• 11 MAY 17
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    Ibuprofen linked to increased risk of heart attacks

    "Taking painkillers for just one week ‘raises the risk of a heart attack’," the Daily Mail reports. The report is based on a new analysis that found a link between anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen and heart attack risk. Researchers looked at data from 446,763 people and found some evidence that all commonly-used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appear

    • 10 MAY 17
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    Review finds no link between dairy and heart attack or stroke risk

    "Eating cheese does not raise risk of heart attack or stroke," reports The Guardian. This follows a large review pooling the results of 29 observational studies into the link between dairy consumption and cardiovascular disease; coronary heart disease, as well as all-cause deaths. The studies included almost 1 million people from around the world and found

    • 09 MAY 17
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    Evidence behind reports of new baldness cure is a little thin

    "Scientists studying cancer stumble on ‘breakthrough’ in search for baldness cure," announces The Daily Telegraph, adding that not only does this mean "a cream or ointment may soon cure baldness or stop hair turning grey" but also it could one day … explain why we age". Sadly for those of us with grey, or no, hair

    • 06 MAY 17
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    Concerns about alleged ‘harmful’ arsenic levels in baby rice cakes

    "Almost half of baby rice food products contain illegal levels of inorganic arsenic despite new regulations set by the EU, according to researchers," ITV News reports. While this may sound shocking, arsenic is a common chemical compound naturally present in the environment. It’s found at very low levels in tap water in this country, but

    • 05 MAY 17
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    Blood test may lead to targeted therapy for prostate cancer

    "A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer," BBC News reports. The test could help identify men unlikely to respond to drugs such as enzalutamide. Enzalutamide and abiraterone are additional treatments for men for whom standard hormonal treatment has not worked, or has stopped working. Treatment

    • 04 MAY 17
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    Low-gluten diet linked to heart attack risk

    "Gluten-free diet can do more harm than good for people without coeliac disease," The Independent reports, as a new study found that the "trendy gluten-free diets loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Crowe may increase the risk of heart disease". Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. In people

    • 04 MAY 17
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    Statins side effects ‘have been overstated’, says study

    "Side effects from statins ‘really are all in the mind’," The Times reports. A new study found people taking statins were more likely to report side effects, such as muscle aches, but only if they knew they were taking the drug. The researchers said this demonstrates the so-called "nocebo effect", the opposite of the placebo effect, where people

    • 03 MAY 17
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    Alternate-day fasting diets ‘no better’ than traditional dieting

    "Fasting diets do not make much difference to weight loss compared to a traditional calorie-controlled diet," The Daily Telegraph reports. A study found people on an "every other day" diet (where they restricted their calorie intake to around 500 calories every other day) lost no more weight than those on a normal diet plan. The

    • 29 APR 17
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    Weak link between grandmums’ smoking and autistic grandkids

    "Smoking in pregnancy hurts your grandkids by ‘increasing their risk of autism’," The Sun brashly reports. Researchers looked at data spanning multiple generations and reported a link between girls with autism symptoms and having a maternal grandmother who smoked. They looked at data from more than 14,000 children, which included autism-related behavioural traits, such as poor social

    • 28 APR 17
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    Binge drinking could trigger abnormal heart rhythms

    "Why Oktoberfest could be damaging your heart" is the somewhat strange headline in The Times. Researchers who attended the annual Bavarian beer and folk festival found binge drinkers were more likely to have abnormal heart rhythm patterns. This could be of potential concern – in extreme cases, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) can trigger serious complications,