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2013 November

Obesity 'behind increase in knee replacements'

It has been claimed that the obesity epidemic is behind a rise in the number of knee replacement operations.New research has suggested that rising obesity rates among under-25s are behind a boost in the amount of knee replacement surgeries that are being carried out.The records from more than 125 orthopaedic…
2013 November

Scientists discover obesity gene

Research may put to bed the age-old debate about whether or not there is a genetic risk factor associated with obesity.Medical professionals and members of the public alike have long debated whether or not genes could be behind the likelihood of an individual becoming obese. Many people who struggle with…
2013 November

Link between subclinical myocardial injury and sleep apnoea discovered

New research has highlighted a connection between sleep apnoea and subclinical myocardial injury.Scientists had already uncovered a link between obstructive sleep apnoea - also known as OSA - and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Now, however, new research has highlighted a potential association between the sleep disorder and subclinical…
2013 November

Are children affected by their mother's anxiety or depression?

Children could be affected by maternal anxiety and depression, according to a new study.Research continues to be done into how and to what extent maternal symptoms of various conditions can impact on their offspring. Now, new research suggests that mothers' anxiety or depression could in fact transfer to certain behaviours…
2013 November

Elderly 'should learn new skills' to keep their mind ticking over

A new study has suggested that learning mentally stimulating new skills could be good for the mental health of the elderly.Growing old - and the health implications that may come with it - is certainly inevitable. However, there are certain things that individuals can do to help safeguard their health…
2013 October

Effects of excessive alcohol consumption explored

A new study has returned worrying results about the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption.It has long been known by anyone who is even remotely conscious of health issues that excessive consumption of alcohol is not good news. Now, a new study has revealed more specifically that it could increase not…
2013 October

Scientists uncover the secrets of 'healthy' brown fat cells

A team of scientists has identified how brown fat cells are produced - findings that could play a key role in the fight against obesity.Scientists have moved a step closer to understanding how brown fat cells can be harnessed to burn excess energy and so combat the growing problem of…
2013 October

Supplements 'may benefit postmenopausal women with invasive breast cancer'

New research has highlighted the benefits of multivitamin and mineral supplements for older women with postmenopausal breast cancer.Much has been written about the potential benefits of dietary supplements, be they vitamins, minerals, compound formulas or likewise. Some may swear by these complexes, others may not.However, sceptics will be hard pushed…
2013 October

Osteoporosis could threaten women's independence, says study

Osteoporosis could threaten women's future independence, according to a new report.It is no secret that as people grow older, it becomes increasingly important to keep a closer eye on health and wellbeing, as the body may not be as resilient in later years as it once was.To this end, new…
2013 October

Problems with breastfeeding make first-time mums 'more likely to quit'

A new study has revealed that women who have problems breastfeeding their first-born are more likely to give up trying.Many mothers may find they experience all sorts of problems when it comes to breastfeeding their babies - for example, sore nipples, trouble getting their baby to latch on, difficulties producing…