“Gold standard” stem cells created by British scientists

“Gold standard” stem cells created by British scientists

British scientists have created the first known batch of “gold standard” stem cells which could one day lead to a new wave of treatments for degenerative diseases. The stem cells, taken from human embryos and grown in the lab, are of unprecedented quality and could be offered to researchers before the end of next year for eventual use in clinical trials. Previous embryonic stem cell (ESC) trials in humans have used lower-quality “research grade” cells, which are manipulated and reclassified…

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Boys need the cervical cancer jab too

Boys need the cervical cancer jab too

Few politicians will ever admit they are wrong, so I salute health ministers who have finally capitulated to medical opinion and last month announced a U-turn on the cervical cancer vaccine that is given to 12- and 13-year-old girls. Until now, Cervarix, which protects against two strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) that are a factor in at least 70 per cent of diagnoses, has been the NHS vaccine of choice. However, another vaccine, Gardasil, also protects against a…

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Daily Aspirin blocks bowel cancer

Daily Aspirin blocks bowel cancer

A daily dose of aspirin should be given to people at high risk of bowel cancer, say scientists. Two pills a day for two years reduced the incidence of bowel cancer by 63% in a group of 861 at-risk patients, a study reported in The Lancet said. Newcastle University’s Prof Sir John Burn, who led the study, said the evidence “seems overwhelmingly strong”. Other experts said the findings added to a growing body of proof that aspirin could be used in the…

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Raw vegetables and fruits counteract heart risk genes

Raw vegetables and fruits counteract heart risk genes

People who are genetically susceptible to heart disease can lower their risk by eating plenty of fruit and raw vegetables, a study suggests. It says five or more daily portions should be enough to counteract culprit versions of a gene on chromosome 9, thought to be possessed by a fifth of people of European ancestry. Healthy diets appeared to weaken its effect. The US researchers investigated more than 27,000 people for their work. The findings were published in Plos Medicine journal. These…

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Nitric Oxide: The New Hero of Human Biology

Nitric Oxide: The New Hero of Human Biology

Twenty minutes on a treadmill will certainly help you fit into that one-size-too-small dress. But new research suggests that exercise may also help increase the production of nitric oxide, a substance that does a variety of important jobs in the body, perhaps none more valuable than to help prevent heart disease. “Nitric oxide does a variety of jobs,” explains Dr. Jason Allen of Duke University. “It tends to be antiatherogenic, which means that it helps prevent your arteries from becoming…

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Breastfed babies develop fewer behavioural problems

Breastfed babies develop fewer behavioural problems

Children who are breastfed for four months or more develop fewer behaviour problems, Oxford researchers say. The study, involving 10,000 mothers and their babies and in journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, says that may be because of the make-up of breast milk. Or, it says, breastfeeding may lead to better mother-baby interaction. Breastfeeding is already associated with other health benefits for babies, including lower rates of infection and less obesity in later life. Researchers looked at the feeding habits…

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Prolonged bottle feed increases obesity risk

Prolonged bottle feed increases obesity risk

Babies who are bottle-fed until the age of two are more likely to be obese when they start school, a US study suggests. Writing in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that children who were still regular bottle users at 24 months were 30% more likely to be obese aged five-and-a-half. They analysed data from nearly 7,000 children across the United States. Experts say bottle-feeding can make babies consume too many calories. The research found 22% of the two-year-olds studied…

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Priligy (Dapoxetine) can treat Premature Ejaculation (PE)

Priligy (Dapoxetine) can treat Premature Ejaculation (PE)

Priligy® or its generic version Dapoxetine is the first pill-form medication designed specifically to treat premature ejaculation (PE) in men. Premature ejaculation is defined as ejaculating quicker than their partner or themselves would desire. Technically, Dapoxetine or Priligy® is what is known as a SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). SSRI’s are typically prescribed for patients who experience depression and as such are used as antidepressants. However, some SSRI’s have shown the ability to reduce ejaculation time in some men but no other…

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Drug prevents Type 2 Diabetes in Majority of High-Risk Individuals

Drug prevents Type 2 Diabetes in Majority of High-Risk Individuals

A pill taken once a day in the morning prevented type 2 diabetes in more than 70 percent of individuals whose obesity, ethnicity and other markers put them at highest risk for the disease, U.S. scientists report. The team also noted a 31 percent decrease in the rate of thickening of the carotid artery, the major vessel that supplies blood to the brain. The study, which enrolled 602 participants through The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and…

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Eating Apples Extends Lifespan of Test Animals by 10 Percent

Eating Apples Extends Lifespan of Test Animals by 10 Percent

Scientists are reporting the first evidence that consumption of a healthful antioxidant substance in apples extends the average lifespan of test animals, and does so by 10 percent. The new results, obtained with fruit flies — stand-ins for humans in hundreds of research projects each year — bolster similar findings on apple antioxidants in other animal tests. The study appears in ACS’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Zhen-Yu Chen and colleagues note that damaging substances generated in the body, termed…

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