Sickly sweet or just right? How genes control your taste for sugar

You might love sugary doughnuts, but your friends find them too sweet and only take small nibbles. That’s partly because your genes influence how you perceive sweetness and how much sugary food and drink you consume. Now our recently published study shows a wider range of genes at play than anyone thought. In particular, we suggest how these genes might […]

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Katie Byrne: 'There are still parents who believe that 18 is the magical age at which a child becomes a fully-fledged adult'

When Anne Hathaway celebrated the third birthday of her son, Jonathan, last month, she didn’t raise a glass to mark the occasion. The actress has quit drinking because the hangovers made her “unavailable” to her child who, she says, “really does need me all the time in the morning”. Please log in or register with Independent.ie for free access to […]

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Remains 'decomposing' on trolleys at University Hospital Waterford because of 'lack of refrigeration facilities'

A lack of refrigeration facilities and cramped conditions has led to a situation where bodies of the deceased are being placed on hospital trolleys and are decomposing. They say that corpses have leaked bodily fluids into corridors and many families have had to have closed-coffin funerals for their relatives because of the condition of their remains. This, they say, causes […]

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Victoria woman with medical issues challenges Canada’s impaired driving laws

Norma McLeod is taking her fight against Canada’s “unfair” roadside impaired driving test to court. The 76-year-old Victoria woman is working with a team of lawyers to launch a constitutional challenge against a law that allows police to demand a breathalyzer without any signs a driver is impaired. “I just feel the police have no sympathy for us who have […]

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Anti-HIV drug 'is safe and highly effective', says health watchdog

An anti-HIV tablet will be offered to at-risk groups later this year after an independent review found it safe and highly effective. The daily tablet, Truvada, contains two anti-retroviral drugs, tenofovir and emtricitabine, and is taken as part of PrEP, a HIV prevention programme. The two drugs work together to interfere with an enzyme which HIV uses to infect new […]

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Micro Preemie Baby Who Was Born 24 Weeks Early Just Celebrated Her First Birthday

Amina Maizer celebrated her first birthday in February—a normal milestone for most babies. But for Amina and her family, hitting this one-year mark is a miracle. Taylor Dobson, Amina’s mother and a Chicago-based esthetician, gave birth to her daughter four months before her due date. When she came into the world, Amina weighed just one pound, 10 ounces and was kept […]

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Individualized medical-nutrition therapy important in diabetes

(HealthDay)—Diabetes-focused medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is fundamental to overall diabetes management and should be adapted as needed throughout life, according to a consensus report published in the May issue of Diabetes Care. Noting that strong evidence supports the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of nutrition therapy as a component of quality diabetes care, Alison B. Evert, from the University of Washington in […]

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No cases of hepatitis, HIV found among Lindsay dental clinic patients: health unit

Blood tests on patients at a dental clinic have come back negative following concerns they may have been exposed to bloodborne viruses a year ago. In May 2018, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit alerted patients of Lakeland Clinic in Lindsay that they may be at risk for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after […]

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