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Age boys start puberty ‘linked to mothers’

Image copyright aldomurillo Image caption If a mother started puberty early, her son is more likely to, the study suggests The age at which boys begin puberty is linked to when their mothers started having periods, a study suggests. Mothers who started earlier than their peers had sons who had: • armpit hair two and […]

Doctors can prescribe medical cannabis from November in UK

Image copyright Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Image caption Doctors will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis after a change in the law Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients from 1 November, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid says. The new regulations apply to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Mr Javid decided to […]

Same-sex mice have babies

Image copyright Leyun Wang Image caption This adult mouse has two mums and no dad, was healthy and able to have healthy pups of her own Baby mice have been made with two mums and no dad, say researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It took a substantial feat of genetic engineering to break […]

Severe obesity four times more likely in poor primary schools

Image copyright Getty Images Primary pupils in England’s poorest areas are four times more likely to be severely obese than in the wealthiest, according to the latest figures. Overall, the proportion of severely obese Year 6 pupils has risen from 3.6% in 2009-10 to 4.2% in 2017-18. Obese children are more likely to be bullied, […]

What works for treating children’s colds?

Image copyright Getty Images Children get six to eight colds a year – twice as many as adults – but there’s little evidence on what helps improve symptoms like blocked or runny noses and sneezing. So are there remedies worth trying? Pharmacies and supermarkets are full of cough and cold medicines which claim to relieve […]

Public faces ‘care injustice’ as NHS struggles

Image copyright Getty Images The public is facing a growing “care injustice” as people are finding it more difficult to get help in England, the regulator is warning. The Care Quality Commission highlighted growing hospital waiting lists, delays at A&E and record dissatisfaction levels with GPs in its annual report. Mental health and old-age care […]

What works for treating children’s colds?

Image copyright Getty Images Children get six to eight colds a year – twice as many as adults – but there’s little evidence on what helps improve symptoms like blocked or runny noses and sneezing. So are there remedies worth trying? Pharmacies and supermarkets are full of cough and cold medicines which claim to relieve […]

Standing desks ‘boost work performance’

Image copyright Getty Images New research suggests that standing desks, which allow employees to alter their position during the day, may boost performance at work. A number of NHS staff were given new desks and set goals for standing time. After a year, researchers found sitting time was reduced by more than an hour a […]

Mesh ‘last option’ for incontinence

Image caption The mesh implants are used to ease incontinence and to support organs Women who need treatment for urinary incontinence should only be offered mesh surgery as a last resort, new draft guidelines for the NHS advise. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says non-surgical options, like pelvic muscle exercises, are […]

One-off genetic test could detect heart attack risk

Image copyright Science Photo Library People born at increased risk of heart attack could be identified by a one off-genetic test, a study has found. The Genomic Risk Score (GRS) test would only cost £40, cheap enough for population-wide screening, say the researchers. It could help to explain why people with apparently no conventional risk […]