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Artificial gravity tests could reduce muscle loss, say researchers

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA/SASCHA STEINBACH Image caption Twelve men and twelve women volunteers will take part in the research A machine which simulates the effects of gravity could reduce muscle wastage for patients in hospitals as well as astronauts on long missions.Tests will explore what happens when volunteers are spun daily on a human centrifuge after 60 days of bed rest.It is hoped the technique will speed up patient recovery
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Swansea boy’s ‘neck pain’ was rare throat cancer

[ad_1] Image copyright Rhian John / Hook News Image caption McKenzie John is due to undergo proton beam therapy next month An eight-year-old boy who complained of neck pain while his mother washed his hair was diagnosed with a rare cancer.McKenzie John, from Swansea, is undergoing chemotherapy to treat a nasopharyngeal tumour.The youngster is being treated in Cardiff, where he is on his second of three rounds of chemotherapy.His mother
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Epilepsy charity calls for social media seizure warnings

[ad_1] Image copyright iStock Image caption Unlike TV programmes, social media platforms do not have to give warnings when potentially harmful flashing images are about to appear A growing number of people with epilepsy have said they are having seizures triggered by flashing images on social media, a charity has warned.The Epilepsy Society wants the government's new plans to tackle "online harms" to recommend warnings about flashing images on social
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Mental health nurses join police officers on duty

[ad_1] Police in Berkshire have stopped more than 150 mental health patients from being sectioned or detained unnecessarily in cells over the past year.Officers credit an initiative where mental health nurses join them on duty for an evening. Thames Valley Police said the "invaluable" service saves officers' time because the nurses have access to medical records.There are now calls for the evening patrol to be made permanent. [ad_2] Source link
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Sleep myths ‘damaging your health’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Widely held myths about sleep are damaging our health and our mood, as well as shortening our lives, say researchers. A team at New York University trawled the internet to find the most common claims about a good night's kip.Then, in a study published in the journal Sleep Health, they matched the claims to the best scientific evidence. They hope that dispelling sleep myths will
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Free sanitary products plan extended to primary girls

[ad_1] Free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from early 2020. It follows Chancellor Philip Hammond's announcement last month of funding for free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges. Amika George, founder of the #FreePeriods campaign, called the latest move "fantastic news". Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "No-one should be held back from reaching their potential". Free sanitary products for
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How we became part of a kidney swap chain

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Edinburgh couple who are part of a kidney transplant chain When Mandy Murray found out she needed a new kidney her husband Graham volunteered to be a donor but was told he was not a match. Instead the couple became part of a kidney swap chain, which is allowing more people to find live donors.Mandy first needed a kidney transplant
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Statins ‘don’t work well for one in two people’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Cholesterol-lowering "statin" drugs taken by millions of Britons may not work well enough in about half of those prescribed them, research suggests. UK investigators looked at 165,000 patients on statins and found that for one in two, the drugs had too little effect on bad cholesterol - one of the big risk factors for heart disease. They are not sure why statins appear to help
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Measles cases triple globally in 2019, says UN

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The World Health Organization says the latest figures paint "an alarming picture" The number of measles cases reported worldwide in the first three months of 2019 has tripled compared with the same time last year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The UN body said provisional data indicated a "a clear trend", with all regions of the world seeing outbreaks.Africa had witnessed the