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Maps reveal schizophrenia 'hotspots' in England

Maps have revealed “hotspots” of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of medication prescribed by GPs. The analysis by the University of East London showed North Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, had the highest rates. The lowest rate of schizophrenia prescriptions was in East Dorset. However, explaining the pattern across England is […]

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Going local

Image caption A few years ago Jessy would have been stuck in hospital because there was no provision of social care in her area With health and social care budgets feeling the squeeze, the need to find ways to care for people that are both affordable and effective is one of the country’s biggest challenges. […]

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Rich only?

Image copyright Thinkstock New advice suggests that for a longer life, we need to eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but how realistic is this and is it only a diet for the wealthy? “Healthy foods are three times more expensive calorie-for-calorie than unhealthy foods so there’s a very strong price differential […]

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Straight women have fewest orgasms

Image copyright Thinkstock Heterosexual women have fewer orgasms than men or lesbian or bisexual women, research shows. The findings came from a study of 52,600 people in the US, exploring the “orgasm gap” between the genders and different sexual orientations. The report in Archives of Sexual Behaviour revealed a “variety of behaviours couples can try […]

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Why we like to eat chocolate

Image copyright 1905HKN It may seem simple – we like chocolate because it tastes nice. But there’s more to it than that – and it relates to a fat/carbohydrates balance that is set right from the very beginning of our lives. I love chocolate and once I start on a bar I can’t stop until […]

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Fasting diet 'regenerates diabetic pancreas'

Image copyright SPL The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers. Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts […]

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Anorexia 'improved by electrode therapy'

Image copyright PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Deep brain stimulation – implanting electrodes deep in the brain – could be a new way to treat severe anorexia nervosa, a Canadian study suggests. Scientists studied 16 people with severe anorexia and found the treatment helped reduce depression and anxiety and in some cases prompted weight gain. Researchers say […]

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Hospital appointments: RCS warning over waiting lists

Image copyright Thinkstock The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned that Northern Ireland patients are waiting too long for surgery. The latest hospital waiting list figures show 55.3% of patients were waiting longer than 13 weeks to be admitted for inpatient or day case treatment. Meanwhile, 12% of patients waited more than 52 weeks. […]

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Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10 a day

Image copyright iStock Eating loads of fruit and vegetables – 10 portions a day – may give us longer lives, say researchers. The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year. The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of cancer and […]

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Canadian researchers set to study cannabis oil

Liam has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. But after debilitating seizures and pharmaceutical trials and errors throughout his life, Liam’s parents turned to cannabis oil. Now a Canadian hospital in Toronto will be studying the effects cannabis oil in a new study – as many doctors are worried about prescribing it without scientific […]