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Hair Growth Gene Identified

Monday 31st May 2010

Scientists in Sweden have been able to identify a gene that causes and regulates hair growth. Researchers claim that activating the newly identified gene could lead to increased hair growth. It is hoped that the research could be key to developing a form of gene therapy that could cure male pattern baldness and other hair loss conditions.

Robotics Improves Vasectomy Reversal

Sunday 30th May 2010

Using robotics to assist vasectomy reversal could speed up the procedure and further improve the treated patient's chances of fathering a child, experts claim. Experts explain that using robotic-assisted vasectomy could lead to the body being able resume producing sperm in high concentrations, quicker than is normal for recovered patients - increasing the likelihood of conceiving naturally.

Emergency Contraception Measures Could Reduce Abortions

Saturday 29th May 2010

An NHS drug rationing body has said that an advance supply of the morning-after pill should be available to young women and teenage girls. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) says that women under 25 years of age should be able to buy emergency contraception in advance from pharmacies. The move is one of many new measures proposed by the institute in a bid to reduce levels of unwanted pregnancies.

Sound Waves Soothe Dentist Fears

Friday 28th May 2010

New sound emitting technology has been developed that can be used to calm patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist, experts claim. Designed by neuro-scientists, the technology soothes anxious patients by transmitting sound frequencies to the brain that slows brain waves into a relaxed state. Experts believe that the treatment could reduce anxiety by as much as 50%.

Have you checked your child’s school toilets? 

28th May 2010

Recent research carried out by the national charity ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) has highlighted the importance of the standard of school toilets and their value to the health and wellbeing of our children. 

Yoghurt Could Prevent Allergies

Thursday 27th May 2010

New research suggests that eating pro-biotic yoghurt could reduce the severity of allergies including asthma. Researchers believe that yoghurt and other pro-biotic rich foods could lessen allergies by switching off the body's inflammatory immune response.

Stem Cells Could Grow Dental Implants

Tuesday 25th May 2010

People who have lost some or all of their adult teeth could benefit from a new stem cell technique that could see new teeth grow in an empty dental socket, researchers claim. Research, published in the Journal of Dental Research, suggests that implanting a model tooth made of natural materials that have been steeped in stem cells could develop and grow into a functioning tooth in as little as nine weeks. Researchers claim that the tooth produced may better fit the mouth than conventional dental implants.

New Born Blood Test Detects Allergies

Monday 24th May 2010

A new blood test could predict whether new born babies are likely to develop allergies as they grow older, researchers claim. Immunologists at the University of Adelaide, Australia explain that a protein present in a new born's immune cells could be key to predicting their allergy risk factor. The research could lead to early diagnosis and treatment of allergies including hay fever, eczema, asthma, food allergies and more in thousands of children across the world.

Fast Food Facial Filler

Sunday 23rd May 2010

A type of algae used to preserve fast food treats including ice cream and pies has found a new application - as an anti-ageing facial filler. The natural algae is used as an ingredient in the shaping agent Novabel which is growing in poularity with middle aged and older women who are opting for anti-ageing cosmetic surgery. The natural sea algae derived filler can be used to fill lines and to re-contour cheekbones.

New Method to Detect Food Allergies

Saturday 22nd May 2010

A new method to diagnose food allergies has been unveiled following research that suggests that an increasing number of people may incorrectly believe that they suffer from food allergies. Researchers at America's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warn that unreliable skin tests could be responsible for 25% of Americans wrongly believing that they suffer from food allergies.

Food Cravings Damage Health

Friday 21st May 2010

Researchers in Australia claim that food cravings could damage more than the waistline. Scientists at Flinders' University, Melbourne, claim that obsessing over a sweet treat could cause memory lapses and breaks in concentration that could increase the risk of accidents occurring.

High Fat Foods Aggravate Asthma

Wednesday 19th May 2010

Eating high fat, high energy meals could aggravate asthma and impede the effectiveness of asthma relieving medication, researchers claim. Researchers at the University of Newcastle, New South wales, Australia found that eating high fat meals could inflame the airways and lead to increased incidence and severity of asthma attacks.

Art Therapy Treats Asthma

Monday 17th May 2010

Art therapy could improve the quality of life of children with severe asthma, researchers claim. Researchers at National Jewish Health explain that creating artwork can allow children with asthma to better express their concerns about the condition whilst also calming children who are understandably anxious about suffering an asthma attack. Researchers now hope that art therapy could be used by physicians and families to help children to manage asthma.

Mid Life Sleep Crisis

Sunday 16th May

Middle aged men could suffer a mid life sleep crisis as their body's testosterone levels begin to dwindle, researchers claim. Researchers at the University of Montreal explain that after reaching 30 men's testosterone levels start to decrease and could badly affect their sleep patterns by the age of 40. The researchers suggest that middle aged sleepers may be able to sleep for fewer hours and may not be able to sleep as deeply as they would have previously enjoyed.

Calcium Could Prevent Obesity

Saturday 15th May 2010

A High intake of calcium in infancy could reduce the risk of becoming obese in later life, researchers claim. Researchers at North Carolina State University made the discovery when studying calcium intake in new born pigs. The researchers found that newborn pigs who were given increased levels of calcium were much slimmer in adulthood that their calcium deprived counterparts. The findings could be key to fighting growing levels of global obesity

Dental Visits To Become Less of a Pain

Friday 14th May 2010

A visit to the dentist could be about to get much more pleasant, if new research is to be believed. Research, published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceuticals, suggests that a nasal spray could be used to replace the much loathed dental anaesthetic jab. Researchers claim that their findings indicate that nasal sprays could be used to treat dental pain, migraines and more.

Fat Tax to Fight Obesity

Thursday 13th May 2010

The Food standards Agency is considering taxing junk food in order to fight growing levels of obesity. The planned "fat tax" would increase the cost of processed foods, sugary drinks, chocolate, crisps and more - operating in the same way as taxes on alcohol and tobacco.

New Research into Asthma Risk

Sunday 9th May 2010

New research suggests that children living near railways or by motorways or busy roads may be at an increased risk of developing asthma. The research, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, highlights the importance a child's neighbourhood environment has on their asthma risk. The findings follow news that living in a high crime neighbourhood can almost double a child's asthma risk.

Fast Weight Loss Has Better Results

Saturday 8th May 2010

News research suggests that 'crash dieting' could be the key to long term weight loss. Researchers at the University of Florida claim that people who lose weight slowly and steadily are less likely to maintain their new slim line shape than dieters who make dramatic lifestyle changes in order to lose weight quickly.

Laser Liposuction Under Scrutiny

Friday 7th May 2010

Medical experts are preparing to meet and discuss the benefits and negatives of 'fat melting' laser assisted liposuction. The meeting, called "Laser Lipoplasty - Hype or Useful Tool?" will investigate the safety and effectiveness of the popular body contouring procedure, following growing concern over safety and training issues. The treatment is currently the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the Us and is growing in popularity in the UK.

Sleepless Night Increases Diabetes Risk

Thursday 6th May 2010

Researchers in the Netherlands warn that even one sleepless night could lead to the start of insulin resistance behaviours linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. The researchers claim that as sleep problems and shorter sleep patterns have increased over the past ten years, so too have the reported cases of insulin resistance. Researchers explain that this worrying trend shows that insulin sensitivity is not fixed in even the healthiest of people.

Celebrity Doctor Admits Hair Transplant

Wednesday 5th May 2010

Dr Christian Jessen, star of channel 4 series Embarrassing Bodies, has admitted that he underwent a hair transplant operation - and is more than happy with the results. Dr Jessen told Closer magazine that he had the operation over one year ago to thicken his hair and improve..

New Life Saving Asthma Awareness Campaign

Tuesday 4th May 2010

New research from Asthma UK warns that most adults would not help a child suffering from an asthma attack – because they would not know how to help. Asthma UK has found that up to 88% of 2,200 adults surveyed would not help a child in the throes of a serious asthma attack. The alarming news has been released today in order to mark World Asthma Day.

Sleep Disturbances Linked to Autism

Monday 3rd May 2010

New research shows that autistic children with sleep disorders may exhibit an increased number of challenging daytime behaviours. Researchers at the Autism Speak's Autism Treatment Network suggests that treating sleep disorders such as night terrors could be key to treating and reducing problem behaviours in children with autism or aspberger's syndrome.

Crime Linked to Asthma

Sunday 2nd May 2010

Researchers warn that living in an area where crime levels are high can increase childhood asthma. Researchers from the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago explain that exposure to violence and stress can worsen a child's asthmatic symptoms. The research will be presented, in full, at the meeting of the Paediatric Academic Societies in Canada later this year.

Sleep Could Prolong Life

Saturday 1st May 2010

New research suggests that regularly getting a good nights sleep could improve the length and quality of your life. Researchers at the University of Warwick and the Federico II University in Naples claim that individuals who sleep for 6-8 hours per night are more likely to live longer and to enjoy better health. The news sparks alarm that chronic sleep problems may reduce the life spans of individual sufferers, depriving them of more than just a good nights sleep.