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Archive: May 2014


Watching porn associated with male brain shrinkage

30 May 2014

“Viewing porn shrinks the brain,” reports the Daily Mail. In a small study, MRI scans found that men who watched the most pornography had less grey matter – complex brain tissue – compared to men who watched the least…

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Is sleeping in a light room linked to obesity?

30 May 2014

"Sleeping in a room with too much light has been linked to an increased risk of piling on the pounds," BBC News reports. The news comes from a study that assessed self-reported sleeping habits…

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FTO 'fat gene' may make people more impulsive

29 May 2014

"Carriers of the FTO gene are more likely to succumb to impulsive hunger pangs and prefer high-calorie foods," the Mail Online reports. A study of carriers of a variant of the FTO gene found reduced activity in…

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Lasers used to regenerate damaged teeth

29 May 2014

"Lasers have been used to regenerate parts of damaged teeth," BBC News reports. The hope is that laser therapy could one day replace lengthy and expensive dental operations such as root canal treatments…

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NICE: 'Obese should be prescribed slimming clubs'

28 May 2014

“GPs told to prescribe £100 slimming courses for millions of obese patients,” the Daily Mail reports. The news is based on new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that aim to encourage sustainable weight loss…

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Wikipedia 'not a reliable source' of health advice

28 May 2014

"Don't use Wikipedia for medical advice," warns The Independent after a survey found factual errors in 9 out of 10 articles about the 10 most common medical conditions. This story is based on a study that assessed the information in Wikipedia articles…

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Free radicals may actually be good for us

27 May 2014

“Antioxidant … supplements may make our bodies age faster,” the Mail Online reports. New research suggests that oxygen containing free radicals – the molecules that antioxidants are designed to target – may actually help cells live longer…

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Could an MS drug 'erase' traumatic memories?

27 May 2014

"A drug could be re-purposed to erase painful memories from people who have suffered trauma and pain," The Independent reports. The news comes from a study involving mice that measured their response to a series of electric shocks…

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Fresh hope in hunt for malaria vaccine

23 May 2014

“A group of children… naturally immune to malaria are helping scientists to develop a new vaccine,” BBC News reports. Researchers hope the children could be key to developing a viable vaccine for malaria…

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Could a compound found in cannabis treat epilepsy?

23 May 2014

"Cannabis could be used to help treat epilepsy," the Mail Online reports. A leading epilepsy medical journal has published a critical review summarising the evidence of the benefits of cannabis – specifically the compound cannabidiols…

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Premature ejaculation 'doesn't just upset men'

22 May 2014

"Women suffer during premature ejaculation too," the Mail Online reports after a new study has assessed the psychological impact of premature ejaculation on women and how this may influence their perception of their relationship…

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Pets can carry the MRSA superbug

22 May 2014

"Pets can harbour the hospital superbug MRSA and it can pass between pets and their owners," BBC News reports. New research suggests that as many as 9% of dogs may be carriers, though the risk of transmission is small…

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Prostate cancer linked to common STI

21 May 2014

“Prostate cancer could be a sexually transmitted disease caused by a common infection,” The Independent reports. Researchers have found evidence of a link between the cancer and trichomoniasis – a common parasite…

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E-cigs 'better than patches and gum' as quitting aid

21 May 2014

“E-cigarettes more effective than patches to help quit smoking, says study,” The Guardian reports. A UK study has found that people who use the aids are 60% more likely to quit than those who try nicotine replacement therapy

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Vaccines not linked with autism, study finds

20 May 2014

"There is no evidence whatsoever linking the development of autism to childhood vaccines," The Guardian reports. A new study involving more than a million children found no evidence of a link between childhood vaccines and autism…

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Study discovers secret of the Mediterranean diet

20 May 2014

“The combination of olive oil and leafy salad or vegetables is what gives the Mediterranean diet its healthy edge,” BBC News reports. The Mediterranean diet – a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, olive oil and fish…

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Could a single booze binge harm your health?

19 May 2014

“Four glasses of wine is enough to harm your health, scientists say,” reports The Independent. A study has found that just a small amount of alcohol can cause harmful bacteria to leak from the gut into the blood.

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Scientists predict dengue risk for Brazil World Cup

19 May 2014

"Scientists have developed an 'early warning system' to alert authorities to the risk of dengue fever outbreaks in Brazil during the World Cup," BBC News reports. England fans planning to travel to Brazil are being warned about…

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Measles virus used to treat bone marrow cancer

16 May 2014

“Massive dose of measles virus kills cancer cells,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The paper has reported on a new study in the growing field of virotherapy – a treatment where viruses are used to attack diseases.

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Two big meals 'better' than six snacks for diabetics

16 May 2014

“Only eating breakfast and lunch may be more effective at managing type 2 diabetes than eating smaller, more regular meals,” BBC News reports. The report focuses on a small study which found that when people with type 2 diabetes ate two meals…

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Brits eating too much salt, sugar and fat

15 May 2014

“Too much sugar, salt and fat: healthy eating still eluding many Britons,” The Guardian reports, while the Daily Mail rather bizarrely warns of a “fruit juice timebomb”.

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Audit of NHS care for the dying published

15 May 2014

“Thousands of patients are “dying badly” in NHS hospitals every year,” The Independent reports. An audit, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians, found some NHS trusts are failing to adhere to agreed guidelines on palliative care…

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Study linking brain cancer and mobiles inconclusive

14 May 2014

“Intensive mobile phone users at higher risk of brain cancers, says study,” The Guardian reports. The news is based on a French study which identified 447 adults who were diagnosed with the most common types of brain tumour…

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People with purpose in life 'live longer,' study advises

14 May 2014

"Sense of purpose 'adds years to life'," BBC News reports, after a new study found that having a purpose in life is linked to living longer, regardless of your age or retirement status. But this weak study can only show an association at best…

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Resveratrol's health benefits 'overstated'

13 May 2014

"Red wine health benefits 'overhyped'," BBC News reports. The BBC has reported on a study about a chemical called resveratrol, which is found in red wine and chocolate...

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