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Daytime wounds ‘heal more quickly’

Wounds heal more quickly if they occur during the day rather than after dark, a study suggests. It found burns sustained at night took an average of 28 days to heal, but just 17 for those that happened in daytime. The team, at the UK’s MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, …

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Breast cancer ‘can return after 15 years’

Image copyrightScience Photo Library Breast cancer can resurface after remaining dormant for 15 years following successful treatment, a study has found. Women with large tumours and cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes had the highest 40% risk of it coming back. Researchers writing in the New England Journal …

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Sex ‘unlikely to cause cardiac arrest’

Image copyrightGetty Images Sudden cardiac arrest is associated with sexual activity far more often in men than women, research suggests. But sex is a rare trigger for sudden cardiac arrest. Only 34 out of the 4,557 cardiac arrests examined occurred during or within one hour of sexual intercourse and 32 …

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‘Urgent need’ for football header research

Image copyrightStirling University Scientists investigating links between heading footballs and dementia say there is an urgent need for more research. It follows the screening of a BBC documentary “Dementia, football and me”, featuring Alan Shearer. Last year, scientists at Stirling University found just one session of heading a ball could …

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Drivers ‘should have compulsory eye tests’

Image copyrightGetty Images Drivers should have compulsory eye tests every 10 years, the Association of Optometrists has said. One in three optometrists say they have seen patients in the last month who continue to drive with vision below the legal standard, their association said. Motorists must read a number plate …

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Diabetes ‘should not be a dirty secret’

Image copyrightGetty Images Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems – an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says. Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life. Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of …

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Liver test to aid overdose treatment

People who overdose on paracetamol could be helped by a blood test that shows immediately if they are going to suffer liver damage. Researchers in Edinburgh and Liverpool said the test would help doctors identify which patients arriving in hospital need more intensive treatment. The blood test detects levels of …

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Staff ‘fed patients pills in ice cream’

Image copyrightGoogleImage caption The hospital’s medical care has been rated “inadequate” Hospital staff secretly fed pills to patients by hiding them in their meals and in ice cream, the health watchdog has found. Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth has been given a formal warning by the Care Quality Commission over …

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Did you know under-fives need vitamins?

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FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

Image copyrightGetty Images US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by …

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