2019-06-13 17:00:00


The Daily Telegraph reports that "swapping one portion of red meat a day for fish or nuts could cut risk of early death by almost a fifth".


2019-06-12 17:00:00


"Music festival lighting 'can trigger epileptic fits'," reports BBC News. Dutch researchers used records from a company providing medical services to music festivals to investigate the number of festival goers treated for epileptic seizures (fits). They looked at 28 electronic dance music festivals held in the Netherlands in 2015. They compared the number of seizures during concerts held in daylight with the number during night-time or indoor concerts, where strobe lighting is more intense.


2019-06-11 17:00:00


"Falling asleep in front of the TV could increase the risk of obesity," The Daily Telegraph reports.


2019-06-06 17:00:00


"Drinking tomato juice can reduce your risk of heart disease, study reveals," the Daily Mirror reports.


2019-06-05 17:00:00


"Self-harm in girls and young women rising at 'alarming' rate," reports Sky News. A study based on 3 surveys of people in England aged 16 to 74 found a worrying rise in people who say they have ever self-harmed. The overall numbers rose from 2.4% in 2000 to 6.4% in 2014. The increase in reported self-harm was biggest among women and girls aged 16 to 24, with 19.7% of those questioned in 2014 saying they'd self-harmed.


2019-06-04 17:00:00


"A hormone most commonly produced during pregnancy could be used to treat a painful joint condition according to new research," the Mail Online reports. The research involved rats who'd undergone surgery to replicate what's commonly called frozen shoulder in humans.


2019-05-30 17:00:00


"Heavily processed food like ready meals and ice-cream linked to early death," reports The Guardian. The headline comes from 2 large observational studies, which found people who ate the most "ultra-processed" food were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, or to die sooner, compared with those who ate the least ultra-processed food.


2019-05-29 17:00:00


"Night shifts do not increase breast cancer risk, study concludes," reports The Guardian. This reassuring headline follows analysis of information about more than 100,000 women in the UK over a 10-year period. A link between night shift work and breast cancer risk was first proposed 30 years ago.


2019-05-28 17:00:00


"Honey is 'just as effective at treating cold sores as anti-viral creams'," the Mail Online reports. Cold sores are skin infections around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). You catch the virus through direct skin contact with another person who has the virus. Once you have it, HSV lies dormant in the nerve cells and can reactivate at another time, which is why some people get recurrent cold sores, particularly when they're run down.


2019-05-23 17:00:00


"Stroke deaths in England halved in a decade," reports The Guardian, but the Sun warns us that, "Stroke rates are rocketing among young Brits due to obesity and cocaine use". Both headlines were prompted by a new study where researchers looked at NHS stroke data from between 2001 and 2010. They found the number of people in England dying from stroke fell sharply during this time, with drops each year of about 6%.


2019-05-22 17:00:00


"Snoring or waking up exhausted 'could be linked to cancer'," reports the Sun. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a relatively common condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. This makes people wake up briefly to catch their breath, though many people with OSA do not remember doing so.


2019-05-21 17:00:00


Heart scan ‘could pick up signs of sudden death risk’ BBC News report


2019-05-16 09:38:00


"Sudoku number crunching could subtract 10 years off your brain age," the Daily Telegraph reports.


2019-05-15 15:44:00


"Glucosamine supplements 'may cut heart risk'," reports BBC News. Researchers analysed the diet and lifestyle of almost half a million adults aged 40 to 69 in the UK, and followed them up for an average of 7 years.


2019-05-14 12:00:00


"Mothers' infections rates 'could be halved' with routine antibiotics," reports The Daily Telegraph. This was the result of a large UK study in which women were given a single dose of antibiotics after an assisted vaginal birth to prevent infection. An assisted vaginal birth is when forceps or a ventouse suction cup are used to help deliver the baby.


2019-05-09 17:00:00


"Hormone 'can reduce chances of miscarriage'," reports BBC News


2019-05-08 17:00:00


"Young Brits are having less sex than a decade ago because they're too busy watching Netflix," reports the Sun. Researchers used survey data from almost 35,000 people aged 16 to 44 in the UK. The surveys were done in 1991, 2001 and 2012. The surveys found women were most likely to report having sex 3 times a month in 2012, compared with 4 times a month in 2001 and 1991, while men were most likely to report having sex 3 times a month in each year.


2019-05-07 17:00:00


"Time spent on social media has only a 'trivial' impact on life satisfaction among adolescents," reports The Guardian


2019-05-02 17:00:00


"Viagra-like erectile dysfunction drug Cialis may tackle heart disease too," reports the Sun. Researchers investigated the effect of the medicine tadalafil, brand name Cialis, on sheep hearts.


2019-05-01 17:00:00


"Form of dementia that 'mimics' Alzheimer's symptoms discovered," reports The Guardian. An international team of researchers has proposed a name for a type of brain disease that causes dementia symptoms: Limbic-predominant Age-related TDP-43 Encephalopathy, or LATE.


2019-04-30 17:00:00


'Routine sense of smell tests could be used to spot signs of dementia' The Guardian reports


2019-04-25 17:00:00


"Kids under two should never be allowed to watch any screens – or they'll get fat," warns the Sun. The alarming headline gives the flavour of reports in much of the UK media about the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendations on how much time each day children under age 5 should spend on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep.


2019-04-24 17:00:00


'Diabetes drug metformin could help you lose weight, say scientists who found it works better than diet and exercise at keeping the bulge off' the Mail Online reports


2019-04-23 17:00:00


'Skipping breakfast may raise risk of heart disease by up to 87 per cent, study finds' The Sun reports


2019-04-18 17:00:00


"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.