Herbal remedy ‘may aid stroke recovery’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest living tree species A study has shown that the popular herbal extract ginkgo biloba may help the brain recover after a stroke. The herbal remedy, available in health food shops in the UK, is used in China to aid memory and fight […]

UK suicide rate shows largest drop for 20 years

Image copyright Getty Images Suicide rates in the UK have seen the largest decrease in 20 years, official figures reveal. There were 3.6% fewer suicides registered in 2016 than in 2015 – a decrease by 223 deaths from 6,188, Office for National Statistics data shows. Rates fell for both men and women, although men still […]

Scientists sniff out Parkinson’s disease smell

Media captionJoy Milne can smell Parkinson’s disease before it is medically diagnosed Scientists are close to establishing what causes a smell associated with sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. They hope it could lead to the first diagnostic test for the disease. The breakthrough came after Joy Milne astonished doctors with her ability to detect the disease […]

Depression: ‘I kept my head down to survive the day at work’

Image copyright Time to Change Image caption Natalie says colleagues often don’t know what to say “I’d sit at my desk and not be able to stop the tears rolling down my face. “A few people said, ‘Are you all right, do you need to be here?’ but no-one was really that interested.” For Natalie […]

Steroid abuse ‘raising health risk for thousands’

Image caption Public health experts say the use of anabolic steroids is one the rise Tens of thousands of people may be at increased risk of dying early from heart attacks and strokes by misusing anabolic steroids, according to doctors. The British Cardiovascular Society gave the warning amid concern steroids are now being taken by […]

The family that doesn’t feel pain

Image copyright Letizia Marsili Image caption Letizia Marsili and five other members of her family rarely feel pain Letizia Marsili, 52, first realised she was different when she was very young. She had a high threshold for pain, which meant she didn’t feel burns or notice broken bones. Five other family members are also affected […]

The family which doesn’t feel pain

Image copyright Letizia Marsili Image caption Letizia Marsili and five other members of her family rarely feel pain Letizia Marsili, 52, first realised she was different when she was very young. She had a high threshold for pain, which meant she didn’t feel burns or notice broken bones. Five other family members are also affected […]

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some parents give their children alcohol from an early age Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children alcohol by the age of […]

Haemophilia A trial results ‘mind-blowing’

Media captionFather-of-two Jake Omer was born with haemophilia A British doctors say they have achieved “mind-blowing” results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A. Patients are born with a genetic defect that means they do not produce a protein needed to stop bleeding. Thirteen patients given the gene therapy at Barts Health NHS […]

Is size important when it comes to wine glasses?

Image copyright Getty Images If your wine was served in a smaller glass, would you drink less of it? That is the question being posed in a study, published in the BMJ, into the growing size of wine glasses. University of Cambridge researchers found glass size grew from an average 66ml in the 1700s to […]