• 02 MAR 17
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    Early warning signs of some cases of heart attacks ‘being missed’

    "Early warning signs may have been missed in up to one in six people who died of a heart attack in English hospitals," BBC News reports. A review of hospital records found 16% of people who died of a heart attack were admitted in the previous 28 days with another condition. The study authors say this

    • 01 MAR 17
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    ‘Avoid fads and stick to diet guidelines,’ say US heart experts

    "Avoid celebrity fad diets and just eat your greens to stay healthy," the Daily Mirror reports. A review carried out by US cardiologists found little evidence fads like juicing and coconut oil prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. But they did find evidence extra virgin olive oil, blueberries and strawberries, leafy green vegetables and controlled portions

    • 28 FEB 17
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    Does putting the clocks forward make IVF more likely to fail?

    "Miscarriages for women on IVF ‘double when the clocks go forward because the loss of an hour in bed puts more stress on a mother-to-be’s body’," reports the Mail on Sunday about a study of more than 1,500 cycles of IVF treatment in the US. In a similar system to British Summer Time (where clocks go

    • 25 FEB 17
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    Fasting diet may help regenerate a diabetic pancreas

    "The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports. Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The pancreas is an organ that uses specialised cells known as beta cells to produce the hormone

    • 24 FEB 17
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    Link between herpes in pregnancy and autism is unconfirmed

    "’WOMEN infected with herpes while they are pregnant are twice as likely to have a child with autism’, " The Sun reports. The headline is prompted by a study looking at whether maternal infections during pregnancy are associated with the risk of neurological developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). However, The Sun has focused on

    • 24 FEB 17
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    Five-a-day of fruit and veg is good, but ’10 is better’

    "Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death," The Guardian reports. A major review found people who regularly ate 800g of fruit and veg a day – 10 portions – had a significantly lower risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease. Researchers looked at more

    • 23 FEB 17
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    Exercise ‘most proven method’ to prevent return of breast cancer

    "A half hour stroll a day can help women who’ve survived breast cancer prevent the killer disease returning," The Sun reports. A review of recent evidence, carried out by Canadian researchers, was prompted by the fact that many women who undergo treatment for breast cancer are eager to make lifestyle changes that may help reduce the

    • 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