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Archive: February 2010


Bitter melon in cancer test

26 February 2010

An extract of bitter melon “can block breast cancer” reported BBC News. Its website reported on research that suggests that it “turns off signals telling the breast cancer cells to divide, and switched on signals encouraging...

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CBT sessions 'help' back pain

26 February 2010

Researchers have found that CBT can improve physical fitness and quality of life for people with chronic lower back pain.

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Woman's fertility restored after chemo

25 February 2010

An experimental technique has allowed a woman to successfully have two children after chemotherapy, several newspapers have reported. The mother, Dr Stinne Bergholdt of Denmark, had part of her right ovary removed and...

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Salty soups cause a stir

25 February 2010

Several newspapers have reported that many shop-bought soups contain very high levels of salt. The Daily Mail reported that some soups can have as much salt as "16

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Gene 'blocks breast cancer drug'

24 February 2010

The Daily Express said today that “thousands of breast cancer sufferers have been given fresh hope” by research into why so many fail to respond to a life-saving drug treatment. The research looked...

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IVF and risk of stillbirth

24 February 2010

Researchers have said that women who have fertility treatment are four times more likely to have a stillborn baby than those who conceive naturally.

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'Grounded' mozzies may halt dengue

23 February 2010

BBC News reports that “scientists are breeding a genetically altered strain of mosquito in an effort to curb the spread of dengue fever”. The dengue virus is carried

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IVF fertility issues discussed

23 February 2010

“An extreme form of IVF that forces individual sperm into eggs is being overused and may pass on infertility to the next generation,” The Daily Telegraph reported. It said that ICSI treatment, used in...

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Rise in deaths linked to obesity

22 February 2010

There has been a “dramatic rise” in obesity-related deaths according to the BBC. The news is based on a study looking at 27 years’ worth of death data, focusing on whether obesity...

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Peanut allergy therapy tested

22 February 2010

“Doctors in Cambridge believe they may soon have a cure for peanut allergies,” BBC News reported. It said the researchers believe a treatment could be available

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Push for more stable vaccines

19 February 2010

“Scientists at Oxford University have found a way of keeping vaccines stable without refrigeration,” the BBC has reported. The news is based on research on using two special membranes to dry the...

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Genetic test to classify tumours

19 February 2010

News reports on this technology are based on a press release from Dr Victor Velculescu and colleagues at John Hopkins University. Their press release discusses forthcoming research that will be presented...

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Fumes from frying steak probed

18 February 2010

“Frying meat on a gas hob may increase your risk of cancer,” according to the Daily Mail. This news story is based on research that attempted to estimate the concentrations of potentially harmful...

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Cancer survival with aspirin explored

17 February 2010

“Aspirin may halve the risk of death from breast cancer in women who have had early treatment for the disease”, The Independent reported...

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Small diabetes risk from statins

17 February 2010

“Statins raise your chance of diabetes,” said the Daily Mail, but apparently the benefits in terms of heart disease protection still outweigh risks. Reportedly, the chance of developing type 2 diabetes increases by...

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Poverty link to cancer survival

16 February 2010

Study's findings appear to suggest that part of the reason why women with breast cancer from deprived areas have worse overall survival may be related to mutations in the p53 gene

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Child care link to obesity

16 February 2010

Study looking at how different types of childcare between the ages of nine months and three years affect a child’s risk of being overweight.

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BMI and survival in older people

15 February 2010

“Being fat can help you live longer in old age,” the Daily Express reported. It said the death rate for people aged 70 to 75 years is lowest for those classed as

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Coffee and blood flow

12 February 2010

A “single espresso a day ‘can damage the heart,’” The Daily Telegraph reported. It said a study has found that one cup is enough to reduce blood flow to the heart

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Genetic link to stuttering

11 February 2010

“Stuttering is less to do with nervousness and more to do with your genes,” reported The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper said researchers had identified three genes

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Valium link to heroin is unfounded

11 February 2010

“Anxiety drugs like Valium are addictive in the same way as heroin,” said the Daily Mail, reporting on research into the actions of the drug. The researchers say

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HRT linked to asthma risk

10 February 2010

Researchers have found that post-menopausal women on oestrogen only HRT have a higher risk of developing asthma.

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Infertility claims over IVF children

10 February 2010

Article examining research that looked at the finger lengths of children conceived with a form of IVF called ICSI

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Mother's age 'affects autism risk'

09 February 2010

Researchers have found that a woman of 40 has a 50% higher risk of having a baby that later develops autism than a woman in her late 20s.

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Concern over 'third-hand smoke'

09 February 2010

Study on third-hand smoke that lingers on things like clothes and furnishings which can be as dangerous to babies and children as second-hand smoke

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