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Puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku do not counteract mental decline in old age but can provide a higher point from which decline begins, a study has found.Researchers found that, while regular problem-solving will boost mental ability in old age, it had no impact on the rate of mental decline…
MRI scanners, prosthetic breasts for cancer patients and improvements to hip replacements have been cited among the best innovations in health by universities in the UK.Health featured heavily on the University UK's (UUK) list of major breakthroughs that have had a transformative impact on people's lives.MRI scans were developed at…
More than 8,200 women in England and Wales could have survived their heart attacks had they simply been given the same quality of treatment as men, new research has found.Researchers at the University of Leeds said the actual number of lives lost to unequal care is likely to be much…
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have completed the world’s largest ever study of typical sex differences and autistic traits. They tested and confirmed two long-standing psychological theories: the Empathising-Systemising theory of sex differences and the Extreme Male Brain theory of autism. Working with the television production company Channel 4,…
Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes. In a study led by the University of Exeter, most people with dementia had one or more additional chronic…
A five-minute scan of blood vessels in the neck during mid-life could become part of future dementia screening, researchers have suggested.If confirmed in larger studies, the scan - which predicts cognitive decline 10 years before symptoms appear - could become part of routine screening for people at risk of developing…
Treating men suffering from prostate cancer with radiotherapy on top of regular treatment could extend the life of patients with advanced forms of the disease, research has suggested.One of the largest ever clinical trials into prostate cancer found an 11% increase in the survival rate of some patients.It showed that…
Half of women will develop dementia, Parkinson's disease or have a stroke in their lifetime, new research suggests. About a third of men aged 45 and one in two women of the same age are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a…
Air pollution may be linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, research suggests. A London-based study, published in journal BMJ Open, found an association between the neurodegenerative condition and exposure to nitrogen dioxide and microscopic particles known as PM2.5. Alzheimer's Research UK described it is a "growing area of…
Genetic links to anxiety and depression are to be explored in the largest ever study into the issue, experts have announced. Researchers are calling on people in England to sign up to the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study. It is hoped that 40,000 volunteers aged 16 and…
Young people with learning difficulties have highlighted key areas of research which could help to improve their lives. The 10 priorities include devising approaches to tackle bullying and creating the best learning environments. Academics will use the information to plan new research initiatives at the University of Edinburgh and worldwide.…
Many patients with healthcare associated infections (HAIs) like MRSA have reported feeling “like a leper” or “dirty” after being diagnosed, according to a new study. Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) looked at 17 studies from five different countries during a major review. They focused on the experiences of patients…
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