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# The Lancet

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# Ageing
'Alarmist' concerns about an ageing society do not justify welfare cuts
A series of papers on Europe was launched by the Lancent Medical Journal this week. It also found a growing disparity between male life expectancy in eastern and western Europe.
# mummies
Study of mummies reveals heart disease may have been common in ancient world
The study of 137 showed a high prevalence of a disease that was thought to be cause by modern factors like smoking, obesity and lack of exercise.
# Anorexia
Experimental brain implants may help patients with severe anorexia
Neurological implants are being tested on patients whose conditions have not responded to other treatment.
# Research
Infidelity is a major cause of Africa's HIV epidemic - study
The study found that up to two thirds of all new HIV infections among men in stable partnerships are caused by one partner being unfaithful.
# Radiotherapy
Not enough radiotherapy machines to meet Ireland's cancer needs - study
The Lancet study showed that there is a 4 per cent unmet need in Ireland.
# Mental Health
Patients not responding to antidepressants 'more likely to get better with therapy'
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has proven to be effective when people have not responded to antidepressants, if they have it alongside medication, a new trial shows.
# cholesterol
Lower death rates for those taking cholesterol medication and exercise - study
New research also shows that the benefits of physical fitness outweigh those of cholesterol lowering medication.
# Research
US suicide rates have risen sharply since economic crisis
Researchers found that the number of suicides more than quadrupled in the United States between 2008 and 2010, echoing the findings of similar research in Ireland.
# Infectious
Higher rate of infection among homeless 'put overall population at risk'
New data published in The Lancet shows much higher infection rates of TB, HIV and Hepatitis-C among homeless people.
# Tobacco
'Alarming' results show women starting to smoke younger - research
New research describes the global use of tobacco an “epidemic” – with women increasingly starting to smoke at younger ages and early half of adult men in developing countries still using tobacco products.
Afghanistan and Pakistan a ‘potential reservoir’ for spreading polio
Security issues mean that up to 40 per cent children in some parts are not vaccinated.
# Suicide
Around 900,000 people take their own life every year
The leading medical journal The Lancet has published a series of articles to highlight suicide’s impact globally.
# Cancer
Childhood CT scans 'could triple leukaemia and brain cancer risk'
A study at Newcastle University showed that CT scans in children could triple their risk of contracting brain cancer or leukaemia when older. This is the first long-term study of its kind.
# Cancer Research
Blood tests may predict breast cancer spread
US cancer research finds that tumour cells in the blood stream may predict if early breast cancer patients face a higher risk of death or relapse after treatment.
# Cancer
Two aspirin tablets a day "cuts bowel cancer risk"
A new study, published in The Lancet, says that taking two pills of aspirin a day can cut the risk of bowel cancer by almost two thirds for certain patients.
# 9-11
9/11 firefighters have higher risk of contracting cancer
A new study by British medical journal The Lancet shows that firefighters who worked at ground zero following the terrorist attacks are more likely than others to contract cancer.
# Smoking
Smoking is bigger risk for women than men, says new study
Research suggests that women who smoke are significantly more likely to suffer heart attacks.
Researchers discover new form of MRSA superbug in two Dublin hospitals
An Irish study has found the new strain of the superbug in two Dublin hospitals as a separate British study finds the new infection originated in cows.
# Health
Mild asthma does not require daily treatment says US research
The Asthma Society of Ireland urged caution in response to the findings.
# Obesity
One in ten adults in the world is obese
Irish men and men from the Czech Republic are the most overweight in Europe.