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Potential Breakthrough In Finding Cure For Alzheimers Disease

A newly discovered drug could bring scientists and medical researchers closer than ever to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The promising results come from a phase I study and involve a drug called Aducanumab; an antibody that works by clearing away the built up toxic proteins found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Researchers

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Body image: Why it’s not just an issue for girls

Eating disorders and body image issues are typically associated with girls, particularly teenagers. However, a new survey has revealed that teenage boys are just as concerned about diet and exercise as girls, with as many as 55% of eight-18 year olds saying they would change their diet in order to ‘look better’. These findings have

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Why a hot bath could be good for you

Enjoying a long soak in a hot bath could be as beneficial to health and burn just as many calories as a bout of low-intensity cardio, recent research has found. Many of us have felt the benefits of a relaxing hot bath after a long day. However, these new findings would suggest that baths are

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How genes could help treat cancer and heart disease

A new discovery by scientists has found that certain effects of genes could help in the treatment of cancer and heart disease, by being able to modify blood supply. The gene is related to the growth of blood vessels and could see the development of new treatments to help patients combat the diseases in different

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Red hair and skin cancer: Could you be at risk?

With temperatures finally increasing after what feels like a very long winter, a lot of our focus turns to sun protection. Protecting skin from sun damage should be a concern for everyone, but new research from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and University of Leeds has found that those who carry the red hair gene

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Chlamydia: What Do I Need To Know?

Researchers have made significant progress in finding a vaccine for Chlamydia, new studies have revealed. This would be a medical first according to the Canadian scientists who have developed the vaccine prototype. These findings have been published in the medical journal, Vaccine, and have proven that laboratory mice have been able to fight off the

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Increase in number of heart failure cases demands more investment

Heart Failure is a condition that affects around 900,000 people in the UK. Research shows that the number of patients coming to hospital with an incurable condition has risen by over a third in the last ten years. This condition can affect people of different ages, sometimes leaving patients unable to continue their everyday activities-

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Coping With Hay Fever Symptoms

Hay fever is an allergy to pollen and is one of the most widespread allergies in the UK, affecting up to 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives. It’s a complex allergy which people may develop early or later in life, and different people will have allergies to different types of pollen.

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Cervical Screening Awareness Week – 13-19 June

Cervical Screening Awareness Week begins on Monday and runs until 19th June. The week serves as an important reminder for women across the UK and beyond to keep up to date with their smear tests. Did you know that cervical cancer is almost 100% preventable, and 75% of cases can be prevented by screenings? So

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The Link Between Pandemics And The Earth’s Health

We recently discussed the way in which climate change could be damaging our health, focusing on current evidence from phenomena such as flooding, to what we can do to prevent it. A couple of weeks ago, a new field of study, planetary health, has been announced linking pandemics to environmental change, particularly as they spread

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