"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.
"Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100," reports The Guardian. The headline is prompted by a new study that predicted what might happen to cervical cancer over the next 50 years. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and there are effective vaccines that can protect people from contracting HPV.
'How many push-ups you can do could predict your risk of heart disease' Metro reports
"Teen cannabis use is to blame for 60,000 people suffering depression in the UK," reports The Sun.
"The elderly are being fobbed off with pills for mental health problems instead of receiving therapy," claims the Mail Online, while The Daily Telegraph reports that "NHS ageism is blocking older people's access to talking therapies". The news reports, and their sensational claims, are based on a new review looking into older people's experience of seeking help for depression.
"Study links heavily processed foods to risk of earlier death," reports The Guardian. Researchers reported that middle-aged French people who ate 10% more so-called "ultra-processed" food had a slightly increased chance of dying over a 7-year period compared with those who ate less. The researchers describe ultra-processed food as "food products that contain multiple ingredients that are manufactured through a multitude of industrial processes".
'Chippies are selling smaller portions of fish and chips in bid to fight Britain’s obesity crisis' reports The Sun
'Adding more fruit and veg to your diet boosts your mood and emotional wellbeing' the Mail Online reports
‘Women’s brains are nearly four years younger than men’s, at least in how they burn fuel, according to scans performed by US researchers’ The Guardian reports
"E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers give up tobacco than other alternatives such as nicotine patches or gum," Sky News reports.
"GPs with patients who have a persistent sore throat, combined with shortness of breath, trouble swallowing or earache, should consider cancer as the cause," BBC News reports.
"Letting a toddler spend lots of time using screens may delay their development of skills such as language and sociability," BBC News reports
'Gum disease bug could play ‘central role’ in development of Alzheimer’s' The Independent reports
"Daily dose of aspirin 'not worth risk' as study warns of bleeding side-effects," The Daily Telegraph reports
'A blood test that spots signs of brain damage could be used to detect Alzheimer’s disease up to a decade before symptoms show, scientists have said' The Independent reports
'A “stealth disease” which causes iron to build up to toxic levels may be responsible for thousands of cancers and disabling joint problems written off as part of ageing' The Independent reports
"Up to 90 per cent of receipts contain cancer-causing chemicals, experts have warned," the Mail Online reports. In a new study, researchers looked at whether the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could be found in shop, till, cashpoint or similar types of receipts. BPA used to be widely used in the manufacture of plastics and resins.
'GPs could use breast cancer 'calculator' to predict risk to women' The Guardian reports
'Hormone replacement therapy tablets are associated with a higher risk of rare but serious blood clots, research has suggested' The Guardian reports
"Is the trendy Keto diet bad for you?" asks the Mail Online. The headline refers to the increasingly popular ketogenic diet. This diet involves eating a combination of high-fat and low-carbohydrate foods. As the body usually uses carbs for energy, the diet is designed to "force" the body to burn off fat instead as an alternative energy source. This can help promote weight loss.
"An 'exercise pill' mimicking the effects of a gym workout could prevent Alzheimer's disease," the Daily Mirror reports. The "pill" is actually a reference to a protein called irisin. Irisin has been dubbed the "exercise hormone" because previous research found it's released from muscles in response to physical activity. Researchers wanted to see if irisin, or the lack of it, had any role or impact in Alzheimer's disease.
'No evidence of sugar substitutes' health benefits, finds study' The Guardian reports
'Celebrating Christmas is associated with higher cholesterol, scientists have warned' the Mail Online reports
'Banning sweets, chocolate and crisps at supermarket checkouts appears to stop unhealthy impulse buying by shoppers, a large UK study suggests' BBC News reports
'Exercise is just as good as pills for lowering high blood pressure, study reveals' The Sun reports