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Reports that frequent drinking prevents diabetes are inaccurate

5:30pm Friday 28th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drinking a moderate amount of certain drinks such as wine three to four times a week reduced diabetes risk by about 30%," The Guardian reports. That was the main reported finding of a Danish study looking at the impact of alcohol on diabetes risk…

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Questions over advice to finish courses of antibiotics

4:50pm Thursday 27th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Should you finish a course of antibiotics?" asks BBC Online. The question is prompted by a new review suggesting concerns around antibiotic treatment are driven by fears of under-treatment, when we should instead be concerned about over-use...

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Eye screening linked to fall in sight loss in people with diabetes

2:30pm Thursday 27th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The proportion of diabetics who go blind or suffer sight loss has almost halved since a new national retinopathy screening programme started in 2007," BBC News reports…

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Western sperm counts 'halved' in last 40 years

4:30pm Wednesday 26th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sperm counts among Western men have halved in last 40 years," The Guardian reports. A major review of research carried out since 1973 found an estimated 50-60% drop in sperm count in developed nations...

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'Buying time' and not just things may increase life satisfaction

4:30pm Tuesday 25th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness," BBC News reports. Researchers surveyed people from a number of developed countries and found those who reported using money to free up time…

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Snoring link to Alzheimer’s disease unproven

4:30pm Monday 24th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Snoring linked to Alzheimer's," the Mail Online reports. A US study reported an association between sleep-disorder breathing and Alzheimer's disease in later life. But no definitive link between the two has been proven...

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Could cows be the clue that leads to an HIV vaccine?

4:30pm Friday 21st July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cows have shown an 'insane' and 'mind-blowing' ability to tackle HIV which will help develop a vaccine, say US researchers," BBC News reports. The report is based on new research in cows that were immunised against HIV…

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Nine lifestyle changes may reduce risk of dementia

4:30pm Thursday 20th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk," BBC News reports. A major review by The Lancet has identified nine potentially modifiable risk factors linked to dementia…

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High-dose vitamin D 'doesn't prevent colds and flu in kids'

4:30pm Wednesday 19th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Vitamin D will not protect your child from a cold: myth-busting study says 'more isn't always better' to help toddlers stay healthy," says the Mail Online. The story is based on a study that looked at…

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Benefits of artificial sweeteners unclear

8:30am Wednesday 19th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain," the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers looking at data gathered in previous studies reported a link between artificial sweeteners – ironically often associated with diet drinks – and weight gain...

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Some types of vegetarian diet can raise heart disease risk

4:30pm Tuesday 18th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Being vegetarian isn't always healthy: Plant-based diet may raise the risk of heart disease," the Daily Mail reports. A US study found a vegetarian diet based on less healthy food options, such as refined grains, could increase the risk of heart disease…

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'Regular sex keeps you younger' claims are unsupported

2:35pm Monday 17th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have found you can hold back the hands of time with a regular romp," is the typically colourful headline in The Sun. While a healthy sex life may be a good thing, the research in question isn't exactly mind blowing…

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Long working week 'may increase risk of irregular heartbeat'

4:30pm Friday 14th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Long working days can cause heart problems, study says," The Guardian reports. Researchers found people who work 55 or more hours a week had an increased risk of developing a type of irregular heartbeat…

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House dust linked to obesity – but only in mice

11:00am Friday 14th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Bad news for those who hate cleaning: dusty homes could make you obese," reports the Mail Online. Scientists in the US tested extracts of household dust on mouse "pre-fat" cells grown in a laboratory...

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Face-to-face bullying much more common than cyberbullying

11:00am Thursday 13th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children suffer significantly more face-to-face bullying than online abuse," reports the Mail Online. UK researchers questioned nearly 300,000 15-year-olds about their experiences of bullying in the biggest study of the subject to date…

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Does coffee make you live longer?

5:30pm Wednesday 12th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drinking three cups of coffee a day could add years to your life, suggest studies," reports the Metro. It follows the results of European and US studies that looked at the relationship between how much coffee people drink and death…

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Old meningitis B vaccine 'may also protect against gonorrhoea'

5:00pm Tuesday 11th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Meningitis vaccine may also cut risk of 'untreatable' gonorrhoea, study says," is the headline in The Guardian. The news comes from the results of a study in New Zealand that found people…

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Does having a 'sense of purpose' in life help you sleep better?

5:00pm Monday 10th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sense of purpose aids sleep, US scientists find," The Guardian reports on a new study that explored the relationship between having a sense of purpose in life and quality of sleep in older adults...

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WHO issues warning about rise of drug-resistant gonorrhoea

4:30pm Friday 7th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Gonorrhoea fast becoming 'untreatable', WHO experts warn," reports Sky News. Analysis of data from 77 countries by the World Health Organization (WHO) found antibiotic resistance exists against almost all antibiotics…

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Frequent ejaculation may decrease prostate cancer risk

5:30pm Thursday 6th July 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Ejaculating at least 21 times a month significantly reduces a man's risk of prostate cancer," the Mail Online reports. This is based on research that asked men how often they ejaculated per month and subsequent reporting of prostate cancer…

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