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"Having a pet dog…can help reduce the child's chances of developing allergies and becoming obese in later years," claims the Daily Mirror, in a somewhat misleading report. Researchers did find a link between pet ownership and an increased diversity of "healthy bacteria" in...
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"It's tea time! How at least two cups a day can shield you from dementia," reports the Mail Online. This rather optimistic headline reports on a Singaporean study of around 900 Chinese people aged 55 and above. The study searched for a potential link between tea consumption and...
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07 April 2017 -Today is World Health Day. The theme for this year is ‘Depression: Let’s talk’ . Depression is common in people with dementia, a condition that affects almost 50 million people worldwide. Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide. In every country...
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"Taking antibiotics for more than two weeks increases your risk of bowel cancer by 73 per cent," reports the Daily Mail. However, the study it reports on did not look at rates of bowel cancer . What it did find is an increased risk of bowel polyps for women who took antibiotics for two...
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"A daily slice of Marmite on toast may help prevent you getting dementia," the Daily Mail reports, with little justification. A small study did find that Marmite had an effect on electrical activity in the brain, but there is no evidence this would prevent dementia. The study involved 28...
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"Working in hot temperatures increases the risk of suffering a heart attack," BBC News reports. It has been known for some time that the leading cause of death amongst serving firefighters is heart attacks and not fire-related injuries as some people might assume. Researchers wanted to...
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"Babies in Britain, Canada and Italy cry more than elsewhere," The Guardian reports. But the review the newspaper is reporting on only found reliable data from a handful of nations so the accuracy of the claim is unclear. Researchers looked at previously gathered data on colic patterns...
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04 April 2017 - Representatives from 11 countries attended a special ADI Alzheimer University programme on the theme of advocacy and public policy in Washington DC in March, held alongside the record attendance of the Alzheimer Association Advocacy Forum . The Alzheimer University included...
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"Women who take morning-after pill could still fall pregnant if they weigh more than 11 stone," the Daily Mirror warns. New guidelines on emergency contraception discuss recent evidence that body mass index (BMI) and overall body weight may impact on the effectiveness of oral emergency...
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03 April 2017 - Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and Dementia Alliance International (DAI) have been made aware of scams that target potential speakers and experts at conferences and other events. We would like to express our dismay at reports that people with dementia and their families...
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"Colds feel worse to lonely people," The Guardian reports. A US study, where participants were infected with the cold virus, found people who said they felt lonely also reported more severe symptoms – even though an objective measure of how bad their cold was didn't find the same...
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"Workers exposed to electromagnetic fields in their jobs could be at risk of developing motor neurone disease," the Daily Mail reports. A Dutch study found a link between occupational exposure to low-frequency magnetic fields and increased risk of dying from the most common type of motor...
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"New technology allows tetraplegic man to move hand with thought," The Guardian reports. Implants, designed to replicate the function of the spinal cord, have allowed a man, paralysed from the neck down (tetraplegia), to regain some control of his arm and head. Tetraplegia can result from...
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"Tetris can prevent post-traumatic stress disorder," reports The Daily Telegraph. An early stage study found that people who'd been in traffic accidents who played the popular computer game while waiting in A&E for treatment had fewer intrusive memories during the following week...
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29 March 2017 - We are excited to announce that Paola Barbarino has been appointed as our new CEO. Paola will assume the role on 15 May 2017, after which there will be a period of transition alongside outgoing Executive Director, Marc Wortmann. Marc will be leaving his position after more than ten...
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"Scientists found tots given the boob had the same IQ at age three and five compared to bottle-fed youngsters," The Sun reports in its own unique way. A new study followed about 8,000 babies in Ireland for five years to look at whether breastfeeding had an impact on problem solving and...
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"Most cancers are caused by random mistakes in the genetic code when cells divide out of the blue, new research shows," the Daily Mail reports. But this is an oversimplification of research that looked at the role spontaneous random mutations play in the development of certain cancers. It...
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"Scientists create a chemical that can restore hair and give youthful energy," the Daily Mail reports; but these effects have only been achieved in mice. A modified protein called FOXO4-DRI has been successfully used to remove "broken ageing" cells. The new study was looking at...
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"A daily pint or glass of wine can slash the chances of a suffering heart attack by a third," reports The Sun. Researchers found that people who drank alcohol within moderate drinking guidelines were less likely to have a first episode of a range of heart and vascular diseases than those...
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"Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could be a risky combination, leading to a greater risk of accidents and injuries," BBC News report. A review of evidence found a number of potential risks, but the picture was not as clear-cut as reported. Energy drinks are drinks that contain high...

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