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Fasting diet may help regenerate a diabetic pancreas

5:00pm Friday 24th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports. Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes…

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Link between herpes in pregnancy and autism is unconfirmed

12:00pm Friday 24th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pregnant women infected with herpes are 'TWICE as likely to have a baby with autism'," The Sun reports. However, the results the of the study it reports on, was based on just 14 women...

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Five-a-day of fruit and veg is good, but '10 is better'

5:35pm Thursday 23rd February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death," The Guardian reports. A major review found people who regularly ate 800g of fruit and veg a day – 10 portions – had a significantly lower risk of...

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Exercise 'most proven method' to prevent return of breast cancer

5:30pm Wednesday 22nd February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A half hour stroll a day can help women who've survived breast cancer prevent the killer disease returning," The Sun reports. A review of recent evidence, carried out by Canadian researchers, was prompted by the fact that many women…

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Long-term daily drinking linked to stiffening of the arteries in men

5:30pm Tuesday 21st February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Men who drink more than a pint a day over several years are at greater risk of heart attack or stroke," The Sun reports. A UK study found men who consistently drank more than the recommended limits...

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Worrying about work out-of-hours 'may be bad for the heart'

4:00pm Monday 20th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Taking work home can be deadly," the Daily Mail warns. A small study of London-based office workers found those who reported being frequently troubled by work-related issues had patterns of heart activity associated with stress and anxiety…

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Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by online pharmacies 'reckless'

4:28pm Friday 17th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists found antibiotics illegally available on 45% of websites they tested," the Mail Online reports. This headline was prompted by research into 20 online pharmacies selling antibiotics to the UK public…

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Could brain scans be used to screen for autism?

12:28pm Friday 17th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Brain scans could identify babies most at risk of developing autism, study shows," The Guardian reports. Researchers think that looking for distinct changes in infant brains could identify some children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)…

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'Add vitamin D to food to prevent colds and flu', say researchers

4:00pm Thursday 16th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Adding vitamin D to food would reduce deaths and significantly cut NHS costs," The Guardian reports. A review of existing data estimates that supplementing food with vitamin D would prevent millions of cold and flu cases…

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Heading footballs 'linked to brain damage in professional players'

4:00pm Wednesday 15th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"As evidence of dementia link to football emerges is it time to stop kids heading the ball?" is the question on the front page of the Daily Mirror. The headline was prompted by the results of a small study where post-mortems…

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GPs 'failing to prescribe tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer'

4:00pm Tuesday 14th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Half of GPs unaware of drug's use [tamoxifen] in cancer prevention," The Guardian reports. An online survey of GPs found many were unaware of national guidelines recommending the use of tamoxifen for at risk women…

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Online reviews of health products 'are misleading'

4:30pm Monday 13th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Don't believe online reviews of health products, they're 'skewed'," the Mail Online reports. A psychologist compared online reviews of three medical products with results from clinical trials…

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Four-in-one pill 'effective' for high blood pressure

5:28pm Friday 10th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Combining four blood pressure drugs into a single pill could be twice as effective as existing treatments," the Mail Online reports. A small, proof-of-concept study has looked at the safety and effectiveness of a so-called quadpill…

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'Antibiotics, not surgery, best for child appendicitis' says study

12:00pm Friday 10th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Operating on children with acute appendicitis may be unnecessary in many of cases, a landmark British study suggests," the Mail Online reports. The study suggests that infected or inflamed appendixes in children may be better treated using antibiotics…

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Switching to wholegrains may boost metabolism

5:00pm Thursday 9th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Eating more wholegrain foods can help to speed up weight loss, scientists claim," the Daily Mail reports. A small study found that people who ate wholegrains had a modest increase in their metabolic rate compared to those eating refined grains…

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Shift work and heavy lifting may make it harder to get pregnant

5:30pm Wednesday 8th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Shift work and physically demanding jobs linked to lower fertility in women." Sky News reports. A US study found a link between both activities and a reduction in both the number and quality of a woman’s eggs…

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Long-term vaping 'far safer than smoking' says 'landmark' study

4:00pm Tuesday 7th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers," ITV News reports. A six-month study found that e-cigarettes users had far lower levels of toxins and carcinogens in their body than smokers…

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Harnessing 'brute force' could be key to creating new antibiotics

12:00pm Tuesday 7th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Antibiotics 'seen using brute force to kill bugs'," BBC News reports. The hope is that researchers could replicate the effect to create new antibiotics that could help combat the continuing threat of antibiotic resistance…

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Does eating liquorice in pregnancy raise the risk of ADHD?

3:45pm Monday 6th February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Avoid liquorice while pregnant: Scientists find one of its ingredients can affect a child's IQ, memory and even cause ADHD," the Mail Online reports. Researchers found eating liquorice in pregnancy is linked to a range of developmental issues…

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Ibuprofen ‘barely better than placebo’ at treating back pain

12:00pm Friday 3rd February 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Widely used anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen have little more benefit than a placebo when it comes to treating back pain," reports the Guardian. This is based on a study looking at more than 6,000 people with back pain, comparing…

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