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Archive: August 2011


Coral studied for sunscreen abilities

31 August 2011

The Daily Express reported today that a “pill that stops you getting sunburn” could “prevent thousands of skin cancer deaths” and be “widely available in the UK within five years”.

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Bird flu spread 'of low risk to health'

31 August 2011

The United Nations has this week warned of a possible global resurgence of the bird flu virus, which has been widely covered in the media. News sources, such as the BBC, have also reported the circulation of a...

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Does chocolate protect the heart?

30 August 2011

“Eating high levels of chocolate could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” reported BBC news. According to the broadcaster, a study has found that the highest levels of chocolate consumption...

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Bad sleep studied for blood pressure risk

30 August 2011

“Poor sleep makes older men 80% more likely to develop high blood pressure,” reported the Daily Mirror. It said that a three-year study found that “men who spent less than 4% of their time in a deep slumber...

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'Half of UK obese by 2030'

26 August 2011

Many newspapers have reported that half of UK men could be obese by 2030 if trends continue. The Guardian said "governments around the world need to make immediate and dramatic policy changes to reverse a pandemic of obesity”.

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Precautionary warning on Nurofen Plus

26 August 2011

Many newspapers have reported today that some packets of Nurofen Plus have been found to contain the wrong medicine. A warning has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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Gene therapy halts 'bubble boy' immune disease

25 August 2011

Today it has been widely reported that gene therapy offers a long-term treatment for a rare condition that causes children’s immune systems to fail. In the rare condition, known as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency...

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Warning over painkiller addiction

25 August 2011

“'Disaster' looms over addiction to painkillers” reported The Independent. This news story is based in part on a recent editorial published in the British Medical Journal, which discusses the rising use of opioid painkillers...

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High blood pressure to be tested 'at home'

24 August 2011

“Patients thought to have high blood pressure should have the diagnosis confirmed at home,” reported BBC News. Many newspapers covered the introduction of a new, more accurate way of diagnosing...

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Special dietary advice lowers cholesterol

24 August 2011

“Eating more nuts and oats – rather than simply avoiding fatty foods – could boost efforts to reduce cholesterol,” the Daily Mail has reported. The news comes from a six-month trial examining the...

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Time spent obese linked to health risks

23 August 2011

The BBC News today reported that the “health hazards of obesity may have been grossly underestimated because we are not measuring the condition adequately”. Its website says that we should...

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Stress behind grey hairs say newspapers

23 August 2011

“When the going gets tough, the tufts get greying,” according to The Sun, which was among many newspapers that today reported that stress causes hair to go grey by damaging people’s DNA. The...

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New skin cancer drug approved

22 August 2011

A new skin cancer drug has been approved for use in Europe, several newspapers have reported today. The drug, called ipilimumab (brand name Yervoy), has been dubbed a “wonder drug for skin cancer”...

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Gut defence mechanism discovered

22 August 2011

“The way cells in gut fight off toxins produced by a hospital bug has been discovered,” BBC News has reported. In new research, scientists have shown that infection with the bacteria Clostridium difficile...

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Modified Ecstasy used in blood cancer study

19 August 2011

“Ecstasy could be used to cure cancer after scientists modified the drug to increase its tumour-killing properties,” reported The Daily Telegraph. It said that the drug was modified to increase its tumour-killing...

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'New wonder pill' hard to swallow

19 August 2011

The Daily Mail has today hailed “an all-in-one treatment that works against obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer”. The news is based on lab tests of a synthetic compound called...

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Can dogs sniff out lung cancer?

18 August 2011

“Dogs can be trained to identify the scent of lung cancer long before symptoms develop,” the Daily Mail has today reported. The newspaper said that “sniffer dogs can be relied upon to find the unique smell of the disease in...

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Mosquitoes 'getting around bed nets'

18 August 2011

The Daily Telegraph reported today that “insecticide-treated bed nets, whose use is being widely promoted in Africa to combat malaria, may be linked to local resurgence of the disease”. The newspaper said that a...

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New clue on delayed asthma attack

17 August 2011

BBC News has reported that scientists have “stumbled on a potential new treatment for delayed asthma attacks”. Delayed attacks, also known as late asthmatic response (LAR), can occur several hours after...

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Alcohol studied for its effect on sleep

17 August 2011

The Daily Express reported today that “a nap can be spoiled by a nightcap” and that “a wee dram before bedtime…causes insomnia and robs a night’s rest of its restorative powers”. This news story is based on...

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Could caffeine boost sunscreen?

16 August 2011

“Applying caffeine to the skin in sunny weather may protect against a type of skin cancer,” BBC News has reported today. This news is based on a scientific study examining why caffeine consumption...

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Exercise more and 'live longer'

16 August 2011

“15-minute of daily exercise is the ‘bare minimum for health’,” reported BBC News. It added that “just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost life expectancy by three years, and cut death risk by 14%”.

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Sibling risk of autism examined

15 August 2011

“Siblings of autistic children are nearly twice as likely to develop the disorder than was previously believed,” The Independent has today reported. The newspaper says a new study has found that the brothers and sisters of children with autistic spectrum...

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Link between depression and stroke unclear

15 August 2011

“Depressed women have increased risk of stroke,” BBC News has today reported, saying that depression increases risk of stroke by 29% in women. The Daily Mail also presents this figure but claimed that antidepressants such as Prozac increase the risk by nearly...

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Fatty food 'trigger' for diabetes

15 August 2011

The Daily Mail today reports that scientists have discovered how fatty foods “trigger” type 2 diabetes. It said that the discovery may lead to a “cure” for the disease.

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