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Peanut allergy diagnosis ‘higher in boys’

Peanut allergy diagnosis ‘higher in boys’

Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with a peanut allergy than girls, research has found.The study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by Edinburgh University researchers analysed 2005 data from over 400 English GP practices. Children from higher income homes also appeared …

One in eight women will get breast cancer

One in eight women will get breast cancer

A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has risen to one in eight from one in nine, according to Cancer Research UK.The charity’s figures show that breast cancer rates in the UK have increased by 3.5% in 10 years, from 42,400 new cases in 1999 …

Mobiles pose health risk, says govt panel

Mobiles pose health risk, says govt panel

NEW DELHI: Radiation from mobile phones and towers poses serious health risks, including loss of memory, lack of concentration, disturbance in the digestive system and sleep disturbances, according to an inter-ministerial committee formed by the ministry of communications and information technology to study the hazards …

Dogs can sniff out bowel cancer

Dogs can sniff out bowel cancer

A Labrador retriever has sniffed out bowel cancer in breath and stool samples during a study in Japan. The research, in the journal Gut, showed the dog was able to identify early stages of the disease.It has already been suggested that dogs can use their …

Walking ‘can boost your memory’

Walking ‘can boost your memory’

Walking for 40 minutes a few times a week is enough to preserve memory and keep ageing brains on top form, research shows.Moderate exercise increased the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain that makes memories, in 120 volunteers.The year-long trial, published in …

Managers are heavier drinkers than manual workers

Managers are heavier drinkers than manual workers

People in managerial jobs drink more than their counterparts in manual jobs, official statistics show.The annual Lifestyle Survey, published by the Office for National Statistics reflects the habits of UK adults in 2009. Average weekly alcohol consumption for managers was 13.5 units, compared with 10.7 …

Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’

Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’

Getting less than six hours sleep a night can lead to an early grave, UK and Italian researchers have warned.They said people regularly having such little sleep were 12% more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who got an “ideal” six to …

Diabetes cured by weight loss operation

Diabetes cured by weight loss operation

Steven Greggains is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of his HGV.Just a few weeks ago, his licence was under threat because of his type 2 diabetes.He wasn’t allowed to drive while taking insulin to control his condition.As a result, he was obese, …

Parents ‘do not recognise obesity in their children’

Parents ‘do not recognise obesity in their children’

Childhood obesity is a growing problem, but parents are often surprised, even angry, when told that their child is too heavy.In this week’s Scrubbing Up, consultant paediatrician Professor Mary Rudolf, who advises the government on obesity, asks why it is so difficult to recognise when …

Drug reduces lung cancer deaths

Drug reduces lung cancer deaths

Drugs used to treat breast cancer may also be useful in tackling lung cancer, according to research in Switzerland.The study, published The Cancer Journal, showed that anti-oestrogens reduced the number of deaths from lung cancer. The authors said the research, if backed up, could have …

Genetics ‘has role in friendship’

Genetics ‘has role in friendship’

Researchers in the United States say they have uncovered tentative evidence of a genetic component to friendship. Using data from two independent studies, they found carriers of one gene associated with alcoholism tended to stick together. However, people with another gene linked with metabolism and …

Antioxidants may help improve male fertility

Antioxidants may help improve male fertility

A review of existing data found, compared with controls, a couple was more likely to have a pregnancy or live birth if the man took certain vitamins or other antioxidants. Researchers from The Cochrane Library looked at trials of more than 1,000 couples at fertility …

Smoking ’causes damage in minutes’

Smoking ’causes damage in minutes’

Smoking damages the body in minutes rather than years, according to research in the US.The report, published in Chemical Research in Toxicology, shows that chemicals which cause cancer form rapidly after smoking. Scientists involved in the small-scale study described the results as a stark warning …

A big breakfast doesn’t reduce calorie intake

A big breakfast doesn’t reduce calorie intake

It’s a myth that eating a large breakfast means consuming fewer calories during the day, according to researchers in Germany.The study, published in Nutrition Journal, showed that people still eat the same amount at lunch and dinner.The scientists suggest reducing breakfast calories could help people …

Taking regular breaks from desk ‘good for the heart’

Taking regular breaks from desk ‘good for the heart’

Taking lots of breaks from sitting at a desk is good for the waistline and heart health, research suggests.Even breaks as short as a minute – to stand up, move around or climb stairs – are of benefit, says a study. The European Heart Journal …