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A po­ten­tially huge break­through has been made in the treat­ment of prostate can­cer. A study has found that a drug for treat­ing the con­di­tion could save lives if of­fered ear­lier. Pro­fes­sor Ni­cholas James from the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham led the research in which abi­raterone was ad­min­is­tered as an ad­di­tional treat­ment to pa­tients who were about to start long-term hor­mone ther­apy. The trial in­volved 1,917 men, half of whom were given abi­raterone, com­bined with hor­mone ther­apy, and half of whom were given hor­mone ther­apy alone. There were 182 deaths in the first group com­pared with 262 in the sec­ond. “This is one of the big­gest re­duc­tions in death I’ve seen in any clin­i­cal trial for adult can­cers,” said Pro­fes­sor James.

A new sur­vey has found that 40% of Ir­ish adults suf­fer from some sort of al­lergy. Hay fever is the most com­mon, fol­lowed by dust and food. The sur­vey was car­ried out by Ig­nite Research on be­half of Scope Health­care and it dis­cov­ered that al­ler­gies have a big im­pact on peo­ple’s lives.Twenty per­cent of the 1,000 adults sur­veyed had missed work as a re­sult of their al­ler­gies and 2% had taken more than 20 days off be­cause of them. Some 35% be­lieved that it af­fected their mood and an­other 35% had sleep prob­lems, while 17% felt that al­ler­gies pre­vented them from so­cial­is­ing and eat­ing out and 10% had their travel plans re­stricted. How­ever, de­spite such neg­a­tive ef­fects, there ap­pears to be a lot of con­fu­sion about how to treat al­ler­gies. One-in-four peo­ple didn’t take any med­i­ca­tion and even those who did said that they did not know what was best to take.

Chil­dren who have TVs in their bed­rooms are more likely to be over­weight than those who do not, ac­cord­ing to research car­ried out by sci­en­tists at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don. The study an­a­lysed data from 12,000 chil­dren in the UK. It found that more than half the chil­dren had a TV in their bed­room at the age of seven. Later, when the chil­dren were 11, re­searchers plot­ted their body mass in­dex and looked at the per­cent­age of body fat. Girls who had TVs in their bed­rooms at the age of seven were 30% more likely to be over­weight when they were 11 com­pared with girls who didn’t. For boys, the risk was in­creased by 20%.

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