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Five things you might be surprised affect weight

[ad_1] Image caption Jackie (left) and Gillian (right) are twins but have very different BMIs People might think battling obesity is down to sheer willpower, but medical research says otherwise. Here are five potentially surprising factors that can affect your weight, as unearthed by The Truth About Obesity .1. Gut microbesGillian and Jackie are twins - but one weighs over six stone (41kg) more than the other. Prof Tim Spector
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New Wales Down’s syndrome test ‘to cut miscarriage risk’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHealth Secretary Vaughan Gething says the test is safer for mothers and babiesPregnant women in Wales are to become the first in the UK to receive a non-invasive test for Down's syndrome.The blood test, available on the NHS from Monday, is said to be safer and more accurate than existing screenings for Down's, Edward's and Patau's syndromes.It will be offered to
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Health bosses criticise visa rules for doctors

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Shortage of doctors has led to treatment delays'Immigration rules are hampering the ability of the NHS to recruit doctors, health leaders are warning.The number of skilled non-EU workers granted UK visas is capped - with the Home Office arguing the restriction is in "the national interest".But NHS bosses say increasing numbers of doctors are being refused permission, worsening rota gaps and
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Living with a child with Down’s syndrome

[ad_1] Image copyright Family photo Image caption Back row (L-R): Daniel, Emily and Mark Harris; Front (L-R): Kate and James "Living with a child with Down's syndrome is exactly the same as living with our children who don't."Life can be a little more colourful, it can be a bit slower, but it has all the joys of raising a child who doesn't have Down's syndrome."Kate and Mark Harris, from Barry
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Alfie Evans: Parents and doctors to discuss sending toddler home

[ad_1] Image copyright Kate James Image caption Alfie Evans was taken off life support on Monday evening The parents of seriously ill toddler Alfie Evans are to meet doctors to discuss taking him home, his father has said.The Court of Appeal upheld a ruling on Wednesday preventing the 23-month-old from travelling abroad after life support was withdrawn. Tom Evans and Kate James wanted their son to be transported to a
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Blood scandal victims need more cash, says Haemophilia Wales

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTainted blood 'black cloud' over Penarth man's lifeWelsh victims of the infected blood scandal should get the same support payments as those in Scotland, the charity Haemophilia Wales has said.Chairwoman Lynne Kelly wants Welsh ministers to raise the annual payments for 60 people who contracted hepatitis C and HIV by thousands of pounds.The support payments in Scotland are as high as
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More than half your body is not human

[ad_1] More than half of your body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.The field is even asking questions of what it means to be "human" and is leading to new innovative treatments as a result.
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What I’d say to my younger self

[ad_1] If you had the chance to live your life again, what advice would you give to your younger self?Four members of the Birmingham 1,000 Elders group at the University of Birmingham reflect on their lives and the decisions they made.The group helps with research into life as an older adult in the UK as well as medical research around issues such as heart disease, infections in old age and
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Women regret casual sex less if they take the initiative

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Young women regret casual sex less if they take the initiative and the sex was good, according to a new study. Previous research has found that in general women regret one-night stands more than men. But researchers interviewed 547 Norwegian and 216 American university students, all of them heterosexual.The answers suggested that the "clearest gender-differentiating factor" for regret after casual sex is who made the