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BRCA gene mutation ‘doesn’t affect breast cancer survival’

BRCA gene mutation ‘doesn’t affect breast cancer survival’

Image copyright Getty Images Young women treated for breast cancer have the same survival rates regardless of whether they have the BRCA gene mutation, a study suggests. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by four-to-eightfold. The study of 2,733 British women also found a double mastectomy did not […]

Cycling does not harm men’s sexual health, study says

Cycling does not harm men’s sexual health, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Cycling does not negatively affect men’s sexual health or urinary function, a study has found. Researchers compared cyclists with runners and swimmers and found their sexual and urinary health was comparable. The findings contrasted with previous studies that suggested cycling could negatively affect men’s sexual function, the study’s authors said. They […]

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Pfizer’s decision will affect research into drugs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs […]

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Media captionJustin Bartholomew’s family are calling for energy drinks regulation An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent. Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions. She said Justin Bartholomew’s family were “convinced” his intake of more than 15 cans a day […]

Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

Image copyright Getty Images At least two-thirds of those who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers, even if only temporarily, research suggests. Data from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand found 60.3% of people had tried smoking and an estimated 68.9% of those progressed to a daily habit. The study’s authors said […]

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The once-a-week pill would look much like any other regular drug capsule Human trials of a once-a-week oral pill for HIV could start, after successful tests in pigs, claim US scientists. The slow-release tablet could free patients from having to take daily medication, they say. It looks like a […]

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting more than four hours in Scotland’s accident and emergency units reached record high levels in the last week of the year. The latest weekly figures show that just 78% of patients across Scotland were seen within the target time. This was well below the Scottish government’s […]

Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals discuss merger plans

Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals discuss merger plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Basildon, Southend and Broomfield Hospitals could become one single trust Three hospital trusts are to discuss merger proposals that would create one of the largest NHS trusts. The boards of Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals in Essex will meet on Wednesday to approve the formal start of the process. […]

Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Image copyright Getty Images Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests. Researchers found that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, looked at […]

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images The new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of […]