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Testicular zap ‘may stop sperm’

Testicular zap ‘may stop sperm’

A dose of ultrasound to the testicles can stop the production of sperm, according to researchers investigating a new form of contraception. A study on rats published in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology showed that sound waves could be used to reduce sperm counts to levels that would cause infertility in humans. Researchers described ultrasound as [...]

January 31 2012 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Beef helps lower ‘bad’ cholesterol

Beef helps lower ‘bad’ cholesterol

A new study has suggested that beef can play a role in a cholesterol-lowering diet, despite commonly held beliefs. The study found that diets including lean beef every day are as effective in lowering total and LDL “bad” cholesterol as the “gold standard” of heart-healthy diets (DASH, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). The Beef in [...]

January 10 2012 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Restricted embryo growth ‘predicts miscarriage risk’

Restricted embryo growth ‘predicts miscarriage risk’

The growth of an embryo during the early stages of pregnancy is linked to its risk of miscarriage, says a University of Nottingham study. Scientists found that 78% of single-baby pregnancies which ended in miscarriage were in the smallest 5% of embryos. Researchers measured the length of more than 500 single and twin embryos during [...]

January 8 2012 | Posted in Health | Read More »

More time at school ‘boosts IQ’

More time at school ‘boosts IQ’

Spending more time at school may increase intelligence, according to a study of Norwegian men. The research, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that an extra year in the classroom could boost IQ by nearly four points. The authors said that extra schooling had a “sizeable effect” on IQ in early adulthood. [...]

December 28 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Mental risk ‘same’ after abortion

Mental risk ‘same’ after abortion

Abortion does not raise the risk of a woman suffering mental health problems, a major review by experts concludes. Data from 44 studies showed women with an unwanted pregnancy have a higher incidence of mental health problems in general. This is not affected by whether or not they have an abortion or give birth. But [...]

December 10 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

How to lose weight without dieting

How to lose weight without dieting

  While there are plenty of fad diets that may help you lose weight, they also leave you feeling hungry and food-deprived. For all those who don’t have the time or inclination to undertake a crash diet or even hit the gym, we’ve got some great news. If you want to slim down the healthy [...]

December 2 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Eat slowly, lose weight

Eat slowly, lose weight

  Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have found that eating faster increases the amount of food consumption. Results of their two new studies revealed that men eat significantly faster than women, heavier people eat faster than slimmer people, and refined grains are consumed faster than whole grains, among other findings. In one laboratory [...]

November 30 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Brain find sheds light on autism

Brain find sheds light on autism

  Cells taken from people with a rare syndrome linked to autism could help explain the origins of the condition, scientists suggest. The Stanford University team turned skin cells from people with “Timothy syndrome” into fully-fledged brain cells. The abnormal activity found in these cells could be partially corrected using an experimental drug, Nature Medicine [...]

November 28 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

NHS caesarean guidelines aim to push down demand for procedure

NHS caesarean guidelines aim to push down demand for procedure

  No woman who wants a caesarean should be refused one, but if women have the risks of surgery explained to them, the numbers should fall, according to fresh NHS guidance on childbirth. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has tried to deny speculation in the media that the new guidelines meant [...]

November 23 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »

FDA Revokes Approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer

FDA Revokes Approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer

The blockbuster drug Avastin should no longer be used in advanced breast cancer patients because there’s no proof that it extends their lives and it presents dangerous side effects, the government declared Friday. The ruling by the Food and Drug Administration was long expected, but it was certain to disappoint women who say they’ve run [...]

November 21 2011 | Posted in Health | Read More »


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