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NEWS Have a reason to get up if you want a good night's sleep

July 31st 2017

If you want to have a good night's sleep, have a reason to get up in the morning. In other words, have a purpose in life, say researchers.

NEWS Someone takes a drug wrongly every 21 seconds (that's 10.5 million times a year in the US alone)

July 28th 2017 /

Pharmaceuticals are dangerous enough as it is—but when they're taken incorrectly, they can be lethal. It's a common problem, with someone in the US reporting a serious medication error every 21 seconds, and that's 10.5 million cases a year.

NEWS Doctors putting lives at risk by ignoring safety guidelines over heart drugs

July 27th 2017 /

Doctors are putting lives at risk by going against safety guidelines and are routinely prescribing an anticoagulant such as warfarin to all patients with irregular heartbeat.

NEWS Greenhouse gases cutting 11 years off our lives

July 26th 2017 /

While politicians continue to argue about reducing greenhouse gases, scientists have discovered that the problem is far worse than we thought: pollutants from fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, are cutting our life expectancy by up to 11 years.

NEWS Young women still being prescribed thalidomide

July 24th 2017

Thalidomide, the morning sickness drug that caused appalling birth defects in more than 10,000 babies in the 1960s, is still being prescribed to young women who become pregnant—and three women had to have an abortion last year after being exposed to the drug.

NEWS Sweeteners aren't slimming—they put on the pounds (and cause heart disease)

July 21st 2017

We pop a sweetener—such as aspartame, sucralose or stevia—into our hot drink to help us keep the weight off. But they could be doing the exact opposite if we use them for a long time, and not only will we put on the pounds, sweeteners also raise the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

NEWS Food packaging chemicals linked to heart disease

July 19th 2017 /

Phthalates—chemicals found in food packaging and pharmaceutical drugs—have been linked to a range of chronic diseases, from heart problems, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

NEWS The 27 stressful events that can age your brain, and cause dementia

July 19th 2017

There are 27 stressful events that can age our brain by up to four years, and increase the risk of dementia, researchers have found.

NEWS Heart failure? It's all in the gut

July 18th 2017 /

Doctors monitor cholesterol levels to prevent cardiovascular disease—but they should switch their focus to the gut. A sudden loss of bacteria in the gut triggers heart failure, new research has found this week.

NEWS High-dose vitamin D can heal sunburn

July 14th 2017

We get vitamin D from the sun—and the same vitamin can help repair skin damage when we get sunburn. Taking supplements after sunbathing helps reduce redness, swelling and inflammation, researchers have discovered.

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