Speaking two languages from childhood keeps brain in good shape as we age

Trs bien! Speaking two languages from childhood keeps brain in good shape as we age Pensioners who spoke two languages from childhood were far quicker at switching between mental tasksBilinguals also expended less mental energy, suggesting they were using their brains more efficiently By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 10:57 GMT, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:23 GMT, 9 January 2013 Hours spent in language classes struggling with masculine and feminine nouns and upside down punctuation may all be worth it, say scientists.

Just one cigarette a day doubles a woman"s risk of having a fatal heart attack

Just one cigarette a day doubles a woman's risk of having a fatal heart attack | UPDATED: 21:03 GMT, 11 December 2012 Habit-forming: On average, those in the study who smoked reported that they started in their late teens Women who smoke as little as one a day are at higher risk of dying suddenly from heart attack and other heart problems, warn researchers.

Bowel cancer: Scientists develop rear-view mirror to spot disease

Scientists develop rear-view mirror to spot bowel cancer | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 11 December 2012 Scientists have developed a new device that works like a ‘rear-view mirror’ for the surgeon during bowel examinations, helping to detect 25 per cent more abnormalities Bowel cancer is Britain’s third most common cancer, with 40,000 new diagnoses a year.

Turned away from hospital for life saving surgery THREE TIMES because there were no available beds

Patient turned away from hospital for life saving surgery THREE TIMES because there were no available beds Stephen Jones, 62, was turned away three times in two weeks after taking three 150-mile round trips to a Plymouth hospital for heart bypass surgery | UPDATED: 14:06 GMT, 10 September 2012 Exhausted: Heart patient Stephen Jones, aged 62, has said he does not blame hospital staff for his treatment, but admits it has left him 'dispirited' A heart patient was forced to travel 450 miles to and from hospital for life-saving surgery – only for it to be cancelled THREE TIMES.

Statins don"t just help the heart – they may also protect against effects of binge-drinking, say scientists

Statins don't just help the heart – they may also protect against effects of binge-drinking, say scientists Cholesterol-lowering drugs lowered risk of pancreatitis by 21 per cent compared to placebo and other treatments | UPDATED: 09:16 GMT, 22 August 2012 Statins are taken eacy day by seven million adults in the UK Cholesterol-lowering drugs are taken by millions of Britons to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, but scientists say they could have another unexpected benefit.

Spouses of heart attack victims more prone to anxiety and depression because shock is similar to post traumatic stress disorder

Spouses of heart attack victims more prone to anxiety and depression because shock is similar to post traumatic stress disorder | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 21 August 2012 Spouses of heart attack victims are at high risk of anxiety, depression and suicide because the shock is similar to post traumatic stress disorder, according to research.

Eating probiotic yoghurt could boost male fertility (finds a study on "swaggering" mice)

Eating yoghurt could make men more virile (finds a study on 'swaggering' mice) Vanilla yoghurt gave male rodents 'swagger' and protruding testiclesFemales became better mothers with shinier fur | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 9 May 2012 Could eating pro-biotic yoghurt make men sexier and more virile Studies on mice suggest it Eating probiotic yoghurt is known to calm troubled tummies – now scientists have found it could boost virility as well.

The little girl who can"t play peek-a-boo in case it sparks a fatal fit

The little girl who can't play peek-a-boo in case it triggers a fatal fit Fits cause Abi Marshall's breathing to stop putting her at risk of brain damage | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 2 May 2012 A toddler can't play the game peek-a-boo because of a rare condition that means an unexpected shock can cause a fatal fit.