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Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak

5:30pm Friday 21st April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Diet drinks triple your risk of stroke and dementia," the Daily Mail reports, as US research found a link between daily intake and increased risk. However, the chain of evidence is not as strong as reported…

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Cycling commuters have lower rates of heart disease and cancer

4:30pm Friday 21st April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work," BBC News advises, prompted by a new study that found UK commuters who cycled to work had lower rates of cancer and heart disease…

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Two older drugs could be 'repurposed' to fight dementia

9:28am Thursday 20th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Depression and cancer drugs offer hope for dementia sufferers," Sky News reports. The headline is prompted by a study looking at the effect of two drugs – one used to treat depression and another being trialled for cancer treatment...

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Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic

4:00pm Wednesday 19th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'Potent' new molecule in frog slime may give us new way to beat flu epidemics, say boffins," The Sun reports. Researchers looked at secretions from the skin of a south Indian frog called Hydrophylax bahuvistara…

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Touchscreen-using toddlers may sleep less

4:30pm Tuesday 18th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'Touchscreen-toddlers' sleep less," BBC News reports. Results from a survey of UK parents suggest every hour a child spends using a touchscreen device was associated with an hour's less sleep a night…

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Being either under or overweight may increase migraine risk

11:30am Tuesday 18th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"People who are too fat or too thin are 'more likely to suffer from migraines'," reports The Sun. Researchers reviewed data from 12 studies involving 288,981 people and concluded obese people have a 21% increased risk of migraines...

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Could your tattoos put you at risk of heat stroke?

3:45pm Thursday 13th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Do you have a tattoo? You may be at-risk of heat stroke as inked skin produces significantly less sweat than normal," the Mail Online reports. A small US study, involving 10 men, found tattooed skin produced less sweat…

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Daily diet of fresh fruit linked to lower diabetes risk

3:35pm Wednesday 12th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Eating fresh fruit daily could cut risk of diabetes by 12%," the Mail Online reports. A study of half a million people in China found those who ate fruit daily were 12% less likely to get type 2 diabetes than those who never or rarely ate it…

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Brain cell reprogramming therapy shows promise for Parkinson's

4:00pm Tuesday 11th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New technique in which brain cells are reprogrammed could one day provide a cure for Parkinson's disease," The Independent reports. Researchers, using mice with Parkinson's disease, "reprogrammed" cells to replace the nerves lost in the condition…

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Growing up with a pet may boost a baby's bacterial health

4:00pm Monday 10th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Having a pet dog…can help reduce the child's chances of developing allergies and becoming obese in later years," claims the Daily Mirror, in a somewhat misleading report. Researchers did find a link between pet ownership and an increased…

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Tea not proven to 'shield you against dementia'

3:45pm Friday 7th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"It's tea time! How at least two cups a day can shield you from dementia," reports the Mail Online. This rather optimistic headline reports on a Singaporean study of around 900 Chinese people aged 55 and above…

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Antibiotic use linked to 'pre-cancerous' bowel changes

4:30pm Thursday 6th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Taking antibiotics for more than two weeks increases your risk of bowel cancer by 73 per cent," reports the Daily Mail. However, the study it reports on did not look at rates of bowel cancer. What it did find is an increased risk of bowel polyps…

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Reports that Marmite prevents dementia are laying it on a bit thick

4:45pm Wednesday 5th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A daily slice of Marmite on toast may help prevent you getting dementia," the Daily Mail reports, with little justification. A small study did find that Marmite had an effect on electrical activity in the brain, but there is no evidence...

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Firefighters warned about heart attack risk

4:30pm Wednesday 5th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Working in hot temperatures increases the risk of suffering a heart attack," BBC News reports. It has been known for some time that the leading cause of death amongst serving firefighters is heart attacks and not fire-related injuries…

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British babies 'among the world's biggest criers' claim unproven

3:35pm Tuesday 4th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Babies in Britain, Canada and Italy cry more than elsewhere," The Guardian reports. But the review the newspaper is reporting on only found reliable data from a handful of nations so the accuracy of the claim is unclear…

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Morning after pill 'less reliable' for women over 11 stone

3:45pm Monday 3rd April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women who take morning-after pill could still fall pregnant if they weigh more than 11 stone," the Daily Mirror warns. New guidelines on emergency contraception discuss recent evidence that body mass index (BMI) and overall…

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Loneliness may make cold symptoms feel worse

3:30pm Friday 31st March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Colds feel worse to lonely people," The Guardian reports. A US study, where participants were infected with the cold virus, found people who said they felt lonely also reported more severe symptoms…

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Electromagnetic fields link to motor neurone disease 'weak'

4:28pm Thursday 30th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Workers exposed to electromagnetic fields in their jobs could be at risk of developing motor neurone disease," the Daily Mail reports. A Dutch study found a link between occupational exposure to low-frequency magnetic fields and increased…

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Brain implants allow paralysed man to feed himself

11:40am Thursday 30th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New technology allows tetraplegic man to move hand with thought," The Guardian reports. Implants, designed to replicate the function of the spinal cord, have allowed a man, paralysed from the neck down…

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Can playing Tetris help prevent PTSD?

4:30pm Wednesday 29th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Tetris can prevent post-traumatic stress disorder," reports The Daily Telegraph. An early stage study found that people who'd been in traffic accidents who played the popular computer game while waiting in A&E for treatment had fewer intrusive memories…

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