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"The pill can protect women from cancer for 30 years," is the front page headline in the Daily Mirror. The paper reports on a landmark study that followed more than 46,000 women in the UK for up to 44 years. The study found women who'd used the combined oral contraceptive pill – commonly...
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"Men who are overweight in their late teens have a higher risk of developing liver cancer in later life, new research suggests," reports ITV News. Swedish researchers also found a link to other serious types of liver disease . The researchers assessed the link between body mass index (BMI...
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"The cholesterol drug that outperforms statins: Patients on the medication are '27% less likely to suffer a heart attack'," the Daily Mail reports. The drug, evolocumab, makes the liver more effective at removing "bad" cholesterol from the blood. But the Mail's headline is...
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20 March 2017 – Phyllis Fehr, Board Member of Dementia Alliance International (DAI) and Vice Chair of the Ontario Dementia Advisory Group , will call for greater recognition of dementia on the first day of the 17th session of the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of...
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"Grandmas are usually the first to spot autism in children," the Mail Online reports. The headline was prompted by a US online survey of parents and family members of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) . Researchers wanted to explore the factors linked to early or late diagnosis...
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"Taking yoga classes can help ease depressive symptoms, a new study says," reports the Mail Online. A small study from the US found yoga was associated with a clinically significant improvement in depression symptoms. Researchers recruited 32 people with moderate to severe depression ...
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"Taking common painkillers like ibuprofen 'increases your risk of cardiac arrest by a THIRD'," The Sun reports. Researchers found a link between the potentially fatal heart problem and ibuprofen use, as well as another type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called diclofenac...
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"Up to one in five women with breast cancer could benefit from a type of treatment currently only given to patients with a rare form of the disease," The Independent reports. Research suggests around 20% of women with breast cancer may benefit from a new class of drug known as PARP...
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"Children who are allowed more than three hours of screentime a day are at greater risk of developing diabetes," The Guardian reports. In a new study, UK researchers found a link between three hours or more of screen time and risk factors for type 2 diabetes , such as higher body fat. The...
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"Children who are allowed more than three hours of screentime a day are at greater risk of developing diabetes," The Guardian reports. In a new study, UK researchers found a link between three hours or more of screen time and risk factors for type 2 diabetes , such as higher body fat. The...
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"Men who take this drug [finasteride] to combat baldness are 'five times more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction'," The Sun reports. While this may sound hair-raising, the actual evidence the paper is reporting on is not a major cause for concern. This US study looked at a medical...
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"Parents warned to use pram covers to protect babies from air pollution," reports The Daily Telegraph. The advice is prompted by a UK study where researchers simulated a normal walk to school in Guildford, involving parents pushing a pram or carrying a younger child in their arms while...
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"Dementia breakthrough: Brushing your teeth 'can help ward off devastating condition'," reads the Daily Express. The news is based on a study that found tooth loss was associated with an increased risk of dementia . The study involved more than 1,500 elderly people in Japan who had their...
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08 March 2017 - A new report released today by Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) shows the disproportionate effect of dementia on women everywhere. Women & Dementia: A Global Challenge shows that while women are more likely to develop dementia, they account for the...
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"Red wine can 'help fight the ageing process' – but how much would you have to drink?," is the question posed by The Sun, after a US study suggested resveratrol, a substance found in the skin of red grapes, may help keep our muscles and nerves healthy as we get older. But the story might...
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"Eating a Mediterranean diet 'cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%' in postmenopausal women," says the Mail Online of a widely reported study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands. The researchers looked at data from a study involving more than 60,000 women aged 55-69 over a 20-...
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"Redheads are more likely to develop Parkinson's," claims the Mail Online after a study found the gene that makes people with red hair susceptible to skin cancer also increases the risk of brain disease. But the study didn't actually look directly at redheads (human ones, anyway). Instead...
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"Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells," reports The Daily Telegraph. This is an extremely premature claim as it is based on a laboratory study using mouse stem cells. Stem cells are...

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