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Alcoholics Lack Key Enzyme That Helps Control Impulses, Study Finds

People who struggle with alcohol addiction lack an important enzyme which makes it harder for them to control impulses, new research suggests.  Researchers from Linköping University and Miami University found the production of enzyme PRDM2 is turned off in nerve cells in the frontal lobe of the brain when alcohol dependence develops. The found that…

Diabetes-Related Amputations Reach All-Time High Of 20 A Day

Shocking new statistics have revealed that 20 diabetes-related amputations are being performed in England every day. The annual number of diabetes-related amputations in England is now 7,370 a year, compared to the previous figure of 7,042, said charity Diabetes UK. Experts said that, with good diabetes healthcare and support, four out of five amputations could be…

People Who Worry About Their Health Could Be Doubling Their Risk Of Heart Disease

People who needlessly worry that they have, or will develop, a serious illness may be boosting their risk of heart disease, a new study has suggested. Anxiety is a known risk factor for heart disease and now researchers have said health anxiety (or hypochondria), where people believe they are going to develop a serious illness, seems to…

Mum And Daughter Get Matching Tattoos To Celebrate The End Of Breast Cancer Treatment

A mother and daughter decided to get matching tattoos to celebrate the end of the mother’s breast cancer treatment.   Veronica Quintanilla was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 2015. After she finished chemotherapy treatment, her daughter, Victoria Vargas, shaved her own head as a symbol of support.  The pair headed straight to a…

‘The Recovery Letters’ Gives People With Depression Hope From Those Who’ve Walked In Their Shoes

When you’re in the darkest moments of depression it can be difficult to imagine a day when you’ll feel happy again. But a touching project is allowing people who have survived these feelings to tell others “things will get better”.  The project, titled ‘The Recovery Letters’, allows people who are recovering from depression help those…

Researchers Discover An Antibiotic Replacement That’s Kryptonite For Superbugs

Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ could soon be a thing of the past after a team of Australian scientists discovered a protein that literally rips them apart. Called ‘structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers’ (or SNAPPs, for short), these star-shaped molecules destroy bacteria by tearing open their cell walls – potentially a major breakthrough in the treatment of diseases which…