Issue : February 2011
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“Breastfeeding produces not only healthier babies but also brighter children,” reported The Guardian. It said a study has found that just four weeks of breastfeeding gives newborns a “positive and significant effect”, which lasts up to secondary school and beyond.
“A poor diet during pregnancy may increase the risk of a woman’s children and grandchildren developing type 2 diabetes in later life”, reported the Daily Mail. It said a study has suggested that mothers who eat unhealthily could “programme” susceptibility into the cells of their unborn baby. This genetic vulnerability could then be passed down to future generations.
“Toenails can show if you are likely to get lung cancer,” reported The Sun. It said that a study measuring nicotine levels in toenail clippings from both smokers and non-smokers found that people with the highest nicotine readings were over three times more likely to get cancer than those with the lowest levels.
“A medical U-turn has cast doubt on warnings that being overweight and ‘apple-shaped’ is especially dangerous to the heart”, the Daily Mail has reported.
Research on Alzheimer’s disease is in the news today, with The Guardian reporting that “brain cells grown in the laboratory will help to identify new Alzheimer’s drugs”. The Mirror reports that Alzheimer’s patients could have their memory restored through transplants of the cells.
“Second-hand tobacco smoke as a child or adult appears to increase the risk of breast cancer,” reports the BBC News.
A glass of wine a day “cuts dementia risk”, according to The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper reports that a study found that people who drank two to three units a day were 29% less likely to develop dementia over three years.
Taking ibuprofen just a few times a week could cut the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by a third, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“Young people who use cannabis are doubling their risk of developing psychotic symptoms,” the Daily Mail has reported. Mental health problems may also persist among continual users, the newspaper added.
“Thousands of lives could be saved by a new cancer test,” the Daily Express reported today. It said that the new test for prostate cancer “detects twice as many cases as the current method”.