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Archive: January 2015


Child obesity rates are 'stabilising'

30 January 2015

"The rise in childhood obesity … may be beginning to level off," BBC News reports. Researchers examined trends in child and adolescent rates of overweight and obesity using electronic GP records from 1994 to…

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Body clock may have effect on sporting peak performance

30 January 2015

"Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold," BBC News reports. This headline comes from a study of 20 female athletes, which showed their peak performance on a fitness test was…

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A third of over-70s report 'frequent sexual activity'

29 January 2015

“A third of pensioners have sex at least twice a month,” the Daily Mail reports. A new UK study reinforces the point that sex doesn’t automatically stop once a person gets their free bus pass…

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Thousands of UK women could benefit from 'three-person' IVF

29 January 2015

"Thousands of women could benefit from 'three-parent' baby technique," The Independent reports. A modelling study estimated the technique, which is currently illegal, could be used for thousands of women with genes linked…

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Sugary soft drinks linked to earlier periods in girls

28 January 2015

"Sugary drinks may cause menstruation to start earlier, study suggests," The Guardian reports. A US study found that girls drinking more than one and a half drinks a day had their period around three months earlier than girls drinking two or less a week…

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Gift vouchers can help pregnant smokers quit

28 January 2015

"Offering shopping vouchers worth a total of £400 to pregnant smokers makes them more likely to quit the habit, say researchers," BBC News reports...

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Female lung cancer deaths 'may outstrip breast cancer' in 2015

27 January 2015

The Mail Online today states: "Lung cancer death rates among European women set to overtake breast cancer for first time this year," adding that "researchers blame high levels of smoking, especially in Britain..."

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Media dementia scare over hay fever and sleep drugs

27 January 2015

"Hay fever tablets raise risk of Alzheimer's," is the main front page news in the Daily Mirror. The Guardian mentions popular brand names such as Nytol, Benadryl, Ditropan and Piriton among the pills studied...

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People with autism have 'unique' brain patterns

26 January 2015

"The brains of people diagnosed with autism are 'uniquely synchronised'," the Mail Online reports. Researchers used brain scans to study the brain activity of people with autism and found a distinctly unique pattern of connectivity…

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Brown fat may protect against diabetes and obesity

26 January 2015

“Fat can protect you against obesity and diabetes," the Mail Online reports. However, the small study it reports on was looking at brown fat, which is only found in small amounts in adults…

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Angry Twitter communities linked to heart deaths

23 January 2015

"Angry tweeting 'could increase your risk of heart disease','' is the poorly reported headline in The Daily Telegraph. The study it reports on found there is a link between angry tweets and levels of heart disease deaths…

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Statin use may be widening health inequalities in England

23 January 2015

"Mass prescription of statins ‘will widen social inequalities',’' The Independent reports. A UK analysis of heart disease deaths from 2000 to 2007 found that statins were far more effective for the richest 20% of the population compared to the poorest 20%...

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New heart attack test shows promise for women

22 January 2015

"Doctors could spot twice as many heart attacks in women by using a newer, more sensitive blood test," BBC News reports. In women, for reasons that are unclear, a heart attack often doesn't trigger the symptom most people associate with the condition…

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Claims that 'men worsen labour pains' are unproven

22 January 2015

"It’s official: men really shouldn’t be at the birth," is the bizarre headline in The Times, as it reports on a pain study on women who were not even pregnant, let alone giving birth…

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'Social jet lag' linked to obesity and 'unhealthy' metabolism

21 January 2015

"Social jet lag is driving obesity" is the misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph. A new study only found a link between "social jet leg", obesity and metabolic markers that may indicate a person has an increased risk of obesity-related diseases…

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Nordic IVF outcomes improving - is the same true for the UK?

21 January 2015

"The health of artificially conceived children has steadily improved in the last 20 years," The Guardian reports. Researchers who analysed data from Nordic countries described the decline in premature and stillbirths as "remarkable"…

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Does moderate drinking reduce heart failure risk?

20 January 2015

"Seven alcoholic drinks a week can help to prevent heart disease," the Daily Mirror reports. A US study suggests alcohol consumption up to this level may have a protective effect against heart failure…

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Becoming healthier may motivate your partner to join in

20 January 2015

“Fitness 'rubs off on your partner’,'' BBC News reports. This headline is based on a study of more than 3,000 married couples aged 50 and over in the UK, where at least one of the partners smoked, was inactive or was overweight or obese…

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Could 'DNA editing' lead to designer babies?

19 January 2015

"Rapid progress in genetics is making 'designer babies' more likely and society needs to be prepared," BBC News reports. The headline is prompted by advances in "DNA editing", which may eventually lead to genetically modified babies…

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Shell shock remains 'unsolved'

19 January 2015

The Mail Online tells us shell shock has been "solved" after scientists claimed they have pinpointed the brain injury that causes pain, anxiety and breakdowns in soldiers…

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Study finds care home residents 'more likely' to be dehydrated

16 January 2015

"Care home residents five times more likely to be left thirsty," The Independent reports after an analysis of some London hospital admission records found people admitted from care homes were five times more likely to be dehydrated…

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Wearing killer high heels could lead to osteoarthritis, study warns

16 January 2015

"Killer heels could lead to osteoarthritis in knees," The Daily Telegraph reports. An analysis of the walking patterns of 14 women found evidence that walking in high heels puts the knees under additional strain, which could damage cartilage…

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'Hibernation protein' could help repair dementia damage

15 January 2015

"Neurodegenerative diseases have been halted by harnessing the regenerative power of hibernation," BBC News reports. Researchers have identified a protein used by animals…

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Under-80 cancer deaths 'eliminated by 2050' claim

14 January 2015

"Cancer deaths will be eliminated for all under 80 by 2050,” The Independent reports. This is the optimistic prediction contained in a paper written by specialists in pharmacy from University College London (UCL)...

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How therapy and exercise 'may help some with CFS'

14 January 2015

"Chronic fatigue syndrome patients' fear of exercise can hinder treatment," The Guardian reports. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long-term condition that causes persistent and debilitating fatigue. We do not know what…

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