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Zika virus may be useful in treating brain tumours

Posted On: 06/09/2017

"Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer," BBC News reports. Animal and laboratory research suggests a modified version of the virus could possibly be used to target and destroy cancerous cells. The Zika virus was first discovered in 1947. It hit the headlin... read the rest »

Older babies 'sleep better' in their own room

Posted On: 05/09/2017

"Babies who sleep in separate rooms from their parents have earlier bedtimes, take less time to nod off and get more shut eye," the Mail Online reports on the results of an international survey looking at sleeping locations and outcomes in infants aged 6 to 12 months. T... read the rest »

One in 10 men aged 50 'have the heart of a 60-year-old'

Posted On: 04/09/2017

"One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are," BBC News reports. This is the finding of an analysis of 1.2 million people who used the NHS Heart Age Test. The principle behind the test is that you can "age" your heart through unhealthy beh... read the rest »

Going to university may cut your risk of heart disease

Posted On: 01/09/2017

"Why gaining a degree could help you live longer," The Daily Telegraph reports. A new gene study found people with genes associated with spending longer in education had around a 33% reduced risk of developing heart disease. One of the practical difficulties about asses... read the rest »

New insight into how excess belly fat may increase cancer risk

Posted On: 01/09/2017

"Belly fat releases proteins that fuel the growth of malignant [cancerous] cells," the Mail Online reports. It's long been known that obesity is an independent risk factor for a number of cancers, including breast, bowel and liver cancer. But it's less clear why this i... read the rest »

Sitting for 20 minutes less a day won't make you 'more muscly'

Posted On: 31/08/2017

"Spending just 20 minutes less sitting a day reduces blood sugar levels, improves cholesterol AND even makes you more muscly," is the Mail Online's overly optimistic claim. Researchers in Finland recruited people who worked in offices and had young children for a st... read the rest »

Anti-inflammatory drug may help prevent heart attacks

Posted On: 30/08/2017

"Anti-inflammatory drug 'cuts heart attack risk'," BBC News reports. A major study found canakinumab – an anti-inflammatory drug originally designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis – could also reduce the risk of having another heart attack in people w... read the rest »

Results of global fats and carbs study not very relevant for UK

Posted On: 30/08/2017

"Eating a low-fat diet 'increases your risk of dying young by 25%'," is the stark but somewhat misleading report in The Sun. The study the headline is based on mainly looked at people in lower- and middle-income countries, where diets are very different, so the results ... read the rest »

Reports that 'women have more stamina' look a little weak

Posted On: 29/08/2017

"Women have more stamina than men," is the definitive sounding, yet entirely unsupported headline in The Times. The study the headline is based on involved just nine women and eight men. Researchers asked each participant to do an exercise similar to calf raises (where ... read the rest »

Could adding lithium to tap water reduce dementia levels?

Posted On: 25/08/2017

"Adding lithium to tap water could prevent thousands of dementia cases," reports The Daily Telegraph. The report is based on research from Denmark that found people who had lived in areas with higher levels of naturally occurring lithium (a type of metal) in the drinkin... read the rest »

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