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Researcher seeks to use electrical stimulation to give voice to stroke patients

Researcher seeks to use electrical stimulation to give voice to stroke patients

ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2011) — A Virginia Tech College of Engineering researcher is seeking a new way to help those who are unable to speak to find their voice. But this isn’t “The King’s Speech,” the Academy Award-winning film about a British royal undergoing speech therapy to battle a stammer Continue reading

Young scientist helps identify cause of widespread eye disease

Young scientist helps identify cause of widespread eye disease

Dec. 21, 2012 — Branch retinal vein occlusion — blockage of the blood vessels that channel blood from the retina — is a common eye disease. A type of blood clot in the eye, the disease causes reduced vision, and people with the disease also typically have an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes and other serious conditions. Continue reading

Family meals ‘boost child veg intake’

Family meals ‘boost child veg intake’

19 December 2012 Last updated at 19:54 ET Eating meals as a family improves children’s eating habits – even if it only happens once or twice a week, UK researchers suggest. It is recommended children eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day – about 400g. The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health study 1 found those who always ate together achieved this – but those who only did sometimes came close. Continue reading

NHS weekend provision considered

NHS weekend provision considered

16 December 2012 Last updated at 15:48 ET A group is to be set up to examine why the NHS in England cannot provide some routine services at weekends – like day surgery – the BBC understands. The NHS Commissioning Board is due to announce the move on Tuesday, when it publishes its planning guidance for the NHS for the first time. The group will include patient representatives, health providers and people from outside the health service. Continue reading

Virus rebuilds heart’s own pacemaker

Virus rebuilds heart’s own pacemaker

16 December 2012 Last updated at 13:05 ET By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News A new pacemaker has been built inside a heart by converting beating muscle into cells which can organise the organ’s rhythm, US researchers report. The heartbeat is controlled by electrical signals and if these go awry the consequences can be fatal. Scientists injected a genetically-modified virus into guinea pigs to turn part of their heart into a new, working pacemaker. Continue reading

Olympian lifespan ‘possible for all’

Olympian lifespan ‘possible for all’

13 December 2012 Last updated at 22:05 ET The longevity Olympians enjoy is within the reach of everyone, experts say. Continue reading

Olympian lifespan ‘possible for all’

Olympian lifespan ‘possible for all’

13 December 2012 Last updated at 22:05 ET The longevity Olympians enjoy is within the reach of everyone, experts say. Continue reading

Holiday shopping madness: When do consumers seek to punish fellow shoppers for behaving badly?

Holiday shopping madness: When do consumers seek to punish fellow shoppers for behaving badly?

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Shisha tobacco sold to under-18s

Shisha tobacco sold to under-18s

10 December 2012 Last updated at 02:43 ET Welsh businesses are selling harmful shisha tobacco to under-18s, a BBC Wales investigation has revealed. The team from the X-Ray programme found a number of shisha cafes operating in Wales, particularly in Cardiff. Continue reading

Diabetes fuels heart failure risk

Diabetes fuels heart failure risk

9 December 2012 Last updated at 21:34 ET People with diabetes are up to 65% more likely to have heart failure, an analysis has found. The National Diabetes Audit looked at data on almost two million people and also found increased risk of other complications, and premature death. The charity Diabetes UK, said people were “dying before their time” Continue reading