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Good qual­ity sleep could help in­crease a woman’s chances of be­com­ing preg­nant. Re­searchers from the Hanabusa Women’s Clinic in Kobe, Ja­pan, ques­tioned 208 women who had un­der­gone as­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy treat­ment — which can in­clude IVF — and found poor-qual­ity sleep had a neg­a­tive im­pact on fer­til­i­sa­tion rates. The eggs of women who had no dif­fi­culty sleep­ing were around 20% more likely to be fer­tilised than those of women who slept badly, the re­search showed. The team con­cluded: “Good sleep pat­terns can be one of the im­por­tant daily habits for pa­tients to im­prove their re­sponse to fer­til­ity treat­ments and in­crease their chances of preg­nancy.” The re­sults of the trial were pub­lished on the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Re­pro­duc­tive Medicine’s web­site.


Alzheimer’s dis­ease may orig­i­nate out­side the brain, new re­search sug­gests. Sci­en­tists be­lieve a rogue pro­tein strongly linked to the dis­or­der may ap­pear else­where in the body be­fore break­ing through the brain’s nat­u­ral de­fences. If the the­ory is right, it could have huge im­pli­ca­tions for di­ag­nos­ing and treat­ing the dis­ease. New ther­a­pies could tar­get the amy­loid-beta pro­tein and clear it from the body be­fore it spreads to the brain. The pro­tein ac­cu­mu­lates in sticky clumps, or plaques, in the brains of Alzheimer’s pa­tients but can also be present in blood platelets, blood ves­sels, and mus­cles. The re­search is re­ported in the jour­nal Molec­u­lar Psy­chi­a­try.


One in three adults would not be con­cerned if they were suf­fer­ing from key symp­toms of pan­cre­atic cancer. In a sur­vey of more than Bri­tish 4,000 adults, many were un­aware of the poor sur­vival rates and one in five be­lieved that typ­i­cal pa­tients live for at least five years af­ter di­ag­no­sis. Ac­cord­ing to Pan­cre­atic Cancer UK, com­mon symp­toms of the dis­ease in­clude: tummy and back pain, un­ex­plained weight loss, indi­ges­tion, and changes to bowel habits in­clud­ing float­ing poo. Other symp­toms in­clude loss of ap­petite, jaun­dice (yel­low skin or eyes) or itchy skin, feel­ing and be­ing sick, dif­fi­culty swal­low­ing and re­cently di­ag­nosed di­a­betes.

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