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First image of an irritable bowel

Just a few years ago many in the medical profession thought that the common intestinal malady irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was psychological – with its origins in the head, not the gut.

Parkinson’s can start in the gut

Swedish scientists have demonstrated that Parkinson’s disease can move from the gastrointestinal tract to the brain.

Low birth weight babies cope better with fasting later in life

New study suggests that low-weight babies apparently have an evolutionary advantage during periods of hunger and food shortage.

Cold sores linked to dementia

Herpes infections can double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Alcoholism linked to lack of intestinal bacteria

New study suggests connection between the gut flora and addiction to alcohol.

Relatives of patients with dementia need support, understanding

When a person with dementia is placed in a nursing home, those who are left at home often become lonely and depressed. The health care system needs to be aware of the needs of these family members, too, researchers say.

Fatty liver is the new threat to national health

A Danish scientist is scrutinising millions of Danish and American genes, looking for an explanation to why increasing number of people are afflicted with fatty liver.

Genetic variant protects against hepatitis C

Thanks to a genetic defect, quite a few of us have a better than average chance of overcoming the liver disease hepatitis C.

Mutations in noncoding DNA also cause cancer

New discovery could lead to novel field of study within cancer research.

Jealous and fretful women are more prone to developing Alzheimer’s

Jealousy, anxiety and an unstable temperament have been linked in a Swedish study to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Worrying about sleep will keep you awake

If you are afraid of not being able to sleep, insomnia may become more severe.

Tests for pelvic joint pain not reliable at all

Some pregnant women are more sensitive to pain than others and end up being wrongly treated for pelvic joint pain, study shows.

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Say NO. Focus on the negative aspects. Repress your emotions. That kind of advice probably does not sound right to a lot of people, but it’s a better idea than following fanatically positive, self-help books, concludes a professor of psychology.