Health


	Chronic illness increases likelihood of attempting suicide
Chronic illness increases likelihood of attempting suicide

Young people with asthma, diabetes and Crohn's disease are three times more likely to attempt suicide, a study reveals.

An analysis on data from 5,000 people aged 15 to 30 revealed mental illness is far higher among those with chronic illnesses.

Experts say it is likely due to a lack of access to psychiatric care to help young people deal with their illnesses.

The researchers urge public health officials to see these results ...

August 19, 2017


	Artificial womb used to incubate a lamb for second time
Artificial womb used to incubate a lamb for second time

Researchers have successfully used an artificial womb to incubate a fetal lamb for the second time. 

The feat offers fresh hope for the future of care for premature babies, as experts hope this fluid-filled plastic bag could help them develop their organs and grow. 

It was first performed by researchers in Philadelphia earlier this year. Now scientists in Australia have replicated the device.

In the latest study, fetal lambs ...

August 19, 2017


	Stressed women more likely to miscarry UCL study claims
Stressed women more likely to miscarry UCL study claims

Women with a long history of stress are up to 42 percent more likely to have a miscarriage, a new study claims.

There have been schools of research done to examine the links between stress and pregnancy, but the evidence linking it to miscarriage is conflicting.  

Miscarriage is the most common pregnancy complication and occurs before 24 weeks into a woman's gestation in around 20 percent of pregnancies. 

But that statistic i...

August 19, 2017


	Medical experiments on Caribbean slave plantations
Medical experiments on Caribbean slave plantations

In the natural course of events, humans fall sick and die. Patients hope for miraculous remedies to restore their health.

We all want our medicines to work for us in wondrous ways. But how are human subjects chosen for experiments? Who bears the burden of risk? What ethical brakes keep scientific enthusiasm from overwhelming vulnerable populations? Who goes first?

Today, the question of underrepresented minorities in medical experi...

August 19, 2017


	Mom who gave birth in US and UK compares healthcare
Mom who gave birth in US and UK compares healthcare

There are some things that America does better than England – enthusiasm, for one. And there are some things that England does better than America – like bacon. 

A few years ago, my husband, Ben, got offered a job in Denver, Colorado, so we packed up our London flat and moved to the Mile High City. Whilst living out there, I gave birth to our firstborn, Josh, in 2013. 

We moved to Poole, Dorset in the UK shortly afterwards and, two...

August 19, 2017

Is Turmeric Good for You? Yes, but It's Complicated.
Is Turmeric Good for You? Yes, but It's Complicated.

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Few foodstuffs have had scientists scratching their heads in wonder over its potential more than the widely-lauded spice called turmeric. Native to Southeast Asia and a cousin to ginger, the big fuss isn’t necessarily about the exuberantly-hued turmeric itself, but a component within called curcumin — a phytochemical scientists found to have powerful antioxidant...

August 19, 2017

Can One Simple Nutritional Change Make You More Productive?
Can One Simple Nutritional Change Make You More Productive?

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That being said, there may be a simple nutritional trick to help you become more productive at work, and it’s all about your blood sugar levels.

A well-fueled brain is an attentive, efficient and hardy brain.

The result is a sharp spike in blood sugar from the donut, which soon crashes and leaves your blood sugar as low as it was before. Oatmeal, on ...

August 19, 2017

Blood Test May Find Cancer Before Symptoms Start
Blood Test May Find Cancer Before Symptoms Start

Researchers say they have taken a big step towards developing a test that can tell people if they have cancer long before the first symptoms show up.

The blood test detected the majority of cancers in people with four of the biggest cancer killers: breast, colon, lung and ovarian cancer, the team at Johns Hopkins University said.

The test is a long way from being used to screen for cancer, but the study shows a way to get ther...

August 19, 2017

States Work To Keep Opioid Epidemic From Splitting Up Families
States Work To Keep Opioid Epidemic From Splitting Up Families

After Raven Mosser gave birth six years ago, she woke up to a social worker in her hospital room. Her newborn son had been born exposed to opioids — drugs she had been abusing for years. If she didn’t get clean, she was at risk of losing him.

Mosser, 26, is one face of the nation’s opioid crisis. But the epidemic is also touching a much younger set of victims: children whose parents have substance abuse problems, who are increasingly ...

August 19, 2017

Meningitis B Killed Their Daughters. Now These Moms Have a Message
Meningitis B Killed Their Daughters. Now These Moms Have a Message

In 2013, Emily Stillman, then a 19-year-old student at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, called home complaining about a headache. By the next day, she was dead.

When the hospital called to say Emily was in a coma, her brain swollen from bacterial meningitis, her mother didn't believe it, because she assumed her daughter had been fully vaccinated.

But Emily had a rarer strain of meningitis, serotype B, for which there was no appr...

August 19, 2017

How Vacationing at a Farm Sanctuary Changed My Urban Perspective
How Vacationing at a Farm Sanctuary Changed My Urban Perspective

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Add my husband’s schedule to the mix and you get a very coordinated, timeworn dance that conveys the ennui of today’s working population.

“In no other intervention in health care and anything that we do, do we have stimulation of all of those senses in one shot,” she said.

When we arrived at Farm Sanctuary — after a seven-hour drive, two spent sittin...

August 19, 2017


	Incredible technique allows scientists to erase memories
Incredible technique allows scientists to erase memories

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to an incredible new technique devised by scientists.

The technique allows researchers to selectively erase particular memories, using light.

While it has only been tested in mice so far, the team believes that it may offer new insights into how PTSD and specific phobias may be better treated.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could soon be a ...

August 18, 2017


	'Angelina’ BRCA gene carriers should cut back on broccoli
'Angelina’ BRCA gene carriers should cut back on broccoli

Mutated BRCA genes - famously carried by the Hollywood actress - significantly raise the risk of ovarian and breast forms of the disease.

And new research suggests eating avocado, asparagus and broccoli, which are abundant in folate, could make cancer even more likely.

Folate causes the body to produce a cancer-causing compound that can 'lethally damage' the DNA of mutated cells, early trials show.

This, deemed irreparable, m...

August 18, 2017


	Children who skip breakfast miss out on crucial nutrients
Children who skip breakfast miss out on crucial nutrients

It's something nutritionists have been banging on about for years. 

But now a study has provided even clearer evidence: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

The research by King's College London found that starting the morning with a meal is particularly important for teenagers and children.

Young people who skip breakfast could leave themselves open to severe issues with development, that could affect them...

August 18, 2017


	Girl diagnosed with brain tumor after 'period pains'
Girl diagnosed with brain tumor after 'period pains'

When Haley Flatt reached 10, she started to getting extreme migraines that would leave the side of her face numb.

Doctors said they were just side effects from her period, which had started early. But her mother Tinisha Lairson thought something was wrong.

On June 12, 2014, Haley woke up and couldn't get out of the top bunk of her bed.

Her mother took her to the hospital and demanded them to do a brain scan.

The scan sh...

August 18, 2017


	Scientists control body movements of mice with magnetism
Scientists control body movements of mice with magnetism

Researchers have used magnetism to activate tiny groups of cells in the brains of mice, inducing bodily movements such as running, rotating and loss of control of the extremities. 

The technique, which uses magnetic nanoparticles to stimulate neurons, is a remote, minimally invasive way to trigger activity deep inside the brain, turning specific cells on and off to affect the body.

The achievement could lead to advances in studyin...

August 18, 2017


	Snake bite leaves Georgia girl fighting for her life
Snake bite leaves Georgia girl fighting for her life

A twelve-year-old girl had to fight for her life after a timber rattlesnake bit her in the leg while she was playing at a friend's house in Georgia.

Cecillia Gonzalez was playing near a creek in her friend Peyton Gillian's yard on Saturday when she fell into a tree. 

Her fall landed her right in striking distance of a timber rattlesnake, a venomous snake that is native to the southeast of the US.

Peyton alerted an adult who i...

August 18, 2017


	NHS chief is sacked after Carry On sex ring row
NHS chief is sacked after Carry On sex ring row

Sir Leonard Fenwick, 70, claimed last night that he had been the victim of a witch-hunt.

Sir Leonard Fenwick, 70, the health service's longest-serving chief executive, claimed last night that he had been the victim of a witch-hunt.

He was accused of bullying, abusive behaviour and misusing resources at Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust.

After an eight-month investigation, during which he continued to receive ...

August 18, 2017


	Sperm cells created in lab may cure male infertility
Sperm cells created in lab may cure male infertility

Around 1 in 500 men have an extra X or Y chromosome, which disrupts their sperm production. 

Using male mice, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London created multi-purpose stem cells – which can be used to create any type of cell – from ear tissue.

These were treated to become sperm cells. Injected into the mouse’s testes, they became fully functioning sperm, allowing the mice to fertilise females.

Using male mice...

August 18, 2017


	Eight-week-old baby dies of sepsis in Dudley
Eight-week-old baby dies of sepsis in Dudley

Emma George, 24, had taken Felicity to a hospital urgent care centre

A grief-stricken mother told yesterday how she woke up to find her eight-week-old daughter dead from sepsis – hours after being ‘fobbed off’ by an out-of-hours doctor.

Emma George, 24, had taken Felicity to a hospital urgent care centre after the baby, who had been born premature, had a temperature, was not feeding and was becoming difficult to rouse.

But Mr...

August 18, 2017