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29/10/2013Gardening could lead to a longer life
Casual gardening and gentle DIY around the house could lead to a longer life in people over the age of 60, according to a new report. Gardening is an easy way to get outdoors and exercise A Swedish...
28/10/2013Colorectal cancer risk from red or processed meat
People with a common genetic variant may increase their risk of colorectal cancer by consuming red or processed meat, according to a US study. Red meat has been linked to cancer risks The study also...
24/10/2013The average Brit spends a year off sick
The average employee in the UK workforce will take 360 days off sick during their career, according to a new report from protection provider LV=. Illness could result in a loss of income The report...
23/10/2013Ready meal and pie portions double in 20 years
Portions of ready meals, pies and crisps have increased in size by 50% in the last two decades, according to the British Heart Foundation . Increased portion sizes may have caused a surge in obesity in...
22/10/2013Four hospitals halt elective surgery this winter
All non-urgent surgery at four major hospitals in mid and west Wales is to be stopped over the winter, according to health chiefs. Knee replacement surgery may be halted Hywel Dda Health Board has...
18/10/2013Housework not classed as moderate exercise
Housework and DIY do not provide enough intensity to count towards a person’s physical activity targets, research says. Walking can provide better health benefits Many thought that housework...
17/10/2013Wales' cancer care postcode lottery 'unfair'
Cancer patients could be offered or refused life-changing and often expensive drugs to help with their treatment based on where they live, a BBC report finds. Cancer drugs are not always readily...
17/10/2013Two-hour blood test could detect sepsis
Thousands of lives could be saved as a blood test to diagnose sepsis within two hours is being developed by scientists at King’s College London. A two-hour blood test could save 1000s of lives ...
16/10/2013Complaints about doctors double since 2007
Complaints made against doctors in the UK have doubled since 2007, latest figures show. Doctor complaints have doubled in 5 years Data from the General Medical Council (GMC) showed that in the past...
15/10/2013Psychological interventions halve cardiovascular deaths
Psychological interventions such as listening to music, discussing their treatment and religious praying halve deaths in heart disease patients, a study says. The heart can benefit from psychological...
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