Breastfeeding for six months "cuts the risk of dying from cancer by 10%"


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Breastfeeding for six months 'cuts the risk of dying from cancer by 10%'Six months of breastfeeding your child cuts risk of dying from all cancers Women who breastfeed also 17 per cent less likely to die from a heart attack By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:38 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:17 GMT, 27 March 2013 Safer: A woman who breastfeeds her child is 10 per cent less likely to die from any from of cancer Women who breastfeed for six months reduce their risk of dying from all cancers by 10 per cent, researchers say.

Spain and Israel top the European life expectancy league, while Britain lags behind in 19th place


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Spain and Israel top the European life expectancy league, while Britain lags behind in 19th place Spanish women live the longest – an average of 85 years, compared to British women's 82.6 yearsIsraeli men live the longest – an average of 80.1 years, compared to 78.4 years for British menRussia and Kyrgyzstan have lowest life expectancies says that although average life expectancy is rising across the region, increasing by five years since 1980 to reach 76 in 2010, major inequities are found between men and women and between countries.

Coronavirus: Latest UK case of deadly Sars-like virus shows it CAN spread between people


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Relative of UK patient suffering deadly SARS-like virus falls ill – proving it IS infectious New patient is a relative of the sufferer who was confirmed to have Sars-like virus on MondaySix hospital staff came into contact with the patient but have not displayed any symptoms so far Original patient had recently travelled to Middle East Takes number of confirmed worldwide cases to 11 By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 10:31 GMT, 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:52 GMT, 13 February 2013 Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to SARS A new Sars-like illness is spreading between humans, experts warn.

Food and drink companies are using the same dodgy tactics as tobacco companies to protect profits, leading experts warn


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Food and drink companies are using the same dodgy tactics as tobacco companies to protect profits, leading experts warn Report says global firms are using sneaky tactics that jeopardise healthInclude lobbying governments to block health regulations against junk food Other methods include distorting research findings and paying large sums of money to form close relationships with health bodies By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:26 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:03 GMT, 12 February 2013 Food, drink and alcohol companies are employing tactics used by the tobacco industry to get around public health policies aimed at reducing obesity and other health problems, warn researchers Leading food, drink and alcohol companies are employing tactics used by the tobacco industry to get around public health policies aimed at reducing obesity and other health problems, a damning report has claimed.

UK resident in intensive care battling potentially fatal SARS-like virus


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UK resident in intensive care after becoming 10th person in world to contract potentially fatal SARS-like virus The patient, who recently returned from the Middle East and Pakistan, is being treated in ManchesterIs infected with a new type of coronavirus, which can cause the common cold but also severe illnessThe latest case is the second to be identified in the UK in a patient who died from a severe respiratory infection in June 2012.

We"re living longer than ever…but suffering more pain, depression and illness as a result


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We're living longer than ever…but suffering more pain, depression and illness as a result From 1990 to 2010, the global average age of death rose from 59 to 70, with women outliving men by about five yearsScandinavia and Australia have the longest life expectancy, while Africa and Russia are among the lowest But living longer means we are suffering health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress, says landmark study | UPDATED: 20:28 GMT, 14 December 2012 Life expectancy around the world has soared, but we are now living with health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress.

Men who don"t brush their teeth regularly are more likely to have erection problems


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Never mind bad breath…Men who don't brush their teeth regularly are more likely to have erection problems Regular brushing reduces the risk of gum diseaseTurkish researchers found men who had inflamed gums – a symptom of the disease – are three times more likely to have trouble getting aroused | UPDATED: 11:11 GMT, 4 December 2012 Good oral hygiene is linked with a reduced risk of gum disease, which has been shown to triple the risk of erectile dysfunction Men who regularly brush their teeth – thereby reducing their risk of gum disease – are less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than their less hygienic counterparts.

Playing football could be the best way for men to tackle high blood pressure


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Playing football is the best way for middle-aged men to tackle high blood pressure Blood pressure levels dropped twice as much among those who played football for two hours a week compared to those given GP adviceThey also lost 4lbs of body fat on average | UPDATED: 09:18 GMT, 16 October 2012 Good news for those who have fading dreams of being the next David Beckham – a kick-about on the weekend is the best way to tackle hypertension.

New test diagnoses critically ill babies with genetic diseases in days instead of weeks


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New hope for critically ill babies as test diagnoses genetic diseases in days instead of weeks Doctors at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas sequenced genetic code of four newborns Super-quick genetic test reveals DNA variations that point to around 3,500 rare diseasesThe test is projected to cost £8,300.

Dawn of the GM baby: Technique that gives children three parents may only be a year away


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Gene watchdog opens door to fertility technique that gives children THREE parents Germline therapy – the alteration of genes in eggs or sperm – could be made legal by Parliament next yearCritics say it's wrong to tamper with the sanctity of life and consequences for future generations are uncertain | UPDATED: 06:46 GMT, 17 September 2012 The creation of genetically-modified babies could win Parliament’s backing next year.


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