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Up to a third of diabetics won't take their pills

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
For many people, taking the Metformin pill is an essential - yet University of Surrey researchers found 30 per cent of prescribed doses are never taken.

When kids lose hair, wigs transform them into princesses, superheroes

CNN (US) - 18/12/2017
Maiya Lima was only 5 years old when her mother noticed a small bald patch on the back of her head.

Ultra-marathon runner aged 41 develops anaemia

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
Christopher Pokrana, who sought help from doctors at the University of Virginia, was told the barrage of abuse on his feet led to haemolysis - the destruction of red blood cells. (stock)

The six most bizarre Christmas injuries

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
Adam Taylor, a lecturer in anatomy at Lancaster University, revealed how a 28-year-old woman was putting up an ornament when the bar stool slipped under her - causing her vaginal trauma.

Expert reveals tips for avoiding arguments this Christmas

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
Nicholas Joyce from the University of South Florida recommends people manage their expectations, either confront relatives or let things go, and prepare in advance how they will respond.

Having more money can mean Scrooge-like pride, study says

CNN (US) - 18/12/2017
Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" paints a picture of stark contrasts.

Wisconsin family to be frozen when they die, brought back

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
Dennis Kowalski, wife Maria and their three sons Jacob, 19, Danny, 17, and James, 16, from Wisconsin, want to be preserved at Cryonics Institute in Michigan when they die.

Baby boy born with an extra penis has it removed

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
The operation was carried out at the Scientific Research Institute of Pediatrics in Baku, Azerbaijani. The penis was all that was left of a parasitic twin who failed to develop.

Word ban at CDC includes 'vulnerable,' 'fetus,' 'transgender'

CNN (US) - 18/12/2017
Officials at the CDC are under order by the Trump administration to stop using specific words in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post.

Men should freeze their sperm before the age of 25

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
EXCLUSIVE: Professor Luciano Nardo from Cheshire has said few men are aware age affects their sperm quality and reports male fertility now accounts for around 30% of conception problems.

Personal Health: How to ‘Winterize’ Your Dog

New York Times - 18/12/2017
Dogs can face special hazards in the colder months, ranging from cracked paws and dry skin to electrocution or immersion in a frozen pond.

After living with mystery condition for 9 years, girl finally gets diagnosis

CNN (US) - 18/12/2017
When Avery Reilly was born, her parents thought she was an "absolutely perfect baby," her mother Helena said.

Norfolk grandfather died waiting for life-saving operation

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
John Brackenbury, 70, of Thetford, Norfolk, suffered a severe bleed on the brain and needed surgery which usually treats the condition in just 48 hours. But his procedure was postponed and he died.

The New Health Care: Why New Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Lead to Harm

New York Times - 18/12/2017
Fear is typically not effective in getting people to adopt healthier habits. A more likely outcome is overtreatment.

Doctors use new procedure in patients with damaged hips to avoid replacement surgery

News Medical (Australia) - 18/12/2017
Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are using a procedure called Subchondroplasty to give patients with damaged hips more treatment options and ultimately avoid replacement surgery.

Filipino girl is being suffocated by tumour-ridden tongue

Daily Mail (UK) - 18/12/2017
Zhyrille Cruz, from Manila in the Philippines, suffers from a lymphangioma - which causes life-threatening cysts to grow on her tongue.

Probiotics and xylitol chewing gum appear to have no effect in alleviating sore throat symptoms

News Medical (Australia) - 18/12/2017
The use of probiotics and xylitol chewing gum to alleviate sore throat symptoms -- as an alternative to antibiotics -- appears to have no effect, according to a randomized controlled trial (RCT) published in CMAJ.

Educational materials released by Eisai for understanding dementia

News Medical (Australia) - 18/12/2017
Eisai Co., Ltd. announced that it has created educational materials for understanding dementia and thinking about what one can do for elementary and secondary school students, and has commenced marketing these materials primarily to local governments, educational institutions as well as medical and nursing care professionals from today.

Researchers identify mechanism that regulates signaling events leading to cancer metastasis

News Medical (Australia) - 18/12/2017
Understanding how cancer cells are able to metastasize -- migrate from the primary tumor to distant sites in the body -- and developing therapies to inhibit this process are the focus of many laboratories around the country.