HEALTH

‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

Using “time outs” to discipline children is not going to harm them or your relationship with them, US research suggests. Despite criticism of the “naughty step” strategy, children’s anxiety did not increase and neither did their aggressive behaviour, the eight-year study of families found. But a UK psychologist said the key was how the technique […]

Heavy menstrual bleeding: Keyhole hysterectomy technique ‘more effective’

Heavy menstrual bleeding: Keyhole hysterectomy technique ‘more effective’

A keyhole-surgery technique for treating heavy menstrual bleeding is more effective and just as safe as a non-invasive alternative, a study of more than 600 UK women suggests. Those who had a laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy, removing part of the uterus, were more satisfied than a group that had endometrial ablation. And they were less likely […]

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

Alzheimer’s blood test ‘one step closer’

Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear, which could help the progress of drug trials. US scientists were able to use levels of a protein in the blood to help predict its build-up in the brain. UK experts said the results were promising – and a […]

Ear ‘tickling’ therapy could ‘help thwart ageing’

Ear ‘tickling’ therapy could ‘help thwart ageing’

Tickling the ear with a small electric current could rebalance the nervous system in over-55s and help them age more healthily, research suggests. Stimulation of the vagus nerve, which connects to the heart, lungs and gut, led to improvements in body, sleep and mood, a small study found. The University of Leeds team said the procedure […]

Gut bacteria may have motor neurone disease role

Gut bacteria may have motor neurone disease role

Gut bacteria may be playing a role in motor neurone disease, according to early studies in animals and people. Experiments show some species of bacteria – and the chemicals they make – change the pace of the disease. The team at the Weizmann Institute in Israel says it adds to work suggesting the “microbiome” alters […]

Resistant malaria spreading in South East Asia

Resistant malaria spreading in South East Asia

Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say. The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs. Researchers say the findings raise the “terrifying prospect” drug-resistance could spread to Africa. […]

DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency

DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared global health emergency

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”. The move may encourage wealthy donor countries to provide more cash. But the WHO stopped short of saying borders should be closed, saying the risk of the disease spreading outside the region was […]

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

The parents of a five-year-old girl in a coma have begun a legal challenge after doctors said it was in her best interests to be allowed to die. Royal London Hospital doctors have said there is no hope Tafida Raqeeb will recover from the traumatic brain injury she suffered in February. But clinicians at a […]

Anorexia stems from body as well as mind – study

Anorexia stems from body as well as mind – study

The origins of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa are in both the mind and the body, according to an international study. Anorexia is seen as a serious psychiatric disease. But doctors at King’s College London showed changes hardwired into some people’s DNA altered the way they processed fats and sugars and may make it easier […]

Alzheimer’s risk ‘different in women and men’

Alzheimer’s risk ‘different in women and men’

Scientists say they may have discovered why more women than men have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It has always been thought that women living longer than men was the reason. But new research presented at an international conference suggests this may not be the whole story. Differences in brain connectivity and sex-specific genes linked to […]

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