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Women who quit smoking ‘cut risk’

Women who quit smoking ‘cut risk’

27 October 2012 Last updated at 02:36 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Women who give up smoking by the age of 30 will almost completely avoid the risks of dying early from tobacco-related diseases, according to a study of more than a million women in the UK. The results, published in the Lancet, showed lifelong smokers died a decade earlier than those who never started. But those who stopped by 30 lost, on average, a month of life and if they stopped by 40 they died a year younger Continue reading

Streetcar tracks blamed in one-third of Toronto bike accidents

Streetcar tracks blamed in one-third of Toronto bike accidents

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have confirmed what many cyclists in Toronto have long believed — that streetcar tracks are involved in nearly one-third of bicycle accidents Continue reading

Streetcar tracks blamed in one-third of Toronto bike accidents

Streetcar tracks blamed in one-third of Toronto bike accidents

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have confirmed what many cyclists in Toronto have long believed — that streetcar tracks are involved in nearly one-third of bicycle accidents Continue reading

Hospital to cut 750 jobs by 2015

Hospital to cut 750 jobs by 2015

26 October 2012 Last updated at 08:10 ET A hospital trust in South Yorkshire has announced it will be cutting 750 jobs, about 20% of its workforce, by 2015. Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said it needed a “smaller hospital, with substantially fewer beds” and a smaller workforce to save £50m over the next four years. A report presented to the board by its chief executive said “compulsory redundancies are inevitable” Continue reading

‘Faecal bugs’ treat C. difficile

‘Faecal bugs’ treat C. difficile

25 October 2012 Last updated at 18:36 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News The gut infection Clostridium difficile can be defeated by a cocktail of rival good bacteria, experiments in mice show. When C. difficile bacteria overwhelm the gut, it can be fatal and difficult to treat with antibiotics Continue reading

Lonely older adults face more health risks

Lonely older adults face more health risks

ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2012) — Always look on the bright side of life Continue reading

Low calcium thyroid disorder link

Low calcium thyroid disorder link

19 October 2012 Last updated at 03:28 ET Having too little calcium in the diet increases women’s risk of a hormone condition that can cause bone fractures and kidney stones, scientists suggest. Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) affects around one in 800 people during their lifetime and is most common in post-menopausal women. Writing in the British Medical Journal 1 , the team suggest increasing calcium intake cuts the risk of the disease Continue reading

Study ‘backs booze price benefit’

Study ‘backs booze price benefit’

18 October 2012 Last updated at 21:36 ET Supporters of minimum pricing for alcohol claim new research from Canada provides further evidence that it would reduce consumption in Scotland. Continue reading

Genes and immune system shaped by childhood poverty, stress

Genes and immune system shaped by childhood poverty, stress

ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2012) — A University of British Columbia and Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) study has revealed that childhood poverty, stress as an adult, and demographics such as age, sex and ethnicity, all leave an imprint on a person’s genes. And, that this imprint could play a role in our immune response. Continue reading

Clinical trials: Around half of new treatments perform better than existing treatments, review finds

Clinical trials: Around half of new treatments perform better than existing treatments, review finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — On average, new treatments perform better in clinical trials only slightly more often than existing treatments, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library . The fact that experimental treatments are not more effective may seem disappointing, but the authors of the review say their findings satisfy an important ethical requirement for clinical trials Continue reading