Scientists at Edith Cowan University in Australia have developed a potentially revolutionary blood test that’s been designed to help health professionals spot the early signs of melanoma. In 2015, there were 15,906 new cases of melanoma skin cancer in the UK, as outlined by Cancer Research UK. What is melanoma?
Morrisons has launched a ‘Quieter Hour’ across all of its 493 stores in order to cater for autistic customers who may otherwise feel anxious when shopping. The new initiative, which has received support from the National Autistic Society (NAS), was tested out earlier this year in stores located in Lincoln, Woking and Gainsborough. Supermarket shopping can prove an intense and anxiety-inducing experience for people who have autism, as Tom Purser, head of campaigns and public engagement at NAS, explains.
Fifteen-year-old Alexi Stafford died less than an hour and a half after mistakenly ingesting a cookie containing peanuts.
“Man flu”, a term that refers to the concept of men exaggerating their symptoms when feeling under the weather, is supposedly a real phenomenon. While research has claimed that a number of men do in fact have weaker immune systems than was previously supposed, a new study has discovered that when afflicted with influenza, there may be scientific reason why men recover at a faster rate than women. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health decided to investigate the various effects that influenza can have on men and women.
An antiquated law that states that only sons can inherit hereditary peerages is being challenged in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). This could have significant implications for the future children of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, should they have any daughters. The law currently dictates that only a son can inherit a dukedom, meaning that if Prince Harry and Meghan had a daughter, she would not be bestowed with the title.
Thanks to the power of the internet, you can check in an instant whether the baby name that you’ve fallen madly in love with was previously associated with a notorious criminal from the history books, suggests Michelle Woo, parenting editor at Lifehacker.
It’s a simple question that can hold so much weight for a woman – whether you’re not pregnant at all (hello, food baby), having a difficult pregnancy or, in one mum’s case, have actually already given birth. Laura Mazza, an Australian blogger, often finds comedy in her day-to-day life, building a community of online followers who share in her writings, but this post was different for her followers.
"As I was trying to understand, my husband flew out of bed and downstairs. It was then that the realisation hit. He had said: 'Kloe. Inside. Washer.'"
The enduring heatwave in the UK has seen a surge in the number of calls being made to the NHS 111 helpline concerning irritating insect bites. Antiobiotic Research UK has stated that the rising temperatures have led to an increase in horseflies, otherwise known as clegs, being identified in the country. While horsefly bites can potentially lead to extremely harmful infections, there are several ways to treat milder insect bites from home.
My research looks into how playing specially designed computer games might help people who are living with Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s is a brain disorder that gets progressively worse over time, leading to problems with movement and thinking. Although research is currently ongoing, unfortunately at present there are no treatments for the underlying cause of Huntington’s, or to prevent the disease getting worse.
The number of studies that have found a link between a disease and a specific gut microbiome composition seems to be ever increasing. For our latest study, published in Nature Communications, we looked at the gut microbe composition across a range of diseases. The kind of microbes (such as Enterobacteriaceae) that increased in one disease, increased in pretty much all 38 diseases studied.
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition where the heart beats irregularly and often very fast. Although the exact cause is not known, several risk factors have been identified, including increased age, male sex, high blood pressure, heart valve disease, diabetes and thyroid disease. There are about 1.7 million people in the UK with atrial fibrillation, according to Public Health England.
The bells feature in hospitals across the country, including Bristol Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, where thousands of children are treated for the disease. Every day, 12 families will be told their child has cancer, with 10 children and young people tragically losing their fight each week. Estimated survival rates for childhood cancer in 2017 are thought to be around 84 per cent, up from 64 per cent in 1990.