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    Applying petroleum jelly to a cut could be harmful, reveal scientists

    The conventional wisdom that applying petroleum jelly to a cut will help it heal faster could actually be harmful, a new study has revealed.Researchers claim that using petroleum jelly damages the 'natural plaster', or protective film, your body creates over a wound. This slows the healing process, and it may even open the wound up to infection. 'If you get a scrape or a cut it is best to let it clot for half an hour to let the film form. Do clean it of course if it needs it,' a researcher from the study advises.'After that, it might not be so ...

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    Chemicals in non-stick pans get into drinking water and may cause cancer, report warns

    Chemicals in non-stick pans get into drinking water and may cause cancer, a new report warns. According to the Washington DC-based Environmental Protection Agency, microscopic particles in chemicals found in non-stick cookware, water-resistant clothing and stain-proof carpets break off and enter the food chain.Previous research suggests such chemicals, known as PFOAs, are linked to cancer, high cholesterol and reduced immune system function.A past study found PFOAs appear in one third of food packaging, with manufacturers arguing the chemical extends produce's shelf life and quality, making it safer.Someone is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes in the UK. The disease affects around ...

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    Tired doctors act like drunks and are putting patients' lives at risk

    Tired doctors are endangering lives in the same away as if they were ‘drunk’, medics have warned.Those working over 12 hours have the same concentration and judgement as someone who is inebriated, they say.Dr Satish Jayagopal, a surgeon from Salisbury, said health professionals working these shifts are more than a quarter more likely (27 per cent) to make a mistake than those working eight hours.Similarly, a study on nurses found that mistakes tripled when shifts increased from eight to 12 hours, according to a motion submitted at the British Medical Association conference.He said the research had found those performing under ...

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    Man, 44, born without a penis will finally be able to have sex for the first time

    A British man who was born without a penis is preparing to have sex for the first time after being fitted with a bionic manhood. Andrew Wardle successfully underwent the final stage of a £50,000 penile implant operation at London's University Hospital on Friday and has been given the all clear to finally lose his virginity. As a test run, the 44-year-old will have an erection for the next ten days before his implant is deflated. Doctors have told Andrew he must then wait six weeks before having sex with his long-term girlfriend Fedra Fabian.  Andrew Wardle, 44, who was born without a ...

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    Cabin crew have a higher risk of ALL cancers, Harvard study finds

    Cabin crew are much more likely to develop cancer, according to new Harvard research.A study of more than 5,000 flight attendants in America found cases were more common for every form of the disease examined.The risk of breast cancer, for instance, was around 50 percent higher for air stewardesses than other women.It was one of the most extensive analyses of its kind and scientists described the findings as particularly alarming owing to their healthy lifestyles. The Harvard researchers were stunned by how high the cancer risk climbed for air hostsCorresponding author Dr Irina Mordukhovich said: 'Our study is among the ...

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    One in three women is experiencing severe reproductive health issues

    One in three women is experiencing severe reproductive health issues, including infertility, period pains or the menopauseNearly 50 per cent of women aged between 25 and 34 have not enjoyed sex in the past year, research has found.A Public Health England survey of over 7,000 women also revealed a third of women are experiencing severe reproductive issues including infertility, period pains or the menopause.While 42 per cent of all women of all ages are not satisfied with their sex life, millennials aged between 25 and 34 are the least happy, the survey shows.Some 49 per cent of young women ...

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    Patients 'should be recommended e-cigarettes'

    Patients should be recommended e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking and be allowed to use them at hospitals, doctors’ leaders say.They are calling for patients to be routinely offered help in kicking the habit at GP appointments, outpatient clinics and when admitted to hospital.The NHS’s failure to help smokers quit is as serious as not treating cancer patients, they added.The recommendations have been drawn up by the Royal College of Physicians which has accused the NHS of being ‘negligent’ in not doing enough to help smokers quit. The Royal College of Physicians argued that patients should be recommended to use e-cigarettes It ...

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    Penny-sized ankle zapper that stops you rushing to the loo

    A tiny implant near the ankle could banish overactive bladder, which affects around eight million adults in the UK.The device — the size and shape of a 1p piece — emits pulses of electricity to stimulate a nerve that runs from the foot to the spine and controls the muscles involved in emptying the bladder.In trials, patients reported an 85 per cent reduction in embarrassing leaks. New approach: A tiny implant near the ankle could banish overactive bladder, which affects around eight million adults in the UKAn overactive bladder affects men and women equally and means that people get a ...

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    NHS well-intended health campaigns may actually make us MORE ill

    A few months ago, the NHS issued a guide to doctors, nurses and other clinical staff listing planned health awareness campaigns it knew of for the year ahead — no fewer than 81.The campaigns, often run and funded by charities, Government departments or drug companies, included high-profile ones, such as Dry January and World Cancer Day, on February 4. But they also featured less well-known initiatives such as World Thrombosis Day (October), Nutrition and Hydration Week (March), and Functional Neurological Disorder Awareness Day (April). The 'nocebo' effect: Doctors fear awareness campaigns prompt millions of people to convince themselves that they're ill ...

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    SECRETS OF AN A-LIST BODY: This week, how to get Penelope Cruz’s calf muscles

    She is, of course, known for her impressive acting skills.But, in addition to that, Penelope Cruz also has an impressive body - as she revealed when she flashed a glimpse of toned calf muscles on the red carpet, this week.Posing up a storm in a revealing dress at the Everybody Knows premiere in LA, she looked years younger than her true self.  Latest outing: Posing up a storm in a revealing dress at the Everybody Knows premiere in LA, she looked years younger than her true self...‘I do Bikram yoga, which has completely changed my body,’ the 44-year-old mother-of-two has said. ...

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    Mothers with diabetes are more likely to have children with autism, study suggests

    Women with any form of diabetes are at greater risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder, new research shows. That includes women who did not have diabetes before they got pregnant but developed it while carrying their babies, as well as those who had had type 1 diabetes their entire lives.  Autism's causes remain somewhat mysterious, but in recent years research has pointed toward the the link between the condition, the immune system and the developing fetal brain.  New research from the Kaiser Permanente health system in California suggests that the inflammation, toxic levels of glucose and immune system effects ...

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    ME & MY OPERATION: Pioneering op gave my weak heart a workout - and made it stronger

    THE PATIENTMy problems started in April 2005, when I had a heart attack. I was at my son Anthony’s house when — after a day playing with Matthew, one of my five grandchildren — I developed a severe pain in my chest, like someone was sitting on it.Anthony, a trained first aider, called an ambulance. It was while in the ambulance that I had a heart attack and passed out.In hospital, I had two stents — small mesh tubes — put inside two arteries leading to my heart, which had become narrowed by fatty deposits, to keep them open, reducing ...

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    Children dying of cancer because they're excluded from drug trials

    When Debbie Binner’s sporty 14-year-old daughter, Chloe, complained of pains in her right leg, she thought the problem might be muscular.The family GP believed it could be a torn muscle or related to a growth spurt, says Debbie, 52, a journalist and author.But when, a couple of months later, Chloe started to limp, the GP referred her to Epsom Hospital in Surrey for an MRI scan. ‘The worst thing I imagined it might be was juvenile arthritis,’ says Debbie. Not for one moment did she think her feisty, fun-loving, dance-mad teenager might have cancer. Young: Chloe Binner was just 14-years-old ...

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    The new age of the flab-busters!

    The most recent figures show that around 12 million of us are obese and another 20 million overweight.And as our body weight increases, so does our risk of metabolic syndrome — a group of risk factors linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke, including raised blood pressure, blood fats and blood sugar — and the danger of certain cancers.‘Being obese could knock ten to 20 years off your life expectancy,’ says Shaw Somers, a weight loss surgeon at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Streamline Surgical clinics. Ditch the diet book? Scientists believe we're on the cusp of new, major weight-loss ...

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    UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Olympic champion gymnast Max Whitlock MBE, 25, answers our health quiz

    Fit: Max Whitlock is the picture of healthCan you run up the stairs?I’d be worried if I couldn’t. I spend 20 hours a week training, six days a week, and in the build-up to a major competition like the world championships or the Olympics, it can increase to 30 to 35 hours a week.Get your five a day?Easily, but my focus is getting the right balance of protein and carbs at the optimal time for my exertion and recovery. Breakfast is some form of eggs, cereal or toast. Lunch will be a protein shake and then pasta or meat, fish and veg. ...

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