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Archive: January 2010


New morning-after pill trialled

29 January 2010

“A new morning-after pill can be used up to five days after sex, longer than any protection against pregnancy developed so far”, the Daily Mail reported. It said a trial of the new drug found it prevents up to two-thirds of unwanted pregnancies if taken within 72 hours, and 50% if taken within five days....

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Ruling on doctor in MMR scare

29 January 2010

The doctor who sparked the MMR controversy was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain” of children ...

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Wind turbine sound ‘needs research’

28 January 2010

“The noise caused by wind farms can make some people ill,” reported The Daily Telegraph. It said experts have dismissed the idea of a "wind turbine syndrome" as a special cause of headaches, nausea and panic attacks...

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Tests to spot arthritis explored

28 January 2010

“A simple blood test could help predict if someone is developing rheumatoid arthritis years before symptoms appear,” according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper says the test could allow patients to...

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Low-carb diets and blood pressure

27 January 2010

Scientists have said that a low-carbohydrate diet like Atkins is better at cutting blood pressure than weight-loss pills, the BBC reported.

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Biological clock studied

27 January 2010

Several newspapers have reported that women will lose around 90% of their eggs by the age of 30. The Daily Telegraph says that by the age of 40 their reservoir of potential eggs will have further shrunk to “almost nothing”. These findings come from...

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Will pumping iron fight dementia?

26 January 2010

Researchers have told pensioners to start pumping iron if they want to keep dementia at bay, the Daily Mail reported.

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Ambidextrous behaviour studied

26 January 2010

Ambidextrous children are “more likely to have mental health problems and difficulties in school”, according to The Daily Telegraph. The news is based on a Finnish study that looked at nearly...

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Genes 'affect cancer treatment'

25 January 2010

Researchers have found that genes can affect the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs, newspapers have reported.

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Protein could protect nerves

25 January 2010

The prion proteins that the body produces “may keep nerves healthy”, BBC News reported. The website says that prions play a vital role in maintaining nerve health, and that it is possible that...

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Rickets on the rise

22 January 2010

“The many hours children spend indoors playing computer games or watching television may be to blame for a resurgence of rickets,” The Times reported. Several newspapers also covered this research on vitamin D deficiency in the UK...

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Health claims over copper in water

22 January 2010

“Copper pipes could cause heart disease and Alzheimer's,” according to The Daily Telegraph. This news story was based on a narrative review, which presents the theory that...

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Slimming pill suspended over safety fears

22 January 2010

A slimming pill should be withdrawn because it can “lead to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes”, The Times and other newspapers reported. It said that

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New pills for MS tested

21 January 2010

“The first tablets to fight multiple sclerosis dramatically reduce the chances of symptoms returning,” The Daily Telegraph has reported. The news is based on clinical trials of two new drugs...

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Concern over non-stick chemical

21 January 2010

“A common household chemical found in everything from sofas and carpets to pots and pans has been linked to an increased risk of thyroid disease,” The Guardian said. This

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Running stimulates mouse brains

20 January 2010

“Running stimulates the brain to grow fresh grey matter, and has a big impact on mental ability,” reported The Guardian...

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Omega-3 tested on heart patients

20 January 2010

“Fish oil may really be an ‘elixir of youth’ because of its effects on our biological ageing”, according to The Daily Telegraph. The news is based on a study measuring heart patients’ levels of omega-3...

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Appendicitis cause still a mystery

19 January 2010

“Appendicitis may be triggered by a viral infection,” reported the Daily Mail. The newspaper said that the same researchers who made this claim also suggested that non-perforated appendicitis (where the appendix has not burst) may not always warrant surgery...

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Call to ban man-made fat

18 January 2010

Doctors have demanded a ban on man-made trans fats, according to The Guardian. The news is based on a series of recommendations from the UK Faculty of Public Health, which is concerned...

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Stress and artery health studied

18 January 2010

“Stress really does increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes,” reported the Daily Mail. It said research has found that people who become stressed are more likely to suffer from hardened arteries...

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Eye scan could detect Alzheimer's

15 January 2010

The Daily Mirror says there could be a “high street eye test for Alzheimer's” within five years. The newspaper says that new research in mice has shown that placing a harmless fluorescent dye into...

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Obese may need larger drug doses

15 January 2010

“Patients may have to be prescribed higher doses of antibiotics because of rising rates of obesity,” BBC News has reported. The story is based on a narrative review

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Does stress cause cancer?

14 January 2010

Stress “could cause cancer”, according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper says that research in fruit flies provides evidence that “everyday emotional stress is a trigger for the growth of tumours...

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Heart worry over plastic chemical

14 January 2010

“A chemical found in food tins and baby’s bottles has been linked to an increased risk of developing heart problems,” The Daily Telegraph reported. It said that

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A big bottom 'is good for the heart'

13 January 2010

“Having a big bottom is good for you,” according to The Sun. Several newspapers have reported similar stories based on a research article suggesting that it is better for body fat to be stored...

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