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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 »

Fracking releases cancer-causing pollutants

Fracking releases high levels of pollutants that have been linked to some cancers and respiratory problems such as asthma. more »

Children given antibiotics more likely to suffer chronic disease as an adult

Children given antibiotics are far more likely to suffer from an impaired immune system that leaves them more susceptible to disease as an adult. more »

Walking 30 minutes a day reduces risk of early death by 40 per cent

It doesn’t take much: walking or cycling for more than 30 minutes a day can reduce your chances of a premature death by up to 40 per cent. 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