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Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:10:52 GMT

US scientists develop sensors to allow doctors to follow their patients' progress away from the clinic.

Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:14:43 GMT

Even unsweetened drinks are acidic and should not be drunk between meals, researchers say.

'Mini-tumours' created to battle cancer

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:22:56 GMT

The lab-grown versions made from a patient's cancer can predict whether drugs will actually work.

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:08:49 GMT

Scientists hail "good news for patients" as analysis finds 21 drugs reduce symptoms of depression.

India doctors remove world's 'largest brain tumour'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:43:23 GMT

The patient had been living for three years with the 1.8kg tumour, which was larger than his head.

Red wine compound 'could help tooth decay and gum disease fight'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:09:11 GMT

Polyphenols found in red wine helped fend off harmful bacteria in the mouth, a study finds.

FaceTime chat 'saves woman's life'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:18:25 GMT

Woman notices her sister is suffering from a stroke while they spoke on a FaceTime call.

WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:26:52 GMT

There was a four-fold increase in cases in 2017 compared with the previous year.

Partially paralysed man blinks to communicate

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:52:07 GMT

Simon Field might not be able to move but he can still communicate, by blinking.

Ovarian cancer: Persistent tummy bloating can be sign, charity warns

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:30:11 GMT

Only a third of women would see a doctor despite it being a major symptom, a survey suggests.

Mitsutoki Shigeta: 'Baby factory' dad wins paternity rights

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:45:56 GMT

The Japanese man can now pursue custody of 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers.

A third of UK adults 'underestimate calorie intake '

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:02:21 GMT

A new analysis of the nation's diet reveals we are generally poor on judging how much we eat.

Iceland's mooted circumcision ban sparks religious outrage

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:50:36 GMT

Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders condemned the move, calling it an attack on religious freedom.

Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:45:19 GMT

Differences were found in blood proteins between children with and without autism, a study says.

How baby stroke survivors' brains adapt

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:43:11 GMT

They use the right sides of their brain for language instead of the normal left side.

Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:25:06 GMT

Many cases of seemingly sporadic ovarian cancer might actually be inherited from paternal genes.

Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:44:03 GMT

Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested.

Lena Dunham undergoes hysterectomy after chronic pain

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:40:40 GMT

The Girls star reveals the pain of endometriosis led her to have surgery to remove her womb.

Ultra-processed foods 'linked to cancer'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:48:17 GMT

French researchers studied effects of highly-processed foods, such as cakes, bread and chicken nuggets.

World Hacks: Putting your leftover pills back to work

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:17:36 GMT

An app in Greece is helping people donate their leftover drugs to those who can't afford to buy them.

What you need to know about fruit tea

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:09:03 GMT

Sipping acidic fruit teas between meals can wear away teeth, a study shows – and it's not the only thing.

'Anti-depressants help me function'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:21:45 GMT

Scientists say more people could benefit from taking pills to reduce the symptoms of acute depression.

Alfie Evans' father: 'My son's been sentenced to the death penalty'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:00:32 GMT

The parents of a boy with a mystery illness lose a fight in the High Court for doctors to continue life support.

Cancer drugs could help Nikki's blood vessel disorder

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:38:24 GMT

Scientists uncover faulty genes behind a rare blood vessel disorder and say cancer drugs could treat it.

How Malawi reduced infant mortality

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:31:53 GMT

Every year 2.6m babies around the world don't survive beyond a month but Malawi's number is dropping.

'I forgot my mum had died'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:26:44 GMT

After waking from a coma following a brain injury, Peter was forced to grieve all over again.

What you need to know about bread

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:06:12 GMT

Ultra-processed foods have been linked to cancer - so should we be worried about eating bread?

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:51:05 GMT

The compounds are called malacidins and can kill several stubborn infections, including superbug MRSA.

Cold open water plunge may provide instant pain relief

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:46:26 GMT

Doctors suggest a short, sharp cold water swim may offer an alternative to strong painkillers.

On anti-depressants

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:31:30 GMT

People with a history of depression tell the BBC about their experiences of taking anti-depressants

Boozy brain

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:25:58 GMT

What do we know about the risks of dementia from drinking alcohol?

Dishing the dirt

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:38:16 GMT

Lots of us use wipes to keep our kitchen surfaces clean. But is it worth it?

Lest they forget

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:43:45 GMT

Counting and remembering ever school shooting to stop US becoming 'desensitised'.

Life after Ebola

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:37:36 GMT

The legacy of the virus which spread through three West African countries.

Mum's Twin-To-Twin Transfusion Syndrome action call

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:49:52 GMT

Mum recounts losing one twin in the womb while other survived

Sexual pain

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:14:07 GMT

One woman's story of a decade of wrongly diagnosed sexual pain has inspired a play - and with it, the hope that other women with sexual dysfunction can be helped.

Guilt over miscarriage

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:02:38 GMT

Three women and one man describe the shock, guilt and distress of losing a baby through miscarriage.

Menstruation taboo

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:37:26 GMT

How a traditional final rites ritual exposed a generational divide.

Over-training osteoporosis

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 06:57:15 GMT

Bobby Clay reveals how over-training led her to develop osteoporosis but she's now back running.

Mind control

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:05:37 GMT

Controlling machines using thought can be used in medicine, gaming, transport and many other sectors.

Personality disorder

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 07:19:53 GMT

Mental health: I lost two jobs because my Borderline Personality Disorder was misdiagnosed.