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Hangovers ‘don’t deter drinkers’

Hangovers ‘don’t deter drinkers’

unable to retrieve full-text contentHaving a hangover does not influence when a drinker will have their next tipple, public health researchers discover. Continue reading

Significant drop in measles cases

Significant drop in measles cases

unable to retrieve full-text contentThere was a sharp fall in the number of cases of measles in England at the end of 2013, figures from Public Health England show. Continue reading

Sperm count ‘linked to TV viewing’

Sperm count ‘linked to TV viewing’

4 February 2013 Last updated at 21:42 ET Men who do little exercise and spend much of their spare time watching TV have lower sperm counts than more active men, a study suggests. Clocking up 20 hours a week of TV time appears to be detrimental, the US authors from Harvard say in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Continue reading

Alcohol mixed with diet drinks may increase intoxication more than alcohol and regular drinks

Alcohol mixed with diet drinks may increase intoxication more than alcohol and regular drinks

Feb. 5, 2013 — An individual’s breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) following alcohol intake is influenced by several factors, including food. While it is known that food delays the stomach emptying, thus reducing BrAC, only recently has the role of nonalcoholic drink mixers used with alcohol been explored as a factor influencing BrAC. Continue reading

Air pollution primes children for asthma-related cockroach allergy

Air pollution primes children for asthma-related cockroach allergy

Feb. 6, 2013 — An allergic reaction to cockroaches is a major contributor to asthma in urban children, but new research suggests that the insects are just one part of a more complex story. Very early exposure to certain components of air pollution can increase the risk of developing a cockroach allergy by age 7 and children with a common mutation in a gene called GSTM may be especially vulnerable Continue reading

Spread of hepatitis C pinpointed

Spread of hepatitis C pinpointed

31 January 2013 Last updated at 22:57 ET Scientists say they have, for the first time, worked out the pattern of spread of hepatitis C, showing early diagnosis is key to preventing epidemics. A study in injecting drug users in Greece indicated that each infected person spread the disease to 20 others – 10 of these in the first two years Continue reading

Government mistrust deters older adults from HIV testing

Government mistrust deters older adults from HIV testing

Jan. 29, 2013 — One out of every four people living with HIV/AIDS is 50 or older, yet these older individuals are far more likely to be diagnosed when they are already in the later stages of infection. Such late diagnoses put their health, and the health of others, at greater risk than would have been the case with earlier detection. Continue reading

Call for soft-drink sugar tax

Call for soft-drink sugar tax

28 January 2013 Last updated at 19:46 ET By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Leading medical bodies are calling for a 20p-per-litre levy on soft drinks to be included in this year’s Budget. More than 60 organisations, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, are backing the recommendation by food and farming charity Sustain. They say it would raise £1bn a year in duty to fund free fruit and meals in schools to improve children’s health Continue reading

Science needs a second opinion: Researchers find flaws in study of patients in ‘vegetative state’

Science needs a second opinion: Researchers find flaws in study of patients in ‘vegetative state’

Jan. 24, 2013 — A team of researchers led by Weill Cornell Medical College is calling into question the published statistics, methods and findings of a highly publicized research study that claimed bedside electroencephalography (EEG) identified evidence of awareness in three patients diagnosed to be in a vegetative state. The new reanalysis study led by Weill Cornell neurologists Drs Continue reading

At least one in five were infected in flu pandemic, international study suggests

At least one in five were infected in flu pandemic, international study suggests

Jan. 25, 2013 — At least one in five people in countries for which data are available were infected with influenza during the first year of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, according to a new study. The highest rates of infection were in children, with 47 per cent of those aged five to 19 showing signs of having caught the virus. Continue reading