• 09 FEB 17
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    Shift work and heavy lifting may make it harder to get pregnant

    “Shift work and physically demanding jobs linked to lower fertility in women” Sky News reports. A small US study found a link between both activities and a reduction in both the number and quality of a woman’s eggs. An important fact to highlight from the start, which has somewhat been overlooked in media reports, is

    • 08 FEB 17
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    Long-term vaping ‘far safer than smoking’ says ‘landmark’ study

    "Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers," ITV News reports. E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not many of the harmful substances produced by smoking tobacco, such as tar or carbon monoxide. However, there has been debate about exactly how safe their long-term use is. The study, involving

    • 07 FEB 17
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    Harnessing ‘brute force’ could be key to creating new antibiotics

    "Antibiotics ‘seen using brute force to kill bugs”,"BBC News reports. The hope is that researchers could replicate the effect to create new antibiotics that could help combat the continuing threat of antibiotic resistance. The BBC reports on an early stage laboratory study investigating how our strongest antibacterial drugs target and destroy "hard to kill" bacteria such as

    • 06 FEB 17
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    Does eating liquorice in pregnancy raise the risk of ADHD?

    "Avoid liquorice while pregnant: Scientists find one of its ingredients can affect a child’s IQ, memory and even cause ADHD," the Mail Online reports. Researchers found eating liquorice in pregnancy is linked to a range of developmental issues. The news is based on Finnish research on almost 400 young adolescents with an average age of

    • 03 FEB 17
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    Ibuprofen ‘barely better than placebo’ at treating back pain

    "Widely used anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen have little more benefit than a placebo when it comes to treating back pain," reports the Guardian. This is based on a study looking at more than 6,000 people with back pain, comparing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with a placebo ("dummy" medicine). While NSAIDs were found to reduce pain

    • 02 FEB 17
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    Poor sleep may affect good sex in later life

    "Good night’s sleep boosts sex life for women over 50," reports the Mail Online. US researchers asked more than 93,000 women aged 50 to 79 about their sleep patterns, difficulty sleeping, sexual activity and sexual satisfaction. They found women who sleep five or less hours a night, or who have insomnia, were less likely to

    • 01 FEB 17
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    ‘Computer helps patients with severe MND communicate’

    "Mind-reading machine allows people with ‘locked-in’ syndrome to communicate," reports the Mail Online. The report is based on a study that aimed to communicate with four patients unable to speak, move or blink due to a severe form of motor neurone disease (MND). The patients were able to give "yes" or "no" answers to a

    • 31 JAN 17
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    Diabetes could be a warning sign of pancreatic cancer

    "Experts have revealed the onset of diabetes, or existing diabetes getting much worse could be a sign of hidden pancreatic cancer," reports The Daily Express. The media reports follow a press release of a study presented at the European Cancer Congress (ECCO) yesterday. The research analysed nearly a million people with type 2 diabetes in Belgium

    • 30 JAN 17
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    Breath test shows potential for detecting cancer

    "Breath test could save lives by diagnosing deadly cancers earlier," reports The Daily Telegraph. The story is based on new research into whether it is possible to detect cancers of the stomach and oesophagus (gullet) using a breath test. A possible "chemical signature" composed of five substances was tested against the breath samples of more than 300 people

    • 27 JAN 17
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    Vitamin A deficiency linked to Alzheimer’s disease

    "Alzheimer’s may begin in the womb because mums are short of crucial vitamin, scientists warn," the Daily Mirror reports. New research involving both mice and humans looked at the link between vitamin A deficiency, brain development and Alzheimer’s risk. Vitamin A helps boost the immune system and is mainly found in animal sources, including dairy, eggs, meat and oily