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Family history of breast cancer isn’t a death sentence

Family history isn’t such an important factor after all when it comes to breast cancer. You’re as likely to survive it as women who have no cancer in their family, new research suggests. more »

Chamomile tea helps you sleep better—and live longer

It’s the traditional bed-time drink, and researchers reckon it can do more than help you sleep well: chamomile tea may also help you live longer. more »

Half of older Americans on course for heart disease

Half of all Americans over the age of 60 have metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of problems such as diabetes and obesity that can lead to cardiovascular disease and even death. more »

The myth of cancer as a disease of old age

Cancer is seen as a disease of old age, and doctors reckon the rise in the number of cases is the result of us living longer. more »

Problem kid? Give him fish oils, and watch his behaviour improve

Aggressive and anti-social behaviour in children can be helped by omega-3 fish oils. It’s the ultimate brain food that can have a big impact on the children, especially if their diet is poor, say researchers. more »

Don't go swimming when you are wearing your contacts

Don’t go swimming when you’re wearing contact lenses—it can cause serious bacterial contamination that can sometimes result in blindness. more »

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The Medical Detective - Dr Gaier's casebook Staying sharp Q My family seems to be plagued by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, although I’m unclear about what the difference is between the two. First my father’s brain started to deteriorate quite quickly. My sister and I looked after him in turn at our homes, but when that became impossible, we put him in a home. Then my mother started to show signs and, because she was argumentative in the earlier stages, we ended up having to put her in a home too. Sadly, my husband’s mother went the same way. It was quite dreadful. Now my husband and I are concerned about our own chances of getting Alzheimer’s or dementia. How can we find this out, and is there anything we can do to protect ourselves? J.T., Belfast