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Archive: April 2010


Morning sickness 'is inherited'

30 April 2010

The “curse of morning sickness” runs in the family, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper said that “women whose mothers suffered severe morning sickness in pregnancy are three times more...

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Summer babies and risk of MS

30 April 2010

“Babies born in the summer months have a higher risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) because their mothers do not get enough sun during pregnancy,” The Times

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Parkinson's eased by brain probe

29 April 2010

A brain “pacemaker” can fight Parkinson's disease, according to The Independent. The newspaper said that combining deep brain stimulation (DBS) implant surgery with standard drug treatment has...

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Fish oil 'no benefit' to elderly

29 April 2010

“Fish oil supplements 'don't help the elderly',” the Daily Mail reported. It said a study has found that people aged 70 to 80 who took fish oil supplements for two

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Do fizzy drinks cause early ageing?

28 April 2010

“Drinking too much pop can speed up the ageing process,” the Daily Mail reported. It said research has found that phosphate, a chemical that gives many drinks their tangy taste...

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Bowel test 'slashes cancer deaths'

28 April 2010

A new bowel cancer test “cuts deaths by 40 per cent”, according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper estimates that offering the brief, one-off test to people aged 55 could save 3,000 lives...

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Chilli source of pain?

27 April 2010

The “hot” substance found in chilli peppers is key to killing pain, reported the BBC. It said that a chemical similar to capsaicin, the active ingredient in chillies, is found in the body at sites of pain.

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Chocolate and depression

27 April 2010

“The blues make you crave chocolate,” according to the Daily Mail, while the BBC reports that “Chocolate lovers are more depressive”. The news is based on research comparing symptoms of depression with chocolate...

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Smoking 'is down to your genes'

26 April 2010

“Genes determine why some smoke,” according to The Independent, which said that smokers may be able to blame their genes for their addiction. The news is based on research that...

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‘Leftover’ stem cells may aid recovery

26 April 2010

“Thousands of heart patients' lives could be saved by a breakthrough in stem cell research,” the Daily Mirror reported. It said that researchers have extracted stem cells from leg veins...

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Scientists fight cancer with viruses

23 April 2010

A new type of therapy using modified viruses can help destroy cancer cells, according to The Guardian. The newspaper said that a technique has been developed to optimise therapies that use viruses to...

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Vitamin pills 'of benefit' in pregnancy

23 April 2010

“Providing vitamin supplements to poorly nourished women during pregnancy may reduce the risk of them giving birth to underweight babies,” The Independent reported.

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Vitiligo 'reduces cancer risk'

22 April 2010

People with vitiligo “may have natural protection against skin cancer”, according to BBC News. The condition, which causes pale skin patches due to a loss of pigment, was previously assumed to increase the risk of serious skin cancers...

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Premature ejaculation and genes

22 April 2010

“Premature ejaculation could be passed to men genetically,” the Daily Mail reported. It said researchers have found that men with the condition are more likely to

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'No benefit' from brain games

21 April 2010

Brain-training computer games “do not make users any smarter”, according to The Daily Telegraph. Various other news sources reported that popular, celebrity-endorsed games...

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Warning over MP3 risk to hearing

21 April 2010

“Listening to MP3 players at high volume increases the risk of deafness in later life,” The Independent reported. It said earphones that fit into the ear canal can

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The psychology of sunbeds

20 April 2010

Sunbed sessions are “as addictive as alcohol or drug abuse”, according to the Daily Mail. It says that a study has found “that such tanning leads to behaviour on a par with alcohol or drug...

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Olive oil, genes and health

20 April 2010

Scientists have explained why a Mediterranean-style diet is so healthy, The Daily Telegraph reported. It said that, “consuming large amounts of olive oil suppresses

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Causes of male infertility examined

19 April 2010

“A man's fertility depends more on his mother's lifestyle than his own,” according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper says a “large-scale review” of factors that affect the production of sperm has concluded that how a woman...

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ADHD mechanisms probed

19 April 2010

The brains of children with ADHD may respond to instant rewards “in the same way as they do to medication”, says the BBC. The news is based on a study in which children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were...

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Diets alone 'will not shift weight'

16 April 2010

“Dieting without exercise 'will NOT help you lose weight',” reported the Daily Mail. It said scientists believe that this may be because of “a natural compensatory

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Speech scan for Parkinson's

16 April 2010

Parkinson’s disease “could be diagnosed by voice changes”, according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper said that Parkinson’s disease could be diagnosed earlier by testing for subtle changes in speech that often accompany...

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Clot risk in prostate cancer

15 April 2010

“Prostate cancer patients have double the risk of suffering blood clots which can lead to DVT,” the Daily Mail reported. It said that the risk of DTV (deep vein

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DNA swap and inherited disease

15 April 2010

“Dozens of human embryos with three parents have been created by British scientists,” reported the Daily Mail. Many papers covered this experimental technique aimed at preventing

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Migraine relief from aspirin

15 April 2010

“Migraine sufferers could find relief in three aspirin tablets,” reported The Times. It said that researchers have suggested that one in four migraine sufferers

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