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Sniffing out IBS with a breath test
A simple breath test that detects VOCs can accurately distinguish people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) from healthy people, researchers have found.
Biggest Loser study shows why rebound weight gain almost unavoidable
Follow up of Biggest Loser contestants after 6 years shows that their metabolic rates stay low, even after they regain the lost weight.
Probiotics are unlikely to benefit healthy people
Taking probiotic supplements to improve your gastrointestinal health does not appear to help healthy people.
Concussed athletes who play on delay recovery
Playing on for concussed athletes means they will delay recovery time by an average of 5 days.
Yoga better than memory games for improving visual-spatial memory
For people with cognitive impairment, yoga is better than memory exercises for improving visual-spatial memory.
Australia leads the world in deaths from anaphylaxis
More people in Australia are dying from anaphylaxis than in any other developed country, warn immunologists, with medication and bee stings the biggest culprits.
Allergy testing a waste of time in hives (urticaria)
People with chronic urticaria may be put through unnecessary and expensive allergy testing, when the focus should be on managing their symptoms.
Cannabis smoking could lead to leg amputation
A 26-year-old cannabis smoker has become Australia's first reported case of cannabis arteritis, nearly needing an amputation in the process.
Chinese medicine concerns as Blackmores buy big
Chinese medicine is characterised by complex herbals and there is no way of monitoring adverse events, pharmacologists warn, as Blackmores buys herbal medicine supplier.
Black henna temporary tattoos should be avoided, doctors warn
Tat's no good! Why UK doctors are warning against black henna temporary tattoos.
Heavy body throughout lifespan linked to premature death
People who have a heavy body shape throughout their lifespan have a greater risk of premature death.
Why delirium after surgery may be dangerous for older people
Delirium after surgery may be dangerous for elderly people as it is linked to higher rates of dementia and even death
Newer diabetes drugs may prevent weight gain when starting insulin
Newer oral diabetes drugs may prevent weight gain in people starting on insulin, which is frequently associated with weight gain of around 3 kg.
Faecal transplants may be future treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Faecal transplants may be an exciting new therapy for people with rhematoid arthritis (RA), especially those for whom biologic therapy isn't working.
Good pain relief may reduce breast cancer spread
Good pain relief, especially using morphine, can reduce the spread of breast cancer cells.
Compassionate doctors prolong your life
People who are treated with compassion by their doctors trust them more and live longer than people who don't have empathetic doctors, research shows.
Work longer to live longer
Retiring early is associated with dying early no matter how healthy or unhealthy a person is, a US study has shown.
Celebrity chefs a potential health hazard
Celebrity chefs could be a menace to public health with their slapdash approach to food hygiene, academics have warned.
Apple juice best for rehydrating sick kids
Research questions the use of expensive electrolyte drinks for children with mild gastroenteritis.
Anorexia: only a third of sufferers under medical care
Only a third of people with anorexia are being monitored by a healthcare professional, with many admitted to hospital so late they are at risk of dying, Australian study finds.