Doctors withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they think it is "futile"


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Doctors 'are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they think it is futile to continue'<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 10:14 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236148-028B4207000005DC-10_233x423.jpg" width="233" height="423" alt="Shocking: Doctors are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they do not think it worthwhile, a report warns" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Shocking: Doctors are withholding treatment from dying cancer patients because they do not think it worthwhile, a report warns.

Muscular boys will "live longer than their weaker friends", a new study claims


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Muscly boys aren't just a hit with the girls – they live longer, too Researchers tracked more than one million Swedish male adolescents over 24 yearsThey found stronger boys lived longer, even if they became overweight adultsPhysically weaker people might be more mentally vulnerable, it was suggested<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 11:05 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br><p>After a summer witnessing crowds of screaming girls jostling to catch a glimpse of Olympic diver Tod Daley's toned torso, there can't have been many young men who didn't feel a twinge of jealousy.

Asparagus – the trendy vegetable that also "fights diabetes"


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Asparagus is latest weapon in the fight against diabetes as study reveals it controls blood sugarHigh doses of asparagus extract had a significant effect on insulin production in tests UK consumption of asparagus is at record levels of around 8,000 tonnes a year<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 17:31 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236322-137AAC1D000005DC-350_233x334.jpg" width="233" height="334" alt="Culinary cure It appears asparagus could have a vital role to play in combating Britains looming diabetes crisis" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Culinary cure It appears asparagus could have a vital role to play in combating Britain's looming diabetes crisis</p> <p>Asparagus could be a powerful new culinary weapon in the fight against diabetes.</p><p>Scientists have found regular intake of the increasingly popular vegetable keeps blood sugar levels under control and boosts the body&#8217;s production of insulin, the hormone that helps it to absorb glucose.</p><p>UK consumption of asparagus has soared in recent years to record levels of around 8,000 tonnes a year.</p><p>As well as its delicate flavour, it now appears it could have a vital role to play in combating Britain&#8217;s looming diabetes crisis.</p><p>Type two diabetes, which accounts for 90 per cent of all diabetes cases, is emerging as a major health burden.</p><p>According to the charity Diabetes UK, at the current rate of increase, the numbers affected will rise from around 2.5 million to four million by 2025 and five million by 2030.</p><p>More than a million people are already affected by the condition but do not realise they have it, perhaps because they do not recognise symptoms, such as fatigue, thirst, frequent urination, recurrent thrush and wounds that are slow to heal.</p><p> </p><p>Left untreated, type two diabetes can raise the risk of heart attacks, blindness and amputation.

Amazing picture shows baby yawning in the womb – and could reveal clues to how we develop


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It's a tough life!

Hundreds of girls aged 14 or under are having "designer vagina" surgery on the NHS


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Hundreds of girls aged 14 or under are having 'designer vagina' surgery on the NHS343 operations performed on under 14s in six yearsResearchers want an age limit for the surgery <br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 11:48 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/22/article-2236675-0E99A88200000578-652_233x423.jpg" width="233" height="423" alt="Trend: Hundreds of girls are having designer vagina surgery on the NHS, say researchers" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Trend: Hundreds of girls are having 'designer vagina' surgery on the NHS, say researchers</p> <p>Hundreds of young girls are having &#8216;designer vagina&#8217; surgery on the NHS, say researchers.</p><p>Figures show 343 operations were performed on girls aged 14 or under in the last six years, possibly for cosmetic reasons.</p><p>The procedures involve reshaping female genitalia and requests may be granted on the grounds that the problem is psychologically damaging.</p><p>Researchers from University College Hospital, London, led by Dr Sarah Creighton, claim it is &#8216;disturbing&#8217; that there is no minimum age limit for the surgery.</p><p>They say demand may be growing for such procedures because of poor and inaccurate information available on the internet, usually from private clinics.</p><p>Websites of companies that provide female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) make &#8216;unsubstantiated claims&#8217; about the benefits of the procedures.</p><p>They also use confusing terminology and do not highlight surgical risks, according to the research published in BMJ Open.</p><p>A survey of 10 websites found little information was given on short-term or long-term surgical risks either from individual clinics and their surgeons or from the medical literature.</p><p>&#8216;'Unsubstantiated claims of physical, psychological and sexual benefits were present on every website&#8217; said consultant gynaecologist Dr Creighton.</p><p> </p><p>'The absence of a lower age limit for any of the FGCS procedures is most disturbing of all&#8217; she said.</p><p>Labiaplasties, which are operations to reshape the labia, the inner lips of the vagina, have become increasingly common, often because women are dissatisfied with their appearance.</p><p>Dr Creighton said her research cannot confirm whether some girls are having medically unnecessary surgery.</p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/22/article-2236675-13468497000005DC-547_468x528.jpg" width="468" height="528" alt="Worried: Researchers from University College Hospital, London, led by Dr Sarah Creighton, claim it is disturbing that there is not a lower age limit for the surgery" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Worried: Researchers from University College Hospital, London, led by Dr Sarah Creighton, claim it is 'disturbing' that there is not a lower age limit for the surgery</p> <p>She said &#8216;In the past six years, 343 labiaplasties were performed in the UK NHS on girls aged 14 or under.

Let"s (not) Get It On: Having sex WON"T jump-start labour, couples told


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Let's (not) Get It On: Having sex WON'T jump-start labour, couples toldNo differences found in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstainedHowever, study did confirm sex is usually safe late on in pregnancy<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 15:19 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <p>Pregnant women who are keen to jump-start their contractions have long relied on traditional remedies from eating hot curries to having sex.</p><p>But now scientists have some disappointing news for couples – making love doesn't bring on labour.</p><p>A study from the University of Malaya in Malaysia found no differences in the timing of delivery between women who had sex near term and those who abstained.</p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/22/article-2236760-16295900000005DC-891_468x309.jpg" width="468" height="309" alt="Waiting: In one Friends episode Ross and Rachel decide to have sex to try and jump-start labour" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Waiting: In one Friends episode Ross and Rachel decide to have sex to try and jump-start labour.

Boy who can"t leave house without oxygen can now enjoy running with his dog thanks to specially-made backpack


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Boy who can't leave house without oxygen can now enjoy running with his dog thanks to specially-made backpack <br> Lenny's original bag was designed to be used by older patients and restricted his movement as it was far too large for himA design student came up with an effective solution after a local hospital contacted a firm she was interning withThe new bag doesn't sway from side to side, allowing him to run<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 17:13 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <p>A young boy with a rare lung disease has run around with his pet dog for the first time, after a student designed a lightweight backpack for his vital oxygen supply.</p><p>Lenny Yule, 11, from Linwood, Renfrewshire, has interstitial lung disease which has scarred his organs.

Flu jabs are a "waste of taxpayer"s money", claim scientists who the benefits have been over-hyped


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Flu jabs are a 'waste of taxpayers' money', claim scientists who say the benefits have been over-hyped<br> University of Minnesota report says benefits – especially for older people – have been over-promoted <br>New vaccine pipeline hindered as a result <br>But experts still recommend current vaccination 'as it's the best we have' <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 18:57 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <br><p>The benefits of the annual flu jab have been &#8216;over-hyped&#8217;, scientists claim.</p><p>They say the vaccine is far less effective than is widely believed, with some studies showing it protects less than two-thirds of the population.</p><p>The US researchers say ministers in Britain as well as America are &#8216;wasting taxpayers&#8217; money&#8217; on the jab.</p><p>And they claim that because the benefits have been so &#8216;over-promoted&#8217;, scientists have been deterred from inventing vaccines that would be far more effective.<br></p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236253-16257656000005DC-198_468x286.jpg" width="468" height="286" alt="Flu jabs are a waste of taxpayer's money due to the protective effects of the vaccine being over-hyped, it has been claimed" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Flu jabs are a waste of taxpayer's money due to the protective effects of the vaccine being over-hyped, it has been claimed</p> TODAY'S POLL <p>Is the flu jab a waste of taxpayers' money</p> Yes No VOTE <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix//2012/11/22/article-999-16257656000005DC-830_108x76.jpg" width="108" height="76" alt="Flu Jab" /> POLL RESULTS Close All polls Click to view yesterday's poll results DM.has("rcp", "poll", { pollId: '1033334', channelId: '1', questionId: '' }); <p>But the Department of Health has insisted the flu jabs &#8216;save lives&#8217; and urged the elderly and patients with long-term conditions to come forward for their vaccinations.</p> <p>Researchers from the University of Minnesota looked at 12,000 studies on the effectiveness and safety of the flu jab, going back to the 1930s.

Hating your job is as bad for your health as being unemployed, researchers warn


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Hating your job is as bad for your health as being unemployed, researchers warn A demanding job, nasty boss and poor job security are as bad for your mental health as being out of workOnly those who enjoy their jobs fare betterAlso linked to increased risk of heart disease<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 12:50 GMT, 23 November 2012 </p> <p>Having a job you hate is as bad for your mental health as being unemployed, Australian researchers have claimed.</p><p>They say that people with poor working conditions suffer just as much as those out of work.<br></p><p>And they weren&#8217;t just referring to a dusty factory or dimly lit office, but psychological factors such as a demanding job, nasty boss and poor job security.


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