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Painkillers linked to increased heart risk

Painkillers linked to increased heart risk

Taking certain painkillers daily for some years carries a small increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research has suggested.The findings relate to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen prescribed long-term to treat painful conditions such as arthritis. People taking them now and again are at …

Swine flu offers ‘extraordinary super immunity’

Swine flu offers ‘extraordinary super immunity’

People who recover from swine flu may be left with an extraordinary natural ability to fight off flu viruses, findings suggests.In beating a bout of H1N1 the body makes antibodies that can kill many other flu strains, a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine …

Music ‘boosts good mood chemical’

Music ‘boosts good mood chemical’

Music releases a chemical in the brain that has a key role in setting good moods, a study has suggested.The study, reported in Nature Neuroscience, found that the chemical was released at moments of peak enjoyment. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal said it was …

Hair colour predicted from genes

Hair colour predicted from genes

Scientists say they have developed a way to predict a person’s probable hair colour using markers in their DNA.The study paves the way for a forensic test that could estimate the hair colour of a suspect from DNA left at a crime scene. The information …

Teen heart risks ‘can be tackled’

Teen heart risks ‘can be tackled’

Health campaigns targeted at teens could help reduce their risk of heart problems as adults, a study suggests.Concerns have been raised that warning signs like high cholesterol are being seen in the young, laying the foundation for future health problems. But the study of more …

Getting your hands dirty may be route to happiness

Getting your hands dirty may be route to happiness

As millions of workers drag themselves back into the office to contemplate another 12 months of drudgery, many will be wondering if they are in the right job. Writer and mechanic Matthew Crawford thinks a lot of us would be better off trading in our …

Splitting tablets ‘may be risky’

Splitting tablets ‘may be risky’

Splitting pills could lead to patients taking the wrong doses, a study suggests.Researchers from Ghent University in Belgium said there could be “serious clinical consequences” for patients. Tablets which have a narrow margin between a dose that is therapeutic and one that is toxic are …

Experts claim to discover ‘root cause’ of male baldness

Experts claim to discover ‘root cause’ of male baldness

  Experts say they have discovered what they believe is the root cause of male pattern baldness.It is not simply a lack of hair, but rather a problem with the new hair that is made.A manufacturing defect means the hair produced is so small it …

Babies ‘cry in mother’s tongue’

Babies ‘cry in mother’s tongue’

  German researchers say babies begin to pick up the nuances of their parents’ accents while still in the womb.The researchers studied the cries of 60 healthy babies born to families speaking French and German. The French newborns cried with a rising “accent” while the …

People with a busy social life ‘have bigger amygdala’

People with a busy social life ‘have bigger amygdala’

People with a busy social life appear to have more volume in a specific part of the brain, scans show.Research in Nature Neuroscience suggests the area – the amygdala – may have evolved to handle social networks. In a study of 58 people, taking into …

Alternative remedies ‘dangerous’ for kids says report

Alternative remedies ‘dangerous’ for kids says report

Alternative remedies can be dangerous for children and even prove fatal if taken instead of conventional drugs, according to a new study.The report warns of possible adverse reactions in youngsters who are given alternative remedies. Researchers say parents sometimes think remedies are “more natural” with …

Test for early Alzheimer’s ‘seems possible’

Test for early Alzheimer’s ‘seems possible’

UK experts say they may have found a way to check for Alzheimer’s years before symptoms appear.A lumbar puncture test combined with a brain scan can identify patients with early tell-tale signs of dementia, they believe.Ultimately, doctors could use this to select patients to try …

Fatty diet linked with higher death risk

Fatty diet linked with higher death risk

Older people who follow healthy diets may live longer, a study suggests.Research in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found those who ate a low-fat diet that contained lots of fruit and vegetables lowered their risk of dying over 10 years.The study compared the …

‘Chocolate cough remedy’ in sight

‘Chocolate cough remedy’ in sight

A chemical in cocoa could soon be turned into a medicine for persistent cough, researchers claim.Scientists are carrying out the final stages of clinical trials of a drug that contains theobromine, an ingredient found in chocolate and cocoa.The UK developers say the drug could be …

Dairy foods ‘could help prevent diabetes’

Dairy foods ‘could help prevent diabetes’

A natural substance found in dairy products appears to protect against diabetes, say researchers.Trans-palmitoleic acid is present in milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter but cannot be made by the body. A study of over 3,700 people found higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid was linked with …