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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Taking cholesterol-lowering statins may be an effective way to keep the prostate healthy, research suggests.One study found statins were linked to reduced risk of prostate cancer, and enlargement of the organ, which can cause urinary problems. And a second study suggested the drugs may hinder the growth of prostate cancer by reducing inflammation. The studies were presented to a conference of the Read More »
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VIEWPOINTBy Dr Richard Barker,Director General of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical IndustryThere is a wonderful moment in the Monty Python's Life of Brian when Reg, the leader of the People's Front of Judea, played by John Cleese, asks disparagingly: "What have the Romans ever done for us"From his facial expression and his dismissive tone, it is clear Reg is less than enamo Read More »
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In a series focusing on medical specialties, the BBC News website meets medical photographer Karl Southerton.Medical photographers provide a wide range of photographic services to staff working in the medical field.Their work can play a key role in helping to diagnose disease, and track and record treatments.Karl Southerton's CVWHAT IS YOUR JOBI am a head of department in medical photography at t Read More »
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By Matt PreceyBBC NewsTwo workers at a government laboratory scratched themselves with needles risking contamination with the H5N1 bird flu strain, it has been revealed.Both were treated with anti-viral drugs and subsequently tested negative. The incidents at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) at Weybridge in Surrey came to light following a BBC Freedom of Information request. The VLA has r 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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