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Archive: November 2011


Can eating fish prevent Alzheimer's?

30 November 2011

"Fish could protect against Alzheimer’s" reported The Daily Telegraph today. Several newspapers have reported that people who eat baked or grilled fish once a week are up to five times...

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'HIV tests for all' proposed

30 November 2011

"UK experts call for universal HIV testing in a bid to reduce infections," BBC News has said. This widely reported news is based on recommendations in the Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) annual report on HIV in the UK. The HPA says...

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Bone marrow cancer gene clues found

29 November 2011

A gene defect increases the risk of a type of bone marrow cancer by 30%, the Daily Mail reported. The news is based on an examination of people with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare type of cancer that starts...

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Winter vomiting virus 'found in most oysters'

29 November 2011

Testing has found that three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, BBC News has reported. Norovirus, also known as “winter vomiting bug”, is thought to affect up to 1 million people each year in the UK. The news is based on...

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Rare syndrome 'may give autism clues'

28 November 2011

“A rare syndrome linked to autism could help explain the origins of the condition,” BBC News reported. The broadcaster said that in the search for clues about autism, scientists have examined a rare condition called Timothy syndrome...

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Guide rates best and worst hospitals in 2011

28 November 2011

The Daily Telegraph has today revealed the findings of the latest Hospital Guide. The guide, published annually, closely scrutinises a range of healthcare data to measure hospital performance and detect trends that could save lives. As well as listing...

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'Brain pacemaker' used to treat Alzheimer's

25 November 2011

Alzheimer’s could be eased by “the return of electric shock therapy” The Daily Mail has today reported. The newspaper says that “in a small-scale study, regular fleeting pulses of electricity stopped the brain shrinkage...

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Births at home or in hospital: risks explained

25 November 2011

A major study published today has examined the risks of home births, comparing them against deliveries in hospitals and midwife units. The research was covered by several newspapers, some of which highlighted a low risk while others said...

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Risk from chemical in canned soup overstated

24 November 2011

Canned food “could contain 1,000 times more of a controversial ‘gender bending’ chemical than fresh goods,” The Daily Telegraph has reported. The news is based on a study looking at...

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Dreams 'can ease painful memories'

24 November 2011

Dreams are a form of therapy to help us cope with painful memories, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. It said that in deepest sleep the body’s “stress chemistry” shuts down...

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Report highlights home care failures

23 November 2011

A number of elderly people are being let down by home care services, an enquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found. The commission reported that around half of the older people...

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Paracetamol research is not cause for concern

23 November 2011

“Taking too much paracetamol in pills and cold remedies could kill you,” the Daily Mail has today reported. BBC News said researchers have found that even taking slightly too much paracetamol day after day...

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'On demand caesareans' recommended on the NHS

23 November 2011

Any pregnant woman can now ‘demand’ a caesarean section regardless of medical need, much of the media has reported. Many of the reports focus on mothers who fear birth trauma now having the right to request a caesarean. The reports are based on new...

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Cancer survival rates still vary says charity

22 November 2011

Survival rates have risen dramatically for many types of cancer but have hardly improved for others, BBC News reported. Citing new figures released by the cancer charity Macmillan...

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Global drop in new HIV infections

22 November 2011

Global rates of HIV infection and AIDS-related death have both fallen dramatically, the UN has today announced. According to the widely reported figures from the UN’s UNAIDS division, both have...

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Charity launches major cancer genetics project

21 November 2011

A new initiative to develop ‘personalised cancer treatment’ has today been launched. The experimental project has been designed to develop a screening program to test tumours for key genetic changes...

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Child paracetamol dosages updated

21 November 2011

The UK’s drug regulator has issued new dosage guidelines for children’s liquid medicines such as Calpol and Disprol. The new, age-specific guidance stipulates exact doses of liquid paracetamol medicines that should be given to children...

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Eggs wake you up? The facts are scrambled

18 November 2011

The proteins in eggs “help us stay awake and feel alert”, the Daily Mail has today reported, adding that the “Go to work on an egg” advertising slogan of the 1960s was good advice. The newspaper says...

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Hope and hype: stem cells in the media

18 November 2011

Stem cells are often portrayed in the media as a miracle cure for many serious conditions and disabilities. Hugely positive headlines have led to significant and understandable public interest in this fascinating cutting-edge science...

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Dukan diet 'tops list of worst celeb diets'

17 November 2011

The popular Dukan diet has been slammed as “ineffective and without scientific basis”, The Daily Telegraph has today reported. The newspaper says that the British Dietetic Association has criticised a range of celebrity diets, including the Dukan...

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Study looks at self-harm in young people

17 November 2011

“One in 12 people self-harm in their teenage years,” the BBC has reported. For most people the problem will resolve before adulthood, but for 10% it will continue...

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Doctors call for ban on smoking in cars

16 November 2011

“Doctors want to ban smoking in cars… even if you’re on your own,” the Daily Mail has reported. The Mail and most other newspapers and news broadcasters covered the call from the British Medical Association (BMA) for a government ban...

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Do computer games mess with kids' minds?

16 November 2011

“Teenage video game players have brains 'like gambling addicts'” reported the Daily Mail. Covering the same research, The Daily Telegraph warned that “children’s brains could be hardwired to spend hours playing video games”. These headlines are...

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Patients in a vegetative state 'may be aware'

15 November 2011

It may be possible to have conversations with patients who are in a vegetative state, The Daily Telegraph has today reported. The newspaper says new research into their brain activity has suggested...

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Childhood IQ 'linked to adult drug use'

15 November 2011

Clever children are “likelier to take drugs” reported The Independent today. Several newspapers have reported that children who performed better at IQ tests when aged five and 10 are more likely to take...

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