Clare Lomas

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E-cigarettes less toxic and safer than smoking

E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use than conventional cigarettes, new study results suggests.

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Hallucinations experienced by more than one million people in England

Hallucinations are more common than previously thought, with more than one million people in England experiencing them, new research suggests.

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Childhood cancer treatment can affect psychosexual development in later life

Adults who received treatments for childhood cancer that were especially toxic to the nervous system are less likely to have had sexual intercourse, be in a relationship or have children, new research suggests.

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Heavy lifting and shift work linked to lowered fertility in women

Women who work shifts or have a physically demanding job may be less likely to conceive due to poorer egg quality, new study results suggest.

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Amphetamine use speeds up biological ageing of the heart

The use of recreational amphetamine can hasten the biological ageing of the heart, say researchers in Australia.

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Continuity of care in general practice could reduce avoidable hospital admissions in older people

Older people who see the same GP over time have fewer avoidable hospital admissions for certain conditions, latest study results suggests.

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Study shows how stress can increase risk of heart disease and stroke

Heightened activity in the amygdala – a region of the brain involved in stress – is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, say US researchers.

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Cognitive behavioural therapy equally effective in treating all severities of depression

Patients with severe depression can get as much benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as those with mild or moderate depression, new study results suggest.

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Risk of dying from cervical cancer higher than previously thought

A new analysis of cervical cancer mortality rates has revealed that the risk of dying from the disease is higher than previously thought, with black women most at risk.

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People who speak more than one language cope better with dementia

People who speak two or more languages cope better with the symptoms of dementia, new study results suggest.

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Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity

Long term heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, say researchers from the University of Eastern Finland.

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Thyroid hormone treatment can reduce risk of pregnancy loss

Pregnant women with mild thyroid problems who receive thyroid hormone treatment have a decreased risk of pregnancy loss, suggest US researchers.

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Weight training can reduce risk of complications in people with type 2 diabetes

Just one session of interval weight training can improve blood vessel function and reduce the risk of complications in people with type 2 diabetes, say US researchers.

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Psychological distress linked to increased risk of death from some cancers

Higher levels of anxiety and depression may be associated with an increased risk of death from certain cancers, new study results suggest.

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Stop smoking services can boost mental health in people with depression

People with depression who successfully quit smoking using smoking cessation services can improve their mental health, say researchers from King’s College London and the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.