• 24 MAY 17
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    Just half a glass of wine a day may increase breast cancer risk

    "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

    • 23 MAY 17
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    Dementia saliva testing ‘shows early promise’

    "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), which is often seen as the stage just before

    • 20 MAY 17
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    Instagram ‘ranked worst for mental health’ in teen survey

    "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, bullying, body image and "fear of missing

    • 18 MAY 17
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    Swallowable gastric balloon could help with weight loss

    "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 gastric balloon lost on average about 15kg over a four-month period.

    • 18 MAY 17
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    ‘Fat but fit’ still at higher risk of heart disease

    "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 covering 3.5 million people, to calculate

    • 17 MAY 17
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    Lack of sleep knocks your social appeal, says research

    "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, mainly young, students taken after either two nights

    • 16 MAY 17
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    Hope for plant-based contraceptive, study claims

    "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 sperm’s ability to fertilise a woman’s egg. Sperm get a

    • 13 MAY 17
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    Keyhole knee surgery is ‘waste of time’ review finds

    “Keyhole knee surgery for arthritis pain ‘is pointless’,” the Daily Mail reports. The headline is prompted by a review of the available evidence around knee arthroscopy (keyhole) procedures for people with degenerative knee conditions such as osteoarthritis – so called ‘wear and tear arthritis’. In spite of the headlines, this conclusion is not particularly newsworthy as it

    • 12 MAY 17
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    Yoga may bring long-term benefits for people with depression

    "Yoga can ease depression symptoms, according to the largest study to ever investigate the link," the Mail Online reports. The study didn’t find any benefits from doing yoga at the end of the 10-week study period, but there were improvements in symptoms at a six-month follow-up review. Because of the mixed results, these findings need

    • 11 MAY 17
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    Life expectancy for people with HIV now ‘near normal’

    "Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments," BBC News reports. The report says advances in antiretroviral drug treatments reduce the risks of serious complications. Researchers used data from 88,504 people with HIV from Europe and North America to track improvements in survival since 1996, when