Health and Living

Babies’ cold recovery ‘all in the nose’

Babies who are born with a wide variety of bacteria in their nose are more likely to recover quickly from their first cold, research suggests. It is hoped the findings may help in the fight against the common cold.

Dec 06 2018

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How long do I retain immunity?

You are probably immune to some of these illnesses. But it is difficult to be definitive about the duration of immunity, because definitive studies, known as challenge studies, are rarely conducted.

Dec 06 2018

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Night shifts may be recipe for diabetes

Women who work rotating night shifts and also have unhealthy lifestyle habits may be much more likely to develop diabetes than peers with only one of these risk factors, a large study suggests.

Dec 06 2018

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Seven ways to keep exercising in the cold, dark winter months

Whether it is undertaking the NHS Couch to 5K plan or signing up to a marathon, having a goal can give shape and structure to an exercise routine. Whatever your motivation and fitness level, there are numerous events (many of them free) that you can enter.

Amy Sedghi, Dec 06 2018

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Ageing and the elderly

It is natural for everyone to expect to be happy and healthy in the later parts of life. We all dream of an old age without dependence or incontinence, but with good health and grace. Anyone living in any part of the world should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Dr Ramesh Kandel, Dec 06 2018

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Do high-cholesterol foods raise your cholesterol?

Foods high in cholesterol, like eggs or cheese, can raise blood cholesterol levels, though the effect is relatively modest and varies from person to person. The best evidence available suggests that saturated fat, rather than dietary cholesterol per se, is the major contributor to serum cholesterol.

Nov 29 2018

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ICU stay can lead to depression

Patients who are treated in an intensive care unit (ICU) and survive are at increased risk of depression, a new study suggests. And depression in ICU survivors was linked with a higher risk of death in the next two years, researchers found. More than half of former ICU patients reported symptoms of psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression and PTSD, according to the study published in Critical Care.

Nov 29 2018

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Excess weight increases asthma risk

Children who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for asthma, researchers report.

Nov 29 2018

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Loved ones with health-care decision-making power often over-confident

People entrusted with decision-making for incapacitated loved ones tend to believe they know what their loved ones would choose—but the vast majority of surrogate decision-makers in a recent study were wrong about loved ones’ wishes.

Linda Carroll, Nov 29 2018

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Dealing with trauma key to breaking addiction

What’s your poison, people sometimes ask, but Gabor Maté doesn’t want to ask what my poison is, he wants to ask how it makes me feel. Whatever it is I’m addicted to, or ever have been addicted to, it’s not what it is but what it does—to me, to you, to anyone.

Joanna Moorheads, Nov 29 2018

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Workplace bullying tied to heart problems

People who are bullied or exposed to violence on the job may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than individuals who don’t deal with these challenges at work, a European study suggests.

Nov 22 2018

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Psoriasis associated with sexual dysfunction

People with psoriasis may be at increased risk of sexual dysfunction, particularly when they also suffer from mood disorders or arthritis, a research review suggests.

Nov 22 2018

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Peanut allergy treatment ‘in sight’

Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study has shown. None of nearly 500 four- to 17-year-olds from the US and Europe could tolerate even a 10th of a peanut dose. But after taking tiny daily doses for a year, two-thirds could tolerate at least two whole peanuts.

Nov 22 2018

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Western lifestyle may cause blood pressure to rise

A western lifestyle might be the reason blood pressure tends to rise with age, according to a study of remote tribal communities.

Nicola Davis, Nov 22 2018

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How can we unleash the immune system?

Cancer has an insidious talent for evading the natural defenses that should destroy it. What if we could find ways to help the immune system fight back?

DENISE GRADY, Nov 22 2018

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