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Sleep Behaviours Linked to Brain Disorders

Friday 30th July 2010

People who kick or lash out during sleep could be at an increased risk of developing dementia or Parkinson’s disease, according to new research. The new report, published in the journal Neurology, also showed that the rapid eye movement and brain activity of sleepers who kicked or lashed out during sleep dramatically varied from their peacefully sleeping counterparts. Researchers hope that spotting the sleep behaviours could help to signal brain disorders decades before symptoms manifest.


Virginity Repair Surgery Demand Soars

Saturday 31st July 2010

The number of women undergoing NHS-funded hymen replacement operations has soared during the last four years, according to official figures released by the health service. The figures echo reports that demand for the cosmetic procedure has soared in private clinics, particularly among Muslim women.


Diabetes Prescriptions Up By 40%

Sunday 1st August 2010

The number of prescriptions to treat diabetes has risen by more than 40% in just five years according to a new NHS report. The NHS Information Centre also reported that providing the extra medication had cost the NHS an additional £150 million. Experts warn that the cost of caring for diabetes could continue to increase as an increasing number of people are expected to develop the life-threatening condition, year-on-year.


Wireless Diabetes Monitor Under Development

Thursday 29th July 2010

A new blood-sugar measuring implant is under development that will constantly monitor glucose levels and transmit the information wirelessly. The groundbreaking new device could be inserted into the torso of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to instantly alarm patients when their blood sugar is dangerously high or low.


New Research Explains Teen Sleep Problem

Tuesday 27th July 2010

The grumpy teenager who holes themselves up in their bedroom is a well known teen stereotype, however new research shows that this behaviour could be less laughable and more practical than previously believed - after scientists have found that teens who spend their summer nights socialising out-doors may be more likely to develop sleeping problems.


Labelling People Fat Could Prompt Weight Loss

Wednesday 28th July 2010

Labelling people 'fat' instead of 'obese' could prompt weight loss, according to Public Health Minister, Anne Milton - who has urged doctors to be blunt with overweight patients in a bid to shame obese patients into losing weight.


Probiotics Reduce Infant Allergies

Monday 26th July 2010

Pregnant and breast-feeding mothers who supplement a healthy diet with probiotic supplements could reduce their child's risk of developing eczema by more than 40%, according to new research. A report published in the British Journal of Dermatology shows that consuming probiotics seemed to reduce the severity of eczema in children who already suffered the allergic skin disorder.


New Nose Plug For Sleep Apnoea

Sunday 25th July 2010

A new nose plug is being developed that restricts airflow during sleep and could be used to cure snoring and to treat mild sleep apnoea. The new nose plug works by using a valve to allow air to enter the nostrils but snaps shut to restrict the amount of air that is exhaled - causing the remaining air to flow into the throat and airways where it forces muscles that line the throat and airways to resist from closing


Good Diet Cuts Cancer Risk

Saturday 24th July 2010

Eating a diet that is low in omega-6 fatty acids could reduce the risk of developing cancer, according to new research. A new study suggests that cutting vegetable oil, corn oil, corn-fed red meat and other foods that are rich in omega-6 oils could prevent as many as one in every three cancer deaths.


Quitting Smoking Improves Oral Health

Friday 23rd July 2010

Quitting smoking could reduce levels of unhealthy oral bacteria in patients with chronic gum disease, according to new research. The new report, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, claims that stopping smoking could also increase levels of healthy oral bacteria.


Sleep Problem Linked to Heart Disease

Thursday 22nd July 2010

People who suffer from severe obstructive sleep apnea could be at increased risk of developing heart disease later in life, according to a new report published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.


Another Celebrity Hair Loss 'Fashion Victim'

Monday 19th July 2010

TV presenter Tamara Beckwith has been pictured with bald patches at the side of her head that could have been caused by excessively using hair extensions. The blonde 'it girl' is one of many celebrities, including super-model Naomi Campbell, whose balding hair has created a media stir.


Growing Buzz About New Anti-Ageing Procedure

Sunday 18th July 2010

Cosmetic experts are buzzing about a popular new treatment that uses electrical currents to reduce the appearance of age. The anti-ageing treatment exercises facial muscles and stimulates the production of collagen in the skin which, cosmetic surgeons claim, makes the face appear fuller and much more youthful. But - to the surprise of many, the treatment comes in the form of a pot of cream for home-use and is not a clinic-based electrical facelift.


Obese and Lean Men are Tastes Apart

Saturday 17th July 2010 

Obese people respond to the taste of fat in a different way than their slimmer counterparts, new research shows. A report released at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour showed that obese people were less likely to be able to taste fat - perhaps explaining why they found it more difficult to moderate their dietary fat intake.


Eye Lash Hair Transplant Trend

Friday 16th July 2010

Experts warn that wearing false eyelashes or lash extensions could badly damage natural eye lash follicles following reports that a growing number of women are undergoing specialist hair transplants to fill balding areas along the natural lash-line.


Nutty New Diabetes Treatment

Thursday 15th July 2010

Cashew nuts are a popular snack-food but researchers claim that the nutty diet staple could also be used to improve the body's insulin response to diabetes. Scientists at the University of Montreal claim that cashew nut extracts may have anti-diabetic properties that could be used to develop future treatments for the disease.


Cherry Juice Boosts Sleep

Wednesday 14th July 2010

Drinking cherry juice could help insomniacs to sleep better, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Rochester, New York, found that drinking natural, unsweetened cherry juice before going to bed resulted in insomniacs getting up to  17 minutes more shut-eye than normal.


Desk-work Linked to Chocolate Cravings

Tuesday 13th July 2010

Scientists have found that desk-bound workers are more likely to crave sweet treats that widen the waist-line. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen claim that the stress of working at our computers affects blood sugar levels, causing the brain to believe that it must replace calories quickly. Researchers claim that watching TV and playing computer games could also trigger the same cravings for calorie-rich treats including chocolates, cake and biscuits.


Weight Loss Pills Dont Work Experts Claim

Monday 12th July 2010

Weight loss pill simply don't work and should be banned, according to German researchers at the University of Gottingen Medical School, who have found that slimmer's using placebo pills lose as much weight as people using one of nine popular slimming supplements.


Smelling Jasmine Improves Sleep

Sunday 11th July 2010

Forget sleeping pills - a whiff of jasmine could be just the thing to promote a good night's sleep, according to new research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. German researchers found that a nose-full of fragrant florals helped to relieve anxiety and improve sleeping patterns of individuals who had long suffered sleep disorders.


Diabetes Drug Faces Ban

Saturday 10th July 2010

A drug used to treat type 2 diabetes could be banned following concern that it could increase the risk of heart disease in patients. Experts fear that the diabetes drug, Avandia, which has been prescribed to thousands of Britons could raise the risk of heart disease by up to 60%.


Super Model Shows Hair Loss

Wednesday 30th July

Supermodel Naomi Campbell usually makes headlines because of her good looks - however the 40 year old has been the subject of much discussion after images have surfaced showing that the model seems to be balding as she prepared for a photo-shoot.


Gene-Mutation Asthma Research Unveiled

Thursday 1st July

Researchers have identified a genetic mutation in a protein linked to the immune system that could help further improve treatments for asthma. scientists reporting in the European Journal of Human Genetics claim that a protein that determines whether immune cells are needed could be over-produced in asthmatic people, exacerbating asthma attacks.


Cycle Yourself Slimmer

Friday 2nd July 2010

Slimming experts are advising people to "get on your bike" in order to shed excess pounds after new report from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that pre-menopausal women who walked briskly or cycled regularly were less likely to become obese.


Dental Gel Could Replace Fillings

Saturday 3rd July 2010

Scientists in France claim that a new gel could be used to replace dental fillings. The researchers explain that a new bio-material gel could be inserted into dental cavities to successfully encourage tooth tissue to regenerate. The discovery could enable thousands of people to bypass the dreaded dental drill.


Good Sleep Improves Memory

Sunday 4th July 2010

Getting a good night's sleep could improve your memory, according to new research. Psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis explain that sleep improves prospective memory - or our ability to recall things we have planned to do.


Diabetic Treatment Not Impeded by Vision Loss

2nd July 2010

Visually impaired people can use insulin pens to control diabetes just as well as their fully sighted counterparts, new research shows. Insulin pens currently carry a warning advising that vision-impaired individuals may not be able to correctly use the life-saving equipment. However, a study carried out by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing showed that vision-impaired people were able to use the pen without incident after following audio instructions.


Healthy Diet Could Slow Vision Loss

4th July 2010

Eating a healthy nutrient-rich diet could slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, according to new research. Scientists at the Tufts University in Boston found that eating low GI foods that allowed the body to steadily research energy instead of spiking blood sugar levels, seemed to protect against the blinding eye disease.


Dieting Wonder-Drug Under Development

Monday 5th July 2010

British scientists have discovered a chemical that suppresses the appetite naturally that could be used to develop a dieting 'wonder-drug' that would help slimmers to battle the bulge by blocking unhealthy cravings.


Happier Teens Sleep Longer

Tuesday 6th July 2010

Just 30 minutes of extra sleep a night could make teenagers feel much happier, according to new research. A study published by scientists in Rhode Island found that teenagers who benefitted from a slighter longer sleep span were more alert in class and ate healthier breakfasts.


School Water Campaign for Continence

9th July 2010

During the warm days of the summer, many of us will be drinking more water and other drinks to quench our thirst and to cool us down. In our offices, most of us take it for granted that we can go and get a drink when we want one.


High Meat Diet Linked to Osteoporosis

Thursday 8th July 2010

Older women who eat a high protein, low carbohydrate diet could be increasing their risk of developing osteoporosis, according to new research. Researchers at Purdue University found that post-menopausal women who followed protein rich diet plans, such as the Atkins diet, were more likely to lose weight and develop the bone-wasting disease.


Allergic Reaction to a Kiss Hospitalises Teen

Wednesday 7th July 2010

A teenage girl was hospitalised after having a severe allergic reaction to nuts after kissing her boyfriend who'd had a nutty cereal for breakfast. Laura Kukic, 14, was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment after her face began to swell dramatically and she felt unable to breathe. The teenager is now using her shocking experience to warn others with nut allergies to take greater care