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Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’

Drinking a few times a week ‘reduces diabetes risk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Raising a glass to the findings of the Danish study? People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest. Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping […]

Slimy slugs inspire ‘potentially lifesaving’ medical glue

Slimy slugs inspire ‘potentially lifesaving’ medical glue

Image copyright SPL Image caption Slugs were the inspiration for a new kind of super-sticky bio glue A defensive mucus secreted by slugs has inspired a new kind of adhesive that could transform medicine, say scientists. The “bio-glue” is incredibly strong, moves with the body and crucially, sticks to wet surfaces. The team at Harvard […]

Regret ‘improves children’s decision-making’

Regret ‘improves children’s decision-making’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Experiencing regret at a young age may be important in helping children to make better decisions Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf, and even Robbie Williams are amongst the singers who have exhorted us not to get bogged down in regret, but could this emotion actually be beneficial for us? According […]

Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

Image copyright Getty Images It is time to reconsider the widespread advice that people should always complete an entire course of antibiotics, experts in the BMJ say. They argue there is not enough evidence to back the idea that stopping pills early encourages antibiotic resistance. Instead, they suggest, more studies need to be done to […]

Charlie Gard parents ‘denied final wish’ for more time

Charlie Gard parents ‘denied final wish’ for more time

Image copyright Featureworld Image caption Charlie has encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome Terminally-ill Charlie Gard will be moved to a hospice and have his life support withdrawn soon after, a High Court judge has decided. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said it was not in his best interests to spend a long time in a […]

Charlie Gard: ‘Last precious moments’ for parents with their son

Charlie Gard: ‘Last precious moments’ for parents with their son

Media captionChris Gard: “We are so sorry we could not save you” Charlie Gard’s parents are spending their “last precious moments” with their terminally ill son after ending their legal fight to take him to the US for treatment. Lawyers said Chris Gard and Connie Yates want to spend the “maximum amount of time they […]

NHS ‘does not need more money to improve’

NHS ‘does not need more money to improve’

Image caption Sir Mike is stepping down from his role at the end of the week The NHS does not necessarily need more money to improve care, the outgoing chief inspector of hospitals in England, Prof Sir Mike Richards, says. Sir Mike said there were more cost-effective ways of running the service, such as ending […]

Drugs cocktail ‘cut HIV deaths by 27%’

Drugs cocktail ‘cut HIV deaths by 27%’

Image copyright Getty Images More than 10,000 lives a year could be saved with a simple change to HIV medication, doctors say. HIV is often diagnosed late, when it has already ravaged the immune system, leaving people vulnerable. To counter this, researchers tried prescribing a cocktail of drugs at the start of HIV therapy to […]

Time, not material goods, ‘raises happiness’

Time, not material goods, ‘raises happiness’

Image copyright Getty Images Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says. In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time – such as by paying for chores to be done – rather than spending the money on material goods. Psychologists say stress over […]

Food banks warn of school holiday hunger

Food banks warn of school holiday hunger

Media captionSarah has been going to a food bank because she struggles to feed her nine-year-old boy during the school holidays As the school summer holidays get under way, food banks are urging people not to forget to donate supplies to their local centres. The Trussell Trust, which runs over 420 food banks across the […]

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