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Archive: May 2013


No evidence Nordic diet prevents heart disease

31 May 2013

"Roll out the reindeer and berries for Nordic health fix," The Daily Telegraph tells us, reporting that a Scandinavian diet can lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease. Meanwhile, the Mail Online website tells us to…

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Fans of bondage and S&M report better mental health

31 May 2013

“Could bondage be good for you?” is the somewhat surprising question asked on the Mail Online website. This article is prompted by a Dutch study assessing the mental health of people into bondage…

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High-dose painkiller heart risk: small but significant

30 May 2013

"Study links painkillers to increased risk of heart attack," The Independent reports. This major study found that high doses of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) type of painkiller increased the risk of serious conditions such as heart attacks...

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Avatars may help control 'voices' in schizophrenia

30 May 2013

"Scientists are examining whether computer-generated avatars can help patients with schizophrenia," The Guardian explains. The headlines report on a small study of a novel therapy technique that attempts to tackle auditory hallucinations…

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No proof coffee causes obesity and diabetes

29 May 2013

'Is your caffeine fix making you fat?' is the compelling question posed by the Mail Online website, which goes on to report that a study 'shows five cups of coffee a day could cause obesity.' But the study in question…

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End of week surgery 'has higher death risk'

29 May 2013

The Daily Mail's front page warns that there's “82% more chance of dying in surgery at weekend”, after a major study examined whether death rates following planned surgery changed depending on what day of the week the patient had their operation…

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Molecule limits heart attack damage in mice

28 May 2013

"Heart attack drug may reduce tissue damage," says the BBC. This headline was based on new research in mice. The research showed that a molecule called MitoSNO may be able to reduce the tissue damage that can occur...

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Stem cell stroke treatment trial results 'show promise'

28 May 2013

'Stroke patients see signs of recovery in stem cell trial,' BBC News reports. The news, which has saturated the media, is based on a press release from the University of Glasgow. This press release reports further positive early findings…

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Breast cancer enzyme may slow tumour growth

24 May 2013

"Cancer cell enzymes shown to act as 'good cops'," is the headline on the BBC News website. The BBC reports on laboratory research into an enzyme called MMP-8 and its effects on breast cancer…

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Could open plan offices be bad for your health?

24 May 2013

Open plan offices make employees “less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick” reports the Mail Online website. The article is actually based on a number of studies…

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Do iPads and electric lights disturb sleep?

23 May 2013

"Terrible night's sleep? Blame your mobile phone" is the advice on the Mail Online website, as "exposure to artificial light 'fools' the brain into staying awake." This – and similar headlines in the Daily Express, The Guardian and Metro…

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Research could lead to 'universal' flu vaccine

23 May 2013

“Scientists create new flu vaccine that works against many different strains of the virus,” The Independent reports. This headline, and several others like it, is based on early stage research into the development of alternative flu vaccine technologies…

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Cold weather may increase blood pressure

22 May 2013

'Bad weather could raise your blood pressure and even kill you,' is the unnecessarily alarmist headline in the Daily Mail. It reports on a large, complex study that looked for any association between changes in weather and blood pressure…

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Could a mother's lack of iodine harm her child's IQ?

22 May 2013

“Mothers’ diets may harm IQs of two babies in three,” warns The Independent. The newspaper reports on its front page that iodine deficiency is widespread among pregnant women…

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Claims vitamin B prevents Alzheimer's are unproven

21 May 2013

'Should you be taking vitamin B to protect against Alzheimer's?,' asks the Daily Mail. Its question is prompted by new research into whether a daily dose of vitamin B could reduce the loss of brain tissue in people with mild cognitive impairment…

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Sharing a bed with your baby ups risk of cot death

21 May 2013

"Bed-sharing 'raises cot death risk fivefold'," BBC News reports. The news has featured in much of the media, with headlines based on a large study that analysed previous studies into the risk of cot death…

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Job stress may raise our 'bad cholesterol' levels

20 May 2013

'A stressful job really can kill you – by raising your cholesterol,' reports the Mail Online website. This headline is based on Spanish research that looked at the relationship between job stress and lipid (fat) levels in the blood of more than 90,000…

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Vitamin D may help treat severe asthma

20 May 2013

”Sunshine vitamin 'may treat asthma'”, BBC News informs us, as a new lab-based study suggests vitamin D could help control symptoms of severe asthma. Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways, related to malfunctioning…

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Rise in number of unpaid carers and young carers

17 May 2013

"Children are picking up the caring roles the state has abandoned," The Guardian says, while The Independent says that 180,000 children work as unpaid carers. These new figures come from the Office for National Statistics…

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Time-lapse technique may boost success rate of IVF

17 May 2013

“IVF advance triples couples' chances of having a baby”, The Daily Telegraph reports. The innovation in question is actually based on an old imaging technique called time-lapse photography, where a camera is set to record a series of images…

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Human embryo stem cells cloning breakthrough

16 May 2013

"Human embryonic stem cells created from adult tissue for first time," The Guardian reports, while the Daily Mail's front page leads with the somewhat fanciful warning that new research raises the "spectre of cloned babies"…

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Absent fathers linked to depression risk in girls

16 May 2013

“Study shows girls with absent fathers more likely to develop depression," the Mail Online has revealed. It reports on a large UK study that found that girls whose biological fathers were absent during the first five years of their childhood...

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Drug combination offers hope for osteoporosis

15 May 2013

“Double drug hope for brittle bone sufferers”, reports the Daily Mail. This headline follows a small but well-designed trial of treatments for postmenopausal osteoporosis…

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'Broken' body clock may be linked to depression

15 May 2013

"Depressed people are out of sync with the rest of the world because their body clocks are broken," reports the Mail Online website, while The Independent claims that depressed people live in a "different time zone"…

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Is the rise in neurological deaths due to modern life?

14 May 2013

'Technology, food additives and air pollution are causing people to develop dementia earlier than ever,' reports the Mail Online website. But this is a claim with little to no evidence to support it. The study the Mail reports on looked at...

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