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Archive: October 2011


Effectiveness of flu jab studied

26 October 2011

“The annual flu jab given to hundreds of thousands of people this winter provides only limited protection against the illness,” reported The Independent. This news story is based on a systematic review of studies...

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Call for action on 'legal high' drugs

26 October 2011

Government drug advisers have today called for tighter regulation of ‘legal highs’ - recreational drugs sold legally due to loopholes in the law. In a new report the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs...

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Do fizzy drinks make teens violent?

25 October 2011

“Teens who down more than five cans of soft fizzy drinks a week are more likely to be violent or carry a weapon,” reported the Daily Mirror. It said that researchers believe the “sugar or caffeine content in carbonated, non-diet drinks...

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Labour induction methods compare favourably

25 October 2011

According to the Daily Mail, a method of inducing labour that dates back to the 1930s “has been found to work as well as modern treatments but with fewer side effects”. The news is based on a large Dutch trial that examined...

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Doctors call for change to alcohol advice

24 October 2011

Doctors have warned, “drinkers should have three alcohol-free days a week if they want to avoid the risk of liver disease,” the Daily Mail reported. It continued that the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)...

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BPA chemical studied for behaviour changes

24 October 2011

“A chemical used in plastic that is ubiquitous in the food and drink industries has been linked with emotional and behavioural problems in girls when they are exposed to it before birth,” reported The Independent.

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Facebook and brain changes

21 October 2011

“Facebook users with more friends have bigger sections of brains,” the Daily Mirror reported. The newspaper went on to say that the study that made the finding did not reveal “if having more virtual friends makes...

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Mobiles 'don't increase brain cancer risk'

21 October 2011

“A large study of mobile phone users has found no evidence that longer-term users are at an increased risk of developing brain tumours,” The Daily Telegraph has today reported. The study in question looked at...

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New way to predict breast cancer returning?

20 October 2011

Researchers have developed a new breast cancer test “that predicts whether or not their breast cancer will return after surgery”, The Daily Telegraph has today reported. The newspaper says the test may mean...

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Bacteria found in bowel tumours but link is unclear

20 October 2011

Bowel cancer may be caused by a bacterial infection, The Independent has reported. The story comes from a laboratory study that found that a bacterium called Fusobacterium nucleatum was present in...

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Pregnant women advised to get flu jab

20 October 2011

“Pregnant women were urged to get their annual flu jab yesterday as research showed they have a five times greater risk of a stillbirth if they are admitted to hospital with swine flu,” reported The Independent.

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What's your poison? A special report on alcohol in the media

19 October 2011

In this special report, Behind the Headlines analyses the media's relationship with research on alcohol, the science behind it, and what all this means for us when we consider raising a glass.

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Smoking linked to early menopause

19 October 2011

menopause, smoking, age

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Malaria vaccine trialled

19 October 2011

“Millions of children’s lives could be saved by a new vaccine shown to halve the risk of malaria in the first large-scale trials across seven African countries,” reported The Guardian. It goes on to say that the long-awaited results...

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New IVF screening tool studied

18 October 2011

“Three-in-one test that ‘virtually guarantees IVF success’ could be available within months,” reported the Daily Mail. It said that the test allowed only the best eggs or embryos to be selected for IVF, and is expected to...

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Fish pedicure risk 'very low'

18 October 2011

“Trendy fish pedicures could spread HIV and hepatitis C,” The Sun has today reported. Its front-page story said that officials have raised an “alert” over the treatment, popular in beauty spas, where tiny fish are used to nibble away...

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Birthweight link to autism not clear

17 October 2011

“Babies born weighing less than 4lb (1.8kg) could be more prone to developing autism than children born at normal weight,” BBC News has reported. This finding comes from a study that found that about 5% of infants whose birthweight...

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Researchers examine 'fertility switch'

17 October 2011

“High levels of a protein called SGK1 can cause infertility, but when there is not enough, women are more likely to lose a baby,” reported the Daily Mirror. The newspaper said that scientists hope “the discovery...

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Scare over miscarriage scans unjustified

14 October 2011

Several news sources have today reported that errors during early-pregnancy ultrasounds are leading to unnecessary abortions. The Daily Mail said that hundreds of babies a year may die due to “blunders” in testing...

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Stem cells 'could fight genetic diseases'

13 October 2011

gene therapy, stem cells,

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Regulator calls for better care for the elderly

13 October 2011

Many newspapers today covered a new report on the standard of care that older people receive in hospital. The report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the health watchdog, found that half of all hospitals that it looked at...

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Fruit and veg 'counter heart risk genes'

12 October 2011

The Daily Express reported that a “wonder diet cures heart disease” and goes on to say that “a simple diet packed with fruit and raw vegetables is the key to beating heart disease”.

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HIV patients' life expectancy rises

12 October 2011

“More Britons than ever have HIV – but their life expectancy after diagnosis has never been higher,” The Independent has today reported. The newspaper said new research has shown that the life expectancy of UK HIV patients had improved by...

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Vitamin pills and risk of death studied

11 October 2011

“Women have been told there is ‘little justification’ for taking vitamin supplements in an academic study that found the tablets may be actually linked to a higher risk of death,” The Daily Telegraph reported.

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Dental benefits of sugar-free foods debated

11 October 2011

“Sugar-free gum, sweets and soft drinks, marketed as healthy alternatives to sugary products, can damage teeth, cause gastric problems and are unlikely to promote weight loss,” The Guardian has today reported. The news is based on...

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