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Less invasive, new approach to diagnose heart disease – Irish study

A clinical trial that saw high resolution scanning technology used to identify heart disease has been welcomed as a potential game-changer for cardiac treatment,...

US analysis confirms dementia risk halved with Viagra

The erectile dysfunction drug Viagra could soon be recommended as a therapy to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and help reduce the alarming...

CBD products don’t ease pain – UK, Canadian study

There is no evidence that CBD products reduce chronic pain, and taking them is a waste of money and potentially harmful to health, according...

Prolonged use of some hormone drugs tied to tumour risk

Researchers in France have suggested that prolonged use of certain progestogen hormone drugs might be associated with an increased risk of developing a type...

Autism risk may rise with in-utero anti-seizure meds – US study

A study by American researchers suggests that the incidence of autism spectrum disorder is higher among children exposed to topiramate in the second half...

Plunging global fertility rates will lead to big world divide

Fertility rates in nearly all countries will be too low to sustain population levels by the end of the century, and most of the...

Sugary drinks make boys more prone to diabetes than girls – US study

A long-term study of women and their children by Harvard University found sugary drinks increased insulin resistance and blood glucose levels in boys, but...

Genetic markers hold clue to meat-eating link to colon cancer

In one of the largest ever gene-environment interaction studies of red meat and colorectal cancer, researchers have identified two genetic markers that may help...

Acne drug not linked to higher suicide risk – meta-analysis

Users of the acne drug isotretinoin do not experience an increased risk of suicide, according to a recent meta-analysis, but may actually have a...

Covid virus lurks in the body for more than a year – US study

Recent research has offered potential clues as to why some people develop long Covid, and why the virus can persist in the blood and...

Weight loss drug approved for heart disease prevention

Wegovy is the first weight loss drug to be approved for major heart disease prevention, after the US Food & Drug Administration gave the...

Drawbacks to benefits of short fasting, study finds

Researchers have suggested that several possible health benefits of fasting – done properly and under medical supervision – might, in fact, not occur in...

Chemo regimen changes may help older patients – US analysis

Treatment modifications, like dose reductions, schedule changes, or less toxic regimens, can improve how older patients with advanced cancer and ageing-related conditions tolerate chemotherapy...

Ultra-processed foods linked to 32 health problems, large review finds  

A recent, large-scale review of 45 meta-analyses of almost 10m people found that eating ultra-processed foods vastly increases the risk of developing or dying...

Sinusitis linked to later autoimmune disease – US study

A history of sinus congestion and drip may precede serious autoimmune disorders, a population-based study has suggested, with researchers finding rates of rheumatologic conditions...

Global study finds new genetic risk factors for type 2 diabetes

The risk factors for type 2 diabetes are both environmental and genetic, and while researchers have identified many genetic risk factors thus far, the...

Scientists find possible Covid ‘brain fog’ cause – Irish study

The mystery surrounding the “brain fog” suffered by people with long Covid may finally have been revealed – with researchers saying that leaky blood...

Chronic fatigue condition biological, not psychological – US study

American researchers have found notable differences between the immune systems and other physiological functions of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and those...

Women need half as much exercise as men for longevity – US study

Women need to exercise only half as much as men to reap the same longevity benefits, suggests a recent study – with the researchers...

Best contender in decades in breast cancer fight – global study

For decades, hormonal treatment of breast cancer has had one aim – blocking oestrogen, but now a global study has discovered there may be...

Heart attack survivors could risk major health issues for years – UK study

A large British population study has suggested that survivors of heart attacks could face a greater risk of developing further serious health conditions for...

Covid jab study of 99m people links shots to rare risk of disorders

Covid vaccines have been linked to small increases in heart, blood and neurological disorders, according to the largest global study of its kind, in...

Positive results for resmetirom as first NASH treatment

Encouraging results from a phase 3 trial have set the stage for resmetirom to become the first drug approved for patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis...

Early death risk for workers who sit all day – Taiwanese study

People who spend most of their work time sitting have 16% more chance of dying earlier than normal, suggest scientists, with their risk of...

Scientists ID proteins that could predict dementia – US-China study 


A simple blood test to identify patients at risk of dementia will speed up development of new treatments, say scientists, whose study of frozen...

New non-addictive drug cuts off pain at source, says Vertex

US-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals has developed an experimental drug that relieves pain, blocking pain signals before they get to the brain, but which unlike opioids,...

PCOS tied to cognitive decline, suggests US study

A team of American scientists has suggested that polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – could be linked to potential cognitive dysfunction later in life. PCOS refers...

Being fitter slashes prostate cancer risk – Swedish study

Men could reduce their risk of prostate cancer by more than a third if they improve their fitness levels by just 3% a year,...

Lifelong burden of childhood meningitis – Swedish analysis

Nearly one-third of adults in a Swedish cohort who contracted bacterial meningitis as children have permanent neurologic disabilities as a result, according to a...

One in four Scottish babies died from co-sleeping

Parents are being urged to heed advice on co-sleeping with babies after new infant death figures were released, showing that more than a quarter...

HPV jab highly effective in preventing cervical cancer – Scottish study

The bivalent human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) Cervarix was highly effective in protecting women from cervical cancer when given between the ages of 12 and...

Even after cure, TB slashes lung function in teens

TB infection can interfere with normal lung development during an important stage of growth – with researchers finding that two out of three teenagers...

Global review unpacks Vitamin B12 deficiency diagnosis and treatment

A deficiency of the important vitamin B12 may lead to a variety of symptoms, although diagnosing this can be difficult, suggests a global review in...

Scientists prepare safeguards against possible Arctic zombie viruses

Scientists, who have warned that ancient viruses frozen in the Arctic permafrost could one day be released by earth’s warming climate and unleash a...

Scientists identify 900 chemicals linked to breast cancer

An analysis of official databases containing tens of thousands of common chemicals used daily in food, consumer products and other industries, has identified 900...

Alopecia surge after Covid – large South Korean study

A large study involving more than half a million people in South Korea suggests that the incidence of alopecia areata significantly increased after Covid-19. In...

Video gamers risk permanent hearing damage – global review

Given the popularity of video gaming, particularly among children and teenagers, more needs to be done to raise awareness of the risks, says a...

Benzodiazepine in pregnancy tied to miscarriage risk – Taiwan study

A nationwide study in Taiwan found that benzodiazepine use during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of miscarriage – for both long-acting and...

Jab could slash RSV babies’ hospital admissions by 80% – global study

An injection could reduce by 80% the numbers of babies and young children admitted to hospitals with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – which kills...

Hypochondriacs have higher risk of death, suicide – Swedish study

Researchers have linked hypochondria to an 84% higher risk for death, and a four-fold increased risk for suicide, with the findings of their population-based...