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New ‘bloodless’ patch for diabetics could end the need for finger-prick tests

Researchers from the University of Bath have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which can measure glucose levels through the skin…

New blood test detects Alzheimer’s early with 86 per cent accuracy

Researchers at Ruhr University in Germany have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease and found that it can detect…

Dairy consumption increases spine strength in men over 50

A higher intake of dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, is associated with higher volumetric bone mineral density…

Don’t believe the propaganda – sin taxes are designed to punish the poor

With the sugar tax taking effect in Britain on Friday, the Lancet has dedicated a whole issue to the wonders…

Higher protein intake has no effect on lean mass in older men

Many experts in nutrition recommend a higher intake of protein for older adults. However, few rigorous studies have evaluated whether…

Optimistic people ‘less likely to have heart attacks’

Optimistic people are more likely to have healthy hearts, according to a new study of more than 4,900 people carried…

Increased heart rate with low blood pressure could be early sign of Parkinson’s

A bedside test that matches a change in heart rate with a drop in blood pressure after a patient stands…

Engineering is vital for medical innovation – we need to close the skills gap

For decades, advances in engineering have been essential to some of medicines greatest innovations. But if the current global skills…

Slow walking speed ‘could be sign of dementia’

Older adults with slower walking speeds seem to have a greater risk of dementia, according to a new study published…

‘Game changing’ antibiotic can kill superbugs

A ‘game changing’ new antibiotic which is capable of killing superbugs has been successfully synthesised and used to treat an…

Food supplements ‘could be used in early treatment of psychosis’

Nutrients found in food may help reduce the symptoms of psychotic illness, when used in the early stages of treatment,…

Male contraceptive found to be safe in early trials

A new birth control pill for men – called dimethandrolone undecanoate or DMAU – is safe when used every day…

A high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss in type 2 diabetes patients

Eating a high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss, improves diabetes and decreases the need for insulin, according to new research by…

We have a drug that’s effective against depression – now the government needs to let us use it

The case of young Alfie Dingley, who has to live in Holland to obtain cannabis medicine for his severe epilepsy,…

Keyhole surgery needs to be faster and less expensive – and for that we need better tools

More than a century ago the first keyhole surgery procedure was conducted, paving the way for a vast revolution in…

Smoking causes hearing loss, new research finds

The dangers of smoking are well established. But now a new and novel effect of the habit has been discovered.…

Bevan’s NHS is no longer fit for purpose in the age of bio-data

We live in a world which has traditionally taken a one-size fits-all approach to health. In the UK nearly everyone…

Giving birth ‘ages a woman by 11 years’

Women who have given birth have shorter telomeres, according to a recent study by George Mason University researchers in their…