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Why are older patients not getting the care they need?

Expertise varies among nurses, assistant nurses and assistants. In some cases, lack of competence may lead to seniors not receiving the treatment they need, according to a recent study of elderly care.

One in three chronic patients do not understand their illness

One in three patients with a chronic disease struggle to understand what their doctor tells them and don’t understand their own illness.

Study finds parents have cut back on giving their children sleeping pills

After concerns were raised about the practice, the use of allergy medicine to help one-year-olds sleep has been cut in half in Norway.

Whole grains boost the immune system

Bioactive compounds found in whole grains strengthen the immune system and help fight off disease, suggests new research.

Antipsychotics can make you fat

Psychosis medications can also lead to an increased appetite, shows new research. It could explain why some people react so dramatically to treatment.

Healthy gut microbes could treat malnutrition

Gut microbes taken from healthy children reduced the harmful side effects of malnutrition in mice, including stunted growth and development.

No proof of vitamin D preventing asthma in children

Two studies of 1,500 pregnant women looked at whether vitamin D supplements could prevent asthma in children, but the results are inconclusive.

Intense exercise inhibits cancer in mice

New research shows that cancerous tumours grow more slowly in mice that exercise more. Scientists now plan to test the effect in humans.

Is there an x-factor behind the obesity epidemic?

Weight = calories in and calories out, right? It's not that simple.

Couch potato habits don’t explain obesity epidemic

Sure, we’re less active than we used to be. But little suggests this is the main explanation for the obesity epidemic.

Scientists find gene switch for “bad” fat

New study shows that targeting a certain gene can lower fat levels in the blood and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.

Antidepressants more than doubles the risk of children committing suicide

Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide among children and young adults, shows new research. This includes suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm.

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