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Dementia saliva testing 'shows early promise'

3:28pm Monday 22nd May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Simple saliva test for dementia 'shows promise' in bid to diagnose the disease early," the Daily Mirror reports. This news is based on a laboratory study that took saliva samples from 12 healthy adults, nine adults with Alzheimer’s disease…

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Instagram 'ranked worst for mental health' in teen survey

3:30pm Friday 19th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, a UK survey suggests," BBC News reports. The survey asked 1,479 young people aged 14-24 to score popular social media…

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Swallowable gastric balloon could help with weight loss

11:00pm Wednesday 17th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Swallowable gastric balloon could help the obese lose weight without surgery," The Guardian reports. The news, which was widely reported, is based on a study presented at the European Congress of Obesity in Portugal...

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'Fat but fit' still at higher risk of heart disease

4:30pm Wednesday 17th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth," reports BBC News. The story is based on research from scientists at the University of Birmingham, reported at a medical conference but not yet published...

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Lack of sleep knocks your social appeal, says research

11:00pm Tuesday 16th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look 'significantly' more ugly," reports BBC News. Researchers in Sweden found people rated photographs of strangers as less attractive and healthy...

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Hope for plant-based contraceptive, study claims

1:30pm Tuesday 16th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Forget Plan B – try aloe vera, controversial study claims: Scientists insist pills made from dandelions and mangoes can prevent pregnancy without a hit of hormones," reports the Mail Online. The news is based on a study...

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Can fizzy water make you fat?

4:30pm Monday 15th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Fizzy water could cause obesity by encouraging you to eat more," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers aimed to see whether it could be the carbonation in soft drinks – rather than the sugar…

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Keyhole knee surgery is 'waste of time' review finds

4:28pm Friday 12th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Keyhole knee surgery for arthritis pain 'is pointless’,” the Daily Mail reports. The headline is promoted by a review of the available evidence around knee arthroscopy (keyhole) procedures for people with degenerative knee conditions like osteoarthritis…

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Yoga may bring long-term benefits for people with depression

8:30am Friday 12th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Yoga can ease depression symptoms, according to the largest study to ever investigate the link," the Mail Online reports. The study didn't find any benefits from doing yoga at the end of the 10-week study period…

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Life expectancy for people with HIV now 'near normal'

2:30pm Thursday 11th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments," BBC News reports. The report says advances in antiretroviral drug treatments reduce the risks of serious complications…

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Ibuprofen linked to increased risk of heart attacks

3:40pm Wednesday 10th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Taking painkillers for just one week 'raises the risk of a heart attack'," the Daily Mail reports. The report is based on a new analysis that found a link between anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen and heart attack risk…

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Review finds no link between dairy and heart attack or stroke risk

4:28pm Tuesday 9th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Eating cheese does not raise risk of heart attack or stroke," reports The Guardian. This follows a large review pooling the results of 29 observational studies into the link between dairy consumption and cardiovascular disease; coronary heart disease…

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Evidence behind reports of new baldness cure is a little thin

4:30pm Monday 8th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists studying cancer stumble on 'breakthrough' in search for baldness cure," announces The Daily Telegraph, adding that not only does this mean "a cream or ointment may soon cure baldness or stop hair turning grey" but also it could…

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Concerns about alleged 'harmful' arsenic levels in baby rice cakes

5:28pm Friday 5th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Almost half of baby rice food products contain illegal levels of inorganic arsenic despite new regulations set by the EU, according to researchers," ITV News reports…

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Blood test may lead to targeted therapy for prostate cancer

11:30am Friday 5th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer," BBC News reports. The test could help identify men unlikely to respond to drugs such as enzalutamide…

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Low-gluten diet linked to heart attack risk

11:30am Thursday 4th May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Gluten-free diet can do more harm than good for people without coeliac disease," The Independent reports, as a new study found that the "trendy gluten-free diets loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Crowe may increase the risk of heart disease…

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Statins side effects 'have been overstated', says study

4:30pm Wednesday 3rd May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Side effects from statins 'really are all in the mind'," The Times reports. A new study found people taking statins were more likely to report side effects, such as muscle aches, but only if they knew they were taking the drug...

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Alternate-day fasting diets 'no better' than traditional dieting

3:30pm Tuesday 2nd May 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Fasting diets do not make much difference to weight loss compared to a traditional calorie-controlled diet," The Daily Telegraph reports. A study found people on an "every other day" diet (where they restricted their calorie…

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Weak link between grandmums' smoking and autistic grandkids

4:30pm Friday 28th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Smoking in pregnancy hurts your grandkids by 'increasing their risk of autism'," The Sun brashly reports. Researchers looked at data spanning multiple generations and reported a link between girls with autism…

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Binge drinking could trigger abnormal heart rhythms

4:50pm Thursday 27th April 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Why Oktoberfest could be damaging your heart" is the somewhat strange headline in The Times. Researchers who attended the annual Bavarian beer and folk festival found binge drinkers were more likely to have abnormal heart rhythm patterns…

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