Do YOU know what counts towards your five a day?

Advice to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day has been peddled since the 1990s. But, despite being drilled into our brains for decades, surveys still show we wrongly think foods like jam, crisps and wine count towards the target.  As another study today warned of the potential dangers of ultra-processed foods and … Read more

Smartphone app that could help identify stroke symptoms as they occur 

Scientists develop smartphone app that spots stroke symptoms as they occur — looking at facial droopiness and slurred speech By Xantha Leatham Deputy Science Editor For The Daily Mail Published: 11:16 EST, 2 February 2023 | Updated: 11:19 EST, 2 February 2023 In the US one person suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and in … Read more

How cancer can make you speak in an IRISH accent: American man who had never visited the isle

A cancer-stricken man woke up to find he suddenly had an Irish accent — despite never having been to the country.  The American had been battling an advanced form of prostate cancer for close to two years before seeking advice for his ‘uncontrollable brogue’. Doctors diagnosed the man in his 50s with the extraordinarily rare … Read more

Bird flu spreads to foxes and otters

“We’ve recently detected events both here in and around the world – evidence that this virus can on certain occasions jump into other species,” he said. “To be clear, though, this is still a bird virus essentially, that wants to be in birds.” There have been 279 cases of (HPAI) H5N1 in England since the … Read more

Mum’s horror as Canterbury schoolboy, 14, from Herne Bay with AVM suffers stroke

The family of a 14-year-old boy were told to say their goodbyes to the youngster after he suffered a stroke that left him fighting for his life. Canterbury schoolboy Stephen Gaskin was discovered “unconscious and barely breathing” inside his Herne Bay home, having complained of severe headaches earlier that day. Brain scans revealed that Stephen … Read more

Major study suggests beta-blockers for heart health could reduce violent crime

Could beta-blockers prevent violent crimes from happening? Major study suggests heart meds could reduce aggression The drugs that treat high blood pressure may be linked to lower rates of violence UK and Swedish scientists conducted the study involving 1.4 million Swedes   They were associated with a 13% lower risk of being charged with a violent … Read more

Stroke risk could be higher for women who don’t use hormone replacement therapy, study suggests 

Stroke risk could be higher for women who don’t use hormone replacement therapy, study suggests Using contraceptives or HRT cuts the risk of a stroke by mid-60s, study suggests Experts suggested women starting menopause earlier be offered more checks Women with longer reproductive life span had a 5 per cent lower risk of strokes By Kate Pickles Health Editor … Read more

Moms with any of five major pregnancy complications at a lifelong heightened risk of heart disease

Women who suffer pregnancy complications are more likely to develop heart disease up to five decades after giving birth, a major study suggests. Researchers looked at more than two million Swedish women who gave birth between 1973 and 2015.  They analyzed medical records for five pregnancy complications: hypertensive disorders, pre-eclampsia, premature birth, low birth weight, … Read more

Coffee’s energy boost ALWAYS ‘needs to be repaid with sleep’

Why coffee does NOT give you extra energy: Scientist says pick-me-up is merely a ‘loan’ that needs to be repaid with sleep Caffeine temporarily blocks a chemical called adenosine preventing drowsiness But eventually adenosine binds to its receptor making us feel drowsy and sleepy Dr Emma Beckett is a molecular nutritionist at the University of Newcastle … Read more

Prescription sleeping pills like Ambien may raise the risk of dementia by 80 PERCENT

Common sleeping pills may significantly raise the risk of dementia, a study suggests. People who said they took them ‘often’ or ‘almost always’ were up to 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed than people who answered ‘never’ or ‘rarely’. But the findings only applied to white people, which the researchers say indicates other lifestyle … Read more