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Modified protein promotes hair growth and fights ageing in mice

5:30pm Friday 24th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists create a chemical that can restore hair and give youthful energy," the Daily Mail reports; but these effects have only been achieved in mice. A modified protein called FOXO4-DRI has been successfully used to remove "broken ageing" cells…

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Moderate drinking may reduce heart disease risk

5:30pm Thursday 23rd March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A daily pint or glass of wine can slash the chances of a suffering heart attack by a third," reports The Sun. Researchers found that people who drank alcohol within moderate drinking guidelines were less likely to have a first episode…

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Mixing alcohol and energy drinks 'may be a risky cocktail'

4:00pm Thursday 23rd March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could be a risky combination, leading to a greater risk of accidents and injuries," BBC News report. A review of evidence found a number of potential risks, but the picture was not as clear-cut as reported…

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The pill provides 'lifelong protection against some cancers'

4:30pm Wednesday 22nd March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The pill can protect women from cancer for 30 years," is the front page headline in the Daily Mirror. The paper reports on a landmark study that followed more than 46,000 women in the UK for up to 44 years…

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Overweight young men 'more likely to get severe liver disease'

4:45pm Tuesday 21st March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Men who are overweight in their late teens have a higher risk of developing liver cancer in later life, new research suggests," reports ITV News. Swedish researchers also found a link to other serious types of liver disease…

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New drug shows promise in preventing heart attacks

5:30pm Monday 20th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The cholesterol drug that outperforms statins: Patients on the medication are '27% less likely to suffer a heart attack'," the Daily Mail reports. The drug, evolocumab, makes the liver more effective at removing "bad" cholesterol from the blood…

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Grandparents 'may be first to spot autism in a child'

5:00pm Friday 17th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Grandmas are usually the first to spot autism in children," the Mail Online reports. The headline was prompted by a US online survey of parents and family members of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)...

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Can yoga and breathing really help 'cure' depression?

5:30pm Thursday 16th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Taking yoga classes can help ease depressive symptoms, a new study says," reports the Mail Online. A small study from the US found yoga was associated with a clinically significant improvement in depression symptoms…

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Ibuprofen claimed to raise cardiac arrest risk by a third

11:30am Thursday 16th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Taking common painkillers like ibuprofen 'increases your risk of cardiac arrest by a THIRD'," The Sun reports. Researchers found a link between the potentially fatal heart problem and ibuprofen use…

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New breast cancer drugs could help more than previously thought

5:00pm Wednesday 15th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Up to one in five women with breast cancer could benefit from a type of treatment currently only given to patients with a rare form of the disease," The Independent reports. Research suggests around 20% of women with breast cancer…

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Children's screen time linked to diabetes risk factors

5:00pm Tuesday 14th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children who are allowed more than three hours of screentime a day are at greater risk of developing diabetes," The Guardian reports. In a new study, UK researchers found a link between three hours or more of screen time and risk factors…

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Hair loss drugs linked with erectile dysfunction

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

"Men who take this drug [finasteride] to combat baldness are 'five times more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction'," The Sun reports. While this may sound hair-raising, the actual evidence the paper is reporting on is not a major cause for concern…

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Parents told to use pram covers to protect babies from air pollution

3:30pm Friday 10th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Parents warned to use pram covers to protect babies from air pollution," reports The Daily Telegraph. The advice is prompted by a UK study where researchers simulated a normal walk to school in Guildford…

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'Tooth loss link to increased risk of dementia'

10:28am Thursday 9th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Dementia breakthrough: Brushing your teeth 'can help ward off devastating condition'," reads the Daily Express. The news is based on a study that found tooth loss was associated with an increased risk...

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Substance found in red wine 'helps fight ageing'

12:00am Wednesday 8th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Red wine can ‘help fight the ageing process’ – but how much would you have to drink?,” is the question posed by The Sun, after a US study suggested a substance found in the skin of red grapes may help keep muscles and nerves healthy as we get older...

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Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of one type of breast cancer

12:00am Tuesday 7th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Eating a Mediterranean diet 'cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%' in postmenopausal women," says the Mail Online of a widely reported study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands...

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Is red hair gene linked to increased risk of Parkinson's?

12:00am Monday 6th March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Redheads are more likely to develop Parkinson's," claims the Mail Online after a study found the gene that makes people with red hair susceptible to skin cancer also increases the risk of brain disease...

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Artificial mouse embryos created

5:15pm Friday 3rd March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells," reports The Daily Telegraph, which is an extremely premature claim…

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Regular activity may help some people stay 'fat and fit'

4:30pm Thursday 2nd March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"You can be fat and healthy," is the misleading headline from the Daily Mail. While a Dutch study did find that activity could help avoid the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with obesity…

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Wide range of cancers now linked to being overweight

5:40pm Wednesday 1st March 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Increased risk of 11 types of cancer linked to being overweight," The Guardian reports. A new review in the BMJ found strong evidence of a link between body weight and 11 types of cancer, most of them either digestive…

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