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Archive: July 2016


Menopause 'may mix up exercise reward pathways in the brain'

29 July 2016

"Menopause 'crushes your motivation to exercise'," the Mail Online reports. But before you bin your gym card, the study it reports on involved rats, not women. The female rats were genetically engineered to have either a high or low exercise capacity…

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New weapon in superbug war may be right under our noses

28 July 2016

"Antibiotic resistance: 'snot wars' study yields new class of drugs," BBC News reports. Researchers studying a type of bacteria found in many people's nostrils have used this knowledge to develop a possible a new antibiotic called lugdunin…

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An hour of exercise a day may compensate for an 'office lifestyle'

28 July 2016

"Office workers must exercise for an hour a day to counter death risk," The Daily Telegraph reports. A major new study involving more than a million people, suggests that at least an hour's exercise a day…

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Could a hearing test help diagnose autism in babies?

27 July 2016

"A hearing test is being hailed as a revolutionary technique to spot autism years earlier than current methods can," the Mail Online reports. The test is based on measuring how the inner ear reacts to sound…

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'Netflix and kill?' Binge watching box-sets linked to blood clots

26 July 2016

"Binge watching TV can actually kill you, study finds," The Independent reports in a somewhat exaggerated manner. The Japanese study its report is based on looked at prolonged TV watching and the risk of blood clots…

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Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol', too

25 July 2016

"How quitting smoking can be good for your liver: Those who have given up cigarettes 'drink less alcohol too'," the Mail Online reports. The news follows an analysis of two ongoing studies that aimed to…

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Eating oily fish 'may boost bowel cancer survival'

22 July 2016

"Oily fish may reduce risk of death from bowel cancer, study suggests," reports The Telegraph. US research found people with bowel cancer who increased their intake of oily fish after diagnosis were less likely to die from the condition...

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Alcohol 'a direct cause of seven types of cancer'

22 July 2016

"Even one glass of wine a day raises the risk of cancer: Alarming study reveals booze is linked to at least seven forms of the disease," reports the Mail Online. The news comes from a review that aimed to summarise data from a range of previous studies...

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The new guidelines on vitamin D – what you need to know

21 July 2016

"Experts recommend everyone consider vitamin D supplements over winter," says a headline in today's Daily Mail, while The Guardian urges "Tuck into tuna, salmon and eggs or take vitamin D pills…

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Chlamydia vaccine research 'shows early progress'

20 July 2016

"Could a nose spray prevent chlamydia?" asks the Daily Mail, one of several media outlets reporting on promising research to develop a vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease (STI)...

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'Walk or cycle to work to lose weight,' says study

19 July 2016

"Pedalling the pounds away: Why cycling could be the best way to lose weight," says The Daily Telegraph, reporting on a UK study comparing how different methods of commuting affected obesity levels...

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'Nine out of 10 strokes preventable,' claims study

18 July 2016

"Nine out of 10 strokes preventable if people follow 10 health rules," The Daily Telegraph reports. The news comes from a large study that found the top 10 risk factors for stroke are preventable...

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Zika virus epidemic to last 'another three years'

15 July 2016

"Zika epidemic to last another three years as 'too late' to control it, say researchers," reports the Telegraph Online. A team of researchers at Imperial College London aimed to explore the dynamics of the current Zika epidemic in Latin America...

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Obesity 'now a leading cause of death; especially in men'

14 July 2016

"Being overweight or obese puts men at a greater risk of dying prematurely than women," BBC News reports. A survey of global trends found obesity was now second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in Europe…

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Pomegranate compound 'could combat' complications of ageing

13 July 2016

"Pomegranates slow down the ageing process by prompting cells to recycle and rebuild themselves, a study shows," The Daily Telegraph reports. But before you rush to stock up on the "food of the gods", the study in question only involved worms and rats…

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'Secret ginger gene' may increase skin cancer risk for millions

13 July 2016

"People can carry a 'silent' red hair gene that raises their risk of sun-related skin cancer, experts warn," BBC News reports. Research suggests that carrying just one copy of a variant of the MC1R gene (having two copies causes red hair) increases…

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Pregnancy supplements 'don’t help, just take vit D and folic acid'

12 July 2016

"Pregnancy multivitamins are a waste of money because most mothers-to-be do not need them, according to researchers," BBC News reports. A new report found that only the use of vitamin D and folic acid in pregnancy was supported by the evidence…

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Thumb sucking and nail biting not key to preventing child allergies

11 July 2016

"Children who suck their thumbs and bite their nails suffer fewer allergies, study finds," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers have reported a link between these common childhood habits and a lower rate of positive allergy tests…

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Could an obscure type of herpes virus trigger female infertility?

08 July 2016

"Obscure virus may be cause of unexplained infertility," The Independent reports. Italian researchers found copies of the HHV-6A virus – a type of herpes virus – in the womb lining of 43% of women with…

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1 in 8 advanced prostate cancers may be linked to faulty genes

08 July 2016

"Nearly one in eight men who develop [advanced] prostate cancer carry mutations in genes which repair damage to DNA," The Daily Telegraph reports. One of the difficulties in detecting and treating prostate cancer…

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Reduced antibiotic prescribing did not raise serious infection rates

07 July 2016

"Surgeries that handed out the fewest pills do not have higher rates of serious illnesses," the Daily Mail reports. A new study looked at the impact of prescribing patterns of antibiotics by GPs. The researchers were particularly interested in…

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Study finds link between saturated fats and early death

06 July 2016

"Eating more saturated fats raises risk of early death, says US study," The Guardian reports. A major study involving more than 80,000 women would seem to contradict recent high-profile reports that a diet rich in saturated fat is safe…

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Pasta-rich diet may 'prevent pounds from piling on', says study

05 July 2016

"Pasta DOESN'T make you fat – it actually helps weight loss," the Daily Mail reports. In the latest round of the nutrition wars, carbs are fighting back, with a study showing that a diet rich in pasta was linked to lower BMI and waist size…

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Paracetamol in pregnancy 'link to autism and ADHD' not proven

04 July 2016

"Women who take paracetamol during pregnancy 'risk having a child with autism or ADHD'," the Mail Online reports. But the Spanish study it reports on provides no evidence of a direct link to either condition…

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Many women think shaving pubic hair is 'hygienic'

01 July 2016

"More women think shaving pubic hair is 'hygenic' [sic] despite greater health risks," The Independent reports. A US survey found more than half of women who groomed their public hair did so for hygiene reasons, despite evidence that shaving…

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