• 28 JUN 17
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    Middle-aged office workers ‘sit down more’ than OAPs

    "Middle-aged male office workers ‘more sedentary than over-75-year-olds’," The Daily Telegraph reports. A survey in Scotland suggests previous studies may have underestimated sedentary behaviour in middle-age by not asking about time at work, which for many people increasingly involves sitting at a desk. Researchers surveyed more than 14,000 people about their time spent doing activities –

    • 27 JUN 17
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    Can coffee machines and kettles spread toxic spores?

    "Your coffee machine could be making you ill," the Mail Online reports, saying that steam released by the machine could be creating the perfect conditions for fungi to grow. The Sun reports a similar risk for kettles and showers. But before you throw out your expensive coffee pod machine or trusty kettle, the research behind

    • 23 JUN 17
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    Does paracetamol taken in pregnancy affect masculinity?

    "Taking paracetamol when pregnant ‘makes boys less manly, less aggressive and lowers their sex drive’," reports The Sun. But the alarming headline doesn’t explain that the research was in mice, not humans. Researchers gave daily doses of paracetamol to pregnant mice, and looked into the effect on their male offspring. They measured an area of

    • 23 JUN 17
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    Sex link to older people’s brain power, says study

    "Sex is the key to staying sharp in old age," reports the Mail Online after researchers found older people who have regular sex scored better on two of five brain tests. Participants who had sex at least once a week scored higher on tests that measured their verbal fluency and spatial awareness compared with those who

    • 21 JUN 17
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    ‘Contaminated air’ on planes linked to health problems

    "Toxic fumes in aircraft cabins could cause serious health problems, scientists warn," reports The Sun. This is based on a UK study investigating air contamination on aircraft and its possible effects on the health of pilots and cabin crew. The researchers say the air supply on planes can become contaminated by leaks of oil or

    • 20 JUN 17
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    Cholesterol-lowering jab ‘shows promise’ for heart disease

    "Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease," reports BBC Online. The headline refers to a recent mouse study that aimed to see whether a new vaccine could reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. Mice bred to develop heart and vascular disease were given the AT04A vaccine or a control vaccine, and were then

    • 19 JUN 17
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    Blood test may show if prostate cancer treatment is working

    "Prostate cancer blood test helps target treatment," BBC News reports. A study found a blood test could detect which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from new drug treatment. Researchers analysed blood samples from nearly 50 men taking part in a trial of a new drug (olaparib) for prostate cancer that has spread to

    • 17 JUN 17
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    Is a new flu pandemic just three mutations away?

    "Just three mutations are needed to make bird flu a potential pandemic strain that could kill millions," is the alarming headline from the Mail Online. However, the chance of all three mutations occurring has been described as "relatively low". Bird flu hit the headlines in 1997 when it was found that a strain of flu virus

    • 16 JUN 17
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    Obese mums more likely to give birth to babies with birth defects

    "Women who are obese when they conceive are more likely to have a baby with serious birth defects," The Guardian reports. Swedish researchers looked at more than a million health records and found a link between excess body mass index (BMI) and the risk of a child being born with birth defects. The researchers found there

    • 15 JUN 17
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    Vegetarian dieting may lead to greater weight loss

    "Dieters who follow a vegetarian eating plan lose nearly twice as much weight," the Daily Mail reports following the results of a new study. Researchers randomly assigned two groups of people with type 2 diabetes to either a vegetarian diet or a standard weight loss diet. They found those on the vegetarian diet lost more