• 13 JAN 17
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    Yoga ‘may improve lower back pain’

    "Yoga can help relieve the agony of back pain, a major review of medical evidence found," the Daily Mail reports. The review concluded there is evidence yoga may help improve function and relieve pain associated with chronic lower back pain in some people.  The review looked at 12 studies that compared the effects of yoga with other

    • 04 NOV 16
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    Worrying about health linked to heart disease

    "Worried well ‘make themselves sick’," reports The Daily Telegraph. Several other news outlets covered the same story with headlines about how the "worried well" may be more likely to develop heart disease. The stories are based on a Norwegian population study with 7,052 participants that aimed to see whether health anxiety (hypochondria) was linked with the

    • 01 OCT 16
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    Women taking the contraceptive pill ‘more likely to be depressed’

    "Are you on the Pill? You’re more likely to be depressed: Women who use contraception are up to 70% more likely to be on antidepressants," reports the Mail Online. The news is based on a study by researchers in Denmark to see whether hormonal contraceptive methods were associated with depression. More than 1 million women

    • 26 OCT 16
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    Women now drinking ‘almost as much alcohol as men’

    "Women have caught up with men in the amount of alcohol they drink," The Guardian reports. A survey of data from around the world suggests the gap between men and women is closing rapidly when it comes to alcohol use and subsequent alcohol-related harms. Researchers looked at 68 studies from across the world studying people

    • 17 SEP 16
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    Women dying needlessly due to not attending cervical screening

    "The lives of hundreds more cervical cancer patients could be saved if all those eligible went for screening," BBC News reports. An analysis estimates an additional 347 deaths per year in England could be prevented if all eligible women attended cervical screening. The NHS Cervical Screening Programme was set up to prevent deaths from cervical cancer,

    • 11 JAN 17
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    Weekend-only workouts ‘still give an important health boost’

    "Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often," the Mail Online reports. New research looked at data from almost 64,000 participants collected as part of health

    • 04 OCT 16
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    Warning over babies sleeping in car seats

    "Long periods sleeping in car seats may be dangerous for young babies," the Daily Mail reports. The results of a small study suggest spending long periods of time in a car seat may lead to babies having breathing difficulties. But the researchers pointed out "we cannot be certain of the clinical significance or potential risks". This novel

    • 23 DEC 16
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    Want to feel happier? Take a break from Facebook

    "Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study," BBC News reports after a Danish study found regular users who took a week-long break from the social media site reported increased wellbeing. The one-week trial assigned Facebook users to either give up using the site for a week, or go on using it usual. They were then

    • 14 JAN 17
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    Urine test could reveal if your diet is a threat to your health

    "A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by UK scientists," BBC News reports. Researchers wanted to see if they could help crack one of the biggest problems confronting people trying to carry out studies into diet and health. Namely, that the most widely used method to assess diet

    • 29 DEC 16
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    The 10 most popular stories from 2016 – as picked by you

    10: Ibuprofen-like painkillers linked to an increased risk of heart failure  "Ibuprofen could raise the risk of heart failure by up to 83%," the Daily Mirror warned in September. But this was a misleading headline as the "83%" figure was related to an obscure type of painkiller called ketorolac and not ibuprofen, which should be a safe option for