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Spice drug fights stroke damage

Spice drug fights stroke damage

A drug derived from the curry spice turmeric may be able to help the body repair some of the damage caused in the immediate aftermath of a stroke.Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are preparing to embark on human trials after promising results …

Looking at body can reduce pain

Looking at body can reduce pain

Contrary to many people’s compulsion to look away during a painful event such as an injection, scientists found that looking at your body – in this case the hand – reduces the pain experienced. The team also showed that magnifying the hand to make it …

Botox ‘little help’ for migraines

Botox ‘little help’ for migraines

There is “limited evidence” for using botox to treat migraine, say experts.The anti-wrinkle jab, which costs about £276 per injection, has been licensed in the UK and US as a preventative treatment for chronic cases.But a review of evidence by the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin …

Lack of sleep ‘bad for health’

Lack of sleep ‘bad for health’

The risk of developing heart disease can increase by as much as 48% if a person does not get enough sleep, University of Warwick scientists say.A long period of sleep shortage increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to scientists.They found most people …

Sleepwalking ‘linked to chromosome fault’

Sleepwalking ‘linked to chromosome fault’

Scientists believe they have discovered the genetic code that makes some people sleepwalk.By studying four generations of a family of sleepwalkers they traced the fault to a section of chromosome 20. Carrying even one copy of the defective DNA is enough to cause sleepwalking, the …

Healthy diet ‘boosts childhood IQ’

Healthy diet ‘boosts childhood IQ’

Eating chips, chocolate and cake may be damaging to a child’s intelligence, according to researchers at Bristol University.Their study suggests a link between a diet high in processed foods and a slightly lower IQ.Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, they suggest poor …

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 …