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    Can mental trauma be passed on through sperm?

    NHS updates

    "Traumatic experiences can be inherited, as major shocks alter how cells in the body work," The Daily Telegraph reports.

    But before you start blaming mum and dad for your problems, the research it reports on only involved mice.

    The study looked at how traumatic stress in the early life of male mice influenced the genetic material in their sperm.

    Researchers “traumatised” male mice during their first weeks of life by separating them from their mother. They then gave the male mice a series of behavioural tests. They found that those separated from their mothers didn’t show a rodent’s natural avoidance for ope...

    Lung and pancreatic cancers may be on the rise

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    "Lung cancer will soon become the biggest cancer killer among women," the Mail Online reports, while ITV News reveals that pancreatic cancer "poses [a] growing threat". Both headlines are prompted by a study that has estimated future cancer trends across the EU.

    The researchers estimate there will be approximately 1.32 million deaths from the eight most common cancers in 2014. They predict that in women, deaths from breast and colorectal cancers will decrease, but lung cancer rates are expected to increase by 8%.

    This incre...

    Kidney damage 'killing thousands,' study claims

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    “Failures in basic hospital care are resulting in more than 1,000 deaths a month from … acute kidney injury,” The Independent reports. A study commissioned by the NHS estimates that up to 40,000 people may be dying from this preventable condition.

    The study aimed to discover the prevalence of acute kidney injury (AKI – previously called acute kidney failure) among adult inpatients in NHS hospitals.

    AKI is characterised by a rapid decline in kidney function, which can have many underlying causes. The condition can have a high risk of multiple organ failure and death.

    The researchers used data from the