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Using illicit drugs leads to ninefold increase in likelihood of premature death

Illicit drug users are almost nine times more likely to die prematurely than those who do...

Intake of apples, peppers and other foods high in flavonoids helps prevent weight gain

Eating fruit and vegetables with high levels of flavonoids may prevent weight gain, research...

No association found between dementia and highest-level exposure to benzodiazepines

Drugs that are widely used to treat anxiety and insomnia are not linked to an increased risk...

Antidepressants may double risk of suicide in younger people

The risk of aggression and suicide is doubled in children and adolescents who take any of...

Colorectal cancer rates rise in line with countries’ economic development

Rising global rates of colorectal cancer appear to be linked to economic development, with...

Infants need better care after discharge following cardiac interventions

Service improvements are needed for infants going home after cardiac surgery, say UK...

High blood pressure may be signalled by low stress resilience in early adulthood

A tendency to become easily stressed during early adulthood is linked to a heightened risk...

New explanation offered for higher hospital mortality rates at weekends

Patients admitted to hospital as medical emergencies at the weekend are significantly older...

Teenagers more likely to smoke tobacco after trying e-cigarettes

Restricting teenagers’ access to e-cigarettes could help prevent them taking up smoking in...

Genetic test could identify women who are at greatest risk of ovarian cancer

Women who carry an inherited fault in the gene BRIP1 are three times more likely to develop...

Physical activity associated with better fitness even in children who are overweight

Overweight children who are physically active have better neuromuscular fitness than their...

Change of wording regarding consent may influence patient take-up for HIV screening

The way in which patients are offered an HIV test significantly affects whether or not they...

How and when psychological treatment is given can affect patient perception of success

Psychological therapies may be more effective when patient preferences are accommodated by...

Analysis of four million patients reveals women at greater heart disease risk than men

Women with atrial fibrillation (AF) have a stronger risk of heart disease and death than men...

Textile dust exposure found to double rheumatoid arthritis risk among working women

Occupational exposure to textile dust more than doubles the risk of developing rheumatoid...

High potato consumption during pregnancy can increase gestational diabetes risk

Women who eat potatoes before pregnancy have an increased risk of developing gestational...

Simple algorithm can predict the five-year likelihood of developing dementia

University College London researchers have used data from routine GP visits to develop an...

Community nurses are key to cutting emergency demand

Community nurse practitioners are key to reducing non-urgent attendances of children at...

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