Antibodies: The body’s own antidepressants

If the immune system attacks its own body, it can often have devastating consequences: autoantibodies bind to the body’s structures, triggering functional disorders. The receptors for glutamate, a neurotransmitter, can also become the target of autoantibodies. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Göttingen have been investigating the circumstances under which autoantibodies for a particular glutamate receptor—known […]

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Study: Walking 10,000 steps not a 'magical formula' for weight loss

Walking 10,000 steps a day is not a ‘magical formula’ for staying thin, researchers warn US scientists have found no amount of walking can prevent weight gain by itself This is because calories a person eats ultimately decides if scales go up or down But they still recommend daily walking for physical and mental health benefits Walking 10,000 steps a […]

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What is hypnobirthing, the technique the Duchess of Cambridge used?

In a new parenting podcast, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, said she used hypnobirthing techniques to help her get through severe morning sickness – a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. She also used the techniques during labour. The Duchess of Cambridge recording the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.Credit:AP She told the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, "I saw the power of […]

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Diabetes alert: Crisis as diabetics occupy one in six hospital beds

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said ­obesity-related illnesses will cost thousands of lives and billions of pounds unless people change their lifestyles. The NHS is now stepping up efforts to combat the disease with radical low-calorie diet plans for patients. Latest ­figures show 1.97 million people have been diagnosed with ­non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, also known as pre-diabetes.  This means their blood sugar ­levels […]

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The global spread of the new coronavirus: Where is it?

The new coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed more than 2,400 people and spread around the world. Outside mainland China there have been 26 deaths and more than 1,500 infections reported, with cases concentrated in South Korea and the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Japan. Here is a roundup of […]

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Most young women unhappy, stressed about their sex lives, study finds

Half of young Australian women experience sexually-related personal distress, with one in five women having at least one female sexual dysfunction (FSD), new research by Monash University shows. A study conducted by the Women’s Health Research Program at Monash University has reported, for the first time, an overall picture of the sexual wellbeing of Australian women between the ages of […]

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Italy has quarantined a dozen cities over coronavirus

Italy has quarantined a dozen towns in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto. This followed a confirmed 79 cases of coronavirus in Italy, along with two deaths. Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the lockdown on Saturday night, which bans anyone from leaving or entering the affected area, which contains some 50,000 people. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. […]

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How to improve gut health: Five recipes to help you achieve a happy tummy

The gut has been linked to many aspects of health in recent years, including the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune disease, skin conditions and even cancer. Research has suggested what gives the gut these powers is millions of microbes. What you eat isn’t just nutrition for the body, it also feeds your gut microbes and keeps everything in perfect […]

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A mom had both her legs amputated after developing the same pregnancy complication as Kim Kardashian

A Texas woman, Callie Colwick, developed placenta accreta, a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall, at 15 weeks.  She spent weeks in the hospital before her son, Quinn, was stillborn.  Colwick then experienced severe hemorrhaging and went into septic shock. To save her life, doctors removed her uterus and, later, amputated her […]

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