Healthy Habits ‘Deliver Extra Disease-Free Decade’

Women can gain 10 and men seven years of life free of cancer, heart problems and type-2 diabetes from a healthy lifestyle, a study in the BMJ suggests. They must exercise regularly, drink in moderation only, have a healthy weight and good diet and not…

Bacterial Allies Make Dengue Fever Cases Dive

Recruiting a bacterial ally that infects mosquitoes has led to huge reductions in cases of dengue fever, trials around the world show. Wolbachia bacteria make it harder for the insects to spread the virus, rather than kill them off. Researchers say the findings are a…

AI May Help To Spot Heart Problems

A new way of identifying a common condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly may have been discovered by artificial intelligence. Atrial fibrillation affects one million people in the UK and increases the risk of stroke and long-term heart problems. It is relatively simple…

‘Rewiring Nerves’ Reverses Hand And Arm Paralysis

Nerves inside paralysed people’s bodies have been “rewired” to give movement to their arms and hands, say Australian surgeons. Patients can now feed themselves, put on make-up, turn a key, handle money and type at a computer. Paul Robinson, 36 from Brisbane, said the innovative…

Measles Record Means US Could Lose Elimination Status

The number of US measles patients has reached a record high and may cause the nation to lose its “measles elimination status”, US health officials say. Sixty new cases were reported in the past week, bringing this year’s total to 971 cases in 26 US…

Heart Scan ‘Could Pick Up Signs Of Sudden Death Risk’

Scientists say a new scan technique could identify people at risk of collapsing and dying suddenly from a hidden heart condition. Normally, in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, signs of structural changes in the heart can only be picked up after death. But University of Oxford…

What Causes Heart Palpitations?

Seemingly out of nowhere, it feels like your heart is skipping beats. Or, as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute further describes, it’s “fluttering, pounding, or beating too hard or too fast.” You’re not sure what to think and it freaks you out. You…

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