Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters

Image copyright Getty Images US scientists believe they have identified a new gene mutation that can raise the risk of ovarian cancer, and is passed from father to daughter. It is inherited through the X-chromosome and is independent of other known susceptibility genes that women can already be tested for. Experts say more studies are […]

Cleaning products linked to poorer lung function

Image copyright Getty Images Regular exposure to cleaning products significantly affects lung function, research has suggested. The study of 6,000 people by a team from Norway’s University of Bergen, found women appeared to be more badly affected than men. They said cleaning chemicals were “unnecessary” and microfiber cloths and water were “enough for most purposes”. […]

Patient’s chest rebuilt with 3D print after tumour surgery

Image copyright ABMU Health Board Image caption The implant was originally supposed to have been screwed in. But as the bone was narrow and soft there was a chance it could break so Mr Goldsmith sewed it into place instead. A man has had his chest rebuilt using 3D printing technology during an operation to […]

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

Media captionWhat you need to know about bread A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot […]

Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

Image copyright Getty Images Older people are often assumed to want amiable companionship in later life rather than passion-fuelled romance. But a survey of 2,002 older Britons suggests 52% of over-65s feel they do not have enough sex, and nearly a third are happy to have sex on a first date. It also found one […]

Valentine’s Day prompts mini baby boom, NHS data shows

Image copyright Getty Images It is a day known for ostentatious displays of romance. But it appears Valentine’s Day really does lead to love in the air after new figures, for 2015, showed an increase in conceptions around the day. NHS England data shows there were an estimated 16,263 conceptions in England in the week […]

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

Image copyright Science Photo Library US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. […]

Pakistan gang ‘stole spinal fluid from women’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spinal fluid is obtained by inserting a needle into the spinal canal Pakistani police have arrested four people accused of stealing spinal fluid from women. The suspects told women they had to provide blood samples to qualify for financial assistance from the Punjab government, police told BBC Urdu. However, […]

Cold open water plunge may provide instant pain relief

Image copyright Science Photo Library A man who suffered constant pain after surgery cured it by taking a plunge in cold open water. The man’s case has been reviewed by doctors who suggest a short, sharp cold water swim may offer an alternative to strong painkillers and physiotherapy. The 28-year-old man who suffered from post-operative […]

Orthorexia: My ‘healthy food’ eating disorder

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