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London Marathon: How to run in the heat

This year’s London Marathon is likely to be the hottest yet, so how do you run a marathon in the heat? On Sunday some 40,000 people are expected to take part in the race in temperatures that are forecast to reach up to 23C (73F), which would break the previous …

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Can we trust BMI to measure obesity?

You’ve been using our fat calculator in your droves, working out your BMI (body mass index) and comparing the result with people in your age group and your part of the UK. But a few people have been critical. They say using BMI to measure whether they are healthy, overweight …

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Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

Ketamine has “shown promise” in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says. Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to “significant” improvements in depressive symptoms …

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Does vaginal seeding boost health?

Should Caesarean-section babies be smeared with a sample of their mother’s vaginal fluids as soon as they are born? “Vaginal seeding” is not mainstream medicine, but it is growing in popularity. The idea is to give these newborns something they missed when they emerged into the world – the good …

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‘World’s worst’ super-gonorrhoea man cured

A man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured. Sexual health doctors say he was “very lucky” and the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having …

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New ban on epilepsy drug in pregnancy

An epilepsy drug that can damage unborn babies must no longer be prescribed to girls and women of childbearing age in the UK unless they sign a form to say that they understand the risks. Drug regulator the MHRA says the new measures it’s introducing will keep future generations of …

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How bacteria are changing your mood

If anything makes us human it’s our minds, thoughts and emotions. And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains. Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us – our microbiome …

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Parents facing ‘unfair child abuse claims’ over bruising

Parents are being investigated for possible child abuse because of the misinterpretation of guidelines on bruising in babies, it’s claimed. Official guidelines from health watchdog NICE for hospital workers suggest such bruising is very uncommon. University of Central Lancashire research suggested the guidelines mean social services are investigating parents too …

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Fake cancer causes belief ‘rife’, research suggests

Drinking from plastic bottles and using microwave ovens are some of the fake causes of cancer people believe, research suggests. In a survey of 1,330 people in England, published in the European Journal of Cancer, most people correctly said smoking was a cause. But increasing numbers are getting the risk …

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