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  • Girl's donated organs help a record eight people

    September 8, 2017 5:00 AM 20

    A 13-year-old girl who died from a brain aneurysm has helped eight different people through organ donation - a record number. Jemima Layzell, from Somerset, who died in 2012, donated her heart, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, small bowel and liver, benefiting five children. Jemima's parents said she was clever, compassionate and creative - and would have been "very

  • Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson's

    September 7, 2017 8:00 AM 16

    A test that involves drawing a spiral on a sheet of paper could be used to diagnose early Parkinson's disease. Australian researchers have trialled software that measures writing speed and pen pressure on the page. Both are useful for detecting the disease, which causes shaking and muscle rigidity. The Melbourne team said the test could be used by GPs to screen

  • This popular daily drink is sabotaging your weight loss goals

    September 2, 2017 9:00 AM 16

    But it could be wreaking havoc with your weight loss progress, because the bitter brew surprisingly makes you crave sugar. While a daily cup of the caffeine-rich drink helps you wake up, it also tempers taste buds temporarily, making food and drink seem less sweet. But ironically this effect makes us want a sugar hit even more, which is perhaps why the popular

  • Monthly injection to halt breast cancer is rejected by NHS watchdog despite accepting it can pause the disease for three months longer than other treatments

    September 1, 2017 12:14 AM 10

    A monthly injection that halts the course of breast cancer is set to be rejected by health officials. NHS rationing watchdog NICE today publishes a draft decision rejecting the use of cancer drug fulvestrant. Officials accept that the £7,900-a-year therapy pauses the growth of a certain form of breast cancer for three months longer than existing treatments

  • Woman’s bikini snap goes viral – for the BEST reason

    August 31, 2017 8:25 AM 38

    The Australian woman is skinny in the before photo and has more noticeable curves in the after photo. She captioned the image: “Looking though old photos and I almost fell off my chair. “Photo on the left is 18-year-old Karina, [I personally think] I was sickly skinny and unhealthy.” Karina continued: “I’m so thankful I got educated and not just from a ‘looks’

  • Computer game catches early signs of dementia

    August 29, 2017 12:29 PM 14

    Imagine you are speeding along an Arctic river, ice floes all around you, as you embark on a quest to find fantastical sea creatures. Two minutes into your adventure, you take off the virtual reality (VR) headset. You have just completed the equivalent of five hours of lab-based research into dementia. A new VR game is accelerating dementia research

  • Sugar 'is as addictive as cocaine': Warning cutting it out may lead to withdrawal symptoms similar to a drug addict going cold turkey

    August 25, 2017 5:22 PM 11

    It has a similar effect on the brain to powerful illegal drugs, scientists warned. It means sugar can cause cravings, binges and withdrawal symptoms similar to a drug addict going cold turkey, they said. Cutting it out may lead to depression and even behavioural disorders such as ADHD, the paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed

  • Hospital told to make 'significant improvements'

    August 24, 2017 5:31 PM 36

    The Care Quality Commission has told Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust that it must make significant improvements to protect patients using medical care services at Queen Alexandra Hospital. CQC has issued a Warning Notice requiring the trust to improve safety, patient consent, dignity and respect, safeguarding and overall leadership. At the same time CQC has placed

  • Five ways to lose weight without trying

    August 24, 2017 12:10 PM 39

    But there are some simple things you can do to kick-start the weight loss process – and they take no effort at all. According to the Journal of Obesity, weighing yourself regularly can help you learn how to lose weight fast. Researchers found that overweight people who stepped on the scales each day for a year lost 5.7lbs compared to those who didn’t

  • Were YOUR eyes damaged by the solar eclipse? We explain how to spot the tell-tale signs

    August 22, 2017 7:28 PM 11

    While the sun was no brighter on Monday, it appeared easier to look at because the moon was blocking it. If you stare at the sun for too long, it causes damage to the retina known as solar retinopathy. While your eye is focused on the black dot ask yourself if any of the lines appear wavy, distorted or if there are any areas of the grid you can't see. If any of the above