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Archive: October 2009


Killer sweetener claim doubtful

30 October 2009

A type of sugar found in fruit and many soft drinks has been linked to high blood pressure, according to newspaper reports...

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Gene therapy to aid lung transplants

30 October 2009

An experimental technique could improve the outcome of lung transplants and reduce the number of donor lungs that cannot be used...

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Lying down 'boosts insemination'

30 October 2009

“Women undergoing fertility treatment with artificial insemination may boost their chances of pregnancy if they lie still afterwards,” the BBC has reported. These findings come from a...

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Sperm 'made from stem cells'

29 October 2009

Men and women may no longer be needed to create babies, according to the front page of the Daily Mail, which says that scientists have created “sperm and eggs from

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Curry spice kills cancer cells

28 October 2009

Extracts from the yellow curry spice turmeric can kill off cancer cells, according to BBC News. New research from the Cork Cancer Research Centre shows that the

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Migraines linked to stroke risk

28 October 2009

Research suggests that migraines, particularly with visual distortions, increase the risk of stroke...

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Rape drug claims researched

27 October 2009

"Date-rape" drugs such as rohypnol are “an urban myth” according to a front-page story in The Daily Telegraph. The Daily Mail also featured the controversial

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Down's syndrome trend examined

27 October 2009

The steep rise in Down’s syndrome pregnancies is said to be due to later motherhood, but more are being diagnosed before birth due to screening.

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New clues on deadly blood infection

26 October 2009

Scientists have identified an antibody that could “minimise the major internal bleeding seen in traumas like bullet wounds and car crashes”, according to BBC News. The research in question found that...

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Weight loss pills vs anti-fat jab

23 October 2009

The injectable drug liraglutide is reported to be almost twice as effective as other treatments in tackling obesity.

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Stress, plastics and male infertility

23 October 2009

New research claims to show that the combination of stress and a “gender-bending” chemical found in plastics raises the odds of reproductive defects and undescended testicles in men.

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Child depression and TV

23 October 2009

It has been claimed that television and urban lighting can be causes of depression, anxiety and mental health problems...

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Sleep deprivation and memory

22 October 2009

“The forgetfulness brought on by insomnia may be countered with drugs,” BBC News reported today. The reseearch has...

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Womb transplant 'years away'

22 October 2009

Research on rabbits has led to suggestions that scientists are a step closer to the first successful womb (uterus) transplant in humans.

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White wine 'erodes teeth'

21 October 2009

“White wine rots your teeth... and brushing makes it worse,” claimed the Daily Mail today. The newspaper said that white wine is more damaging to your teeth than

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Mobile phones 'distract walkers'

21 October 2009

Research suggests that “people chatting on mobile phones are oblivious to their surroundings and can pose a risk to themselves and others,” The Daily Telegraph reported

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'False hope' from fertility tests?

20 October 2009

Newspapers report that women should not rely on high street fertility tests to determine how many childbearing years they have left, due to inaccuracies.

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Copper bracelets and arthritis

19 October 2009

“Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps are useless for relieving pain in people with arthritis,” BBC News has reported. It said that the first tightly controlled

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New IVF test 'trebles chances'

19 October 2009

Research suggests there has been a breakthrough that greatly increases the chances of women who have IVF becoming pregnant.

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Placebo effect 'starts in the spine'

16 October 2009

Research suggests that the placebo effect works partly by blocking pain signals in the spinal cord from arriving at the brain in the first place.

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Paracetamol affects childhood jabs

16 October 2009

Giving paracetamol to babies following a vaccine jab may lower the effectiveness of the immunisation, according to research reported on by BBC News.

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Health after retirement

15 October 2009

Research suggests that dropping everything at retirement age has health risks such as cancer and heart attacks.

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Gout chemical 'may help' Parkinson's

14 October 2009

Research suggests that urate, a naturally occurring chemical in the blood that is known to cause gout, may slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.

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Cot death risk of shared sofa sleeping

14 October 2009

Research into cot death (sudden infant death syndrome) suggests that babies who share a bed with a parent are at a higher risk, especially if the parent has been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

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Jigsaws and dementia diagnosis

13 October 2009

Difficulty with spatial skills such as reading a map or doing a jigsaw puzzle may be an early indicator of Alzheimer's disease.

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