• 18 AUG 17
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    People who regularly groom their pubic hair at risk of injuries

    "A quarter of Americans are injured and hospitalized by tidying up ‘down there’," the Mail Online reports. The headline is prompted by a survey which asked 7,570 adults about pubic hair removal and "grooming" (such as waxing). The researchers found that removing all pubic hair, and frequent hair removal, were most likely to cause injuries.

    • 17 AUG 17
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    ‘Alternative cancer therapies’ may increase your risk of death

    "Cancer patients who use alternative medicine more than twice as likely to die," is the stark message from The Independent. Researchers found that people who chose alternative medicine instead of conventional cancer treatments were much less likely to survive for at least five years. Conventional treatments included surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or hormone treatments. The research only

    • 16 AUG 17
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    ‘Fat but fit’ people may still be at risk of heart disease

    "Concept of being ‘fit but fat’ is a myth, researchers say," ITV News reports after a Europe-wide study looked at associations between body weight, metabolic health and heart disease. The term "fat but fit" is used to describe people who are overweight or obese but don’t have any of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome. This

    • 15 AUG 17
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    Reports that antibacterials in pregnancy are ‘harmful’ unfounded

    "Warning to pregnant women, don’t use antibacterial soap! Chemicals in the products can make children fat and disrupt their development," is the alarming, yet entirely unsupported, headline from the Mail Online. US researchers wanted to see if pregnant mice exposed to the chemical triclocarban (TCC), previously used in a wide range of soaps and lotions

    • 12 AUG 17
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    Gene editing brings pig organ transplant closer

    "Gene editing to remove viruses brings transplant organs from pigs a step closer," The Guardian reports after researchers used the new CRIPSR gene editing technique. CRIPSR acts like a set of molecular scissors that can cut out potentially harmful infectious genes. Despite the difference in size and shape, many of the pig’s internal organs are

    • 11 AUG 17
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    Vitamin B3 found in Marmite not proven to prevent miscarriage

    "Like it or loathe it, but Marmite could help prevent millions of miscarriages and birth defects around the world," is the overly optimistic headline in The Daily Telegraph. The news is based on research into just four families who have children with birth defects, with three of the families also having had miscarriages. Researchers sequenced

    • 10 AUG 17
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    Saliva ‘may speed healing’ but ‘kissing it better’ probably won’t

    "Kissing it better really works: Saliva found to have properties that help speed up the healing process," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Chile investigated how human saliva may help wounds to heal more efficiently. They used lab-grown skin cells and fertilised chicken eggs to see how a protein found in saliva, histatin-1, affects the

    • 10 AUG 17
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    ‘Exercise pill’ could potentially help people with heart failure

    "Pill that mimics effects of going to the gym could transform lives of heart failure patients," the Daily Mirror reports. While the news sounds promising, it is important to make clear the research involved rodents, not people. Heart failure is when the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly. It fails to meet

    • 09 AUG 17
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    Software used to screen social media photos for depression signs

    "The images you put up on Instagram could be used to diagnose if you’re depressed," the Mail Online reports. Researchers attempted to see if computer-driven image recognition could diagnose depression based on the form and content of people’s posts on Instagram, a social media photo sharing site. They looked at more than 43,000 images from

    • 08 AUG 17
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    Alcohol linked to an increased risk of skin cancer

    "Drinking just one glass of beer or wine a day could give you skin cancer, scientists have warned," the Mail Online reports. Researchers pooled the results of previous studies and found a small, but significant, association between alcohol consumption and non-melanoma skin cancers. The most common of these types of cancer are squamous cell and