"How just 2 hours' screen time a day as a toddler can make children more likely to 'be badly behaved or have ADHD'," the Mail Online reports. Researchers in Canada looked at parents' reports of how much time their children spent using screens each day at age 3 and 5.
"Breech baby scan 'would save lives'," reports BBC News. Researchers in Cambridge scanned around 4,000 women at 36 weeks to see whether their babies were in the breech position, meaning their bottom would come out first.
"Statins are not effective at lowering cholesterol levels for half of patients," the Daily Mirror reports. Statins are a widely used and well established medicine for lowering cholesterol. A large body of evidence has shown that statins are effective in reducing so-called "bad cholesterol", which in turn can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
"Answer to irritable bowel syndrome is the mind, study shows," states The Telegraph. The headline is based on research conducted in the UK involving people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They were provided with different types of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on top of usual treatment, compared with usual treatment alone, to help reduce their IBS symptoms.
"Autism symptoms can be reduced 50% in children who received faecal transplants," reports the Mail Online. A new US study involving 18 children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) found an improvement in digestive and autism symptoms 2 years after receiving a faecal transplant.
"Taking vitamin supplements does not help you live longer but may actually cause you harm, study suggests," reports the Sun. A US study reports that vitamin and mineral supplements do not reduce the risk of death. And there's a suggestion that high-dose calcium supplements could actually increase the risk. But the study is hampered by numerous limitations, so the results are not clear-cut.
"Bad diets killing more people globally than tobacco, study finds," reports The Guardian. In a new analysis, researchers have estimated that 11 million deaths around the world were related to poor diet. They found eating a diet high in salt, but low in fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, was associated with more than half of the deaths.
"Eating a few squares of dark chocolate every day 'improves your blood pressure in just one month'," is the overoptimistic headline in the Mail Online. Unfortunately for chocoholics, the study involved just 30 people, so the results are not particularly robust. And all 30 were young healthy adults, so we do not know whether there would be any benefit for older people with a confirmed diagnosis of high blood pressure.
"The sharp increase in the use of e-cigarettes has not led more British children to take up cigarettes or regard smoking as normal," The Guardian reports. There's been some concern about the popularity of e-cigarettes among young people, and whether it could increase the number of teen smokers by making smoking seem more socially acceptable.
"Weighing children when they start school is already too late," reports the Mail Online. A study on childhood obesity suggests children's weight and growth patterns should be measured before they start school. One in 3 children in the UK are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, according to Public Health England.
'Is sitting REALLY the new smoking? Alarming new research claims 70,000 deaths a year are caused by our increasingly sedentary lives' reports the Mail Online
‘Children's ball pit play areas contain dozens of killer germs,’ reports the Mail Online
"Drinking piping hot tea or coffee could 'double your risk of developing tumours in the oesophagus'," reports the Mail Online. A study of more than 50,000 people in Iran showed that those who drank 700ml (about 2 to 3 mugs) of black tea a day at temperatures of 60C or above were almost twice as likely to go on to get oesophageal cancer during 10 years of follow-up in the study, compared with people who drank tea at lower temperatures.
"High-strength cannabis increases risk of mental health problems," reports The Guardian. Researchers have estimated that people who use high-strength cannabis daily are 5 times more likely to have a first episode of psychosis. Psychosis is a mental health disorder where people become temporarily disconnected from reality and may see things that are not there, hear voices, or become paranoid or delusional.
'A new study has revealed that people who drink sugary drinks like Coca-Cola everyday could be more at risk of dying young from heart disease and cancer' the Daily Mirror reports
"Prostate cancer patients could be spared needless surgery thanks to NHS risk calculator," reports the Sun. UK researchers have developed a tool to estimate a man's chances of surviving 15 years after a prostate cancer diagnosis, based on age, cancer type and other health problems.
Alzheimer's could be caught early with simple eye test, according to the Daily Telegraph on a study looking at scans of the blood vessels in the retina of people with the condition.
"HRT may raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests" the Telegraph online reports
"UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment," reports BBC News. Doctors report that a man with HIV, who was given a stem cell transplant to treat his blood cancer, has no detectable signs of HIV 18 months after stopping anti-HIV treatment. The man had Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system (a key part of our immune system).
"The MMR jab does not lead to autism: Scientists debunk controversial theory yet again," reports the Mail Online. A major study has confirmed yet again that there's no link between autism and the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
'A quarter of patients with bipolar disorder are being prescribed drugs which could make their symptoms worse, a new study has claimed' BBC News reports
“New parents face up to six years of sleep deprivation,” warns The Guardian
"Women who work more than 55 hours a week are more likely to suffer from depression than those who work the more standard 35-40 hours," The Guardian reports. The headline was prompted by a new study exploring the association between work and depression symptoms among British workers.
"Just 30 minutes of exercise a day 'as good as drugs' to lower blood pressure," reports the Daily Mirror. Australian researchers conducted experiments on 67 adults aged 55 to 80 to look at the effects of half an hour of walking on the blood pressure of people who were otherwise sitting down for 8 hours a day.