Can a high-tech headband really help you beat the heat?

As much as we might welcome the hotter weather forecast for this weekend, sweltering, sticky days — and nights — can be a challenge.   Alice Jaffe asked experts to assess some products that claim to keep you cool or safe in the sun. We then rated them… For hot nights Cool gel pillow pad, £19.99, argos.co.uk Claim: This pad, which you attach to your pillow with the straps provided, uses ‘sealed gel packs that react to your body heat to create a dry cooling sensation’ — although how is unclear.…

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Channel 4 boss Dorothy Byrne: Why I’m going back to the office even though I’m 68 and ‘vulnerable’

Aged 68, I am, like millions of people in their 60s, still working. And, also like millions in this age group, I have an underlying health condition — an auto-immune disease.  So, as the nation gears up to return to work, how worried should people like me be? And if we are worried, what are our options? Already, some older people with medical conditions who have told their employers they are too frightened to go back to work have been threatened with disciplinary action or the sack. The first point is…

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How a ‘Lego’ implant that is put together like hollow ‘bricks’ could help surgeons mend broken bones

Revolutionary new implants that are put together like pieces of Lego could help broken bones heal faster Revolutionary new implants that are put together like pieces of Lego could help broken bones heal faster. Scientists in the U.S. have created tiny hollow ‘bricks’ that surgeons would piece together into whatever size and shape they needed to repair a damaged bone. The whole thing is then filled with a special gel that stimulates new bone to develop.  The idea is to create a tailor-made implant that acts like scaffolding for healthy…

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DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions: I have tried everything and still can’t sleep! 

I sleep only two to three hours a night and often wake up in between. I have tried relaxation exercises, reading, walking and even sleeping pills, but nothing works.  Can you recommend anything to help? I am 47. Clare Sutton, by email. For any doctor, one of the most common and most difficult questions to answer is how to restore patients with insomnia to a healthy sleep pattern. Sleep is a process every bit as vital as good nutrition and, in most cases, it takes a long time to arrive…

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Nominate a health hero: Meet the mental health nurse battling her own demons

Do you know a Health Hero? The Daily Mail, in partnership with eBay and NHS Charities Together, wants you to nominate special people in the healthcare sector who have made a difference to your life, or to a loved one’s life.  The winner of the award will receive a £5,000 holiday. To make a nomination, fill in the form below.  Here, Jo Waters tells the story of a nominee who goes the extra mile for mental health patients… Hayley McLellan is well known for being able to fix things. Last…

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‘We started chemo on the same day’: Nolan sisters Linda and Anne face the same struggle

Diagnosed with breast cancer exactly 20 years after her last bout of it, Anne Nolan is both devastated and scared.  Her sister Bernie — famous, like Anne, for singing in The Nolans, and later appearing in The Bill — died in 2013 aged only 52 after her breast cancer spread. Another sister, 61-year-old Linda, is now undergoing chemotherapy at the same time as Anne.  After being successfully treated for breast cancer in 2006, Linda has liver cancer. Diagnosed with breast cancer exactly 20 years after her last bout of it, Anne…

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Statins are not effective at cutting risk of dying from heart disease

Statins are not particularly effective at reducing the risk of dying from heart disease, a study claims. Scientists analysed 35 studies into the effects of the drugs which lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and found the pills have no consistent benefit. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found three quarters of all trials reported no reduction in mortality among those who took the drugs. And half of all studies suggested that cholesterol-busting pills did not prevent heart attacks or strokes. The research flies in the face of decades of…

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Coca-Cola’s work with scientists was a ‘low point in history of public health’

Coca-Cola’s work with scientists to downplay the role sugar plays in contributing to obesity has been called a ‘low point in this history of public health.’ The beverage company donated millions of dollars to a team of researchers  at a non-profit claiming to look into causes of excess weight gain in the US. However, the team ended up being a ‘front group’ for Coca-Cola and promoted the idea that it was a lack of exercise, not a bad diet, that was the primary driver of the US obesity epidemic. What’s…

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US women more likely to skip medications due to cost

American women are more likely to not properly take their medications – or take them at all – compared to women in other countries, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women in the US were almost twice as likely to skip their prescriptions compared to Canadian women and three times more likely than Australian women. What’s more, 25 percent of younger women said they couldn’t adhere to their medication schedules due to the cost.   The team, from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, says…

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American women are more likely to skip their medications because they can’t afford it

American women are more likely to not properly take their medications – or take them at all – compared to women in other countries, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women in the US were almost twice as likely to skip their prescriptions compared to Canadian women and three times more likely than Australian women. What’s more, 25 percent of younger women said they couldn’t adhere to their medication schedules due to the cost.   The team, from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, says…

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