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Eczema Cure – A Step Closer

  The latest dermatological research suggests that scientists are getting closer to finding an eczema cure. This breakthrough comes after researchers discovered that a deficiency of a certain protein in the natural barrier of the skin is the cause of the uncomfortable condition. Historically, eczema rashes have been treated and managed with moisturisers and steroid

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HIV Treatments Showing Signs Of Success

  Improvements in HIV treatment means that young people diagnosed with HIV may now have near-normal life expectancies, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal. This news comes after a research team at the University of Bristol studied data from 18 North American medical investigations into HIV-1 – the world’s most

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Prostate Cancer – New Targeted Therapy

  A newly developed blood test could help target treatment for men in the advanced stages of prostate cancer. In recent years, genetic testing has become more common in cancer treatment as it can be used to tailor treatment to individual patients. This new test will help by identifying men who do not respond well

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Vitamin B12 – Best Sources and Why It’s Important

  Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin that can be found in many different food types. This vitamin is needed for many bodily processes and works by keeping nerves and red blood cells healthy. So what makes Vitamin B12 so important, and how you can get more of it in your diet?   Why

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Health Checks – Don’t Miss Out!

  NHS research has shown that patients with learning disabilities in England are missing out on essential health checks including cancer screening, blood pressure checks and mental health assessments. The report observed and compared the activities of patients both with and without learning disabilities from GP practices across the UK. NHS guidelines recommend that people

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Back Injuries: What You Should Know

Back injuries are a common problem, with most people suffering from back pain at some point in their life. The causes are relatively numerous and it is often difficult to find the cause and a definitive treatment that works for everyone. The most common causes of back injuries or back pain come from bad posture,

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Reducing HIV Risk – Drug to be used by NHS

A drug which greatly reduces the risk of contracting the HIV virus is going to be available to NHS patients in England. It is believed that wider access to the drug, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), will have a dramatic effect in reducing HIV risk across the country. How PrEP Works PrEP is a highly effective pill

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New Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s Treatment

Alzheimer’s disease is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales, overtaking heart disease for the first time. With people living longer and the UK having a larger population of older people, Alzheimer’s becomes an increasing health priority. A new drug could provide a significant breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, offering

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The flu vaccine: Who’s eligible?

  Flu season has begun once again. For most of us, flu is unpleasant, uncomfortable, and miserable at best, but for others it can be potentially dangerous. It is for this reason that so many of us have access to a free flu vaccine. Those who are eligible include members of at-risk groups and those

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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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