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Canned laughter ‘makes jokes funnier’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Adding canned laughter to the punchline of jokes - even "dad jokes" - makes them funnier, according to a study. The effect was even bigger if real, spontaneous giggles accompanied a gag, the University College London scientists said. They tried out 40 different jokes, ranging from the groan-worthy to the hilarious, on 72 volunteers.The findings, in Current Biology, suggest laughter might be contagious or give
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Pledge to end smoking in England by 2030

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The government is pledging to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.Promoting physical activity, developing guidelines on sleep and targeting those at risk of diabetes are also set out as priorities in the green paper. The policy document aims to reduce the number of years spent in poor health.Currently men and
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Heatwave: How to keep cool and carry on in 35C

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP With a heatwave predicted to bring temperatures above 35C to parts of the UK over the next few days, how can the nation keep cool and carry on?Do I have to work during a heatwave?For those hoping to be given a day off, unfortunately, there are currently no laws in the UK about when it is too hot to work.Employers should provide a "reasonable" temperature in
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UK newborn baby screening ‘not good enough’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images UK babies are missing out on checks for rare but serious health conditions, putting lives at risk, according to a report from the charity Genetic Alliance UK. The NHS offers newborns a blood test to screen for up to nine conditions. Many other European countries look for 20 or more illnesses and the US screens for more than 50, the charity says. The UK National
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Resistant malaria spreading in South-East Asia

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South-East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say.The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs. Researchers say the findings raise the "terrifying prospect" drug-resistance could spread to Africa.However, experts said the implications may not be as severe as first thought.What
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Contaminated blood inquiry: Welsh Government urged to take lead

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJennifer Hutchinson was diagnosed with hepatitis C, 34 years after receiving contaminated blood A lawyer representing dozens of victims of the contaminated blood scandal has urged the Welsh Government to take the lead in helping them.At least 300 victims from Wales were left with chronic or life-limiting conditions such as hepatitis or HIV after receiving contaminated blood products in the 1970s
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Transgender treatment: Puberty blockers study under investigation

[ad_1] England's only NHS youth gender clinic lowered the age at which it offers children puberty blockers, partly based on a study now being investigated.The study's full findings have not been published - but early data showed some taking the drugs reported an increase in thoughts of suicide and self-harm. The clinic said data was from a "small sample" and so no "meaningful conclusion" could be drawn from it. Children
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Tafida Raqeeb: Parents’ bid to get daughter treated goes to High Court

[ad_1] Image copyright Family Handout Image caption Tafida Raqeeb's mother said her daughter was "completely healthy" before her sudden brain injury A family's fight to take their ill daughter to Italy for treatment will be heard at the High Court in September. Royal London Hospital doctors said there was no hope Tafida Raqeeb, five, would recover from a brain injury, and that it was in her best interests to be
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Gut bacteria may have motor neurone disease role

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Gut bacteria may be playing a role in motor neurone disease, according to early studies in animals and people. Experiments show some species of bacteria - and the chemicals they make - change the pace of the disease. The team at the Weizmann Institute in Israel says it adds to work suggesting the "microbiome" alters the brain in autism and Parkinson's disease. The research is
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Surgeons call for breast implant illness warning

[ad_1] Women who have experienced chronic pain and extreme fatigue after breast enhancement surgery have told the Victoria Derbyshire Programme they were not warned about the possible side effects.Breast implant illness (BII) doesn't have an official diagnosis, but some women who believe they have the condition say they returned to full health after having their implants removed.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) does not currently recognise breast implant