Eating walnuts may help to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, research suggests.The nuts contain ingredients such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols that may all reduce the risk of the disease. Mice fed the human equivalent of two ounces (56.7g) of walnuts per day developed fewer and smaller tumours. The US study was presented to the American Association for Cancer Re Read More »
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By Jane ElliottHealth reporter, BBC NewsWhen a child is ill in hospital, a parent's first reaction is to be with them.Most hospitals now allow parents to sleep overnight with their child, providing a bed or sofa on the ward. But until the 1970s this practice was not only frowned upon - it was actively discouraged. Staff worried that the children were upset when their parents left, and so there wa Read More »
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Cases of bacterial meningitis are at a record low because of the success of NHS immunisation programmes, the government has revealed.The incidence of Hib meningitis has fallen 99%, from around 800 cases annually to a record low of 12 cases last year in under-fives. Meningitis C cases have also fallen from around 700 annually to less than one a year since a jab came in in 1999. Experts said the fi Read More »
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The first new TB vaccine for 80 years has started to be given to infants in the next stage of trials, according to Oxford University researchers.The experimental vaccine MVA85A is to be given to nearly 2,784 infants in South Africa to test its effectiveness. Oxford University researcher Dr Helen McShane said: "This trial will hopefully show that the vaccine can protect people from getting TB Read More »
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There are more than 8,000 violent incidents a yearHave your sayNurse describes attack by patientA year-long trial aimed at cutting physical and verbal attacks on Welsh health staff has been announced.The scheme will see CCTV cameras installed in accident and emergency units at four Welsh hospitals and in some ambulances. The hospitals are Prince Charles in Merthyr Tydfil, Royal Gwent in Newport, Read More »
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By Martin ShanklemanBBC NewsA sixth person who worked in a Manchester University building used by Lord Rutherford, and contaminated by radiation and mercury, has died.Professor Tom Whiston, 70, a psychology lecturer, died from cancer at his home in Sussex. He occupied the building where the Nobel Prize winning scientist carried out his experiments on atomic structure using radioactive radon. An i Read More »
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An appeal for volunteers to help researchers see how dark chocolate might help fight disease has attracted 1,500 responses worldwide in a day.The scientists in Aberdeen aim to assess how flavonoids, found naturally in cocoa, could fend off heart disease. Thursday's BBC Scotland news website story had more than 200,000 hits, and researchers said it sparked replies from as far afield as America. Fo Read More »
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Most children do not exercise enough to keep themselves healthy and prevent obesity, a government survey shows.The finding is based on more than 260,000 people in England who responded to the Change4Life campaign poll. The results showed nearly three-quarters (72%) of children do not take part in the recommended hour of daily activity outside school. Change4Life was launched in January to tackle Read More »
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