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Female Smokers More Likely to Kick the Habit by ‘Timing’ Their Quit Date with their Menstrual Cycle

June 01, 2016

Women who want to quit smoking may have better success by carefully timing their quit date with optimal days within their menstrual cycle, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results, published online this month in Biology of …

Payday Lenders to Offer Elective and Cosmetic Surgery Loans

Medical experts warn a push by payday lenders into loans for elective and cosmetic surgery could lead to a rise in risky procedures and put people’s health at risk.
Lenders are looking for new revenue streams following a crackdown into the sector by the corporate regulator.
MoneyMe, which was set up two years …

The Baby Business – Four Corners

May 31, 2016

As this program shows, there are concerns, even from industry insiders, that some women undergoing IVF don’t actually need it. Others warn against the practice of upselling – where women are sold expensive and unproven treatments that one doctor says is akin to snake oil.And disturbingly, they also have concerns …

Promoting Low-Fat Diets has ‘Disastrous Health Consequences’, Report Finds

May 25, 2016

Urging people to follow low-fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences”, a British health charity has warned.
In a damning report that accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food industry, the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration call for a “major …

Ulcerative Colitis Patients May Benefit from Fecal Transplantation

The results of a trial presented at a meeting this week show that 1 in 4 patients with ulcerative colitis found their symptoms disappeared and their gut linings had healed or substantially improved after receiving fecal microbiota transplantation – without the use of steroids.
The findings feature at Digestive Disease Week …

DIY Sampling Kits Accessed Through Gay Men’s Social Media Unearth New HIV Cases

Offering DIY sampling kits for HIV using online dating apps and social media targeting gay men, successfully unearths previously undiagnosed cases of the infection, reveals an evaluation of the first large-scale dedicated service in the UK, published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Furthermore, this approach catches most men before …

Research Suggests New Contributor to Heart Disease

Medical professionals have long known that the buildup of plaque in arteries can cause them to narrow and harden, potentially leading to a whole host of health problems—including heart attack, heart disease and stroke. While high blood pressure and artery stiffness are often associated with plaque buildup, new research from …

Scientists Pioneer a Breakthrough Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment

May 22, 2016

In a development that could lead to a new generation of drugs to precisely treat a range of diseases, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have for the first time designed a drug candidate that decreases the growth of tumor cells in animal models in …

Scientists Clone Zika for Vaccine Race

May 18, 2016

US scientists have cloned the Zika virus – an important step towards fast-tracking a vaccine against the disease.
The man-made copy is a replica of the strain that is spreading across the Americas and has been linked to brain deformities in newborn babies.
In tests at the University of Texas, the clone …

China, India Face Huge Mental Health Burden: Study

China and India are home to more than a third of people with mental illness, but only a tiny fraction of them receive medical help, according to studies released Wednesday.
There are more people in the world’s two most populous nations coping with mental, neurological and substance use problems than in …

Pro-Inflammatory Gut Bacteria Levels Higher in Children with MS

While the diversity of gut bacteria in children with multiple sclerosis appears to be no different than that of children without the condition, children with multiple sclerosis have more gut microbes linked to inflammation and fewer considered to be anti-inflammatory. This is the conclusion of a new study published in …

This Chart Shows How you Will Probably Die, and it’s Changed a Lot in 100 Years

May 13, 2016

These charts give you a pretty good clue of how you’d die if you kicked the bucket tomorrow.
Falling rates of death from cardiovascular disease have led to a 15 per cent drop in the overall number of years lost through early death, new research from the Australian Institute of Health …