First, Mary Poppins wasn’t far off — a spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down. A new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood journal shows that giving a sweet substance to a baby before being vaccinated helps make the shot less painful. Trials on almost 2,000 babies found crying decreased in 93% of cases.
Medical staff are being urged to consider giving babies a sweet drink of either sugar or glucose before immunising them because it gives an 'improved reaction' to injections.
An international team of researchers collected results from 14 trials involving almost 2,000 babies aged one year and younger. They found that giving babies a small amount of sweet solution, compared to water or no treatment, decreased crying in 93 per cent of cases.
Next, a pill that could help you live to be 100 and older may be available within two years. According to American professor and expert on aging, Nir Barzilai, pharmaceutical companies are developing these drugs based off research into age-related illnesses like Alzheimer's.
"Pharmaceutical companies are developing these drugs now," professor Nir Barzilai, one of the world's leading experts on aging, told fellow scientists at a London conference. "They will probably be available for testing from 2012."
The breakthrough follows intensive research into what makes cells die — and why some people dodge major illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and dementia.
And finally — could Botox actually cause wrinkles? Findings in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology show that muscle groups not injected with Botox will still find a way to make expressions, leading to more lines in adjacent areas.
Dr. David Becker, an assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, wrote in the journal that muscle groups that have not been injected with Botox will still find a way to make expressions, leading to more lines.