Alexandra Thompson Health Reporter For Mailonline

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    Gay people are more likely to have trouble sleeping

    Gay men are more likely to have trouble nodding off and require medication Lesbians more at-risk of waking feeling unrested and struggling to stay asleep Due to them being more likely to smoke and suffer severe psychological distress Over a year, up to 40 percent of US citizens report...
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    Cannabis could prevent mental decline in HIV sufferers

    Cannabis could prevent mental decline in up to 50 percent of HIV sufferers, new research reveals. Patients who use marijuana have fewer inflammatory white blood cells, which are involved in the immune system, a study found. This could save infected people from mental decline, which affects up to 50...
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    'Heat-not-burn' tobacco is still a health risk

    ‘Heat-not-burn’ tobacco products are harmful to health even if they are safer than conventional cigarettes. Although ‘smokeless’ products expose users to up to 90 per cent fewer harmful chemicals, limited data means their precise risk is unclear, according to a Committee of Toxicology (COT) report presented to Public Health...
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    Pokémon GO could help people who struggle socially

    Pokémon GO could help people who struggle socially, new research reveals.  Augmented reality (AR) encourages gamers to leave the house and interact with others, according to the first study of its kind.  Extroverts are more successful at such pastimes than others, therefore future games could be designed to boost...
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    What to eat, do and avoid at any age to boost your mood 

    Scientists discover what to eat at any age to boost your mood. Young adults’, defined as those aged between 18 and 29, mental health is boosted when they regularly exercise and eat meat, a US study found. Those who fail to eat meat or work out three times a...
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    Simple blood test could predict people's risk of suicide

    Annual health MOTs could assess patients’ risk of suicide, new research suggests.  People who have lower levels of a particular protein in their blood are more likely to have tried to end their lives, regardless of how recent their attempt was, a study found.  Researchers hope their findings could...
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    Study finds patients mock cancer to help them cope

    Laughter really is the best medicine for cancer patients, new research suggests.  Referring to their condition as ‘Mr C’, their colostomy bag as ‘baggy’ and even oncologists as ‘the Wizard of Onc’ helps patients get a handle on their illness and bond with other sufferers, a study analysing 1.5...
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    A Fitbit could save your life

    Step counts during recovery is significantly linked to hospital readmission Fitbits are inexpensive devices that monitor users’ step counts Exercise keeps hormone levels healthy, which affects how cells multiply Activity benefits cancer patients by preventing fatigue and strengthening bones Up to 50% of some cancer patients are readmitted within...
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    24 million opioid prescriptions were issued last year

    From paracetamol to co-codamol, 24 million opioid prescriptions were given out in the UK in 2016, which is double that of just 10 years ago. Europe’s overall overdose deaths also rose for the third consecutive year in 2015 to 8,441; 81 per cent of which were related to opioids. ...