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"The proportion of diabetics who go blind or suffer sight loss has almost halved since a new national retinopathy screening programme started in 2007," BBC News reports. The screening programme was in fact launched in 2003 but rolled out to all diabetic people over the age of 12 by 2007...
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"Sperm counts among Western men have halved in last 40 years," The Guardian reports. A major review of research carried out since 1973 found an estimated 50-60% drop in sperm count in developed nations. Researchers looked for studies that reported measures of either total sperm count or...
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"Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness," BBC News reports. Researchers surveyed people from a number of developed countries and found those who reported using money to free up time, such as hiring a cleaner, tended to report higher life satisfaction. Researchers...
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"Snoring linked to Alzheimer's," the Mail Online reports. A US study reported an association between sleep-disorder breathing and Alzheimer's disease in later life. But no definitive link between the two has been proven. Sleep-disordered breathing is a general term to describe pauses in...
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"Cows have shown an 'insane' and 'mind-blowing' ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers," BBC News reports. The report is based on new research in cows that were immunised against HIV before having their immune response to HIV assessed. There's...
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21 July 2017 – The Alzheimer’s Association has announced the launch of a landmark clinical trial into the effect of multi-dimensional lifestyle interventions to prevent cognitive decline and dementia in the USA. Announced at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in...
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"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. The risk factors were: low levels of education midlife hearing loss physical inactivity high blood pressure (...
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20 July 2017 – New research published in the The Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention, and care highlights new and existing risk factors for the development of dementia. Findings show that as many as one in three cases of dementia could be prevented if all the factors could...
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"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 whether giving healthy young children high doses of vitamin D in the winter protects...
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"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. They also found a link with type 2...
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"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. The researchers behind the latest...
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"Scientists have found you can hold back the hands of time with a regular romp," is The Sun's typically colourful headline. While a healthy sex life may be a good thing, the research in question isn't exactly mind blowing. The study included 129 mothers from San Francisco, half of whom...
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"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 known as atrial fibrillation , where the heart can beat very fast. Complications of...
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"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. These are cells known to develop into fat cells when exposed to fat-causing...
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"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. They found 30% of the teenagers who replied...
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"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. The European study included more than 450,000 people...
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"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 who'd been given an old version of the meningitis B vaccine were less likely to be diagnosed with...
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"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. The study analysed data from 800 older adults with an average age of 80 in the US...
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Volunteers from Northern Ireland and Wales received recognition for their work with people with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus at recent award events. Northern Ireland Over 50 volunteers and staff from across Northern Ireland attended the celebration event to mark Volunteers Week. The event...
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We want to get creative with how we talk about our hearing loss Our volunteers are always trying to find new ways to raise awareness of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, searching for new ways to express how they feel and help others to understand. What's the idea? Poet Marilyn Longstaff shared...

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