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"Antibacterial handwash is NO better than soap – and cold water kills as many germs as hot, experts claim," The Sun reports. These were the main findings of a study looking at various methods of handwashing. But the researchers only tested for E.coli bacteria , a leading cause of food...
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"Stressed mothers-to-be face an increased risk of giving birth to a child who will develop ADHD or heart disease later in life," the Mail Online reports. However, the new study it is reporting on did not look at long-term outcomes in children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity...
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"Is our smartphone addiction damaging our children?," The Guardian asks, after publication of a recent study into "technoference" – when people switch their attention away from others to check their phone or tablet. The study, carried out in the US, involved more than 300...
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31 May 2017 - The Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of New South Wales have published a systematic a review of dementia registries in Alzheimer’s and Dementia . The review follows the recommendations of the report, Dementia registries...
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"Many patients given beta blockers after a heart attack may not benefit from being on the drugs, suggesting they may be being overprescribed," The Guardian reports. Beta-blockers are drugs used to regulate the heart by making it beat more slowly and with less force. They are often used in...
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29 May 2017 - Paola Barbarino, CEO of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) addressed the 70th Sesssion of the World Health Assembly today with a statement welcoming the adoption of the Global Plan of Action on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025 . The statement followed the...
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29 May 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has unanimously adopted a global plan on dementia at the 70th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. The plan follows ten years of advocacy by ADI for a global response to the growing impact of dementia worldwide. The adoption of the...
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"Fitness trackers out of step when measuring calories, research shows," The Guardian reports. An independent analysis of a number of leading brands found they were all prone to inaccurate recording of energy expenditure. Researchers recruited 60 participants to take part in a range of...
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"Meditation can leave you feeling even more stressed," the Daily Mail reports. The claim is prompted by a study of 60 practitioners of Buddhist meditation in the US which found they'd had a range of "challenging or difficult" experiences associated with the practice. However, it...
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"A pot belly is a red flag for cancer," reports the Mail Online after a new study found an increase in waist circumference carries similar risks for developing cancer as raised body mass index (BMI). The study used data from several European studies of more than 43,000 adults aged around...
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"Regularly tucking into a bar of chocolate may actually be good for us," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Denmark say people who eat chocolate one to six times a week are less likely to get a heart condition called atrial fibrillation than those who eat it hardly at all (less than...
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"Just half a glass of wine a day ups the risk of breast cancer by nine per cent, experts warn," The Sun reports. A major report looking at global evidence found that drinking just 10g of alcohol a day – 1.25 units – was linked to an increased risk of breast cancer . The report was...
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23 May 2017 - Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is an international non-governmental organization based in London, United Kingdom with 30 years’ experience leading the global dementia community. Our aim is to develop capacity of our member associations around the world and raise...
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"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 , and eight with mild cognitive impairment (MCI...
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"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 apps on issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness...
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"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. Researchers in Italy found obese patients who used a swallowable...
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"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. The researchers used information from a UK database of GP records...
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"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 when the people in the photographs had less sleep. The study used photographs of healthy,...
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"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 investigating whether chemicals found in certain plants can reduce...
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"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 – that explains the link between soft drinks and obesity. Overall, they found rats that drank...

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