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Long-term use of the cholesterol-busting pills was linked with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes of up to 30 per cent. Statins, which cost just a few pence, are the most commonly prescribed drugs in Britain, with six million people taking them. But they are controversial because they have been linked with causing muscle weakness. Other patients have complained...

Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK, with the majority diagnosed over the age of 65 years. Research has found that older adults who are frail are 3.5 times more likely to develop symptoms. A study by University College London, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that people who were frail when scientists first began monitoring them had a much...

It can also cut the risk of cirrhosis and liver disease by up to 70 per cent. A review of American and Italian research concluded that “moderate” consumption slashed the risk of liver cancer by 40 per cent compared with those who did not drink any coffee – with more cups giving more protection. It found coffee was associated with an even greater reduction...

Bad breath caused by dry mouth More likely in winter time Cheese could cause bad breath Coffee, alcohol, cabbage and brussels sprouts also lead to bad breath Bad breath could be caused by having a dry mouth, as saliva helps to keep harmful germs and bacteria away, Katz said. Dry mouth becomes more common in winter, as more people stay inside with the heating on....

The most polluted urban areas in the UK had less hospital visits for asthma attacks when there were lots of trees in their neighbourhood, according to a University of Exeter study. Respiratory health could be improved by planting more trees in the most polluted parts of the country, the researchers said. Planting just three extra trees in the equivalent space of...

Light physical activity – including walking or doing the housework – could reduce the risk of death, a study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have revealed. Thirty minutes of activity was enough to raise your chance of living longer by up to 12 per cent, researchers claimed. An extra half an hour a day of moderate activity...

Foods that are cooked in high temperatures tend to have harmful compounds, known as Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs), scientists have warned. AGEs accumulate naturally in the body as we get older, but the biggest contributor is from our diet, according to Dr Mary Jane Brown from Ulster University. The compounds increase inflammation and contribute to oxidant...

Dementia is most likely in those who are older, with most people diagnosed over the age of 65. Other risk factors of the increasingly prevalent condition – which will see a million sufferers by 2025 – include lack of exercise, smoking and poor diet. However, new research released today has shown that computerised brain training could lower the likelihood...

Bacterial vaginosis is a type of bacterial infection and one of the most common conditions affecting women in the UK. It is estimated that one in three women will suffer at some point in their lives. Additionally, symptoms – which include a fishy smell, and thin, grey or watery discharge – can keep recurring. There is evidence that more than half of...

Diabetes affects 415 million adults worldwide, including 4.5 million in the UK. Symptoms include feeling thirsty, tired, needing to go to the toilet often and having blurry vision. However, adding a popular snack to your diet could help reduce their severity. Recent research has found almonds could help sufferers of type 2 – which accounts for 90 per cent...

Nuts could improve brain function, which is linked to cognition, healing, learning and memory, according to researchers at Loma Linda University. Pistachios were the best nuts for improving cognitive processing and learning, the study claimed. It also found pistachios could help people retain information for longer. Sleep quality could also be improved by eating...

Cancer is more likely to affect men than women, according to Cancer Research UK. Men are currently 60 per cent more likely to get cancer than women, and 70 per cent more likely to die from it. It is thought that one of the reasons for this is that men are less quick to seek professional help about their health. Research conducted by Nuffield Health has revealed...

ALAMY Yoghurt can help lower stroke and heart attack risk Scientists have discovered that a daily dose of ‘good bacteria’, or probiotics contained in yoghurt, boosts microbes in the gut that protect against the effects of salty food. In a wide-ranging new study, experiments on humans and mice fed an unhealthy salty diet found the addition of daily yoghurts...

Toxic shock syndrome could cause heart failure Bacteria spread toxins in the bloodstream Commonly linked to using tampons for too long A cut or scratch could be enough to become infected A scratch or cut could lead to toxic shock syndrome, which is caused by bacteria getting into the body and spreading harmful toxins. While most commonly associated with using...

Diabetes affects one in 16 people in the UK, and it can cause complications such as heart disease and limb amputations. Risk is known to be increased by preventable factors such as being overweight, however new research suggests that a diagnosis may sometimes be out of your control. A study by Columbia University revealed that babies born in winter were more likely...

Sleep deprivation was linked to having poor cardiovascular health in older women, according to a preliminary study from the University of California. Not getting enough sleep increased the risk of obesity and high blood pressure, the study found. It meant the women were more likely to develop strokes, heart disease and have heart attacks. The findings backed up...

High blood pressure is a growing problem in the UK, with 16 million people currently suffering. Diet is a major risk factor, with eating lots of salty foods shown to increase risk. However, consuming black seed oil may help lower elevated blood pressure. It has been shown that taking black cumin seed extract for two months could reduce blood pressure readings in...

Brain, spine and nerve conditions are collectively known as neurological disorders, and commonly include Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and multiple sclerosis. However, another type of neurological disorder is set to overtake the already high rate of Alzheimer’s growth within decades, according to scientists.  Parkinson’s disease, in which parts of the brain...

The results have implications for the prevention and treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, the researchers say. They found that aerobic exercise in humans led to an actual increase in the size of the left hippocampus region of the brain which is critical for memory and other brain functions. Although the total volume of the hippocampus did...

Cancer kills approximately 20,000 people a day around the world, and many cases are preventable. According to the World Health Organization, the majority of cancer deaths are caused by lung, breast, bowel, stomach and liver types. Smoking, obesity and drinking too much alcohol are all known to increase your risk of cancer. However, certain unlikely and seemingly...

Dairy free diets have become popular of late thanks to the trend for vegan eating, and because one in five Britons claim they struggle with milk. Many of these people believe they are lactose intolerant, meaning that they are unable to fully digest a sugar – known as lactase – found in milk. However, many people aren’t intolerant to lactose but still...

Raising your heels and toes in quick succession could lower your risk of suffering a blood clot in the legs, said Dr Chris. The exercise could be used for long-haul aeroplane journeys and train journeys, as well as while sat watching TV, he added. Sitting for long periods of time could cause a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), that develops in a vein in the body. It can...

More than 5,000 people are to test apps, gadgets and wristbands similar to Fitbits which will track sleep and their activities as part of a 12-month trial.  Public Health England said the pilot scheme – which will run in eight areas of the country – is “the next logical step in diabetes prevention”.  The technology being used includes a Buddi Nujjer...

Heart attacks occur when the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, according to the NHS. Symptoms, such as chest pain and an overwhelming feeling of dread, could be fatal – but having sex regularly may help reduce your risk if you are a man. A 2010 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology revealed that frequent love making had a protective...

The test, which detects levels of specific molecules in blood, could help doctors identify which patients arriving in hospital need more intense treatment. It will also help speed up the development of new therapies for liver damage by targeting patients most likely to benefit. Three molecules in the blood associated with liver damage – miR-122, HMGB1 and...