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Indian Government and College of Medicine to create UK AYUSH centres of excellence
Indian Government and College of Medicine to create UK AYUSH centres of excellence

Indian Government and College of Medicine to create UK AYUSH centres of excellence

The College of Medicine has signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) to create centres of excellence in the UK. The Department of Health for India and donors in the…

Drinking three cups of coffee a day may decrease coronary calcification, finds research
Drinking three cups of coffee a day may decrease coronary calcification, finds research

Drinking three cups of coffee a day may decrease coronary calcification, finds research

A new study by a Brazilian university suggests drinking three cups of coffee daily could help to decrease coronary calcification – but drinking too much could have a negative impact. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo found that people…

Eating lentils could help to reduce decline in blood vessel health, says research
Eating lentils could help to reduce decline in blood vessel health, says research

Eating lentils could help to reduce decline in blood vessel health, says research

They are the simplest of legumes…but new research from a Canadian university suggests that lentils could help fight high blood pressure. A research team at the University of Manitoba found that blood vessel health could be improved by eating the…

Dame Sally Davies: ‘Daily cocktail of pollutants’ is harming health
Dame Sally Davies: ‘Daily cocktail of pollutants’ is harming health

Dame Sally Davies: ‘Daily cocktail of pollutants’ is harming health

The NHS Chief Medical Officer is advising people to switch off electronic screens including phones and tablets to reduce the effects of light pollution. Dame Sally Davies said the bright light from screens is just one of a ‘daily cocktail…

Media storm on mixing herbal pills with prescription medicines is ‘nonsense’, says CPP
Media storm on mixing herbal pills with prescription medicines is ‘nonsense’, says CPP

Media storm on mixing herbal pills with prescription medicines is ‘nonsense’, says CPP

The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) has hit back at recent media reports claiming that mixing herbal pills and remedies with prescription medicines ‘puts health in danger’. Major national newspapers including the Daily Mail, Guardian and the Telegraph ran…

Dance can help Britain’s health crisis, says Darcey Bussell ahead of conference
Dance can help Britain’s health crisis, says Darcey Bussell ahead of conference

Dance can help Britain’s health crisis, says Darcey Bussell ahead of conference

Dance and dance fitness can play a significant role in keeping the nation healthy says former Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell. The Strictly Come Dancing judge will tell delegates at a conference in April that dancing can have an impact…

BBC Radio 4 show explores the influence of iodine on health
BBC Radio 4 show explores the influence of iodine on health

BBC Radio 4 show explores the influence of iodine on health

A recent Radio 4 programme explored how iodine makes an essential contribution to modern health including sources of iodine, global approaches to the nutrient and whether pregnant women should take supplements to boost the body’s levels: The phrase ‘essential ‘element’…

Blood test that can detect eight forms of cancer moves a step closer
Blood test that can detect eight forms of cancer moves a step closer

Blood test that can detect eight forms of cancer moves a step closer

A blood test that can potentially detect eight forms of cancer at their earliest stage has been described as ‘enormously exciting’ by scientists. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland revealed that while more work was still needed, they had…

Could eating meals at the same time every day help to stave off dementia?
Could eating meals at the same time every day help to stave off dementia?

Could eating meals at the same time every day help to stave off dementia?

Sitting down to eat meals at the same time every day could help to prevent dementia, according to new research. A study carried out by the University of California looked at how regular meal-times had a positive influence on gene…

Swollen lips could be a symptom of Crohn’s disease, says leading gastroenterologist
Swollen lips could be a symptom of Crohn’s disease, says leading gastroenterologist

Swollen lips could be a symptom of Crohn’s disease, says leading gastroenterologist

Swollen lips could be a red flag to GPs that a patient is suffering from Crohn’s disease, according to a leading gastroenterologist. The condition is a chronic inflammatory condition, as is Crohn’s, and Kingston Hospital consultant Dr Rishi Goel says there could be some…

‘Healthy’ vegetable oil could increase plaque build-ups in brain
‘Healthy’ vegetable oil could increase plaque build-ups in brain

‘Healthy’ vegetable oil could increase plaque build-ups in brain

A vegetable oil that is marketed as being less expensive and healthier than some other cooking oils could lead to a build-up of plaques in the brain associated with dementia. In a new study, canola oil was also found to…

Clinical trials show potential migraine treatment breakthrough
Clinical trials show potential migraine treatment breakthrough

Clinical trials show potential migraine treatment breakthrough

Practitioners treating patients suffering from migraine could soon be able to offer a more effective method of cutting attacks. The results of two clinical trials have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of which found 50 per…

College of Medicine Foundation Course for Clinicians: What you told us about the event
College of Medicine Foundation Course for Clinicians: What you told us about the event

College of Medicine Foundation Course for Clinicians: What you told us about the event

In the beautiful setting of Dumfries House, East Ayrshire, the College of Medicine’s Foundation Course for Clinicians ran on November 16th and 17th 2017. The two-day course, which included workshops, discussions and interactive sessions, saw a myriad of different areas covered…

Good bacteria in the gut could help cancer patients, research finds
Good bacteria in the gut could help cancer patients, research finds

Good bacteria in the gut could help cancer patients, research finds

How well a patient responds to cancer treatment could be down to the bacteria in their digestive system, says new research. The microbiome – micro-organisms that live in the human body and help regulate the immune system and keep the…

Bowel cancer patients to be given gym sessions following study
Bowel cancer patients to be given gym sessions following study

Bowel cancer patients to be given gym sessions following study

Cancer patients in parts of the UK are to have prescribed exercise sessions before they undergo operations after it was found physical activity could increase life expectancy and aid recovery from surgery. Research carried out in a pilot study in…

New study says e-cigarettes could be as harmful as smoking tobacco
New study says e-cigarettes could be as harmful as smoking tobacco

New study says e-cigarettes could be as harmful as smoking tobacco

They’ve been hailed as healthy cigarettes but taking up ‘vaping’ may be just as harmful to health as tobacco, new research says. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill found that e-cigarettes, which mimic smoking by heating a liquid through…

Four million children in UK are now overweight, WHO warns
Four million children in UK are now overweight, WHO warns

Four million children in UK are now overweight, WHO warns

An international study has found that four in ten children aged between five and 19 are overweight or medically obese – with ten per cent of youngsters in the UK deemed at an unhealthy weight. The research, published by Imperial…

A bowl of porridge a day could be better for you than statins, says nutritionist
A bowl of porridge a day could be better for you than statins, says nutritionist

A bowl of porridge a day could be better for you than statins, says nutritionist

The nation’s health could be improved if everyone committed to eating a bowl of porridge a day, a professor of food and nutrition has said. Professor Chris Seal of Newcastle University said the simple step could have a marked impact…

More accurate blood test for heart attacks could save the NHS millions
More accurate blood test for heart attacks could save the NHS millions

More accurate blood test for heart attacks could save the NHS millions

A simple blood test offered to patients suspected of having a heart attack could save the NHS millions of pounds every year, says new research. More than 65 per cent of people who visit A&E with chest pains are not…

Cranberry juice can help reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs, new research says
Cranberry juice can help reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs, new research says

Cranberry juice can help reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs, new research says

New research has thrown weight behind the argument that cranberry juice can decrease the occurrence of urinary tract infections (UTIs). The Journal of Urology has published results of a study involving 28 clinical trials using nearly 5,000 patients, which showed…

Scientists say tiny ‘DNA nanobots’ could deliver medicine by travelling through the body
Scientists say tiny ‘DNA nanobots’ could deliver medicine by travelling through the body

Scientists say tiny ‘DNA nanobots’ could deliver medicine by travelling through the body

A minute robot too small to be seen by the naked eye could one day be used to carry medicines around the body, say scientists. The nanobot, compiled from DNA, could be used to perform tasks at a molecular level…

Research finds eating an avocado a day boosts levels of brain-friendly lutein
Research finds eating an avocado a day boosts levels of brain-friendly lutein

Research finds eating an avocado a day boosts levels of brain-friendly lutein

Eating a fresh avocado a day could boost brain function in older adults, new research has found. A modest study of 40 healthy adults aged over 50 found that those who consumed the trendy green fruit on a daily basis…

Aspirin could be the key to reversing tooth decay, say Belfast scientists
Aspirin could be the key to reversing tooth decay, say Belfast scientists

Aspirin could be the key to reversing tooth decay, say Belfast scientists

Aspirin could be used to regenerate teeth and reduce the need for expensive fillings, medical scientists in Belfast say. Research into the anti-inflammatory painkiller found that it stimulates stem cells in teeth, encouraging regeneration. Scientists at Queen’s University in Belfast…