Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds

Dog owners have lower mortality, study finds

Image copyright Getty Images Dog owners have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, a study of 3.4 million Swedes has found. The team analysed national registries for people aged 40 to 80, and compared them to dog ownership registers. They found there was a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in […]

Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Young people out of love with their own bodies, says report

Image copyright Science Photo Library Body dissatisfaction can start as young as six and lead to depression, anxiety and eating issues, MPs will be told. The Youth Select Committee urged the government to recognise the seriousness of body image fears, before young people suffered a long-term impact. It is launching its report into the issue, […]

Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Legislation was approved by the Scottish Parliament five years ago but has been tied up in court challenges. In a unanimous judgment, seven Supreme Court judges said the legislation did not […]

Indulgent grandparents ‘bad for children’s health’

Indulgent grandparents ‘bad for children’s health’

Image copyright SolStock Indulgent grandparents may be having an adverse impact on their grandchildren’s health, say researchers. The University of Glasgow study, published in PLOS One journal, suggests grandparents are often inclined to treat and overfeed children. The study also found some were smoking in front of their grandchildren and not giving them sufficient exercise. […]

Hormone pregnancy test ‘no link to harm’

Hormone pregnancy test ‘no link to harm’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Women who took the drug will be offered genetic testing The use of a controversial hormonal pregnancy test from the 1950s to the 1970s did not damage unborn children, a scientific review has found. The Commission on Human Medicines said the evidence did not support a “causal link”. The inquiry […]

Giving birth on due date ‘less risky’ for older mums

Giving birth on due date ‘less risky’ for older mums

Image copyright Getty Images Stillbirth and newborn death risk could be reduced by offering more pregnant women the chance to give birth on their due date, experts believe. Currently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before doctors intervene. New research […]

FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

FDA approves ‘trackable’ pill

Image copyright Getty Images US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets – for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes – have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken. A patch worn by the patient transmits this […]

Emotional toll of diabetes ‘needs more recognition’

Emotional toll of diabetes ‘needs more recognition’

Image copyright Getty Images Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems – an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says. Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life. Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of those in employment, 16% […]

Drivers ‘should have compulsory eye tests’

Drivers ‘should have compulsory eye tests’

Image copyright Getty Images Drivers should have compulsory eye tests every 10 years, the Association of Optometrists has said. One in three optometrists say they have seen patients in the last month who continue to drive with vision below the legal standard, their association said. Motorists must read a number plate from 20m (65ft) in […]

Mother’s fury at ‘lack of support’ for daughter

Mother’s fury at ‘lack of support’ for daughter

Image copyright Police Scotland Image caption Libbi Toledo took her own life in September The mother of a teenage girl who took her own life after absconding from residential care said she was “furious” at the lack of mental health support for her daughter. Libbi Toledo had severe mental health issues as well as autism […]

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