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Catching a yawn ‘a family matter’

Catching a yawn ‘a family matter’

Contagious yawning may show the closeness of your relationships rather than your tiredness, say scientists.The act of yawning gets more blood flowing around the brain. The fact that it is contagious has never been fully explained, but one theory suggests it is linked to empathy …

Chicken liver food poisoning link

Chicken liver food poisoning link

Over 90% of cases of a common form of food poisoning seen this year were due to people eating undercooked chicken liver pate, often at weddings, infection experts have said.The Health Protection Agency (HPA) analysed 18 outbreaks of Campylobacter in 2011 across England. In all, …

Too many headers ‘can damage the brain’

Frequently heading a football can lead to brain injury, warn doctors who say they have found proof on brain scans.Imaging of 32 keen amateur players revealed patterns of damage similar to that seen in patients with concussion. There appears to be a safe cut off …

Sugared beverages raise heart, diabetes risks for women

Sugared beverages raise heart, diabetes risks for women

  Drinking two or more sugared beverages daily could not only bloat a woman’s waistline but also elevate the risk of heart disease and diabetes.Researchers compared middle-aged and older women who drank two or more sugared beverages such as carbonated sodas or flavoured water with …

Fibre and whole grains ‘reduce bowel cancer risk’

Fibre and whole grains ‘reduce bowel cancer risk’

Eating more cereals and whole grains could reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer, a BMJ study says.Researchers from Imperial College London found that for every 10g a day increase in fibre intake, there was a 10% drop in the risk of bowel cancer. But …

Doctor trials laser treatment to change eye colour

Doctor trials laser treatment to change eye colour

A US doctor is trying to pioneer a laser treatment that changes patients’ eye colour.Dr Gregg Homer claims 20 seconds of laser light can remove pigment in brown eyes so they gradually turn blue. He is now seeking up to $750,000 (£468,000) of investment to …

English-style diet ‘could save 4,000’

English-style diet ‘could save 4,000’

Eating like the English could save 4,000 lives a year in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a study claims.People in England eat more fruit and vegetables and less salt and fat, reducing heart disease and some cancers, say Oxford University experts. A tax on fatty …

Breast cancer link to small amount of alcohol

Breast cancer link to small amount of alcohol

Regularly drinking even a small quantity of alcohol could increase the risk of breast cancer, say researchers.A study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested that between three and six small glasses of wine a week was linked to a 15% increase …

Mobile phone brain cancer link rejected

Mobile phone brain cancer link rejected

Further research has been published suggesting there is no link between mobile phones and brain cancer.The risk mobiles present has been much debated over the past 20 years as use of the phones has soared. The latest study led by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology …

Pill ‘lowers ovarian cancer risk’

Pill ‘lowers ovarian cancer risk’

Women who take the Pill for 10 years almost halve their risk of ovarian cancer, according to a study.But experts say this must be balanced against the risk of breast cancer, which is higher in women on the Pill. For every 100,000 women on the …

Study finds link between swine flu and stillbirth

Study finds link between swine flu and stillbirth

Babies born to mothers who contracted the swine flu virus faced a much greater risk of being stillborn, according to a new study.Baby deaths among women infected with the 2009 strain of the virus were five times higher than normal. There was also a greater …

Veg ‘lowers genetic heart risk’

Veg ‘lowers genetic heart risk’

People who are genetically susceptible to heart disease can lower their risk by eating plenty of fruit and raw vegetables, a study suggests.It says five or more daily portions should be enough to counteract culprit versions of a gene on chromosome 9, thought to be …

Vitamin pills ‘may shorten life’

Vitamin pills ‘may shorten life’

When it comes to vitamins, it appears you could have too much of a good thing, say researchers who report a link between their use and higher death rates among older women.Experts have suspected for some time that supplements may only be beneficial if a …

Weight loss plan ‘lacks evidence’

Weight loss plan ‘lacks evidence’

‘Nudging’ people to lose weight by thinking about their lifestyle shows little evidence of success, an analysis of published data suggests.It showed the step-by-step behavioural approach used in hospitals and clinics led to an average weight loss of 2kg or less. The report, by The …

Children’s packed lunches ‘lack fruit and veg’

Children’s packed lunches ‘lack fruit and veg’

Parents are failing to put enough fruit and veg into their children’s packed lunches, health experts have warned.The School Food Trust, which examined 3,500 packed lunches in England in 2009, says about 40% of lunchboxes do not contain any fruit or vegetables, compared with 10% …