Makers of an Alzheimer’s drug are hoping it will become the first new treatment for the disease available to sufferers for over a decade if trials conclude successfully later this year. Its developers say unlike more experimental treatments, which have caused excitement in early stages but then failed in clinical trials, the drug works in tandem with existing medication to help people with dementia live more independently for longer. “Studies based on theory can be successful, but several hundred of them have failed,” said Lawrence Friedhoff, chief development officer at Axovant, the company producing the drug.
The professor considered the grandfather of medical marijuana research has spoken of his lifelong fascination with the chemistry of the cannabis plant – and revealed he has never smoked a joint. Raphael Mechoulam, a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, started studying cannabis in the 1960s. The 86-year-old told Culture magazine he had unknowingly broken the law when the police gave him hashish to use in his first experiments, but later received samples from Israel’s Ministry of Health.
From depression to anxiety, mental health issues are often painted as invisible illnesses, that aren't noticeable like a broken bone or a cut to the skin. At times, symptoms like racing thoughts, paranoia and rock-bottom self-worth can make a person behave out of character. Sarah, a 28-year-old who works in London, says that she has dealt with feelings of depression since she was a child.
Sure, it's not the more orthodox approach, but it makes an important point about breastfeeding and women's freedom.
Much like women, men’s bodies have changed a lot over time. In 1967, Mr Average was 5ft 7.5in tall, weighed 11st 8lbs and had a chest of 38 inches and a waist of 34 inches. Fast forward 50 years, however, and British men have grown significantly.
Arriving Sept 2017,” the family confirmed that the UK’s biggest family was about to get even bigger. In news that could mark the end of the traditional 2.4 children, Britain is now home to more families containing four or more children since the early 1970s.
The old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is wrong. Recently, biochemist Terence Kealey wrote in his book Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal that he believes quitting breakfast helped him to reverse his Type 2 diabetes. “My glucose levels spiked alarmingly, especially after eating breakfast.
“Don’t talk to strangers!” It’s the safety rule that our parents drummed into us and now we repeatedly tell our own children. In her blog, Time Well Spent, Jodie Norton explained that a certain safety rule about identifying “Tricky People” that she taught her children years ago may actually have saved their lives. Deciding she needed to go to hospital, she took her four kids with her but arranged for her two eldest children- aged 10 and eight – to be picked up by a neighbour outside the A&E.
Diane Munday didn’t know what an abortion was until she was in her early twenties. Munday was first confronted with the stark reality of abortions when her local dressmaker - a common profession in the Sixties - suddenly died. The young woman’s mother quietly confided in Munday’s mother that she had lost her life after having a backstreet abortion.
A British mother is warning other parents to be wary of Nurofen after her baby suffered a horrible reaction to the common pain-reliever. Rachel Deakin from Tyldesley in Greater Manchester posted a message on Facebook after her six-month-old daughter Autumn “instantly started screaming and gagging” after taking some of the medicine. Deakin contacted Nurofen and the Co-op from which it was bought, and the medicine has now been taken off the shelves.
Body positivity blogger Ana Carolina Rojas has nothing to hide, not even the hate she receives from trolls. Rojas was minding her own business, enjoying a beautiful, warm day of sunbathing and sharing it with her followers when a troll attacked.
New data from Childcare.co.uk has revealed the UK regions that have the highest average hourly rates for childcare services and its no surprise that childcare costs in London are higher than anywhere else in the UK. The south east is the next most expensive region in the UK for childcare, with an average hourly rate of £7.16. On the other end of the scale the east Midlands offers the cheapest childcare, at just £6.09, well below the national average.
The idea to launch a vagina museum came to Florence Schechter in a flash. Schechter, who posts science videos on YouTube, was chatting to a friend about a trip to the world famous penis museum in Iceland. “There was a medical museum on obstetrics, and a menstruation museum, but there wasn’t one devoted to the vagina like there was for the penis,” she tells The Independent.
Experts have long been informing new mums about the benefits of breastfeeding. New research published in the journal Pediatrics has revealed that babies who were breastfed have the same cognitive development at five years old as their bottle-fed peers. The behaviour, vocabulary level and cognitive ability of 7,478 children was measured at age three and five and analysed in relation to whether or not they had been breastfed.
After making headlines for his bare-chested stint on the runway in 2015, 80-year-old Wang Deshun was quickly dubbed China’s hottest grandpa - and it’s not hard to see why.
Playing Tetris in the hours after a distressing incident can help prevent the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study has found. The researchers, from Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Oxford, found that the patients who had played Tetris reported fewer intrusive memories, commonly known as flashbacks, in the week that followed. “Since the game is visually demanding, we wanted to see if it could prevent the intrusive aspects of the traumatic memories from becoming established,” said Emily Holmes, a psychology professor at the Karolinska Institute.
A fair number of famous faces have already given birth this year. Although many have kept their children’s names well under wraps, the likes of Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Marion Cotillard have told the world all about their new additions.
A woman has died after receiving an injection of turmeric from a naturopath. The common spice, used in curries, was partly responsible for the death of 30-year-old Jade Erick from San Diego in California, ruled a medical examiner. Ms Erick had a heart attack caused by an adverse reaction to a turmeric solution administered intravenously.
NHS doctors may be stopped from providing travel vaccinations and prescriptions for hayfever tablets, indigestion remedies and omega 3 supplements under major cost-cutting plans. Coeliacs could also have to buy their own gluten-free food, which will no longer be available on the NHS as part of a proposed crackdown on “low value” prescription items available in supermarkets and over the counter for a fraction of the cost. NHS England hopes to save up to £400m a year under new national guidelines.
The Internet is outraged at United Airlines after a gate agent barred two girls in leggings from boarding a flight this weekend. As Shannon Watts documented on Twitter, the agent told them they either needed to change, or put on a dress to cover up their leggings. United Airlines is under fire for barring two girls from a flight for wearing leggings.
A child’s cognitive development is the same at five years old regardless of whether they were breast or bottle fed, a new study has found. The behaviour, vocabulary level and cognitive ability of 7,478 children in Ireland was measured at age three and five and analysed in relation to whether or not they had been breastfed. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, linked breastfeeding with improved problem solving and reduced hyperactivity in children aged three, but not at the age of five.
A beauty pageant contestant has taken to Instagram to share the one thing that helped clear up her aggressive acne. For years, she hid away after being bullied for her severe skin condition and despite being approached to participate in a pageant at age 18, Crawley turned down the opportunity because she felt too insecure. Setting up the account to share her battle with acne, Crawley set out to prove that it’s nothing to be ashamed of with a litter of make-up free selfies.