New research released last month claims there have been eight million people born through IVF since its invention. When I was born, Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, the two men who came up with the technique, suggested my middle name be Joy. IVF in its many forms brings hope for people in despair that they will never have a child.
Scientists at Edith Cowan University in Australia have developed a potentially revolutionary blood test that’s been designed to help health professionals spot the early signs of melanoma. In 2015, there were 15,906 new cases of melanoma skin cancer in the UK, as outlined by Cancer Research UK. What is melanoma?
Morrisons has launched a ‘Quieter Hour’ across all of its 493 stores in order to cater for autistic customers who may otherwise feel anxious when shopping. The new initiative, which has received support from the National Autistic Society (NAS), was tested out earlier this year in stores located in Lincoln, Woking and Gainsborough. Supermarket shopping can prove an intense and anxiety-inducing experience for people who have autism, as Tom Purser, head of campaigns and public engagement at NAS, explains.
“Man flu”, a term that refers to the concept of men exaggerating their symptoms when feeling under the weather, is supposedly a real phenomenon. While research has claimed that a number of men do in fact have weaker immune systems than was previously supposed, a new study has discovered that when afflicted with influenza, there may be scientific reason why men recover at a faster rate than women. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health decided to investigate the various effects that influenza can have on men and women.
An antiquated law that states that only sons can inherit hereditary peerages is being challenged in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). This could have significant implications for the future children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, should they have any daughters. The law currently dictates that only a son can inherit a dukedom, meaning that if Prince Harry and Meghan had a daughter, she would not be bestowed with the title.
Thanks to the power of the internet, you can check in an instant whether the baby name that you’ve fallen madly in love with was previously associated with a notorious criminal from the history books, suggests Michelle Woo, parenting editor at Lifehacker.
The enduring heatwave in the UK has seen a surge in the number of calls being made to the NHS 111 helpline concerning irritating insect bites. Antiobiotic Research UK has stated that the rising temperatures have led to an increase in horseflies, otherwise known as clegs, being identified in the country. While horsefly bites can potentially lead to extremely harmful infections, there are several ways to treat milder insect bites from home.
My research looks into how playing specially designed computer games might help people who are living with Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s is a brain disorder that gets progressively worse over time, leading to problems with movement and thinking. Although research is currently ongoing, unfortunately at present there are no treatments for the underlying cause of Huntington’s, or to prevent the disease getting worse.
The number of studies that have found a link between a disease and a specific gut microbiome composition seems to be ever increasing. For our latest study, published in Nature Communications, we looked at the gut microbe composition across a range of diseases. The kind of microbes (such as Enterobacteriaceae) that increased in one disease, increased in pretty much all 38 diseases studied.
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition where the heart beats irregularly and often very fast. Although the exact cause is not known, several risk factors have been identified, including increased age, male sex, high blood pressure, heart valve disease, diabetes and thyroid disease. There are about 1.7 million people in the UK with atrial fibrillation, according to Public Health England.
The bells feature in hospitals across the country, including Bristol Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, where thousands of children are treated for the disease. Every day, 12 families will be told their child has cancer, with 10 children and young people tragically losing their fight each week. Estimated survival rates for childhood cancer in 2017 are thought to be around 84 per cent, up from 64 per cent in 1990.
From protein shakes and BCAAS (branch chain amino acids) to electrolytes, many gym buffs are adamant about taking special sports drinks to help them recover from their workouts. In fact, according to the research from Shahid Sadoughi University in Yazd, Iran, chocolate milk not only allows exercisers to workout for six minutes longer than the average sports recovery drink, but also improves heart rates and lactic acid levels, which causes cramp.
On hot summer days in Bangalore, India, it is common to see public water taps on roadsides hissing and spurting as water struggles to come out. Bangalore is perhaps one of India’s most globally visible cities, owing to its reputation as India’s Silicon Valley. Bangalore is not alone in its water woes – cities across the globe struggle to meet water requirements every day.
Previous research found that rates of rheumatoid arthritis were lower in people with psychosis than would be expected in the general population. This led scientists to the view that there is a connection between autoimmune disorders and psychosis. Given the uncertainty about the relationship between these disorders and psychosis, and growing interest in this area, we decided to review the research and conduct a meta-analysis – a method in which data from several studies are combined and analysed together to give a more statistically robust result than individual studies can provide.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the NHS on 5 July, nurses at Trafford Hospital in Greater Manchester wore uniforms from across seven decades to show just how far the health service has come. The uniforms have evolved throughout the healthcare system's history in keeping with contemporary fashion trends. The seven nurses at the hospital posed for photographs in uniforms from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, as the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham unveiled a blue plaque at the hospital to commemorate the “birthplace of the NHS”.
Feeling younger than your actual age may be indicative of your overall brain health, according to a new study. By analysing brain scans, researchers found that people who perceive themselves as younger have more grey matter in critical brain regions - a sign of a healthy brain. Grey matter has numerous functions in the brain including cleaning the brain of excess chemicals and transporting glucose.
A recent outbreak of listeriosis across Europe has been connected with the consumption of frozen vegetables that haven’t been cooked sufficiently. News of the bacterial infection has led many to question whether it’s safe to eat frozen vegetables at all. .@food.gov, @FSScot, @PHE_uk & @NHS_HS are reminding people to cook most frozen vegetables, including sweetcorn, before eating.
Emilia Clarke has described nursing as an important profession that “we must value” while giving her utmost thanks to the nurses who took care of her father during the later stages of his life. The actor, best known for starring as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, was speaking at the RCNi Nurse Awards ceremony in London last night as an ambassador for the Royal College of Nursing. “I was given the opportunity to be involved in the intricacies that made up a day of trying to save his life, and it showed me with such clarity not only the awe-inspiring skill that the nurses clearly had, but the emotional intelligence that came along with it,” she said, according to the Nursing Standard.
Using a moisturiser with SPF won’t be enough to protect your skin against sun damage this summer, a revealing new study has warned. Many people may assume that applying a moisturiser with an SPF of 30 will provide their faces with adequate protection throughout the day from the sun’s rays as temperatures rise. The team carried out a study in which they asked a group of participants to apply sun cream to their faces on the first day of testing, and then to apply moisturiser with SPF on another day.
My favourite description of the service came from its founder, Aneurin Bevan: “It’s a piece of real socialism. It was Trafford’s Park Hospital (now Trafford General) that Bevan chose to visit on 5 July 1948 to stage the symbolic event of “receiving the keys”. Social care was also born in 1948 when the National Assistance Act put a duty on local authorities to provide residential accommodation for people who need it on grounds of age or disability.
A three-year-old cancer survivor who is currently in remission was made a flower girl at the wedding of the woman who saved her life. When she hadn’t yet turned one year old, Skye Savren-McCormick was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia, a rare form of cancer that involved having to have blood and platelet transfusions on an almost daily basis. Having been given a 10 per cent chance of survival by doctors, Skye was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, which is where Hayden Ryals came in.