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How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

How the humble cabbage can stop cancers

Image copyright Getty Images Scientists say they have discovered why some vegetables – including cabbage, broccoli and kale – can reduce the risk of bowel cancers. That cruciferous veg is good for the gut has never been in doubt but a detailed explanation has been elusive. The team at the Francis Crick Institute found anti-cancer […]

Baby boxes accepted by 85% of Scottish parents

Baby boxes accepted by 85% of Scottish parents

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Baby boxes can be used as beds An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week were delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish government said 52,065 baby boxes had been gifted to date, with an 85% uptake by parents. The boxes contain items […]

Effects of psychedelic DMT ‘similar to near-death experiences’

Effects of psychedelic DMT ‘similar to near-death experiences’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DMT is the major psychoactive compound in ayahuasca, a drink made from vines The effects of a powerful psychedelic drug are similar to a near-death experience, research suggests. Answers to a questionnaire showed a “striking similarity” between people describing a near-death experience and volunteers given DMT. The Imperial College […]

Babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

Babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

Image copyright Getty Images Babies and young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests. Experts said infants were exposed to dirtier air in prams because they were lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes. They are also more at risk from the health […]

Poor hospital discharge process puts patients ‘at risk’

Poor hospital discharge process puts patients ‘at risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A report describes a “fragmented approach” being taken around Wales with no national policy Patients are being put at risk because of a lack of staff awareness about discharging them from hospital, a report has said. Poor relationships between GPs and hospitals also meant patients staying in longer than […]

Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at […]

The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women

Media captionThe video game that’s actually dementia research Men are better at navigating than women, according to a massive study, but there’s not much for men to be proud about. Scientists at University College London say the difference has more to do with discrimination and unequal opportunities than any innate ability. The findings come from […]

How smallpox claimed its final victim

Image copyright Other Image caption Janet Parker worked as a photographer at Birmingham Medical School Warning – this story contains graphic images. In the summer of 1978, the last known case of smallpox was reported, claiming the life of 40-year-old medical photographer Janet Parker. But how did the disease, thought to have been eradicated across […]

Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Gel and acrylic nails allergy warning

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Allergic reactions from gels and pastes can cause a rash anywhere they touch the body Skin experts are warning a chemical found in gel, gel polish and acrylic nails can cause an allergic reaction. Methacrylate chemicals can cause a severe, itchy rash anywhere on the body, not just the […]

Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All types of exercises were found to improve mental health no matter people’s age or gender Regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce poor mental health – but doing more than that is not always beneficial, a large US study suggests. A […]

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