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1 : A blood test for Alzheimer's remains a distant possibility, study suggests
Category: Neurology
Date published: 2019-01-22 17:00:00
Description: '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

2 : Health impact of genetic 'iron-overdose disease' may have been underestimated
Category: Medical practice
Date published: 2019-01-17 17:00:00
Description: '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

3 : Do shop receipts contain cancer-causing chemicals?
Category: Cancer
Date published: 2019-01-16 17:00:00
Description: "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.

4 : Media claims of breast cancer testing tool are premature
Category: Cancer
Date published: 2019-01-15 17:00:00
Description: 'GPs could use breast cancer 'calculator' to predict risk to women' The Guardian reports

5 : HRT patches and gels 'may be safer' than tablets for older women
Category: Medication
Date published: 2019-01-10 17:00:00
Description: 'Hormone replacement therapy tablets are associated with a higher risk of rare but serious blood clots, research has suggested' The Guardian reports

6 : Blood pressure warnings about the 'keto diet' may not apply to humans
Category: Food and diet
Date published: 2019-01-09 17:00:00
Description: "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.

7 : 'Exercise hormone' may play a role in combating Alzheimer's disease
Category: Neurology
Date published: 2019-01-08 17:00:00
Description: "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.

8 : Sweeteners have 'few health benefits', study finds
Category: Food and diet
Date published: 2019-01-03 17:00:00
Description: 'No evidence of sugar substitutes' health benefits, finds study' The Guardian reports

9 : Are you experiencing a post-Christmas cholesterol level 'spike'?
Category: Heart and lungs
Date published: 2019-01-02 17:00:00
Description: 'Celebrating Christmas is associated with higher cholesterol, scientists have warned' the Mail Online reports

10 : Removing snacks from supermarket checkouts cuts unhealthy purchases
Category: Pregnancy and child
Date published: 2018-12-20 17:00:00
Description: 'Banning sweets, chocolate and crisps at supermarket checkouts appears to stop unhealthy impulse buying by shoppers, a large UK study suggests' BBC News reports

11 : Exercise 'as good as medicine' for controlling high blood pressure
Category: Lifestyle and exercise
Date published: 2018-12-19 17:00:00
Description: 'Exercise is just as good as pills for lowering high blood pressure, study reveals' The Sun reports

12 : Can a lack of sleep make you crave junk food?
Category: Lifestyle and exercise
Date published: 2018-12-18 17:00:00
Description: 'Having even one night without sleep leads people to view junk food more favourably, research suggests' The Guardian reports

13 : Dietary advice and self-weighing may help avoid Christmas weight gain
Category: Food and diet
Date published: 2018-12-12 17:00:00
Description: "Regular weighing at home and simple tips to curb excess eating and drinking can prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas," reports ITV News. Researchers say most people put on a small amount of weight each year, and that much of this weight gain happens over the Christmas holiday period. The British Dietary Association says some people may consume around 6,000 calories on Christmas Day alone, 3 times the recommended daily amount.

14 : Puzzle-solving 'doesn't slow down mental decline in older people'
Category: Older people
Date published: 2018-12-11 17:00:00
Description: "Crosswords do not prevent dementia but can make your brain sharper to start off with," reports the Mail Online. The question of whether doing puzzles and problem-solving activities can stave off mental decline in older age is often debated. This study of 498 people born in Scotland in 1936 found people who enjoyed intellectually stimulating tasks had better mental functioning at around age 64 than less intellectually active people, but that their rate of mental decline from that point was the same.

15 : Could some people benefit from a higher dosage of statins?
Category: Heart and lungs
Date published: 2018-12-10 17:00:00
Description: 'Higher doses of statins could prevent thousands of deaths, research finds' The Independent reports

16 : Hypnotherapy may offer relief from IBS symptoms
Category: Lifestyle and exercise
Date published: 2018-12-06 17:00:00
Description: 'Hypnosis could be an effective way of treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a study has suggested' the Mail Online reports

17 : Chemicals in cosmetics and perfumes linked to earlier puberty in girls
Category: Pregnancy and child
Date published: 2018-12-05 17:00:00
Description: 'Chemicals found in perfume, hand creams and body lotion may make girls go through puberty months early' the Mail Online reports

18 : Older people 'would benefit' from weight training and more protein
Category: Older people
Date published: 2018-12-04 16:00:00
Description: "GPs should prescribe protein powders and weight lifting to pensioners to help reverse frailty," The Daily Telegraph reports.

19 : Can aerobic exercise slow down ageing?
Category: Lifestyle and exercise
Date published: 2018-11-29 17:00:00
Description: 'Running is better than weight training at reversing signs of ageing' The Independent reports

20 : Popular prostate cancer videos on YouTube 'inaccurate and biased'
Category: Cancer
Date published: 2018-11-28 17:00:00
Description: 'An analysis of YouTube videos on prostate cancer has found biased and misleading medical information which could harm patients' Sky News reports

21 : New treatment for multiple sclerosis has promising initial results
Category: Neurology
Date published: 2018-11-27 17:00:00
Description: 'Strengthening the body against the Epstein-Barr virus could reduce MS's effects' the Mail Online reports

22 : Teens who eat meals with family 'have healthier diets'
Category: Pregnancy and child
Date published: 2018-11-22 17:00:00
Description: "Family meals really do improve teenagers' diets and put them on a path to healthy eating in later life – even if home life is dysfunctional," reports the Mail Online

23 : High-carb, low-protein diet 'may keep brain young' – at least in mice
Category: Neurology
Date published: 2018-11-21 17:00:00
Description: "Low-protein, high-carb diet may help ward off dementia," reports The Guardian. Researchers studying mice kept on different diets found that mice on either restricted-calorie diets or low-protein, high-carbohydrate diets showed differences in the hippocampus region of the brain compared with mice fed on other diets. The hippocampus plays an important part in memory, especially long-term memory, and the differences seen in this brain region suggest that either of these diets might have a protective effect.

24 : New treatment for peanut allergies shows promise
Category: Medication
Date published: 2018-11-20 17:00:00
Description: "Peanut allergy treatment 'in sight'," reports BBC News, on a new study investigating the effectiveness of a new drug to reduce the symptoms seen in people with severe peanut allergies.

25 : Low-carb diet 'could increase long-term weight loss'
Category: Obesity
Date published: 2018-11-15 17:00:00
Description: "Low-carb dieters can lose more than 1.5 stone over three years," reports The Daily Telegraph. Researchers in the US carried out a trial involving 164 people who'd already lost weight on a 10-week diet, during which all meals were provided. They assigned them to a further 20 weeks of dieting intended to maintain weight loss.


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