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MRI scans could cut down on false positive results

MRI scans in pregnancy improve diagnosis of brain defects

“Detailed MRI scans should be offered to some women in pregnancy to help spot brain defects in the developing baby, say researchers,” BBC News reports. A UK study suggests combining an MRI scan with ultrasounds could prevent misdiagnosis.

Long-term painkiller use could damage the inner ear

Long-term painkiller use 'linked to hearing loss in women'

“Women who take paracetamol or ibuprofen just twice a week could be damaging their hearing permanently,” the Daily Mail reports.

Pokémon no-go: game's exercise effects short-lived in most players

Pokémon no-go: game's exercise effects short-lived in most players

“Pokémon GO doesn’t help people to stay fit and healthy,” the Mail Online reports. A survey of US players of the popular augmented reality game found the average player’s daily step rate fell back to pre-game levels after six weeks.

Brain tests may predict children at risk of becoming 'social burdens'

Brain tests may predict children at risk of becoming 'social burdens'

“Brain tests predict children’s futures,” BBC News reports. A study found that childhood factors such as low IQ, parental neglect and poor self-control were strongly associated with “socially costly” outcomes in adulthood, including smoking and obesity.

Claim high-fat diets can prevent diabetes 'unproven'

Claim high-fat diets can prevent diabetes 'unproven'

“Diets laden with butter, cream and cheese ‘can help combat surge in type 2 diabetes’,” the Mail Online reports.

Baby boomers enjoy much better health than their predecessors

Report looks at the health of the 'baby boomer' generation

“Baby boomers should ‘stay in work to keep healthy’,” reports BBC News, while The Daily Telegraph warns that “Swinging sixty-somethings see swell in sexually transmitted diseases”.

Some psychotic episodes 'may be triggered by immune disorders'

“Sufferers of psychotic illnesses ‘may have treatable immune disorder’,” The Independent reports.

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Could Parkinson's disease start in the gut?

“Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’,” BBC News reports. New research involving mice suggests that bacteria in the gut may lead to a greater decline in motor function in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Online calculator that tries to predict IVF success released

Online calculator that tries to predict IVF success released

“Couples can find out their chances of having a baby over multiple cycles of IVF treatment using a new online calculator,” BBC News reports.

Does vitamin D cut lung infection risk in older adults?

Does vitamin D cut lung infection risk in older adults?

“Why you should take vitamin D as you get older: High doses reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses by 40%,” the Mail Online reports.

Fat storage problems may increase diabetes risk

Fat storage problems may increase diabetes risk

“Inability to store fat safely increases diabetes risk,” BBC News reports.

Study looks at nursing assistants' effect on patient outcomes

Study looks at nursing assistants' effect on patient outcomes

“Patients are a fifth more likely to die on wards where nurses have been replaced by untrained staff, a major study has found,” the Daily Mail reports.

Testing sense of smell may give early warning of Alzheimer's risk

Testing sense of smell may give early warning of Alzheimer's risk

“A new four-point test has fine-tuned smell exams to check for Alzheimer’s,” the Mail Online reports. The testing is based on recognising and then recalling certain distinct smells, such as lemon or menthol.

First time flu infection may affect lifetime immunity

First time flu infection may affect lifetime immunity

“A person’s chances of falling ill from a new strain of flu are at least partly determined by the first strain they ever encountered, a study suggests,” BBC News reports.

Probiotics 'aid memory in people with Alzheimer's disease'

Probiotics 'aid memory in people with Alzheimer's disease'

“Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could help improve thinking and memory for people with Alzheimer’s disease,” The Daily Telegraph reports after a small study found people given the bacterial supplement had improved scores on brain function tests.

Health anxiety linked to heart disease risk

Worrying about health linked to heart disease

“Worried well ‘make themselves sick’,” reports The Daily Telegraph.

The injection stopped the production of sperm

Male contraceptive jab 'effective', but side effects are common

“Male contraceptive injection ‘96% effective’,” ITV News reports.

Sweetened drinks, including diet drinks, may raise diabetes risk

Sweetened drinks, including diet drinks, may raise diabetes risk

“Drinking more than two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks per day greatly increases the risk of diabetes, research has shown,” The Guardian reports.

Cervical screening every 10 years for healthy women is 'safe'

“Cervical cancer: gap between screenings ‘can be increased to 10 years’,” The Guardian reports.

Men conceived by IVF 'may inherit sperm problems'

Men conceived by IVF 'may inherit sperm problems'

“Baby boys born through a common type of IVF treatment … may not be [able to] have children naturally,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Claims that coffee prevents dementia are lukewarm at best

Claims that coffee prevents dementia are lukewarm at best

“Coffee really can help to prevent dementia: Just two cups a day ‘cuts the risk of developing it by 36 per cent’,’’ the Mail Online reports. But if you look closely at the research behind this report, the results are of borderline significance, meaning it is likely they were influenced by chance.

Warning over babies sleeping in car seats

Warning over babies sleeping in car seats

“Long periods sleeping in car seats may be dangerous for young babies,” the Daily Mail reports.

Does going on holiday help boost the immune system?

Does going on holiday help boost the immune system?

“Prescribing holidays ‘could help fight infections’,” BBC News reports, while the Mail Online claims holidays can “turbo-boost” the immune system. But the news isn’t quite as conclusive as it sounds.

Women taking the contraceptive pill 'more likely to be depressed'

Women taking the contraceptive pill 'more likely to be depressed'

“Are you on the Pill? You’re more likely to be depressed: Women who use contraception are up to 70% more likely to be on antidepressants,” reports the Mail Online

Acne won't extend your life, but might delay signs of ageing

Acne won't extend your life, but might delay signs of ageing

“Spotty teenagers may have the last laugh over their peers with perfect skin after research found that those who suffer from acne are likely to live longer,” says The Telegraph online

Could riding roller coasters help you pass kidney stones?

Could riding roller coasters help you pass kidney stones?

“Got kidney stones? Ride a roller coaster! Study shows it is the most pain-free cost-efficient way to pass them,” says the Mail Online of a study carried out in the US which tested riding roller coasters as a way of passing kidney stones.

Gut bacteria may be linked to 'dangerous' body fat

Gut bacteria may be linked to 'dangerous' body fat

The BBC reports that: “The make-up of the bacteria found in human faeces may influence levels of dangerous fat in our bodies.”

Fitness trackers 'don't help you lose weight'

“Fitness trackers may not help weight loss,” reports Sky News on a new trial which investigated whether using wearable technology helped people lose more weight compared to standard weight-loss programmes

Heart attacks linked to media statin reports ... reports mediaSubscription

“Don’t give up your statins: Experts say warnings that made patients stop taking vital drug have put lives at risk,” the Daily Mail reports.

Sports drinks may have adverse effects on teens' dental healthSubscription

“High numbers of younger teenagers are risking tooth decay and obesity by regularly having high-sugar sport drinks,” BBC News reports.

Is 'Disney Princess culture' a bad influence on young girls?Subscription

“Disney princesses such as Elsa from Frozen can damage young girls’ body esteem,” the Daily Mail reports – inaccurately.

Children's plastic toys can 'harbour viruses for hours'Subscription

“Plastic toys ‘can harbour nasty viruses for hours, raising risk of infection’,” the Mail Online reports. New research suggests that enveloped viruses, which have a protective shell, may survive on toys for up to 24 hours.

Broccoli compounds may help combat chronic diseasesSubscription

“Eating broccoli could lower your risk of having coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer, a new study suggests,” the Daily Mail reports.

Study suggests that inflammation is behind period painSubscription

“Scientists have finally discovered why periods hurt so much, following a ground-breaking study into menstrual pain,” The Independent reports.

Should we 'eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper'?Subscription

“We should ‘eat breakfast like a king’ to fight obesity, scientists claim,” the Daily Mirror reports.

Diabetes drugs may be useful for Alzheimer's, mice research findsSubscription

“Drugs prescribed to treat diabetes could cure Alzheimer’s disease” is the significantly over-hyped headline in The Daily Telegraph.

Drugs, ginger and acupuncture 'best for morning sickness'Subscription

“Hundreds of thousands of pregnant women with morning sickness should be given drugs to ease their symptoms,” the Daily Mirror reports.

Almost half of all UK adults may be living with chronic painSubscription

“Almost half the adult population is living with chronic pain,” the Daily Mail reports. A major new review suggests that around 28 million adults in the UK are affected by some type ofchronic pain (pain that lasts for more than three months).

Cranberry juice 'useful' for women with recurring UTIs, claims studySubscription

“Drinking cranberry juice could reduce the worldwide use of antibiotics,” is the somewhat optimistic headline in The Daily Telegraph.

Could 5:2 diet play a role in preventing breast cancer?Subscription

“Women who follow the 5:2 diet ‘could reduce their risk of breast cancer’,’’ the Mail Online reports.

Coffee's cancer risk downgraded (as long as you don't drink it hot)Subscription

“Very hot drinks may cause cancer, but coffee does not, says WHO,” The Guardian reports.

Brain scans find differences in 'badly behaved' teen boysSubscription

“‘Striking’ structural differences seen in study which compared brain scans of young men with antisocial behavioural problems with their healthy peers,” The Guardian reports.

Three servings of wholegrains a day 'cuts risk of early death'Subscription

“Eating Weetabix for breakfast ‘can slash your risk of dying early from any cause’,” the Daily Mirror reports.

Teens who vape e-cigs 'six times more likely to smoke cigarettes'Subscription

“Vaping is a gateway to smoking,” the Mail Online reports, seriously overstating the evidence of a new US study.

Study says there's no link between cholesterol and heart diseaseSubscription

“Controversial report claims there’s no link between ‘bad cholesterol’ and heart disease,” the Daily Mail reports, while The Times states: “Bad cholesterol ‘helps you live longer’,”.

Risky stem cell treatment 'halts progress of multiple sclerosis'Subscription

“New treatment can ‘halt’ multiple sclerosis, says study,” BBC News reports.

Should we rethink the causes of anorexia?Subscription

“Anorexia is not about a fear of getting fat, but rather a pleasure at losing weight, experts reveal,” says the Daily Mail. The headline oversimplifies the results of a study that looked at women’s responses to photos of women of varying weights.

Green tea extract 'boosts mental ability' in people with Down'sSubscription

“Down’s syndrome can be treated with green tea,” says The Daily Telegraph, reporting on a study that looked at the effect of a chemical extract on learning difficulties.

Depression blood test could lead to personalised treatmentsSubscription

“UK scientists have developed a blood test to help doctors pick the best drug for patients with depression,” BBC News reports, somewhat prematurely.

Women are more likely to suffer from anxiety than menSubscription

“Women twice as likely as men to experience anxiety, research finds,” The Guardian reports. A new review that attempts to get a global snapshot of the prevalence of anxiety disorders identifies a number of vulnerable groups.

Ten years of hormone breast cancer drugs 'may benefit some'Subscription

“Taking hormonal drugs for up to 15 years reduces the risk of breast cancers coming back,” BBC News reports.

'Friendly' virus repairs damaged liver cells (but only in mice)Subscription

“Have scientists found a cure for alcoholism?,” the Mail Online asks, missing the point of the research entirely.

Research raises hope of a 'Holy Grail' universal cancer vaccine

“‘Universal cancer vaccine’ breakthrough claimed by experts,” The Independent reports.

Could statins prevent breast cancer returning?

“Statins could be used in the treatment of breast cancer,” Sky News report. Findings from a new study suggest the potential involvement of cholesterol in the recurrence of breast cancer following treatment.

Migraines linked to increased heart disease risk in womenSubscription

“Women who suffer migraines have a 50 per cent greater chance of developing a major heart … problem,” the Daily Mail reports.

Treatment 'breakthrough' in man with advanced skin cancerSubscription

“Skin cancer cure hope for millions as major treatment breakthrough sees man’s tumours disappear ‘completely’,” the Daily Mirror reports.

Leaving babies to cry 'will improve their sleep', study saysSubscription

“Babies do sleep better if you leave them to cry,” the Daily Mail reports.

Could cannabis damage DNA that is then passed down generations?Subscription

“Smoking cannabis can alter a person’s DNA, causing mutations that expose a user to serious illnesses,” the Mail Online reports.

Exam stress linked to teen suicideSubscription

“First detailed study into 130 [teen] suicide cases in England finds range of common anxieties,” The Guardian reports, citing factors including exam stress, bullying and bereavement.

Link between stillbirth and air pollution 'inconclusive'Subscription

“Air pollution may raise risk of stillbirth and pregnant women should consider leaving cities, say scientists,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Proof opiates are useful for chronic back pain 'lacking'Subscription

“Powerful painkillers doled out in their millions are ineffective against back pain,” the Daily Mail reports.

Report attacks official guidance on low-fat dietsSubscription

“Low-fat diet bad for your health and cutting back on meat, dairy and eggs a disastrous mistake,” the Daily Mirror reports.

Healthier lifestyles 'could cut cancer death rates'Subscription

“Half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if people simply adopted a healthier lifestyle,” the Daily Mail reports.

Review calls for global action to tackle antibiotic resistance crisisSubscription

“Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now,” BBC News reports.

Study: 'mini strokes should be treated immediately with aspirin'Subscription

“People should consider taking aspirin immediately after a minor stroke,” BBC News reports.

Magic mushroom ingredient tested as depression treatmentSubscription

“Magic mushrooms ‘promising’ in depression,” BBC News reports. Magic mushrooms is an umbrella term for fungi that contain psilocybin, a psychoactive substance that can cause intense LSD-like hallucinations, as well as reported feelings of euphoria and “spiritual insight”.

Are broken bones, loneliness and poor sleep really hidden killers?Subscription

“Revealed, the five hidden killers that could send you to an early grave,” the Daily Mail reports. These “hidden killers” include loneliness and poor sleep. But this is a simplistic take on complex research aiming to identify new ways of classifying health and wellbeing.

Women who regularly attend religious services 'live longer'Subscription

“Going to church could save your life,” reports the Daily Mail, adding that, “Women who worship once a week are ‘25 per cent less likely to die early’.”

Dad's age, diet and lifestyle may cause birth defectsSubscription

“Men are being warned to become fathers by 40 or face a greater risk of having children with serious illnesses,” the Daily Mail reports after a new review looked at some of the evidence about paternal influences on the risk of childhood diseases.

Immune system 'plays a role in dementia'Subscription

“Scientists have identified a new cause of devastating neurological conditions,” the Mail Online reports – but this is entirely inaccurate.

No evidence probiotics are beneficial for healthy adultsSubscription

“Probiotic goods a ‘waste of money’ for healthy adults, research suggests,” The Guardian reports. A new review of previously gathered data found no evidence that probiotics improved the balance of gut bacteria in healthy adults.

Is a pint of beer a day good for the heart?Subscription

“Pint of beer a day could protect you from heart attacks,” The Independent reports. A new review on the alleged protective effects of moderate beer drinking has been warmly welcomed by the UK media – but nobody reported that it was funded by an Italian beer trade association.

BMI categories may need adjusting, argue researchersSubscription

“Being overweight may not be as unhealthy as it was 40 years ago,” BBC News reports.

33,000 deaths 'linked to failings in NHS heart attack care'Subscription

“Thousands of heart victims killed by poor care,” claims the Daily Mail.

Are we sleepwalking into a 'global sleep crisis'?Subscription

“We are facing a global sleep crisis because we don’t go to bed early enough, say scientists,” the Mail Online reports.

Study finds no link between mobile phones and brain cancerSubscription

“Mobile phones don’t increase the risk of brain cancer, 30-year study concludes,” the Mail Online reports.

Exercise benefits you - even in polluted city airSubscription

“Why walking is good for you … even in the smog. Health benefits of a stroll found to outweigh harm caused by chemicals and dust pumped out by traffic,” says the Mail Online.

Can you really 'catch' obesity?Subscription

“Obesity could be contagious like superbug C diff, suggest scientists,” The Daily Telegraph reports. This rather alarming headline follows a study that explored characteristics of bacteria living in the human gut.

Diluted apple juice 'as good as' rehydration drinks for childrenSubscription

“Scientists have revealed which fruit can stop toddlers crying due to stomach pains,” says the Daily Mirror, missing the point of the study it reports on.

Gene breakthrough promises 'bespoke' breast cancer treatmentSubscription

“Breast cancer treatment breakthrough after ‘milestone’ genetic discovery,” says The Independent, about widely reported research investigating genetic mutations in people with breast cancer.

Does 'ginger gene' offer key to younger looking skin?Subscription

“‘Secret’ of youthful looks in ginger gene,” BBC News reports. Dutch researchers have found evidence that a gene associated with red hair – the MC1R gene – may also have an impact on how young or old a person looks for their age.

Short bursts of intense exercise 'as good' as endurance trainingSubscription

“Researchers have found that short bursts of intense exercise produce similar results to traditional longer-duration workouts,” the Mail Online reports.

Yoga 'probably good for asthma symptoms and quality of life'Subscription

“Yoga could help asthma sufferers, research finds,” reports The Independent.

Vitamin D, fish oil and folates may enhance antidepressantsSubscription

“Do antidepressants work better when taken with supplements?,” the Mail Online asks.

Bedbugs 'prefer certain colours'Subscription

“Bed bugs appear to have a strong preference for particular colours,” BBC News reports. A new study suggests the pests prefer red and black and “hate yellow and green”.

Med diet best for heart disease (but some junk food won’t hurt)Subscription

“People with heart disease have a lower risk of heart attack and strokes if they eat a Mediterranean-style diet,” The Guardian reports.

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'Transformational managers' may be bad for workplace healthSubscription

“Managers who pressurise their staff to go that extra mile risk harming their employees’ health,” the Daily Mail reports.

Daily low-dose aspirin may help combat cancerSubscription

“Aspirin could help beat cancer: Daily pill can ‘cuts odds of dying of breast, bowel and prostate cancer by a fifth’,” the Daily Mail reports.

Attending all-girl school linked to increased risk of eating disordersSubscription

“Anorexia could be ‘contagious’ in girls’ schools,” the Daily Telegraph reports, while the Mail Online claims that, “Pushy parents are driving children to eating disorders.”

UK dementia rates have fallen sharply in men

“Dementia rate falls as men behave themselves,” The Times reports. A UK study of dementia trends over the last 20 years suggests that the number of men developing the condition has dropped significantly, possibly as a result of lifestyle changes.

Natural protein 'restores memory in mice with Alzheimer's'

Natural protein 'restores memory in mice with Alzheimer's'

“Alzheimer’s symptoms could be reversed by restoring protein in brain,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Warning issued over alarming rise in 'super-gonorrhoea' cases

Warning issued over alarming rise in 'super-gonorrhoea' cases

“Doctors have expressed ‘huge concern’ that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England,” BBC News reports.

Child head injuries could harm relationship with parents

Child head injuries could harm relationship with parents

“A simple bang on the head can alter a child’s relationship with their parents claim academics,” the Daily Mail reports.

Would you trust a smartphone app as a contraceptive?

Would you trust a smartphone app as a contraceptive?

“An innovative new app might provide a more effective form of birth control than the contraceptive pill,” The Sun reports.

Zika virus 'does cause birth defects'

Zika virus 'does cause birth defects'

“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … has confirmed that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects,” BBC News reports.

Study argues ditching butter for veg oil won't prevent heart disease

Study argues ditching butter for veg oil won't prevent heart disease

“Ditching butter for veg oil may not be better for heart,” the Daily Mail reports.

Obesity epidemic blamed for rise in womb cancer

Obesity epidemic blamed for rise in womb cancer

“Obesity ‘likely culprit’ behind womb cancer rise,” reports BBC News.

Mystery of the 13 people with 'superhero DNA'

Mystery of the 13 people with 'superhero DNA'

“Some people appear to be born with ‘superhero DNA’ that cancels out genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis,” BBC News reports.

Anti-smoking drug may also help combat sugar cravings

Anti-smoking drug may also help combat sugar cravings

“Anti-smoking drugs could stub out your sugar cravings,” the Daily Mail reports.

Pregnancy diabetes screening should be 'performed earlier'

Pregnancy diabetes screening should be 'performed earlier'

“Tests for diabetes in pregnancy – which affects the developing baby – are taking place too late,” BBC News reports.

Fruit may be good for you, but don’t ditch the statins

Fruit may be good for you, but don’t ditch the statins

“Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

'Exercise labels' should be added to food packets, expert argues

'Exercise labels' should be added to food packets, expert argues

“Food and drinks should carry labels showing how long it would take to walk or run off the calories, a leading health expert suggests,” the Daily Mail reports.

Effects of vitamin D for heart failure far from 'stunning'

Effects of vitamin D for heart failure far from 'stunning'

“Vitamin D can produce ‘amazing’ improvements in heart function,” claims The Independent about the results of a recent study, while BBC News reported suggestions the results were “stunning”.

'Dying of heartache?' Heart problems linked to bereavement

'Dying of heartache?' Heart problems linked to bereavement

“You can die of a broken heart, study indicates,” The Guardian reports. The study found that people who lost a partner – especially if the death was unexpected – had an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat up to a year after the death.

Choir singing may boost immunity in people affected by cancer

Choir singing may boost immunity in people affected by cancer

“Being in a choir could help the body fight cancer by boosting the immune system,” the Daily Mail reports. 

New drug 'effective' for those with intolerable statin side effects

New drug 'effective' for those with intolerable statin side effects

“A breakthrough drug can slash levels of bad cholesterol by half without the side effects of statins,” the Daily Mail reports.

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

“One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025,” The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the “UK’s population to be fattest in Europe” by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major modelling study of global obesity trends.

Can HRT in early menopause cut heart disease risk?

Can HRT in early menopause cut heart disease risk?

“Women who take HRT drugs soon after going through menopause are ‘less likely to suffer heart disease’,’’ the Daily Mail reports.

Diabetes drug linked to increased bladder cancer risk

Diabetes drug linked to increased bladder cancer risk

“The anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone raises the risk of bladder cancer by 63 per cent,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Embryos with defective cells 'can still develop healthily'

Embryos with defective cells 'can still develop healthily'

“Abnormal cells not a sure sign of baby defects,” reports The Telegraph following the publication of a study on the development of healthy embryos.

Can concussion be tested for with a 'simple' blood test?

Can concussion be tested for with a 'simple' blood test?

“A new blood test can detect a concussion up to a week after a head injury,” the Daily Mail reports. The test involved checking for biomarkers, which are substances created by a specific biological condition or state.

Sugar levels in children's fruit juices 'unacceptably high'

Sugar levels in children's fruit juices 'unacceptably high'

“Fruit juices and smoothies contain ‘unacceptably high’ levels of sugar,” reports The Guardian. That was the stark conclusion of a new study looking at the sugar content of fruit juices and smoothies marketed at kids in the UK.

Mindfulness may be effective for treating lower back pain

Mindfulness may be effective for treating lower back pain

“Meditation could ease the agony of back pain, a study suggests,” the Daily Mirror reports.

Claims that man flu 'really exists' are unsupported

“Man flu really does exist,” reports the Mail Online in a massive leap from the results of a small study that didn’t look at flu at all.

Could a very low calorie diet 'cure' type 2 diabetes?

Could a very low calorie diet 'cure' type 2 diabetes?

“Dieting for just eight weeks can reverse your diabetes,” the Daily Mail reports.

People with autism are 'dying younger,' warns study

People with autism are 'dying younger,' warns study

“People with autism are dying earlier than the general population,” BBC News reports.

Paracetamol 'useless' in treating osteoarthritis pain

Paracetamol 'useless' in treating osteoarthritis pain

“Paracetamol is next to useless at alleviating arthritic pain,” The Times reports. A comprehensive review of existing data suggests paracetamol should not be used in cases of osteoarthritis as there are far more effective treatments available.

Memories 'taken' by Alzheimer's could possibly be retrieved

Memories 'taken' by Alzheimer's could possibly be retrieved

“Memories wiped by Alzheimer’s could be revived, research suggests,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Pushy or rude patients 'more likely' to be misdiagnosed

Pushy or rude patients 'more likely' to be misdiagnosed

“‘Difficult’ patients are more likely to get the wrong diagnosis,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Common antibiotic for children 'ineffective in half of cases'

Common antibiotic for children 'ineffective in half of cases'

“Antibiotics used to treat common infections in children could soon be rendered useless,” the Daily Mail reports.

Quitting smoking overnight 'better than cutting down gradually'

Quitting smoking overnight 'better than cutting down gradually'

“Want to quit smoking? Forget trying to cut down, if you really want to kick the habit ‘going cold turkey is the best option’,” is the headline from the Mail Online.

Study suggests gene may turn 'good' cholesterol into 'bad'

“Some people with high levels of supposedly ‘good’ cholesterol are at much greater risk of heart disease,” BBC News reports.

Gum disease linked to worsening dementia symptoms

Gum disease linked to worsening dementia symptoms

“How brushing your teeth properly can ward of the symptoms of dementia,” is the misleading headline in the Daily Mail.

Stem cells used to repair children's eyes after cataracts

Stem cells used to repair children's eyes after cataracts

“Children with cataracts regain sight after radical stem cell treatment,” The Guardian reports.

Can chocolate make you smarter?

Can chocolate make you smarter?

“Chocolate makes you smarter, proves 40-year study,” claims the Daily Express. The news is based on research which found that people who ate chocolate at least once a week performed better in brain tests.

'Carbs linked to lung cancer,' study finds

'Carbs linked to lung cancer,' study finds

“White bread, bagels and rice ‘increase the risk of lung cancer by 49%’,’’ the Mail Online reports after a US study found a link between lung cancer and eating a diet with a high glycaemic index (GI), a measure of carbohydrate content.

Talc and ovarian cancer: what the most recent evidence shows

Talc and ovarian cancer: what the most recent evidence shows

“Talc ‘is linked to ovarian cancer’,’’ the Mail Online reports. That is the finding of a recent study looking at whether talcum powder can increase the risk of ovarian cancer – an association made newsworthy by a high-profile court case in the US.

Early exposure to peanuts 'cuts allergy risk in children'

Early exposure to peanuts 'cuts allergy risk in children'

“The effects of eating peanut products as a baby to avoid the risk of allergy have been backed up by new research,” BBC News reports. 

Can aspirin reduce bowel cancer risk?

Can aspirin reduce bowel cancer risk?

“Taking two aspirin a week could protect against cancer,” reports the Daily Telegraph. The Express suggests we should take it daily.

Can happiness break your heart?

Can happiness break your heart?

“Moments of joy ‘can damage heart’,” reports BBC News.

No cure for grey hair

No cure for grey hair

“A cure to dye for … the end of grey hair is in sight,” says The Daily Telegraph.

'Strong evidence' of Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome link

'Strong evidence' of Zika virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome link

“Scientists have amassed the strongest evidence yet that the Zika virus can cause the serious neurological condition Guillain-Barré syndrome,” The Guardian reports.

Have scientists really discovered why skin ages?

Have scientists really discovered why skin ages?

“Powerful anti-ageing treatments which banish wrinkles for good are a step closer after scientists found the enzyme responsible for youthful skin,” says the Daily Telegraph.

Half of all childhood asthma cases are 'overdiagnosed'

Half of all childhood asthma cases are 'overdiagnosed'

“Half a million children who have been diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the condition,” The Daily Telegraph reports. That is the finding of a new study that, while carried out in the Netherlands, is likely to have implications for the UK.

Researchers discover pancreatic cancer is 'four different diseases'

Researchers discover pancreatic cancer is 'four different diseases'

“Major insight into killer pancreatic cancer,” BBC News reports, after research into pancreatic cancer identified four distinct subtypes. 

'Vaginal seeding' may put newborns at risk of infection

'Vaginal seeding' may put newborns at risk of infection

“‘Vaginal seeding’ of babies born by C-section could pose infection risk,” The Guardian reports. 

Daily diet of almonds is no magic solution for weight loss

Daily diet of almonds is no magic solution for weight loss

“Desperate to lose weight?” asks the Mail Online. “Eat almonds! Handful a day ‘wards off hunger and replaces empty calories from junk food’,” it says, without any justification.

Air pollution 'kills 40,000 a year' in the UK, says report

Air pollution 'kills 40,000 a year' in the UK, says report

“Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK,” BBC News reports.

Mobile phone use 'linked to poor sperm quality'

“Men who talk on their mobile phones for an hour a day ‘are twice as likely to have low sperm quality’,” the Daily Mail reports.

New blood test can detect a range of inherited heart conditions

New blood test can detect a range of inherited heart conditions

“A new blood test could help diagnose people with inherited heart conditions,” BBC News reports.

Brain scans used to see if Facebook is addictive

Brain scans used to see if Facebook is addictive

“Facebook has a similar effect on your brain as cocaine,” the Daily Mail reports.

Evidence of link between Zika virus and birth defect 'boosted'

Evidence of link between Zika virus and birth defect 'boosted'

“Brazilian study boosts theory that Zika causes birth defect,” The Guardian reports.

Organic milk 'is healthier' than conventional milk, study says

Organic milk 'is healthier' than conventional milk, study says

“Organic meat and milk could offer health benefits, study suggests,” The Guardian reports.

Link between indigestion drugs and dementia 'inconclusive'

Link between indigestion drugs and dementia 'inconclusive'

“Indigestion pills taken by millions ‘could raise the risk of dementia by 50%’,” reports the Daily Mail.

Alzheimer's disease 'wonder drug' claims are premature

Alzheimer's disease 'wonder drug' claims are premature

“Millions could be offered wonder drug to prevent Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear,” is the overhyped headline in the Daily Express. 

Iron tablets may damage DNA

Iron tablets may damage DNA

“Iron tablets taken by millions of people could damage the body within just 10 minutes,” the Mail Online reports; somewhat over-dramatically.

Exercise in middle-age 'stops your brain shrinking'

Exercise in middle-age 'stops your brain shrinking'

“A new study has suggested that exercising in your 40s could stop the brain shrinking,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Scientists look at what puts the 'junk' into junk foods

Scientists look at what puts the 'junk' into junk foods

“Scientists say they have cracked what makes processed foods… harmful,”  the Daily Mail reports. 

Paracetamol use in pregnancy and infancy linked to child asthma

Paracetamol use in pregnancy and infancy linked to child asthma

“Babies given paracetamol are nearly a third more likely to develop asthma,” the Mail Online reports. 

New NICE guidelines on sun exposure warn 'tanning is unsafe'

New NICE guidelines on sun exposure warn 'tanning is unsafe'

“No safe way to suntan, new NICE guidance warns,” BBC News reports.

'Bionic spine' could pave the way for new paralysis treatments

'Bionic spine' could pave the way for new paralysis treatments

“‘Bionic spine’ could enable paralysed patients to walk using subconscious thought,” reports The Guardian.

Hope that blood test 'could diagnose five types of cancer'

Hope that blood test 'could diagnose five types of cancer'

“A new blood test that detects five different forms of cancer is one step closer to becoming a reality and could save millions of lives around the world,” the Mail Online reports. 

Could statins treat common cause of vision loss?

Could statins treat common cause of vision loss?

“Statins could be miracle cure for blindness,” reports the Express, following a new study into dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in adults.

Smoking bans linked to fewer heart attacks and strokes

Smoking bans linked to fewer heart attacks and strokes

The ban on smoking indoors in public places “has helped save the lives of passive smokers,” says the Daily Mail.

Just one hour of sitting down may increase diabetes risk by a fifth

Just one hour of sitting down may increase diabetes risk by a fifth

“Every extra hour sitting down can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes by a fifth,” the Daily Mirror reports. 

Weight loss in middle age: A warning sign of dementia?

Weight loss in middle age: A warning sign of dementia?

“How losing weight in middle age ‘could be a sign of dementia’,” the Daily Mail reports.

UK regulators give go-ahead for 'embryo editing'

UK regulators give go-ahead for 'embryo editing'

“UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos,” BBC News reports.

Young women with high-fibre diet may have lower breast cancer risk

Young women with high-fibre diet may have lower breast cancer risk

“Teenage girls who get their five-a-day cut breast cancer risk by up to 25 per cent,” the Daily Mirror reports. 

Proton beam therapy 'effective' and 'causes fewer side effects'

Proton beam therapy 'effective' and 'causes fewer side effects'

“Proton beam cancer therapy ‘effective with fewer side effects’,” BBC News reports. 

Zika virus: your questions answered

Zika virus: your questions answered

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the Zika virus has now spread through both South and Central America and expects 3-4 million people to be infected in 2016.

High-flavonoid foods, like berries and apples, 'prevent weight gain'

High-flavonoid foods, like berries and apples, 'prevent weight gain'

“Get fruity to get fit: Eat more berries to beat a big belly,” The Sun reports. 

Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens

Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens

“Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

New clues that Alzheimer’s may have been spread during surgery

New clues that Alzheimer’s may have been spread during surgery

“Researchers have reported a second case that suggest [sic] Alzheimer’s can be transmitted during medical treatments,” the Mail Online reports.

Playground equipment contains 'toxic levels of lead paint'

Playground equipment contains 'toxic levels of lead paint'

“Paint on playground equipment has been found to contain high amounts of the toxin lead – up to 40 times recommended levels,” BBC News reports.

Seasonal affective disorder 'may be a myth', study argues

Seasonal affective disorder 'may be a myth', study argues

“Stop blaming SAD for your bad mood – it doesn’t exist! Seasonal changes have ‘NO effect on depression,’’ the Daily Mail reports.

Paternal depression linked to premature birth

Paternal depression linked to premature birth

“Depression in expectant fathers linked to premature births,” The Independent reports.

New genetic risk factor for ovarian cancer identified

New genetic risk factor for ovarian cancer identified

“A faulty gene has been identified that increases the risk of ovarian cancer more than threefold,” The Independent reports.

Calls for research into health effects of ultrasound exposure

Calls for research into health effects of ultrasound exposure

“Ultrasound in public places could be triggering sickness,” the Daily Mail reports.

Researchers investigate why obesity can trigger bowel cancer

Researchers investigate why obesity can trigger bowel cancer

“Excess calories ‘turn off a hormone in the intestine that blocks colon cancer’,” the Mail Online reports.

NHS Health Checks 'prevented thousands of heart attacks'

NHS Health Checks 'prevented thousands of heart attacks'

“NHS Health Checks scheme hailed as ‘remarkable success’,” Pulse magazine reports, while The Sun adds “GP quiz [is a] life saver”.

Men at high risk of getting HIV 'need preventative treatment'

Men at high risk of getting HIV 'need preventative treatment'

“Giving healthy gay men HIV drugs ‘could help reverse epidemic’,” BBC News reports.

A potato-rich diet before pregnancy could up diabetes risk

A potato-rich diet before pregnancy could up diabetes risk

“Eating potatoes before pregnancy increases risk of diabetes,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers found a small, but significant, increase in gestational diabetes risk in mothers who reported eating a potato-rich diet before their pregnancy. 

Arthritis drug could also help combat ovarian cancer

Arthritis drug could also help combat ovarian cancer

“A rheumatoid arthritis drug can kill off ovarian cancer cells in women with the BRCA1 mutation,” the Mail Online reports. The drug, auranofin, was found to be effective against ovarian cancer cells associated with the BRCA1 mutation.

Targeting inflammation 'could help treat Alzheimer's disease'

Targeting inflammation 'could help treat Alzheimer's disease'

“Blocking brain inflammation ‘halts Alzheimer’s disease’,” BBC News reports. Mice with symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease were given a drug that blocked the production of immune cells, which cause inflammation. They showed an improvement in symptoms compared with mice who had not been given the drug. 

'Remixed' skin cells could lead to new diabetes treatments

'Remixed' skin cells could lead to new diabetes treatments

“End of injections in sight for diabetics after new discovery,” says The Daily Telegraph. If you think you’ve read a similar headline before, you may be right – replacing insulin injections for type 1 diabetes has been a goal for many years.

Antidepressant paroxetine use linked to risk of birth defects

Antidepressant paroxetine use linked to risk of birth defects

“Antidepressant ‘does increase your baby’s risk of birth defects if taken in first 12 weeks of pregnancy’,’’ the Mail Online reports. 

Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly?

Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly?

“Giving pensioners high doses of vitamin D to strengthen their leg bones may put them at higher risk of a fall,” The Times reports after a Swiss study suggested high doses of the supplement offer no benefits, but do increase the risk of falling.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to irritable bowel syndrome

Vitamin D deficiency linked to irritable bowel syndrome

“Is vitamin D the key to treating IBS? 82% of sufferers ‘are deficient’,” the Mail Online reports.

Children born using IVF had no higher rate of delays

Infertility treatments 'not linked' to developmental delays

“There is no heightened risk of developmental delays … in children conceived through IVF or other infertility treatments,” the Mail Online reports. A study found that the numbers of children affected with such delays were the same as those conceived naturally.

Dry January 'can lead to healthier drinking patterns long-term'

Dry January 'can lead to healthier drinking patterns long-term'

“Study … found that Dry January leads to healthier drinking habits,” the Mail Online reports. Dry January involves giving up alcohol for the month. There is limited evidence about whether taking part in the challenge could lead to long-term changes in patterns of drinking.

Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly?

Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly?

“Giving pensioners high doses of vitamin D to strengthen their leg bones may put them at higher risk of a fall,” The Times reports after a Swiss study suggested high doses of the supplement offer no benefits, but do increase the risk of falling.

Talking therapy 'as effective as antidepressants' study finds

Talking therapy 'as effective as antidepressants' study finds

“Patients with severe depression benefit as much from psychological therapy as they do from pills,” says the Mail Online, reporting on a study comparing two commonly-used treatments.

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Antibiotic use in farm animals 'threatens human health'

“Farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture, because of the threat to human health, a report says,” according to BBC News.

Researchers investigate the 'pathways of pain'

Researchers investigate the 'pathways of pain'

“Breakthrough could lead to ‘super painkillers’,” the Mail Online reports. 

Can overweight men pass obesity risk to their children?

Can overweight men pass obesity risk to their children?

“Are you fat because of your dad?” is the Mail Online’s bold question to its readers, explaining that “Men’s weight directly affects genes in sperm linked to appetite and brain development”.

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Scientists find 'gene that delays Alzheimer's'

Scientists have identified a genetic variation thought to delay the start of Alzheimer’s disease, according to several media reports.

Do potatoes reduce stomach cancer risk?

Do potatoes reduce stomach cancer risk?

“Eating lots of potatoes will reduce your risk of getting stomach cancer,” according to enthusiastic media reports that seized on the UK’s love affair with the spud.

Experts call for more research into ADHD drug Ritalin

Experts call for more research into ADHD drug Ritalin

“The drug Ritalin should be prescribed with caution as the quality of evidence available about its benefits and risks is poor,” the Mail Online reports. A review of available evidence found no high-quality evidence about both the benefits and risks.

Reports of an 'end to daily diabetes jabs' are premature

Reports of an 'end to daily diabetes jabs' are premature

“The daily trial of insulin injections could soon be over for hundreds of thousands of people with type-1 diabetes,” is the overoptimistic headline in The Times.

Babies born on the weekend have slightly higher death risk

Babies born on the weekend have slightly higher death risk

“Babies delivered at the weekend are significantly more likely to die or suffer serious injury,” the Daily Mail reports. 

One diet 'doesn’t fit all' – people 'metabolise food differently'

One diet 'doesn’t fit all' – people 'metabolise food differently'

“No one diet fits all,” the Daily Mail reports. 

Last line in antibiotic resistance under threat

Last line in antibiotic resistance under threat

“The last line of antibiotic defence against some serious infections is under threat,” The Guardian reports, after researchers found that E.coli bacteria from food products in China has developed resistance to colistin – a polymixin antibiotic.

Study suggests disability test link to suicide risk

Study suggests disability test link to suicide risk

“Fitness to work tests linked to 590 extra suicides in England,” warns the Daily Mirror. 

'New' sexually transmitted infection 'MG' may be widespread

'New' sexually transmitted infection 'MG' may be widespread

“A sexually transmitted infection could have infected hundreds of thousands of people in the UK,” The Guardian reports. 

Will a cholesterol-busting vaccine work for humans?

Will a cholesterol-busting vaccine work for humans?

“Could a vaccine replace the need for daily statins?” asks the Mail Online.

'New' sexually transmitted infection 'MG' may be widespread

'New' sexually transmitted infection 'MG' may be widespread

“A sexually transmitted infection could have infected hundreds of thousands of people in the UK,” The Guardian reports.

Stronger legs linked to stronger brains in older women

Stronger legs linked to stronger brains in older women

“Strong legs ‘help the brain resist the effects of ageing’,’’ the Mail Online reports.

The vaccines may help regulate LDL levels

Will a cholesterol-busting vaccine work for humans?

“Could a vaccine replace the need for daily statins?” asks the Mail Online.

Normal BMI with a big belly 'deadlier than obesity'

Normal BMI with a big belly 'deadlier than obesity'

“Slim adults with a ‘spare tyre’ of fat around their stomach have a twice as high mortality risk than those who are overweight,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

No hard evidence champagne can prevent dementia

No hard evidence champagne can prevent dementia

“Drinking three glasses of champagne per week could help stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,” the Daily Mirror reports.

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