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'Painless' flu vaccine skin patch shows promise

4:30pm Wednesday 28th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A 'painless' sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people," BBC News reports. Results of a small phase 1 trial were encouraging, with no serious side effects reported…

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Middle-aged office workers 'sit down more' than OAPs

4:30pm Tuesday 27th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Middle-aged male office workers 'more sedentary than over-75-year-olds'," The Daily Telegraph reports. A survey in Scotland suggests previous studies may have underestimated sedentary behaviour in middle-age by not…

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Can coffee machines and kettles spread toxic spores?

4:30pm Monday 26th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Your coffee machine could be making you ill," the Mail Online reports, saying that steam released by the machine could be creating the perfect conditions for fungi to grow. The Sun reports a similar risk for kettles and showers…

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Does paracetamol taken in pregnancy affect masculinity?

11:00pm Thursday 22nd June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Taking paracetamol when pregnant 'makes boys less manly, less aggressive and lowers their sex drive'," reports The Sun. But the alarming headline doesn't explain that the research was in mice, not humans. Researchers gave daily doses...

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Sex link to older people's brain power, says study

5:30pm Thursday 22nd June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sex is the key to staying sharp in old age," reports the Mail Online after researchers found older people who have regular sex scored better on two of five brain tests. Participants who had sex at least...

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'Contaminated air' on planes linked to health problems

11:00pm Tuesday 20th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Toxic fumes in aircraft cabins could cause serious health problems, scientists warn:" reports The Sun. This is based on a UK study investigating air contamination on aircraft and its possible effects on the health of pilots and cabin crew…

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Cholesterol-lowering jab 'shows promise' for heart disease

11:00pm Monday 19th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease," reports BBC Online. The headline refers to a recent mouse study that aimed to see whether a new vaccine could reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease…

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Blood test may show if prostate cancer treatment is working

11:00pm Sunday 18th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Prostate cancer blood test helps target treatment," BBC News reports. A study found a blood test could detect which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from new drug treatment. Researchers analysed...

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Is a new flu pandemic just three mutations away?

4:30pm Friday 16th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Just three mutations are needed to make bird flu a potential pandemic strain that could kill millions," is the alarming headline from the Mail Online. However, the chance of all three mutations occurring has been described as "relatively low"…

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Obese mums more likely to give birth to babies with birth defects

4:00pm Thursday 15th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women who are obese when they conceive are more likely to have a baby with serious birth defects," The Guardian reports. Swedish researchers looked at more than a million health records and found a link between excess body mass index (BMI)…

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Vegetarian dieting may lead to greater weight loss

11:00am Thursday 15th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Dieters who follow a vegetarian eating plan lose nearly twice as much weight," the Daily Mail reports following the results of a new study. Researchers randomly assigned two groups of people with type 2 diabetes to…

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Risk of aspirin-related bleeding is higher in the over-75s

4:30pm Wednesday 14th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"People over 75 taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major – and sometimes fatal – stomach bleeds than previously thought," BBC News reports. Aspirin can help thin the blood, so it is…

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Being overweight, not just obese, still carries serious health risks

4:30pm Tuesday 13th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Four million people died in 2015 as a result of being too tubby, struck by cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other killer conditions," reports The Sun. This is based on a global study that looked at how the proportion of people who…

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Antibiotics and vitamin C could kill cancer cells

4:30pm Monday 12th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Vitamin C and antibiotics could be up to 100 times more effective than drugs at killing cancer cells – without the side effects," reports the Mail Online. The news comes from the results of a study that found a new two-pronged approach using…

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Owning a dog may encourage older people to exercise

4:30pm Friday 9th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"NHS should prescribe dogs to keep over-65s fit," the Daily Mail reports. The headline was prompted by the results of a new study with the rather unsurprising finding that older adults who own dogs walk more than those who don't…

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An egg a day may prevent stunted growth in infants

4:00pm Thursday 8th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller," BBC News reports. Research involving young children in Ecuador found babies given one egg a day for six months had improved growth compared with…

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Is white bread just as healthy as brown?

10:00am Thursday 8th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sliced white bread is 'just as healthy as brown', shock findings reveal," The Sun reports. A small study looking at the effects of eating different types of bread – white versus brown sourdough – found no significant differences…

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Even moderate drinking may damage the brain

4:30pm Wednesday 7th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Even moderate drinking can damage the brain," The Guardian reports. A new study, involving brain scans and cognitive testing, suggests that moderate drinking, over many years, could damage areas of the brain linked to memory…

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Babies put into their own room at six months 'sleep longer'

4:30pm Tuesday 6th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Babies moved into their own room at six months sleep better and are lower risk of obesity, poor sleep patterns and tantrums," reports The Sun. This is based on a US study looking at room-sharing…

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TV in bedroom 'risk factor' for child obesity

3:30pm Monday 5th June 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not," BBC News reports. A UK study found a link between children having a TV in their room and an increased risk of obesity…

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