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Saying no to clinical trial may bring regrets - Futurity

If passing on a clinical trial can cause regrets later, should recruiters mention this emotional fallout to potential participants?

The right people aren't getting osteoporosis testing - Futurity

Over half of women over 75 went without a common osteoporosis screening test, according to a new study. Would electronic health records help?

Health

Prostate cancer breakthrough as scientists crack genetic code behind nine in 10 tumours

Nine out of 10 cases of late stage prostate cancer can now be linked to changes in the DNA of sufferers, the Institute of Cancer Research<p>Thousands of men suffering from advanced prostate cancer have been offered new hope of a cure after scientists discovered the genetic cause behind 90 per cent of …

Cancer

Cameron to publish EU referendum bill one day after Queen's speech

Prime minister receives boost to hopes of pushing changes through EU with positive assessment of his renegotiation prospects by Open Europe thinktank<p>David Cameron is to signal his determination to press ahead with the referendum on Britain’s European Union membership by publishing the parliamentary …

The British seem less likely to get cancer than Americans but are also less likely to survive. Why?

In the UK, more than 330,000 cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2011. That compares favorably with the rate of cancer in the US—396 per 100,000 people in the UK vs. 451 per 100,000 in the US.<p>But even though people in England, where the UK’s largest population is, are less likely to get cancer, five …

Cancer

Meet the doctor who is convinced he will live to 150

Medical advancements mean that life expectancy is now far greater than we believe, an ageing expert has claimed<p>An anti-ageing expert is convinced he will live until he is 150 and claims healthy Brits will live far longer than they expect.<p>Dr Alex Zhavoronkov, director of the UK-based Biogerontology …

Health

What 'Food Porn' Does to the Brain

What's the psychological appeal of looking at food that can't be tasted?<p>In the mid-20th century, the Dutch biologist Nikolaas Tinbergen uncovered an odd quirk of animal behavior: Across species, the animals in his experiments seemed to prefer prettier, flashier, more attention-grabbing versions of …

Consciousness

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Placebos

British holidaymakers lose millions in internet scams, says report

Criminal gangs conned travelling public out of £2.2m in 2014 say anti-fraud police, as online shoppers are urged to be cautious<p>Fraudsters conned British holidaymakers out of £2.2m last year through a series of internet-based scams, a report shows today.<p>Criminal groups have targeted online booking …

Green jackfruit: is ‘pulled pork for vegetarians’ the next big food craze?

It’s enormous, green and knobbly, and has foodies across the world drooling with delight. So what is it – and where can you get it?<p>Late last year, after 18 years of litigation, a senior government official in Kerala, south-west India was given a prison sentence after being convicted of theft. The …

‘Captain America’ duo the Russo Brothers to direct next two ‘Avengers’ films

Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed to direct two-parter 'The Avengers: Infinity War'<p>Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors of last year’s <i>Captain America:</i> …

Marvel Universe

South west jellyfish invasion: what to do if you are stung

Britain's most popular beaches could be closed this summer because of an invasion of jellyfish, experts have warned.<p>Swarms of large, barrel jellyfish have been spotted off the south west coast, with thousands more possibly on the way, which could lead to beach closures. "It's the year of the …

Biomedicine

Cure for thinning hair? Scientists find plucking stimulates huge growth spurt

Pulling out lingering follicles could stimulate the scalp into a burst of regeneration, scientists have found<p>For people with thinning hair the idea of plucking out the few strands that remain may fill them with horror.<p>However a new study suggests that pulling out the lingering follicles could …

Middle-age spread may protect against dementia

Obese people are less prone to suffer dementia, a huge study has shown, contradicting health advice and baffling scientists<p>The middle-aged spread may protect against dementia, scientists have suggested, after the largest ever study found that obese people have the lowest risk of developing the …

Selfish Shellfish Cells Cause Contagious Clam Cancer

In the 1970s, scientists noticed that soft-shell clams along the east coast of North America were dying from a strange type of cancer. Their blood, which was typically clear, would fill with so many cells that it would turn milky. The rogue cells clogged and infiltrated the clams’ organs, often …

Biology

Why marathon runners are likely to be smarter

Scientists have discovered that the same bodily process which helps fuel the body also improves memory and learning<p>Marathon runners are not only super fit but they are likely to know more than the average person as well, new research suggests.<p>Scientists have discovered that the same bodily process …

Alan Turing

Why don't doctors care more about the role of food in treating cancer?

Stories abound of cancer patients who have 'cured' themselves by changing their diet. Isn't it time doctors took them more seriously?<p>When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my wonderful consultant sent me to <b>The Breast Cancer Haven</b> in Fulham. This is one of three Havens – London, Hereford and Leeds …