Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments. The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body. Experts said the findings were “potentially very exciting” and could be “immensely” beneficial. This is the latest study into the health benefits of the “fasting-mimicking diet”.

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Virtual reality helps stroke patients use weakened limbs

Virtual reality could help stroke patients recover by “tricking” them into thinking their affected limb is more accurate than it really is. Researchers in Spain found that making the affected limb appear more effective on screen increased the chance the patient would use it in real life. This is important because stroke victims often underuse their affected limbs, making them

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Drug-resistant typhoid ‘concerning’

  Researchers from the Wellcome Trust, who have been tracking the hard-to-treat infection, say it is replacing regular typhoid in many countries. They analysed bacterial samples from 63 countries – nearly half were impervious to standard antibiotic treatments. Over-reliance on these drugs is to blame, they say in Nature Genetics. Increasingly, doctors now need to use other, more expensive and

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Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974

Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974 This remains the basis of health and safety legislation, and “sets out the general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public, and employees have to themselves and to each other” (HSE, 1996) HSE leaflet “Health and Safety Regulation” (HSC 13) 1996 The Act states that employers must ensure, as

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Child malaria vaccine: Final trials bring hope

Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine – the first to reach this stage – suggest it could help protect millions of children against malaria. But tests on 16,000 children from seven African countries found that booster doses were of limited use and vaccines in young babies were not effective. After children aged 5-17 months were given three doses of

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Biological pacemaker’ tested in lab

Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs. Scientists turned heart cells into pacemaker cells by injecting a gene. The “biological pacemaker” was able to “effectively cure a disease”, said scientists from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. The British Heart Foundation said applications of the research, published in Science Translational Medicine, were “a

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