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Sun ‘stops chickenpox spreading’

Exposure to sunlight may help impede the spread of chickenpox, claim researchers.The University of London team found chickenpox less common in regions with high UV levels, reports the journal Virology. Sunlight may inactivate viruses on the skin, making it harder to pass on.However, other experts …

Marathon training ‘may pose a heart risk’

Marathon training ‘may pose a heart risk’

Doing extreme endurance exercise, like training for a marathon, can damage the heart, research reveals.MRI scans on 40 athletes training for challenging sporting events like triathlons or alpine cycle races showed most had stretched heart muscles. Although many went on to make a complete recovery …

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 …