pictureAs memories of the holiday season are packed away along with the decorations, many people are now struggling with those New Year resolutions which seemed like such a good idea at the time. Kim O'Hare offers some timely encouragement... [more...] pictureThere has been a lot of buzz lately about the benefits of bee pollen and royal jelly. What's it all about? Kim O'Hare lifts the lid on what may be a valuable key to better health... [more...] pictureThe British government is opening a network of experimental cancer clinics across the country, giving cancer patients the chance to try untested drugs. Kim O'Hare has this and other health news... [more...] pictureA move by the Canadian government in late April has caught the attention of health conscious people around the world. Canada announced its intention to ban the import, sale and advertising of baby bottles with the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA). And it could be just the tip of the iceberg - Kim O'Hare reports. [more...] pictureSome people are concerned about health risks associated with grapefruit as the result of an e-mail chain circulating around the world. Kim O'Hare reports... [more...] pictureAs the all too short winter "cool" season gives way to the scorching heat of spring and summer in the Emirates, it's a good time of year consider having your AC ducts cleaned by a professional. A growing number of people suffer from dust allergies which cause sneezing, itchy eyes and cold-like symptoms that can make life miserable. [more...] pictureDuring a barbecue, one of the guests stumbled and took a little fall. Her hosts offered to call an ambulance, but she assured everyone that she was fine and had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes... [more...] pictureGarlic has a certain mystic, shall we say, air about it. It kill slugs, disinfects open wounds, helps keep gangrene at bay and may help prevent some cancers. Kim O'Hare tries to sort out fact from fiction... [more...] pictureParents are being warned to be vigilant and talk to their children, as evidence emerges of a potentially-lethal game which is gaining popularity with adolescents. Kim O'Hare reports. [more...] pictureComing to a town near you - this is right out of a Hollywood screenplay. Sores erupt on your skin, mysterious threads pop out of them, and you feel like tiny bugs are crawling all over you. [more...] pictureFebruary, a time when our thoughts turn to affairs of the heart. We'll spend hours looking for that "just right" Valentine's card. But how much time do we spend making sure our heart, the fist shape muscle that pounds away 24/7 in our chest, is healthy? [more...] pictureKeep taking the tablets - that's one of the key messages coming through in this month's selection of health stories. As ever, Kim O'Hare is your guide to the latest developments in the medical world... [more...] pictureA 3-D view of breast tissue may provide a more accurate method of detecting breast cancers, according to a trial of a new technology called stereoscopic digital mammography. False-positive results were almost cut in half with stereo mammography, said scientists at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. [more...] pictureWhile you were enjoying your travels last summer, an obscure disease from Africa broke out for the first time in significant numbers in Europe, raising concern that globalization and climate change are combining to pose a major health threat to the West. [more...] pictureFrom the "whatever happened to" file: Thalidomide. It seemed like an innocuous enough drug, so safe, some health regulators agreed that it could be sold without prescription. It was intended to help people sleep and treat symptoms of morning sickness for pregnant women. [more...] pictureResearchers have created a mouse that's resistant to even highly aggressive cancers. Scientists at the University of Kentucky introduced the tumour-killing Par-4 gene, taken from the prostate, the mouse. [more...] pictureWomen who eat crisps or chips every day may be doubling their chances of developing ovarian or womb cancer, according to new scientific research. The findings concern a group of chemicals called acrylamides, which are produced when you fry, grill or roast a wide range of foods. [more...] pictureStatins are the best-selling family of drugs of all time, with annual worldwide sales estimated at more than $20 billion. They're in a class of drugs that has proven very effective at lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart attacks. [more...] pictureEvery few years, it seems, researchers discover almost miraculous benefits associated with a particular vitamin. But just what are the facts, once the excitement has died down? Kim O'Hare investigates... [more...] pictureWhat do Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and Natalie Imbruglia, have in common? Well they are all SAD, victims of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Kim O'Hare explores this surprisingly common condition... [more...] pictureRegular visits to your dentist won't just help you keep hold of your teeth - they could save your life. Kim O'Hare offers a couple of shocking, cautionary tales... [more...] pictureDrinking beer can lower your cholesterol according to the latest research in Madrid. In a study - financed by the Spanish Beer Makers' Association - a group of teetotal Spanish nuns drank half a litre of beer a day for 45 days... [more...] pictureFor years, doctors have warned those traveling to exotic destinations or undeveloped countries to take precautions, which usually meant getting shots and vaccinations. But there's a newcomer on the list of nasty travel ailments, and it is surprisingly common in Europe and North America. It's called Lyme's disease. [more...] pictureScientists finally seem to have an AIDS vaccine in their reach. Last month researchers announced that they had won round one in the fight against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. [more...] pictureIf you're an allergy sufferer, you might want to visit the Allergy Show, on from 15th-17th June at London's Olympia. The show features expert advice on topics such as food intolerances, asthma, hayfever, skin sensitivity and eczema. [more...] pictureOne in seven men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime, mostly after age 60. One in 26 will die from it. By comparison, one in nine women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. One in 27 will die of it. Since 1993, the incidence of breast cancer has stabilised and death rates have declined steadily, partly because of advancements in screening methods. [more...] pictureBalancing your diet when you are diagnosed with diabetes can be a challenge, but it's also very important to help control your condition. Remember, in the long run it is better to make small changes that you feel you can stick to, rather than completely altering your diet and not sticking to it. [more...] pictureAre you overweight but don't know why? It could be because you've inherited a gene called FTO. New evidence from researchers shows that this gene controls why some people put on weight easily while others with similar lifestyles stay slim. [more...] pictureSo, you’ve just received the results from your annual physical, and all things considered you’re in reasonably good shape. But your cholesterol level seems to be sneaking up. What do you do next? Kim O'Hare has some suggestions... [more...] pictureResults just out from Cancer Research UK show that aromatherapy can help people who've had cancer treatment. The latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, highlights facts from the study. [more...] pictureScientists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago are studying the effects of using a patient's own stem cells to treat heart disease. The process involves extracting cells from the patient then injecting them back into weak areas of the heart in the hope that they will encourage new muscle growth. [more...] pictureThe time to start being a good mother begins long before you give birth. It has long been believed that the actions of expectant mothers can have a significant effect on their unborn babies, but researchers in Toronto have made a startling discovery. [more...] pictureDrinking two cups of spearmint tea a day could help women to get rid of excess body hair, researchers claim. Hirsutism is the term for a condition which causes women to grow extra hair on their faces, breasts and stomachs... [more...] pictureMost people don’t realise that hair is a good indication of how healthy you are. Hair health starts with diet. For that extra healthy sheen, then you must eat plenty of protein such as fish, meat and eggs. Vegetarians can top up their protein levels with protein rich soya. [more...] pictureAffairs of the heart take centre stage in February, so the team at have put together a few timely hints to help keep yourself and your heart healthy. Kim O'Hare reports [more...] pictureScientists have high hopes for a new discovery aimed to destroy the killer superbug MRSA that's now endemic in many hospitals worldwide. [more...] pictureCohosh is hogwash, according to US research. A new study finds a popular herbal treatment is practically ineffective at relieving hot flashes and night sweats in women going through menopause. [more...] pictureYou can add "Blackberry thumb" to the growing list of modern day work related ailments. Read about this and other news from the world of health... [more...] pictureIt seems hard to believe that children's food allergies could be cured by eating the very foods that cause the allergic reaction. But that seems to be case, according to a new study... [more...] pictureWould you want your children to "drink" almost five litres of extra cooking oil a year? If they eat just one packet of crisps a day, this is exactly what's happening, according to recent research by the British Heart Foundation. [more...] pictureThe next time you are having a row with your significant other spray a little child birthing hormone up his/her nose. Oxytocin, which is used to help women relax during childbirth reduces cortisol levels... [more...] pictureThe latest findings just released by American researchers indicate that certain types of skin can be cured by gene therapy. Researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute have genetically engineered normal immune system cells to fight skin cancer. [more...] pictureResearchers at State University of new York-Buffalo have come across an explanation for weight gain among some children. After kids have their tonsils and adenoids removed to treat breathing related sleep-disorders there is a lot less fidgeting and other non-exercise motor activity. [more...] pictureResearchers at Dartmouth College in the US have come across an interesting correlation. They studied the files of several million cardiac patients and found that as the treatment cost per patient increased, outcomes deteriorated... [more...] pictureThere could be hope at hand for the millions of migraine sufferers worldwide, according to scientists at Ohio State University. They’ve developed a handheld device that’s held against the back of the head and zaps the brain with a magnetic pulse. [more...] pictureSo-called super-bugs are about to meet their match in the form of dirt. Antibiotics derived from ordinary soil bacteria, streptomyces platensis (found in Africa) are being used to create Platensimycin, which is able to stop several drug resistant, forms of superbugs. [more...] pictureWell, not exactly but a study at the University of North Carolina found that drinking more water can significantly affect your efforts to lose weight. Kim O'Hare has this and other stories from the world of health... [more...]
imageWhat do you really know about the medication you're taking? If you're like most people, at the first sign of a cough or cold, or when your tennis elbow is acting up, you head to the nearest pharmacy in search of an over-the-counter cure. Kim O'Hare reports [more...]
A medical professor whose car smashed into a tree after he suffered a fatal heart attack was brought back to life when the impact of the car's steering wheel slammed into his chest. [more...]
imageResearchers have found clues that partially explain why green tea helps reduce the risk of cancer. They believe that green tea contains compounds capable of shutting down the dangerous on-off switch in cancer genes. [more...]
imageNow that summer's here, it's time to crank up the air conditioning, but how do you stop it drying you up and giving you the chills? Jo Finzi reports... [more...]
imageThose who are tempted to rush to the nearest shop to stock up on the latest heal-yourself remedies need to make sure they are acting on sound advice... [more...] pictureThe twinge in my foot began as I walked off the plane. It didn't get any better standing for an hour and a half in Dubai passport control. The following day I had a pronounced limp, and that night I could barely sleep for the ache in the joints between piggies number three and four on my right foot. The morning after I could hardly get to the bathroom. [more...]
imageResearchers in Britain and the America say it appears our brains have a separate area used for counting, a finding that may help explain why some people struggle with arithmetic. [more...]
imageStress is defined as the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them. In our face paced lives, most of us face stress from time to time, some of us face stress almost continuously. [more...]