• 28 APR 17
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    New glaucoma test could save millions from blindness

    "It might be possible to treat the main cause of permanent blindness before people notice any loss of vision," BBC News report. A proof of concept study of early testing for glaucoma – the most common cause of sight loss – had promising results. In glaucoma, the light-sensitive cells of the retinal nerve die, usually

    • 27 APR 17
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    Regular exercise for the over-50s ‘sharpens the mind’

    "Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you’re over 50," BBC News reports. A review of existing data found both aerobic exercise and strength training appeared to improve cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, and how well people carry out tasks.  The review brought together information

    • 26 APR 17
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    Four cups of coffee ‘not bad for health’ suggests review

    "Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day carries no health risk, experts say. Scientists said those who stick to that limit have no need to worry," reports The Sun. This was based on a review of studies that looked at the effects of caffeine on health. The researchers specifically investigated the effect of having

    • 24 APR 17
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    Children with regular bedtimes ‘less likely to become obese’

    "Regular bedtimes make children less likely to be obese as adults," is the slightly misleading Mail Online headline. This follows a study looking at the link between household routines in early childhood and obesity at age 11. Researchers analysed data about children in the UK that had been collected as part of a previous large study

    • 22 APR 17
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    Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak

    "Diet drinks triple your risk of stroke and dementia," the Daily Mail reports, as US research found a link between daily intake and increased risk. However, the chain of evidence is not as strong as reported. The researchers analysed data from an ongoing US cohort study to see if consumption of sugar or artificially sweetened drinks

    • 22 APR 17
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    Cycling commuters have lower rates of heart disease and cancer

    "Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work," BBC News advises, prompted by a new study that found UK commuters who cycled to work had lower rates of cancer and heart disease, compared to other types of commuters. The study was well designed as it included more

    • 20 APR 17
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    Two older drugs could be ‘repurposed’ to fight dementia

    "Depression and cancer drugs offer hope for dementia sufferers," Sky News reports. The headline is prompted by a study looking at the effect of two drugs – one used to treat depression and another being trialled for cancer treatment – on neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases are conditions that cause progressive damage to the brain’s functions, such as Alzheimer’s disease,

    • 20 APR 17
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    Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic

    "’Potent’ new molecule in frog slime may give us new way to beat flu epidemics, say boffins," The Sun reports. Researchers looked at secretions from the skin of a south Indian frog called Hydrophylax bahuvistara. They found it contained a peptide (a short chain of amino acids) which could kill certain flu viruses in the

    • 19 APR 17
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    Touchscreen-using toddlers may sleep less

    "’Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less," BBC News report. Results from a survey of UK parents suggest every hour a child spends using a touchscreen device was associated with an hour’s less sleep a night. Reports such as this are likely to cause concern to many parents, as touchscreen devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are now widespread

    • 18 APR 17
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    Being either under or overweight may increase migraine risk

    "People who are too fat or too thin are ‘more likely to suffer from migraines’," reports The Sun. Researchers reviewed data from 12 studies involving 288,981 people and concluded obese people have a 21% increased risk of migraines, compared to those of healthy weight. Migraines are moderate to severe headaches that are more common in women.