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Giving something up or given up?

Giving something up or given up?

It’ll soon be New Year, a time when people can be overheard saying they want to turn over a new leaf, start from scratch or simply be a little better/fitter/nicer than the year before, but in giving up one bad habit are you unconsciously starting another?

Time does not heal 'broken heart syndrome', new research finds

Time does not heal 'broken heart syndrome', new research finds

An acute heart condition previously thought to recover spontaneously does not necessarily heal with time, new Aberdeen research has found.

Publically pledging is key to achieving New Year’s resolutions

A new global study reveals that one in two people are more likely to stick to a resolution which has been pledged publicly. Those in the far east (Vietnam 84% and Thailand 77%) together with India (58%) and France (57%) are the most likely to fulfil their goals if shared for others to see.

UK sees a fall in maternal deaths

Maternal deaths in the UK have dropped from 11 per 100,000 women giving birth in 2006–08 to 10 per 100,000 women giving birth in 2010–12, according to a national report from a team of academics, clinicians and charity representatives called MBRRACE-UK which is led from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford.

34 is the UK’s ‘favourite age’ says AA

Most people have a particular time in their life that they look back on fondly. New research from AA Life Insurance reveals that the UK’s favourite age is 34 – but not for the reasons you might expect.

Booster Ebola vaccine enters first trials at Oxford University

Oxford University scientists have begun testing the safety of a candidate booster vaccine against Ebola, to find out whether it could further increase the immune responses seen in 30 healthy volunteers.

Five extra days this winter... not to be sniffed at!

Mums could gain five extra days this winter if they took steps to protect themselves from cold and flu according to new research by Boots UK.

New deal brings Aberdeen drug for rheumatoid arthritis nearer to patients in need

A new drug discovered in the laboratories of the University of Aberdeen to treat the common and painful condition of rheumatoid arthritis will be tested on patients next year.

One in ten over 50s feel their health has been affected by living in a cold house

As temperatures drop and the winter weather looks set to stay, new research by Saga shows that more than half (53%) of over 50s are worried about the cost of heating their home this winter and an estimated 2.4million (11% of over 50s) feel their health has been affected by living in a cold house.

New test to predict chances of developing cancer

New test to predict chances of developing cancer

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen and NHS Tayside are breaking new ground in developing procedures to help predict the likelihood of developing cancer of the colon.

Scientists find same regions in brain are vulnerable to both Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia

Scientists find same regions in brain are vulnerable to both Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found a specific network of brain regions that is not only more vulnerable to unhealthy ageing – for example, Alzheimer’s disease – but also to disorders that emerge in young people, such as schizophrenia.

Christmas cure

Christmas cure

Christmas may be filled with ‘joy and laughter’, but for many this is accompanied with sneezing and streaming eyes, as Christmas trees, relatives’ pets and flower arrangements cause allergies to flare up.

New vaccine generates strong immune response against hepatitis C

A new hepatitis C vaccine has shown promising results in an early clinical trial at Oxford University, generating strong and broad immune responses against the virus causing the disease.

Research suggests shape of our spines is key to lifting correctly

Research suggests shape of our spines is key to lifting correctly

'Bend your knees and keep your back straight' is the mantra for lifting heavy objects but new research led by University of Aberdeen academics suggests this approach may not work for everyone when it comes to back care.

New drug could make vaccines more effective in the elderly

New drug could make vaccines more effective in the elderly

Scientists have developed a new method of boosting the ageing immune system using a naturally occurring chemical compound. Early tests in mice, published in the journal eLife, show that the compound restores the immune system’s inbuilt ‘memory’ enabling it to mount a more powerful protective response following vaccination.