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Drugs 'stretch hospital budgets'

Hospital budgets are being stretched by the cost of expensive medicines, Scotland's public spending watchdog warns.

Scots ''unaware' of breast cancer

Scottish women have an "alarming lack of awareness" about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, a charity claims.

Stroke care 'failing the elderly'

Ageism in the NHS means older people get poorer stroke care than younger victims, a charity says.

Excessive meat and dairy may harm sperm quality

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who eat lots of processed meat and full-fat dairy may have poorer quality sperm than those who eat more fruit, vegetables and low-fat diary, a small study suggests. Read more

IQ low in toddlers whose mothers took valproate

BOSTON (Reuters) - Children born to women who took the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant had lower IQs at least up to age 3 than the children of women who took rival epilepsy drugs, researchers reported on Wednesday. Read more

Exercise therapy best way to treat groin pain

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Strengthening the hip and abdominal muscles is an effective way to treat groin pain in athletes, according to a new review of the medical literature published online in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology. Read more

Lifetime exercise may cut breast cancer death risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who participate in recreational exercise and sports over their lifetime may be lowering their risk of death from breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence. Read more

Snoring: a sign of trouble in preschoolers?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Three- to six-year-old children who snore have more symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as attention and language problems, than their age-matched counterparts who do not snore, Finnish researchers report. Read more

Scientists uncover genetic risks for stroke

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists have found important genetic differences that significantly raise the risk of stroke, and they are found in millions of people. Read more

Asperger syndrome linked to cortisol response

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Upon awakening, there is normally a surge in cortisol, a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland and released in response to stress.Read more