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European boost to dementia research

People at risk of dementia will benefit from a £50 million initiative to improve drugs that could prevent the condition.

Workers "close to burn out" in pursuit of pay rise and promotion

Eight in 10 Britons are overworked, with almost a third "burnt out" or "very overworked", according to a new survey from The Open University.

Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

Researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit have found a brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual’s risk of early death, according to new research.

Scientists link brain cooling and prevention of neurodegeneration

Researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Toxicology Unit have identified a protective mechanism that kicks in when body temperature is lowered, activating a process that prevents the loss of brain cells and the connections between them.

Oxford Vaccine Group begins first trial of new Ebola vaccine

Oxford University doctors and scientists are starting the first safety trial of an experimental preventative Ebola vaccine regimen being developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

Financial anxiety decreasing among households for first time in three years

Financial worries among UK adults have decreased for the first time in three years, according to new research from MoneySuperMarket.

Cognitive abilities age at different rates because our brains age differently

Cognitive abilities age at different rates because our brains age differently

Researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit have discovered that specific mental abilities – such as problem-solving or multi-tasking – decline with age at different rates because individuals’ brains age differently.

E-cigarette usage in the UK has tripled

The number of people using electronic cigarettes in the UK has tripled over the past two years. An estimated 2.1 million people are now choosing to vape. E-cigarettes have grown in popularity since their invention by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003.

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.