• 22 FEB 17
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    Long-term daily drinking linked to stiffening of the arteries in men

    "Men who drink more than a pint a day over several years are at greater risk of heart attack or stroke," The Sun reports. A UK study found men who consistently drank more than the recommended limits had signs of stiffening of the arteries, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

    • 21 FEB 17
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    Worrying about work out-of-hours ‘may be bad for the heart’

    "Taking work home can be deadly," the Daily Mail warns. A small study of London-based office workers found those who reported being frequently troubled by work-related issues had patterns of heart activity associated with stress and anxiety. Researchers interviewed 195 adults aged between 20 and 62 (70% male) about what they termed work-related rumination. This

    • 18 FEB 17
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    Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by online pharmacies ‘reckless’

    "Scientists found antibiotics illegally available on 45% of websites they tested," the Mail Online reports. This headline was prompted by research into 20 online pharmacies selling antibiotics to the UK public. Researchers looked at whether the online pharmacy was properly registered – and therefore legal – as well as whether they required a prescription before selling the antibiotics and

    • 17 FEB 17
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    Could brain scans be used to screen for autism?

    "Brain scans could identify babies most at risk of developing autism, study shows," The Guardian reports. Researchers think that looking for distinct changes in infant brains could identify some children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). A small US study used MRI scans to look at the brains of around 150 infants – 106 were thought to be at

    • 17 FEB 17
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    ‘Add vitamin D to food to prevent colds and flu’, say researchers

    "Adding vitamin D to food would reduce deaths and significantly cut NHS costs," The Guardian reports. A review of existing data estimates that supplementing food with vitamin D would prevent millions of cold and flu cases, and possibly save lives. Researchers looked at data from 25 previous studies where vitamin D was compared with a

    • 16 FEB 17
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    Heading footballs ‘linked to brain damage in professional players’

    "As evidence of dementia link to football emerges is it time to stop kids heading the ball?" is the question on the front page of the Daily Mirror. The headline was prompted by the results of a small study where post-mortems were carried out on six ex-professional players with a history of dementia. Researchers found four players had

    • 15 FEB 17
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    GPs ‘failing to prescribe tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer’

    "Half of GPs unaware of drug’s use [tamoxifen] in cancer prevention," The Guardian reports. An online survey of GPs found many were unaware of national guidelines recommending the use of tamoxifen for at risk women. Guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2013 recommends women thought to be at high

    • 14 FEB 17
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    Online reviews of health products ‘are misleading’

    "Don’t believe online reviews of health products, they’re ‘skewed’," the Mail Online reports. A psychologist compared online reviews of three medical products with results from clinical trials, and found the reviews are skewed towards the positive. The author of the study, Dr Micheál de Barra, wanted to look into whether people who have had good

    • 11 FEB 17
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    Four-in-one pill ‘effective’ for high blood pressure

    "Four-in-one ‘miracle’ pill to cure high blood pressure," is the headline on Mail Online. This is based on early research from Australia looking at the effect of a four-in-one "quadpill" on high blood pressure. The idea behind the quadpill is that by combining four hypertension drugs at a much lower dose than they are normally

    • 10 FEB 17
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    ‘Antibiotics, not surgery, best for child appendicitis’ says study

    "Operating on children with acute appendicitis may be unnecessary in many of cases," the Mail Online reports. The headline is a little misleading as the researchers were specifically looking at a type of appendicitis known as "appendix mass". This is where a lump develops inside the appendix. The most common treatment approach for an appendix mass