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HIV drugs should be given at diagnosis, trial suggests

HIV drugs should be given at the moment of diagnosis, according to a major trial that could change the way millions of people are treated. People currently get antiretroviral therapy only when their white blood cell levels drop. But a US-led study has now been cut short as early treatment was so beneficial for patients. […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Obesity in adolescence linked to bowel cancer risk, says study

Being overweight in adolescence is linked to a greater risk of bowel cancer later in life, a study suggests. Researchers followed nearly 240,000 Swedish men for 35 years. The analysis, published in the journal Gut, showed overweight teenagers went on to have twice the risk of bowel cancer. The figures were even higher in obese […]

May 27th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

How was your weekend running?

My Facebook feed is full of beautiful photos of race scenery, my Twitter feed this morning is full of race kit pictures for the Bupa 10km, yesterday I spotted several people walking from the tube with Westminster mile medals. I feel a bit jealous, but my weekend was just back to normal: track session Saturday […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Does paracetamol do you more harm than good?

You have a headache after a glass of wine too many. Your back aches from another day hunched over a keyboard. That old shoulder injury is playing up again. What do you do? There is a good chance that you will reach for the unglamorous white pills lurking in your medicine cabinet. Paracetamol is the […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

When raising awareness backfires

The Petrified Forest National Park, in the desert wilderness of Arizona, is famous for its fossilised wood, the remains of trees millions of years old. It’s also famous for people carting off chunks of that wood as souvenirs, gradually transforming an area of heart-stopping natural beauty into thousands of crappy ornaments. So when a team of psychologists […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Is it worth it? Yoga

What is it? An exercise, originating in ancient times, that focuses on strength and flexibility and… actually, look, it’s yoga. Everyone knows what yoga is. There’s a type of trouser named after it, for God’s sake. That’s how ubiquitous it is. How much does it cost? Many gyms run free classes, or you can pay […]

May 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Unregistered surrogate-born children creating ‘legal timebomb’, judge warns

The failure by parents to register the majority of children born through surrogacy agreements has created “a ticking legal timebomb”, a high court judge has said. Addressing a conference on the rapid expansion in the number of surrogate births, Dame Lucy Theis said that without a court-sanctioned parental order and improved international legal frameworks children […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Could caffeine help you run better?

Over the past 400 years, caffeine has become an almost essential part of everyday life in the western world. Found naturally in over 60 species of plants, for most of us it’s synonymous with the morning ‘pick-me-up’ coffee or a necessary means of sharpening the senses during a particularly drowsy afternoon. It’s believed that 90% […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Sunscreen lotions failing protection tests, says Which?

Two of the UK’s most popular brands of sunscreen lotion do not offer as much sun protection as they claim, according to the consumer organisation, Which? It is advising consumers not to buy the products, both of which are labelled as sun protection factor (SPF) 30. One of them is made by Boots; the other […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »

Elderly people who exercise ‘live five years longer’

Regular exercise in old age has as powerful an effect on life expectancy as giving up smoking, researchers say. The analysis of 5,700 elderly men in Norway showed those doing three hours of exercise a week lived around five years longer than the sedentary. The authors, writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, called […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Health,Society | Read More »