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Women with the faulty BRCA gene have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, and have been inspired by movie star Angelina Jolie to have a preventive mastectomy—but it's a step too far, new research suggests. They have the same survival chances as other breast cancer patients, even if they've had a mastectomy.
Tinnitus—a persistent ringing in the ear—is thought to be incurable, but two new technologies are being tested that could finally improve, or even reverse, the problem.
Nearly 3,000 children were given a new TB (tuberculosis) vaccine after researchers had reassured parents it was safe and effective—but neither claim was true, and was based on falsified data.
Taking a sauna for 30 minutes can have a big effect on your health. It reduces blood pressure, and it also lowers your chances of heart problems and heart attack, and even Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Even couch potatoes who take up exercise for the first time in middle-age can still reduce—and even reverse—their chances of suffering a heart attack or heart failure. People who begin to exercise in their mid-50s can rejuvenate their heart, and make it more efficient and healthy, say researchers.
Health agencies admit they have chosen the wrong flu vaccine this year. People who've already been vaccinated won't be protected from the strain that has already started to cause a big leap in infections.
Hardening of the arteries—one of the signs of heart disease—can be improved in just four months by taking high doses of vitamin D, a new study has discovered.
Eating apples and tomatoes every day keeps your lungs working optimally as you get older—and it's a tip that is especially important for those who've just given up smoking.
Fasting may be a great way to kick-start the immune system, but the celebrated 5:2 diet—in which you fast two days of the week—isn't any more effective at keeping the weight off in the long run, a new research study claims.
The side effects of the world's most commonly-prescribed diabetes drug are so severe that around a third of patients stop taking it, a new study has discovered.