• 15 JUN 17
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    Risk of aspirin-related bleeding is higher in the over-75s

    "People over 75 taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major – and sometimes fatal – stomach bleeds than previously thought," BBC News reports. Aspirin can help thin the blood, so it is often given to people thought to be at risk of blood clots, which could trigger a heart attack

    • 14 JUN 17
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    Being overweight, not just obese, still carries serious health risks

    "Four million people died in 2015 as a result of being too tubby, struck by cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other killer conditions," reports The Sun. This is based on a global study that looked at how the proportion of people who are overweight and obese has changed over time. This was determined by recording body

    • 13 JUN 17
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    Antibiotics and vitamin C could kill cancer cells

    "Vitamin C and antibiotics could be up to 100 times more effective than drugs at killing cancer cells – without the side effects," reports the Mail Online. The news comes from the results of a study that found a new two-pronged approach using the antibiotic doxycycline followed by vitamin C could kill cancer cells. Doxycycline killed

    • 10 JUN 17
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    Owning a dog may encourage older people to exercise

    "NHS should prescribe dogs to keep over-65s fit," the Daily Mail reports. The headline was prompted by the results of a new study with the rather unsurprising finding that older adults who own dogs walk more than those who don’t. The study included around 80 adults with an average age of 70 from three regions

    • 08 JUN 17
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    Is white bread just as healthy as brown?

    "Sliced white bread is ‘just as healthy as brown’, shock findings reveal," The Sun reports. A small study looking at the effects of eating different types of bread – white versus brown sourdough – found no significant differences. But the researchers also reported responses varied from person to person, depending on their gut bacteria. The study

    • 08 JUN 17
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    Even moderate drinking may damage the brain

    "Even moderate drinking can damage the brain," The Guardian reports. A new study, involving brain scans and cognitive testing, suggests that moderate drinking, over many years, could damage areas of the brain linked to memory and cognitive function. The results showed that the higher the amount of alcohol consumed a week, the higher the risk

    • 07 JUN 17
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    Babies put into their own room at six months ‘sleep longer’

    "Babies moved into their own room at six months sleep better and are lower risk of obesity, poor sleep patterns and tantrums," reports The Sun. This is based on a US study looking at room-sharing of 230 mother-infant pairs and infant sleep patterns. However, despite the headlines, the study did not look at babies’ ongoing

    • 06 JUN 17
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    TV in bedroom ‘risk factor’ for child obesity

    “Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not,” BBC News reports. A UK study found a link between children having a TV in their room and an increased risk of obesity. Researchers followed children from seven to 11 years old to see whether the number

    • 03 JUN 17
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    ‘Everyday chemicals’ linked to cancer

    "Chemicals in everyday items like cosmetics linked to cancer," The Independent reports. Research involving genetically engineered human cells found that a class of chemical called aldehydes damaged a gene that prevents cancer from developing. Aldehydes are organic chemical compounds naturally present in the environment and also found in many man-made products and substances such as

    • 02 JUN 17
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    Cold water ‘just as good as hot’ for handwashing

    "Antibacterial handwash is NO better than soap – and cold water kills as many germs as hot, experts claim," The Sun reports. These were the main findings of a study looking at various methods of handwashing. But the researchers only tested for E.coli bacteria, a leading cause of food poisoning. And for safety reasons, they