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Flu jabs during pregnancy ‘help protect child’

Flu jabs during pregnancy ‘help protect child’

Babies are less likely to get flu if their mothers have had the vaccine during pregnancy, a US study says.Researchers examined 1,169 women from an American Indian tribe, finding it reduced infections by 41% in the first six months of life. The study by the …

Wii-type games linked to sprains

Wii-type games linked to sprains

Interactive electronic games such as the Nintendo Wii are producing their own brand of player injuries, doctors report.A conference in San Francisco heard that movements involved in interactive play were leading to strains and sprains in feet, shoulders and ankles.Wild swings of the console’s remote …

Contraceptive coil raises hope of delaying womb cancer

Contraceptive coil raises hope of delaying womb cancer

European experts are hopeful that the coil contraceptive device could be used to delay womb cancer.Promising early trial findings show an intrauterine device (IUD) can deliver hormones to the womb lining to halt and even reverse cancer growth. This can buy young women with the …

Breastfeeding ‘prevents baby infections,’

Breastfeeding ‘prevents baby infections,’

Exclusive breastfeeding for six months wards off baby infections, further evidence suggests.Regardless of other factors, such as good healthcare and vaccination programmes, breastfeeding still gives babies a boost, say Greek researchers. They say it is the composition of breast milk that helps babies fight infections.The …

Mid-life crisis begins in mid-30s, survey says

Mid-life crisis begins in mid-30s, survey says

Work and relationship pressures make the mid-30s the start of many British people’s unhappiest decade, a survey suggests.Of the 2,000 people quizzed, more aged 35 to 44 said that they felt lonely or depressed than in other age groups.The survey also suggested that busy parents …

City life ‘boosts bug resistance’

City life ‘boosts bug resistance’

People from traditionally urban areas could be genetically better suited to fighting infection, say researchers.The University of London team looked at how many people carried a specific gene variant known to give them resistance to TB and leprosy. It was more common in those from …

Migraine cause ‘identified’ as genetic defect

Migraine cause ‘identified’ as genetic defect

Scientists have identified a genetic defect linked to migraine which could provide a target for new treatments.A flawed gene found in a family of migraine sufferers could help trigger the severe headaches, a study in Nature Medicine suggests. Dr Zameel Cader of the University of …