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Nine lifestyle changes may reduce risk of dementia

4:30pm Thursday 20th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk," BBC News reports. A major review by The Lancet has identified nine potentially modifiable risk factors linked to dementia…

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High-dose vitamin D 'doesn't prevent colds and flu in kids'

4:30pm Wednesday 19th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Vitamin D will not protect your child from a cold: myth-busting study says 'more isn't always better' to help toddlers stay healthy," says the Mail Online. The story is based on a study that looked at…

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Benefits of artificial sweeteners unclear

8:30am Wednesday 19th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain," the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers looking at data gathered in previous studies reported a link between artificial sweeteners – ironically often associated with diet drinks – and weight gain...

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Some types of vegetarian diet can raise heart disease risk

4:30pm Tuesday 18th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Being vegetarian isn't always healthy: Plant-based diet may raise the risk of heart disease," the Daily Mail reports. A US study found a vegetarian diet based on less healthy food options, such as refined grains, could increase the risk of heart disease…

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'Regular sex keeps you younger' claims are unsupported

2:35pm Monday 17th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have found you can hold back the hands of time with a regular romp," is the typically colourful headline in The Sun. While a healthy sex life may be a good thing, the research in question isn't exactly mind blowing…

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Long working week 'may increase risk of irregular heartbeat'

4:30pm Friday 14th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Long working days can cause heart problems, study says," The Guardian reports. Researchers found people who work 55 or more hours a week had an increased risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat…

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House dust linked to obesity – but only in mice

11:00am Friday 14th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Bad news for those who hate cleaning: dusty homes could make you obese," reports the Mail Online. Scientists in the US tested extracts of household dust on mouse "pre-fat" cells grown in a laboratory...

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Face-to-face bullying much more common than cyberbullying

11:00am Thursday 13th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children suffer significantly more face-to-face bullying than online abuse," reports the Mail Online. UK researchers questioned nearly 300,000 15-year-olds about their experiences of bullying in the biggest study of the subject to date…

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Does coffee make you live longer?

5:30pm Wednesday 12th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drinking three cups of coffee a day could add years to your life, suggest studies," reports the Metro. It follows the results of European and US studies that looked at the relationship between how much coffee people drink and death…

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Old meningitis B vaccine 'may also protect against gonorrhoea'

5:00pm Tuesday 11th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Meningitis vaccine may also cut risk of 'untreatable' gonorrhoea, study says," is the headline in The Guardian. The news comes from the results of a study in New Zealand that found people…

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Does having a 'sense of purpose' in life help you sleep better?

5:00pm Monday 10th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sense of purpose aids sleep, US scientists find," The Guardian reports on a new study that explored the relationship between having a sense of purpose in life and quality of sleep in older adults...

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WHO issues warning about rise of drug-resistant gonorrhoea

4:30pm Friday 7th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Gonorrhoea fast becoming 'untreatable', WHO experts warn," reports Sky News. Analysis of data from 77 countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) found antibiotic resistance exists against almost all antibiotics…

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Frequent ejaculation may decrease prostate cancer risk

5:30pm Thursday 6th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Ejaculating at least 21 times a month significantly reduces a man's risk of prostate cancer," the Mail Online reports. This is based on research that asked men how often they ejaculated per month and subsequent reporting of prostate cancer…

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Researchers try to unknot Alzheimer's protein tangles

4:15pm Thursday 6th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Abnormal deposits that build up in the brain during Alzheimer's have been pictured in unprecedented detail by UK scientists," reports BBC News. Alzheimer's disease is characterised by two proteins…

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Toothpaste ingredient linked to antibiotic resistance

4:30pm Wednesday 5th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A common ingredient of soap and toothpaste could be causing antibiotic resistance and fuelling the spread of superbugs," the Mail Online reports. This news follows the results of a study that…

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Heartburn drugs linked to premature death

5:30pm Tuesday 4th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Millions of people taking common heartburn and indigestion medications could be at an increased risk of death," The Guardian reports after a US study found people taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)…

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Brain training app used to treat memory condition

5:30pm Monday 3rd July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Brain training games boost the memory and may reduce the risk of dementia, new research suggests," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers used an app called Game Show to treat people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment...

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Some women in the UK still unaware of cervical screening

4:30pm Friday 30th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Nearly a quarter of women who don't make cervical screening appointments are unaware that the process even exists, according to a UK survey," BBC News reports. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cervix, the entrance to the womb…

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Can magnesium help depression – or is it just a placebo?

4:50pm Thursday 29th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Over-the-counter magnesium tablets significantly improve depression in just two weeks, new research reveals," the Mail Online reports. A small study found that people taking the supplements – on top of their existing treatment…

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Overweight teen boys have increased risk of stroke in later life

4:30pm Thursday 29th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Boys who get fat in their teenage years are much more likely to suffer a life-threatening stroke as an adult, experts today warned," The Sun reports. Swedish researchers suspect the association could be down to the effects of...

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