Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

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Free soda: France bans unlimited sugary drink refills

Restaurants and other spaces catering to the public in France have been banned from offering unlimited sugary drinks in an effort to reduce obesity. It is now illegal to sell…

Smoking leaves an "archaeological record" of the hundreds of DNA mutations it causes, scientists have discovered.

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Having sequenced thousands of tumour genomes, they found a 20-a-day smoker would rack up an average of 150 mutations in every lung cell each year. The changes are permanent, and…

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Concern Zika causes baby eye problems

Scientists studying the Zika outbreak in Brazil are becoming increasingly concerned the virus may cause eye damage in babies. Stanford University researchers found abnormal bleeding and lesions in the eyes…

e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors

Smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, says a leading medical body. The Royal College of Physicians says there is resounding evidence that e-cigarettes…

Diabetes

Final piece of type 1 diabetes puzzle solved

A complete picture of the areas that the immune system attacks to cause type 1 diabetes has finally been revealed by scientists. The study, published in the journal Diabetes, discovered…

US suicide

US suicide rate surges, particularly among white people

The suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in almost three decades, according to a new report. The increase is particularly pronounced among middle-age white people…

melanomous

Skin cancer: Pair of drugs ‘eliminate 20% of tumours’

A fifth of people with advanced melanoma have no sign of tumours in their body after treatment with a pair of immunotherapy drugs, a study shows. The first survival data…

polio

Vaccine switched in ‘milestone’ towards ending polio

More than 150 countries have begun switching to a different polio vaccine – an important milestone towards polio eradication, health campaigners say. The new vaccine will target the two remaining…

E-skin

E-skin ‘can monitor body’s oxygen level’

Scientists say they have developed ultra-thin electronic “skin” that can measure oxygen levels when stuck to the body. The goal is to develop such “skin” to monitor oxygen levels in…

cancer cell

Gene editing ‘boosts’ cancer-killing cells

Cancer scientists have genetically modified the immune system to help it attack tumours in mice. The immune system is the body’s own defence against infection and cancer, but tumours develop…