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Does time of day influence our susceptibility to infection?

"Viruses more dangerous in the morning," BBC News reports, but The Telegraph tells us that "the evening commute is worse for health".

So who`s right? It depends if you`re talking about mice or humans. What we do know is shift workers may be at added risk of catching a viral infection.

The apparently

Posted On August 16, 2016
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Almost half of all UK adults may be living with chronic pain

"Almost half the adult population is living with chronic pain," the Daily Mail reports. A major new review suggests that around 28 million adults in the UK are affected by some type of chronic pain (pain that lasts for more than three months).

Posted On June 21, 2016
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Warning issued over alarming rise in `super-gonorrhoea` cases

"Doctors have expressed `huge concern` that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England," BBC News reports.

Public Health England issued the warning about the rise of a strain of gonorrhoea that has developed resistance to

Posted On April 18, 2016
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Pushy or rude patients `more likely` to be misdiagnosed

"`Difficult` patients are more likely to get the wrong diagnosis," The Daily Telegraph reports.

A Dutch study suggests that patients who are aggressive or argumentative may lead doctors to lose focus when trying to come to a diagnosis.

The study included more than 60 young doctors. They didn`t see a

Posted On March 17, 2016
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Evidence of link between Zika virus and birth defect `boosted`

"Brazilian study boosts theory that Zika causes birth defect," The Guardian reports.

Researchers have detected the virus in amniotic fluid surrounding two unborn babies known to have abnormally small heads (microcephaly).

There had been speculation that other infections may be causing the birth defect,

Posted On February 18, 2016
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Calls for research into health effects of ultrasound exposure

"Ultrasound in public places could be triggering sickness," the Daily Mail reports.

Ultrasounds are high frequency sound waves used by a wide range of devices, and are thought to be inaudible to most humans. 

A review has highlighted how many public places are now exposed to ultrasound, and there is

Posted On January 20, 2016
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Men at high risk of getting HIV `need preventative treatment`

"Giving healthy gay men HIV drugs `could help reverse epidemic`," BBC News reports.

A modelling study looking at the effects of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), where drugs are used to prevent infection, estimated thousands of new cases of HIV could be prevented.


Posted On January 14, 2016
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Our news predictions for 2016

CRISPR-Cas9 leads to a range of new gene editing research

You probably haven`t heard of CRISPR-Cas 9, but that could well change by the end of 2016.

CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene editing technique that uses a combination of the Cas9 protein and a strand of RNA to make breaks in strands of DNA. Then new genetic

Posted On December 31, 2015
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The top 10 news stories of 2015

10. E-cigarettes may make lungs vulnerable to infection

In February, there was concern that the vapour produced by e-cigarettes contains free radicals – atoms and molecules that are toxic to cells – and that this could

Posted On December 30, 2015
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Behind the Headlines` 2015 Quiz of the Year

In 2015, Behind the Headlines covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media.

Why not test your knowledge of 2015`s health news with our month-by-month quiz?

If you`ve been paying attention, you should find this quiz both easy and fun.

Answers are at the bottom of

Posted On December 29, 2015
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New guidelines on end of life care published by NICE

"NICE urges doctors to treat dying patients as individuals," BBC News reports. The headline is prompted by the publication of new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on end of life care.

The guidelines are

Posted On December 16, 2015
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Researchers investigate the `pathways of pain`

"Breakthrough could lead to `super painkillers`," the Mail Online reports. 

Researchers have investigated a sodium channel that plays a key role in transmitting pain signals to the brain. They wanted to see whether blocking the channel could help relieve chronic pain.

This study builds on the knowledge

Posted On December 07, 2015