fat children should be offered NHS weight-loss surgery to reverse their diabetes, according to a leading medic. Growing numbers of youngsters in England — some as young as six — suffer type 2 diabetes. The condition occurs when the body loses its ability to process sugar and is often sparked by obesity.  It […]

Baby girl is spared a lifetime of paralysis after operation inside the WOMB


A baby girl has been spared a lifetime of disability after receiving pioneering spinal surgery — while still in the womb. Emily Malkie, from Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with spina bifida following an ultrasound when her mother was just 16 weeks pregnant. A follow-up MRI showed the youngster was at risk of developing brain damage due to a […]

Cardiovascular disease could be diagnosed earlier with new glowing probe — ScienceDaily


Researchers have created a probe that glows when it detects an enzyme associated with issues that can lead to blood clots and strokes. The team of researchers, from the Department of Chemistry and the National Lung and Heart Institute at Imperial College London, demonstrated that their probe quickly and accurately detects the enzyme in modified […]

Nearly half of older millennials have at least one chronic health condition


Nearly half of older millennials already have chronic health conditions, a new survey suggests.  Some 44 percent of people born between 1981 and 1988 have already been diagnosed with at least one chronic medical condition, according to the CNBC/Harris poll.  The most common conditions among the group were migraines, depression and asthma, diabetes type 2 […]

One cup of leafy greens a day lowers risk of heart disease, study says


Eating just one cup of raw vegetables daily, such as leafy greens like spinach, boosts your cardiovascular health, a new study reveals. In a sample of over 50,000 people, the biggest eaters of nitrate-rich vegetables had lower blood pressure and up to 26 per cent lower risk of heart disease, experts found.  Just one cup is […]

Pre-diabetes nearly DOUBLES the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, study finds


Pre-diabetes nearly DOUBLES the risk of having a heart attack or stroke because high blood sugar damages the arteries, study finds Pre-diabetes is when sugar levels are high but not as high as type 2 diabetes It is common and thought to affect a third of adults in the US and 7million Brits   And now […]

Epilepsy research reveals why sleep increases risk of sudden death — ScienceDaily


New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine reveals why sleep can put people with epilepsy at increased risk of sudden death. Both sleep and seizures work together to slow the heart rate, the researchers found. Seizures also disrupt the body’s natural regulation of sleep-related changes. Together, in some instances, this can prove […]

Amazon slammed for selling bogus homeopathy products made from the pus of syphilis blisters


Amazon is selling homeopathy products made from the pus of syphilis and scabies blisters, MailOnline can reveal.  The retail giant also offers pills comprising diseased human tissue, including breast cancer cells and urethral gonorrhea discharge, as well as sperm whale vomit. Critics today accused Amazon of misleading customers by allowing the listings to pose as […]

More people in England and Wales are now dying of flu and pneumonia than Covid


More people are now dying from flu and pneumonia than Covid in England and Wales for the first time since the second wave took off, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed the virus was mentioned on 260 death certificates that occurred in the week ending April 23 — down 30 per […]

Many people with high blood pressure are taking another medication that could raise it — ScienceDaily


Nearly 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure, a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, also take a medicine that could be elevating their blood pressure, according to new research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 70th Annual Scientific Session. The results underscore the need for patients to routinely review all […]

Health: Getting too much OR too little sleep can increase your risk of heart disease


People who get six to seven hours of sleep per night are less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than those who get more or less shut-eye, a study has concluded. Researchers from the US studied data on the sleep habits and cardiovascular health of more than 14,000 people, looking to see who […]

Alcohol in moderation may help the heart by calming stress signals in the brain — ScienceDaily


Moderate alcohol intake — defined as no more than one alcoholic drink for women and two for men per day — has been associated with a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease when compared with individuals who abstain from drinking or partake in excessive drinking, according to a new study being presented at the […]

Psychological distress found to double the risk of subsequent cardiac events in younger adults — ScienceDaily


Young and middle-aged adults who reported severe psychological distress — such as depression or anxiety — after suffering a heart attack were more than twice as likely to suffer a second cardiac event within five years compared with those experiencing only mild distress, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 70th […]

Women with possible heart attack wait longer and undergo less testing, study finds — ScienceDaily


Among younger adults visiting the emergency department for chest pain, women may be getting the short end of the stick. Compared with men of similar age, women were triaged less urgently, waited longer to be seen, and were less likely to undergo basic tests or be hospitalized or admitted for observation to diagnose a heart […]

Latest advance in targeted delivery of therapeutic proteins — ScienceDaily


A team of researchers at the Center for Bioactive Delivery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Institute for Applied Life Sciences has engineered a nanoparticle that has the potential to revolutionize disease treatment, including for cancer. This new research, which appears today in Angewandte Chemie, combines two different approaches to more precisely and effectively deliver […]

Healthy young adults who had COVID-19 may have long-term impact on blood vessels and heart health — ScienceDaily


New research published in Experimental Physiology highlights the possible long term health impacts of COVID-19 on young, relatively healthy adults who were not hospitalized and who only had minor symptoms due to the virus. Increased stiffness of arteries in particular was found in young adults, which may impact heart health, and can also be important […]

Trial demonstrates early AI-guided detection of heart disease in routine practice — ScienceDaily


Heart disease can take a number of forms, but some types of heart disease, such as asymptomatic low ejection fraction, can be hard to recognize, especially in the early stages when treatment would be most effective. The ECG AI-Guided Screening for Low Ejection Fraction, or EAGLE, trial set out to determine whether an artificial intelligence […]

More than 40,000 ‘excess deaths’ were recorded in private homes in England and Wales in 2020


More than 40,000 ‘excess deaths’ were recorded in private homes last year but fewer than one in ten were caused by coronavirus, official figures revealed today. Office for National Statistics data showed 166,000 people died at home in England and Wales in 2020, compared to a yearly average of 125,000. Covid was behind just eight […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: How fasting could help cut your blood pressure


Regular readers of this column might wonder if I am ever so slightly obsessed with the microbiome, the billions of tiny creatures that live in our guts — and you’d be right. I’m fascinated by these extraordinary microbes, and the ongoing battle between the ‘good’ and the bad’ ones, that influences so much about us, […]

Thinning lower spine, top of thigh bone and hip predictive of raised heart attack/stroke risk — ScienceDaily


Thin and brittle bones are strongly linked to women’s heart disease risk, with thinning of the lower (lumbar) spine, top of the thigh bone (femoral neck), and hip especially predictive of a heightened heart attack and stroke risk, suggests research in the journal Heart. Osteoporosis, often dubbed brittle bone disease, is common, particularly among women […]

Algorithms show accuracy in gauging unconsciousness under general anesthesia — ScienceDaily


Anesthestic drugs act on the brain but most anesthesiologists rely on heart rate, respiratory rate, and movement to infer whether surgery patients remain unconscious to the desired degree. In a new study, a research team based at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital shows that a straightforward artificial intelligence approach, attuned to the kind of anesthetic […]

EVE SIMMONS: Why the NHS must stop treating people with anorexia like prisoners


Six years ago, at the age of 23, I sat cross-legged on a hospital bed, screaming – wailing – for my mummy. A nurse shooed my distraught mother out of the room as we reached for each other’s hands. She wasn’t allowed to say goodbye. There were metal bars on the windows. I tried to […]

Some meat eaters disgusted by meat — ScienceDaily


Some meat eaters feel disgusted by meat, according to a new study. University of Exeter scientists showed food pictures to more than 700 people, including omnivores (who eat meat and other foods), flexitarians (who try to eat less meat) and vegetarians. About 7% of meat eaters (15% of flexitarians and 3% of omnivores) had a […]

HEALTH NOTES: People with kidney disease are 70% more likely to develop dementia, study finds


HEALTH NOTES: People with kidney disease are 70 per cent more likely to develop dementia, study finds By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:12 EDT, 8 May 2021 | Updated: 17:26 EDT, 8 May 2021 People with kidney disease are 70 per cent more likely to develop dementia, a major study has found. Swedish researchers […]

Sleep disorders tally $94.9 billion in health care costs each year — ScienceDaily


Sleep disorders are associated with significantly higher rates of health care utilization, conservatively placing an additional $94.9 billion in costs each year to the United States health care system, according to a new study from researchers at Mass Eye and Ear, a member hospital of Mass General Brigham. In their new analysis, published in the […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can eating too much be a sign your body lacks nutrients?


For most people, the past 12 months have been really tough, but some businesses have thrived — it seems 2020 was a fantastic year for supplement manufacturers, with nearly £500 million in UK sales, up a record 14 per cent compared with 2019. We swallowed their products in record numbers partly because we’re all more […]

Fish oil supplements and heart rhythm disorder: New analysis — ScienceDaily


Omega-3 supplements are associated with an increased likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation in people with high blood lipids. That’s the finding of a study published today in European Heart Journal — Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Currently, fish oil supplements are indicated for patients with elevated plasma triglycerides to […]

Fasting lowers blood pressure by reshaping the gut microbiota — ScienceDaily


Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, a condition that raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the U. S. At Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. David J. Durgan and his colleagues are dedicated to better understand hypertension, in particular the emerging evidence suggesting […]

Going to university does NOT protect you against dementia or heart disease, scientists confirm


Going to university and getting a degree does NOT protect you against brain shrinkage, scientists confirm Education has been linked to health advantages — including lower dementia risk  Researchers analysed the brain structure of 2,000 people at various life stages  They found university-educated people do tend to have larger brain volumes However, higher education did nothing to stave […]

Air pollution in the UK is at its LOWEST since records began


Air pollution in the UK is at the lowest since records began, according to official Government statistics.  Three of the most problematic pollutants — nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) — dropped to all-time low levels last year due to lockdown. These pollutants are spewed out in high levels by engines, industry, […]

UK’s ‘longest-suffering Covid patient’ who has been in hospital for a YEAR vomits every day


A coronavirus survivor thought to be Britain’s longest-suffering patient has been left vomiting every day.  Jason Kelk, 49, from Leeds, was rushed to hospital with a chest infection last April, which turned out to be Covid.  The primary school IT teacher, who has not left the hospital since, was transferred to intensive care and hooked […]

Hooked on the ANXIETY pills experts are calling the new VALIUM


Sharon Davies has a simple message for anyone whose GP recommends they start taking the drug pregabalin to deal with anxiety. ‘Don’t,’ she says. ‘Please, just don’t.’ During the two years she spent on the drug, Sharon experienced a range of ‘unbearable’ side-effects, including dizzy spells, mental ‘fuzziness’ and extreme weight gain. Then, in July […]

Should you ignore the food traffic lights?


You see them on food packets — red, amber and green colours that are supposed to depict whether the food you are putting in your basket is healthy — or not. Introduced in 2013 by the Food Standards Agency, the traffic light colours are assigned for levels of fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. The […]

How your tears may soon help save your life


Here’s a good reason to start crying with happiness: your tears could soon save your life by providing an early warning of cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. In future, they may even predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And tears are not the only bodily secretions that are being used in a new generation of […]

I had a mole removed out of vanity, only to be told I had a rare blood cancer


‘I am so grateful that I got that silly little cyst removed — it saved my life,’ says Laura, 28, a chartered legal executive from Long Eaton, Derbyshire Laura Windsor thanks her lucky stars that a moment’s vanity helped save her life. It was only after she decided to get an unsightly cyst on her […]

Men’s loneliness linked to an increased risk of cancer — ScienceDaily


A recent study by the University of Eastern Finland shows that loneliness among middle-aged men is associated with an increased risk of cancer. According to the researchers, taking account of loneliness and social relationships should thus be an important part of comprehensive health care and disease prevention. The findings were published in Psychiatry Research. “It […]

Tiny miracles saved by surgery in the womb


There could barely be worse news for a mother-to-be to receive. And because of pandemic regulations, Becky had to hear it alone. ‘The sonographer said: ‘I’m so sorry, there’s something seriously wrong with your baby and she is in imminent danger,’ ‘ the 28-year-old recalls. ‘I couldn’t stop crying.’ What should have been a routine mid-pregnancy […]

In mice, therapy based on natural molecules improves lung function — ScienceDaily


A new treatment is among the first known to reduce the severity of acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by the flu in animals, according to a new study. Tests in mice infected with high doses of influenza showed that the treatment could improve lung function in very sick mice and prevent progression of disease in […]

Smokers attending A&E will be handed vaping ‘starter packs’ in Government-funded trial


Smokers attending A&E will be handed vaping ‘starter packs’ in Government-funded trial to see if it helps them kick the habit Initiative at five NHS hospitals will see smokers at A&E units offered e-cigarettes  Research shows e-cigarettes can be a useful tool to help people quit tobacco  Devices are controversial as people can become addicting […]

Can ANYTHING cure my fear of needles? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions 


I am very scared of needles, is there anything I can do to prevent myself from fainting? Brian Lewis, Cardiff. Rest assured, you are not alone. Trypanophobia, to give a fear of needles its proper name, is very common and I have much experience in counselling patients who are affected by it. Up to ten […]

Israel investigates Pfizer vaccine recipients who reported inflammation of the heart after 62 cases


Israel is investigating a small number of cases of heart inflammation among people who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer coronavirus jab.  Health officials said 62 out of 5million people given the American-made vaccine developed myocarditis, the medical name for swelling in the heart.  Pfizer said it has not seen a higher rate of the condition […]

Covid England and Wales: Flu and pneumonia now killing almost as many, ONS data shows


Flu and pneumonia are now killing almost as many people as coronavirus, official figures revealed today as the outbreak continues to fade away. Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis showed the illnesses were listed as the underlying cause of death for 265 victims in England and Wales in the week ending April 16. For comparison, […]

Having type 2 diabetes in middle age could double dementia risk, study finds


People who develop type 2 diabetes before they turn 60 could double their risk of developing dementia in old age, a study has claimed. French scientists found that dementia at age 70 was twice as likely if someone had been diagnosed with diabetes 10 years earlier. The risk was also increased for people who got […]

Study links hydraulic fracking with increased risk of heart attack hospitalization, death — ScienceDaily


The Marcellus Formation straddles the New York State and Pennsylvania border, a region that shares similar geography and population demographics. However, on one side of the state line unconventional natural gas development — or fracking — is banned, while on the other side it represents a multi-billion dollar industry. New research takes advantage of this […]

Espresso, latte or decaf? Genetic code drives your desire for coffee — ScienceDaily


Whether you hanker for a hard hit of caffeine or favour the frothiness of a milky cappuccino, your regular coffee order could be telling you more about your cardio health than you think. In a world first study of 390,435 people, University of South Australia researchers found causal genetic evidence that cardio health — as […]

the best time trade-offs for children’s health — ScienceDaily


More sleep could offset children’s excess indulgence over the school holidays as new research from the University of South Australia shows that the same decline in body mass index may be achieved by either extra sleep or extra exercise. The striking new finding is part of a study that shows how children can achieve equivalent […]

Stress slows the immune response in sick mice — ScienceDaily


The neurotransmitter noradrenaline, which plays a key role in the fight-or-flight stress response, impairs immune responses by inhibiting the movements of various white blood cells in different tissues, researchers report April 28th in the journal Immunity. The fast and transient effect occurred in mice with infections and cancer, but for now, it’s unclear whether the […]

Awakening ‘ghosts’ in patients with Parkinson’s, a powerful diagnostic tool — ScienceDaily


Scientists are developing a completely new ‘brain stress test’ for evaluating the mental status of patients with Parkinson’s disease, the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease worldwide. It involves awakening the ‘ghosts’ hidden in specific networks of the brain to predict the onset of hallucinations. “We’re developing something similar to a cardiac stress test, but instead […]

‘Jelly’ that could renew damaged knee joints


An injection of jelly could help treat worn-out joints. Scientists hope the jab, using jelly found in donated umbilical cords, will stimulate the growth of cushioning cartilage once injected into the knees of patients with osteoarthritis. Tests on animals suggest the jelly — called Wharton’s jelly — can potentially reverse damage to joints caused by […]

HEALTH NOTES: Surfing the web comes of age in lockdown


HEALTH NOTES: Surfing the web comes of age in lockdown as study finds it boosts mental health of older people By Mail on Sunday Reporter Published: 17:01 EDT, 24 April 2021 | Updated: 17:01 EDT, 24 April 2021 Surfing the web boosted the mental health of older people during lockdown. A University of Surrey study found […]

If I’m too old to have HRT, how can I stop night time sweats? DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions


I am 74 and suffering terribly with night sweats. The doctor says there is nothing she can do as I am too old for HRT. Night sweats are one of the most common symptoms of the menopause, related to the drop in fertility hormones. But the menopause is not always to blame.  Night sweats can, […]

Changing views on atherosclerosis — ScienceDaily


Peter Libby, MD, cardiovascular medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; author of a new review paper published in Nature. Atherosclerosis — hardening of the arteries — is now involved in the majority of deaths worldwide, and advances in our understanding of the biology of […]

Having a sweet tooth could lead to heart disease and death in middle age, study finds


Having a sweet tooth could lead to heart disease and an early death, a study has suggested. University of Oxford scientists tracked 116,000 people’s eating habits for up to 15 years and checked whether they had been admitted to hospital or died.  They found people who regularly indulged in chocolate bars and sugary drinks were more […]

More belly weight increases danger of heart disease even if BMI does not indicate obesity — ScienceDaily


People with abdominal obesity and excess fat around the body’s mid-section and organs have an increased risk of heart disease even if their body mass index (BMI) measurement is within a healthy weight range, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association published today in the Association’s flagship journal, Circulation. “This scientific […]

Major study details numerous long-term effects of COVID-19, pointing to massive health burden — ScienceDaily


As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it has become clear that many survivors — even those who had mild cases — continue to manage a variety of health problems long after the initial infection should have resolved. In what is believed to be the largest comprehensive study of long COVID-19 to date, researchers at Washington […]

Covid England: Cases fall in EVERY age group as daily death rate drops to 18


Coronavirus cases have fallen in every age group in England and just 18 deaths were announced across Britain today, according to more promising data that strengthens the argument for easing lockdown sooner.  Public Health England’s weekly Covid surveillance report found rates of the virus were down in all age groups for the third week in […]

Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales


Covid is no longer the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time since October and the number of people falling ill with the virus is at its lowest level on record, according to statistics which strengthen the argument for a quicker easing of lockdown. Office for National Statistics figures published […]

Covid-19: Medical research charities lose nearly £300million since start of the pandemic


Medical research charities have lost nearly £300million since the start of the Covid pandemic, MPs were told today. Experts fear the blackhole will threaten the development of future treatments for all diseases, including dementia and heart disease.  The Association of Medical Research Charities, which represents more than 150 non-profit organisations, has now appealed for emergency funding. […]

Glasgow woman’s legs erupt in blood-filled blisters ‘after getting AstraZeneca Covid vaccine’


A mother has claimed her legs erupted into painful blood-filled blisters that ‘merged together’ after receiving AstraZeneca‘s coronavirus vaccine. Sarah Beuckmann, from Glasgow, said she suffered flu-like symptoms after getting her first dose in mid-March — a very common side-effect. But the 34-year-old began to feel a tingling sensation in her legs just a week later […]

Wildfire smoke linked to skin disease — ScienceDaily


Wildfire smoke can trigger a host of respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms, ranging from runny nose and cough to a potentially life-threatening heart attack or stroke. A new study suggests that the dangers posed by wildfire smoke may also extend to the largest organ in the human body, and our first line of defense against outside […]

Disrupted sleep is linked to increased risk of early death, particularly in women — ScienceDaily


For the first time, a study has shown a clear link between the frequency and duration of unconscious wakefulness during night-time sleep and an increased risk of dying from diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and death from any cause, particularly in women. The study of 8001 men and women, which is published today […]

Ky aktivitet relaksues mund të zvogëlojë rrezikun e sëmundjes së zemrës deri në 35 për qind


Sa shpesh bëni banjë? Ne mendojmë se mjaft rrallë. Banjat ndjehen si një kënaqësi e madhe duke pasur parasysh kohën dhe ujin që kërkojnë. Tani, megjithatë, mund të keni një justifikim më të mirë për t’u çlodhur në vaskë: Ka prova që të bëni banjë rregullisht mund të zvogëlojë rrezikun e sëmundjes së zemrës. Një […]