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How patients became hooked on prescription pills
Fiona French ’s story makes for shocking reading. For 40 years, the social scientist from Edinburgh was given repeat prescriptions for benzodiazepine drugs to treat her epilepsy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Binge drinking has HALVED among US teenagers since 1998
Just 2.6 percent of 13-year-olds frequently drank excessive amounts of alcohol between 2007 and 2015, down from 5 percent between 1991 and 1998, researchers report in Pediatrics. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The woman determined to have a family DESPITE brain tumour
Katie Smith, from the West Midlands, is eight months pregnant - even though she's already battling a potentially-deadly health condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ten facts not to be sniffed at about coughs and sneezes  
Think you've got hayfever? Think again - chances are it's a common cold. Here, we reveal some fascinating facts behind your symptoms . . . (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adding protein powder to your smoothie can make you FAT  
At roughly 500 calories per drink, experts at Sheffield Hallam University doubt the need for trendy protein shakes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Headphones you SLEEP in to help banish snoring
People with sleep apnoea can breathe a sigh of relief - almost literally - after ENT experts in Maryland, USA, devised a new device to banish snoring. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What they NEVER tell you about hip operations!
Writer Bel Mooney has revealed the shocking - and unpalatable truth - about having common hip surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to eat well with dementia
Rob Hobson, a British nutritionist who teaches nutrition classes at care homes, explains how to spot malnutrition in older people and how to help keep your loved-ones with dementia nourished. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists discover how diesel fumes trigger coughing
A team from Imperial College London has discovered diesel fumes trigger a receptor in the airway, starting a chain reaction which causes nerves in the lungs to fire wrongly. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beautiful scientists are not seen as highly competent
Researchers from Cambridge University say scientists such as Brian Cox (pictured) are not rated as highly as other researchers with similar abilities due to their good looks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man becomes third to receive successful penis transplant
South African surgeons completed the third-ever successful penis transplant on a man who went without his member for 17 years. The surgery was on  April 21. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors warn against lotus birth trend
Doctors are warning against lotus births, where the umbilical cord is left attached to the placenta until it falls off on its own. Medical experts in the US and UK say it can lead to bacteria and infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No fruit juice for kids under 1, leading pediatricians say
While fresh fruit contains ample levels of fiber and vitamins, juices are mainly sweetener with fruit flavor, which can send blood sugar levels rocketing and trigger obesity, officials say in a new policy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First-line antibiotics now fail in 1 in 4 pneumonia cases
More than 22% of patients did not respond to a first dose of antibiotics, a Californian study found. Meanwhile, G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Photographer shares her parents' battle against cancer
Nancy Borowick, of New York, photographed parents Laurel and Howie Borowick for the last four years of their lives as the couple supported one another through their battle against cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins provide 'no benefit' for pensioners
Adults over the age of 65 who were prescribed the pills were more likely to die than those who were helped into changing their diet, New York University School of Medicine researchers found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Being active improves balance, strength and ability
Researchers from the University of Jyv äskylä, Finland, found that exercise benefits more than 85% of physical and functional capacity indicators in Alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Super-fast hand dryers 'as loud as pneumatic drills'
Now commonplace in public toilets, modern 'jet air' hand dryers also produce significantly more noise than older models.a British hearing aid charity has warned. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sleep apnea increases risk of pregnancy complications
A study by Brown University of more than 1.5 million pregnancies in the US found the disorder was directly linked to longer hospital stays and even admission to the ICU. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Easier language tests for foreign nurses may be introduced
The Nursing and Midwifery Council, which regulates the profession in the UK, will discuss the evidence of lowering language entry requirements at a board meeting next week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bulking up chest could prevent smoker-related diseases
Having small pectoral muscles, commonly known as pecs, was linked to a 120 per cent higher risk of premature smoking-related death, Harvard University researchers found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Traffic pollution linked to aging and asthma in children
Youngsters had a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening - the main cause of premature aging - say Californian researchers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A glass of red wine is NOT good for the heart
Researchers from the University of Victoria, Canada, found that healthy people are more inclined to drink, giving the false illusion that alcohol in moderation boosts our wellbeing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epidermolysis bullosa sufferer, 4, can't be hugged
Jasmine Ritchie has epidermolysis bullosa which makes her skin so delicate that the slightest touch can make it tear. Mother Anna, from Gloucestershire, said: 'She ’s not giving up, so neither will we' (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NZ inventor says emotional robots will be here soon
Dr Mark Sagar, the CEO of Soul Machines, an Auckland-based company that specialises in creating realistic avatars, believes robotic hardware will soon catch up with advances in software. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sanfilippo sufferer told NHS won't fund life-saving drugs
Harley Bond, from Sheffield, has Sanfilippo - a rare life-limiting condition that damages the brain and central nervous system. The condition is currently incurable. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do YOU commute to work? You're more likely to be depressed
A study of more than 34,000 working British adults, conducted by VitalityHealth, found that journeys upwards of half-an-hour are damaging the nation's health and productivity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Twitter fury over sexist nurse recruitment campaign
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust intended to use the posters as part of its Remarkable People, Extraordinary Place campaign but they were mistakenly published. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Light' cigarettes make smokers more prone to lung cancer
A 'clear relationship' was seen between rising rates of adenocarcinoma and greater demand for light cigarettes, according to researchers from Ohio State University. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brazilian dad's hand was sewn into his STOMACH
EXCLUSIVE: Brazilian Carlos Mariotti feared his hand would have to be amputated after an horrific accident, but has spoken about how he has mastered tasks he once took for granted. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Data on transgender surgeries reveals surge in demand
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons found a nearly 20 percent increase in vaginoplasties, top surgery and contouring operations in just the first year of reporting. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors are over diagnosing depression
UK doctors are over diagnosing depression because they rely on a ‘basic’ questionnaire designed by a drugs firm that manufactures antidepressants, campaigners claimed. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Air pollution linked to a bad night's sleep says study
Scientists in the US believe that the level of exposure with receive to harmful particles in the air we breathe may be linked to keeping us awake at night. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Paramedics warn cycle lanes are putting lives at risk
Segregated lanes have been built in major cities across the UK, including London, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh - but paramedics warn they can slow down emergency vehicles. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The dementia kit: Products designed to help families
Lloyds Pharmacy are to stock clocks, crockery and gadgets tailor-made to help those with confusion and memory difficulties, designed by James Ashwell who cared for his mother who had dementia (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could brain scans spot elderly people at risk of fraud?  
Researchers at Cornell University discovered the brains of older people who have lost large amounts of money in financial scams have distinct differences in two key parts of their brains. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yoga can help beat diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels
Dr Venugopal Vijayakumar of the S-VYASA yoga university, who carried out the study, said: ‘Even one session of yoga has led to a reduction in blood glucose levels. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BGT dancer Julia uses money to fund scoliosis surgery
Julia from the Wirral suffers from scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, a fact the 5ft teenager immediately revealed to the judges and the ten million-strong television audience. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctor who swapped the NHS for a floating hospital
Michelle White, 46, from London, spent five years aboard the Africa Mercy, which is manned by a team of volunteer medics who provide free care to some of the world's poorest people. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Proof that crisps are as addictive as hard drugs
Britain is a nation of snackers. We spend more than £2.8 billion a year on snack foods – from crisps and nuts to popcorn – eating them on average seven times a week. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

You'd be BANANAS not to eat them!
It turns out Britons now bin an astonishing £80 million worth of bananas a year because they are ‘too ripe’ – with perhaps a minor bruise or a black mark on the skin. Here's how to use them (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 reasons to get married
US researchers followed 1,700 people over 20 years and found that a happy marriage led to improved overall health, making spouses more likely to participate in healthy activities. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How a skull cap could help to zap deadly brain cancer
Patients with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer that affects about 4,000 people in the UK every year, has an estimated survival rate of 12 to 18 months. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tips to get a good night's sleep with allergic rhinitis
EXCLUSIVE: Insomnia is a big problem among hay fever sufferers, which can impact how they function the next day and cause complications, according to an Allergy UK spokesperson. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health nannies who harangue us only make us behave worse
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this week that women are being unnecessarily scared by guidelines telling them to avoid all alcohol during pregnancy. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS is to show parents how fat their children will get
Newcastle University experts developed software - which is backed by the Department of Health - that shows what will happen if youngsters continue to pile on the pounds. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts design a plate to trick dieters into eating less
The ridges reduce the volume of food on the plate – but when viewed from above it looks like a normal-sized meal. The design was unveiled at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why running WON'T damage your knees
A book called Running Science says ‘couch potatoes’ have around a 45 per cent greater risk of osteoarthritis compared to those who run. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The UK's pollution and pollen hotspots revealed
The first hay fever maps of Britain reveal the South East has the most problem plants, with hazel the most widespread, while Surrey is a birch hotspot. Mugwort is also commonly found in urban areas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why teens should never take diet pills
In the pressure to be thin and conform to societal pressures, teens are turning to diet pills that come with potentially dangerous side effects. These supplements contain toxic chemicals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news