Breastfeeding for six months "cuts the risk of dying from cancer by 10%"

Breastfeeding for six months 'cuts the risk of dying from cancer by 10%'Six months of breastfeeding your child cuts risk of dying from all cancers Women who breastfeed also 17 per cent less likely to die from a heart attack By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:38 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:17 GMT, 27 March 2013 Safer: A woman who breastfeeds her child is 10 per cent less likely to die from any from of cancer Women who breastfeed for six months reduce their risk of dying from all cancers by 10 per cent, researchers say. They also cut their chances of death from heart attacks and strokes by 17 per cent

We"re living longer than ever…but suffering more pain, depression and illness as a result

We're living longer than ever…but suffering more pain, depression and illness as a result From 1990 to 2010, the global average age of death rose from 59 to 70, with women outliving men by about five yearsScandinavia and Australia have the longest life expectancy, while Africa and Russia are among the lowest But living longer means we are suffering health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress, says landmark study | UPDATED: 20:28 GMT, 14 December 2012 Life expectancy around the world has soared, but we are now living with health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress. This 'devastating irony', as researchers describe it, is one of the key findings of a landmark study assessing the global health in the history of medicine.

High blood pressure, smoking and alcohol are the biggest global killers

High blood pressure is the biggest global killer…but obesity isn't far behind, warn leading scientists Smoking and alcohol came second and third, says study which looked at 43 risk factors over 20 yearsToo much salt and not enough fruit partly to blame High body mass index was the biggest ‘climber’, moving from tenth place to sixth | UPDATED: 17:56 GMT, 13 December 2012 High blood pressure killed more than nine million people worldwide in 2010, making it the greatest overall health risk. Smoking and alcohol came second and third, according to the study which looked at the trends of 43 risks between 1990 and 2010

Illegal trafficking of timber and other wildlife products is worth 12bn a year

Illegal trafficking of timber and other wildlife products is worth 12bn a yearConservation group WWF warns there is rising demand for rhino horn It is used as a cancer medicine or 'hangover cure' in AsiaEven UK zoos are at risk from criminal gangs trying to steal rhino horn | UPDATED: 01:50 GMT, 12 December 2012 Trafficking of wildlife and products such as timber and rhino horn is one of the world's biggest illegal trades, worth 12 billion a year, conservationists have warned.

Patient"s own blood used to create stem cells in breakthrough that could treat a whole range of diseases

Patient's own blood used to create stem cells in breakthrough that could treat a whole range of diseasesThe cells are building blocks that allow the body to produce new cells and repair tissuesScientists believe blood could be the easiest and safest source of stem cells | UPDATED: 10:22 GMT, 30 November 2012 A patient's own blood has been used to make personalised stem cells, in a groundbreaking development which doctors hope will eventually be used to treat a range of diseases. A team at the University of Cambridge believes the development could be one of the easiest and safest sources of stem cells. Stem cells are the building blocks of tissue growth.

24,000 "died because of cold homes" last winter: Fears grow figure could be higher this year because of spiralling bills

24,000 'died because of cold homes' last winter: Fears grow that figure could be higher this year because of spiralling bills 'Excess winter deaths' figures were published yesterday with majority of victims over 75Cold homes are known to exacerbate underlying medical conditions in the elderly | UPDATED: 07:41 GMT, 30 November 2012 Spiralling energy bills contributed to 24,000 deaths last winter, as many elderly people cut back on their heating. The shocking toll will increase fears that the number will be even higher this year because of further increases in energy bills and warnings of a particularly cold winter