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Child supplements 'mislead parents' over vitamin D Child supplements 'mislead parents' over vitamin D
Few children's multivitamins give the recommended daily vitamin D dose, a study suggests. Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Southampton looked at 64 multivitamins and found only 25%-36% provided the correct dose of 400 IU. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said the research was "highly concerning" and products were "misleading parents". They recommend...
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Mosquitoes 'put off biting' by human diet drugs Mosquitoes 'put off biting' by human diet drugs
Scientists say they may have found a way to reduce the appetite of blood-hungry mosquitoes, by giving them human diet drugs. This left them feeling full and bloated and put them off biting, US researchers said. They said the technique could be used to prevent illnesses such as Zika, yellow fever and malaria. But their research is still in its early stages, the study in the journal Cell re...
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Women's frozen eggs 'should be stored for longer' Women's frozen eggs 'should be stored for longer'
Women who freeze their eggs should be allowed to keep them for longer than 10 years, fertility experts are telling the government. Legislation says frozen eggs must be destroyed after this time, unless a medical condition has left the woman prematurely infertile. Experts told the Victoria Derbyshire programme that the limit was arbitrary and had not kept up with technology. The government...
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Is a breath test key to detecting cancer? Is a breath test key to detecting cancer?
A clinical trial has been launched to see if a breath test could detect the presence of cancer. Researchers want to find out if signals of different cancer types can be picked up in patterns of breath molecules. The Cancer Research UK team in Cambridge will collect breath samples from 1,500 people, some with cancer. If the technology is proven, the hope is that breath tests could be used ...
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China cracks down on $4.3m worth of illegal and fake beauty products China cracks down on $4.3m worth of illegal and fake beauty products
Police in China have cracked down on a supply network of unlicensed and counterfeit beauty products, state media said. About 30m yuan ($4.3m, 3.4m) worth of fake Botox and vitamin C injections, as well as illegally imported hyaluronic acid were sold by the network in a six month period, said Xinhua news agency. Authorities have charged five people in connection with the case. Counterfeit...
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Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer Fat-clogged cells explain why obesity can cause cancer
A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found. Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says. And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,80...
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Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline' Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline'
A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers claim. Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over the next 15 years. They found those with the most intense pulses went on to experience greater cognitive decline over the next decade than the other study part...
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Are supplements safe and do they work? Are supplements safe and do they work?
The story of a man who ended up needing a liver transplant after taking green tea capsules has brought the topic of dietary supplements back into the news. What are some of the dangers of supplements and what are the health benefits? When Jim McCants started taking green tea pills he had hoped he was giving his health a shot in the arm. Instead, it appears the pills caused such serious damag...
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Children 'should be weighed up to age 18', report says Children 'should be weighed up to age 18', report says
Children and young people up to 18 should have their weight and body mass index (BMI) recorded every year, says a report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says England is falling behind other countries on obesity, mental health and infant deaths. It predicts rising health problems by 2030 without changes in policy. An NHS England spokeswoman said t...
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HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases
China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids. More than 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of 2018 alone. The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex, marking a change from the past. Traditionally, HIV spread rapidly through some parts ...
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