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4:00pm Thursday 21st September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Controversial Lightning Process 'helps children with chronic fatigue syndrome'," reports The Guardian. A UK study investigated whether a treatment called the Lightning Process helped teenagers being treated for chronic fatigue syndrome…

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Many teenagers reporting symptoms of depression

4:00pm Wednesday 20th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"One in four British girls hit by depression at 14 as experts blame increase in cyber bullying and academic pressure," says the Sun after a large study found 24% of 14 year-old girls in the UK report symptoms of depression…

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11:00pm Sunday 17th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists invent injection that could deliver every childhood vaccine in one go," reports The Independent. Various media sources have run stories on a new injection they claim could allow multiple childhood vaccines to be delivered in a single jab…

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Women more likely than men to lose interest in sex

10:00am Friday 15th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women get bored of having sex with their partner after just a year together, a new study suggests," is the rather crass story in the Mail Online. The news is based on research that actually found multiple factors...

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Tattoo ink particles can spread into lymph nodes

6:00pm Thursday 14th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Tattoos could give you cancer, new research suggests," is the entirely unsupported claim from the Mail Online. The news come from a study that found evidence particles from tattoo ink can spread into lymph nodes...

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No change to alcohol guidelines for pregnancy

4:00pm Tuesday 12th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"There is little evidence having the occasional drink while pregnant harms a baby," reports the Mail Online. This follows a review of international research looking at whether low alcohol consumption was linked with adverse pregnancy outcomes…

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Avoid eating just before your bedtime, study recommends

4:00pm Monday 11th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"It's not what you eat, it's when you eat that matters: study shows timing your meals right is the key to beating obesity," the Mail Online reports...

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Could a Mediterranean diet be as good as drugs for acid reflux?

5:00pm Friday 8th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Why the Mediterranean diet is the best cure for acid reflux: Study found patients who ate plenty of fish and veg had fewer symptoms and avoided side effects of medication," the Mail Online reports...

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Drinks industry accused of downplaying 'alcohol-cancer risk'

4:00pm Friday 8th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drinks industry downplaying alcohol-cancer link," The Guardian reports as new analysis has been published looking at the accuracy of health information...

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Statins cut heart deaths in men by 28% finds study

4:00pm Thursday 7th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Statins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28% among men, according to the longest study of its kind," The Guardian reports. The results suggest that all men with high cholesterol levels may benefit from taking statins...

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Zika virus may be useful in treating brain tumours

4:00pm Wednesday 6th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer," BBC News reports. Animal and laboratory research suggests a modified version of the virus could possibly be used to target and destroy cancerous cells...

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Older babies 'sleep better' in their own room

4:00pm Tuesday 5th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

'Babies who sleep in separate rooms from their parents have earlier bedtimes, take less time to nod off and get more shut eye' the Mail Online reports. That was a finding of an international survey looking at sleeping habits in infants aged 6-12 months…

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One in 10 men aged 50 'have the heart of a 60-year-old'

4:00pm Monday 4th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"One-tenth of 50-year-old men have a heart age 10 years older than they are," BBC News reports. This is the finding of an analysis of 1.2 million people who used the NHS Heart Age Test…

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New insight into how excess belly fat may increase cancer risk

4:00pm Friday 1st September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Belly fat releases proteins that fuel the growth of malignant [cancerous] cells," the Mail Online reports. It's long been known that obesity is an independent risk factor for a number of cancers, including breast, bowel and liver cancer…

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Going to university may cut your risk of heart disease

11:00am Friday 1st September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Why gaining a degree could help you live longer," The Daily Telegraph reports. A new gene study found people with genes associated with spending longer in education had around a 33% reduced risk of developing heart disease…

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Sitting 20 minutes less a day won't make you more 'muscly'

3:30pm Thursday 31st August 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Spending just 20 minutes less sitting a day reduces blood sugar levels, improves cholesterol AND even makes you more muscly," is the Mail Online's overly optimistic claim…

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Results of global fats and carbs study not very relevant for UK

4:16pm Wednesday 30th August 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Eating a low-fat diet 'increases your risk of dying young by 25%'," is the stark but somewhat misleading report in The Sun. The study the headline is based on mainly looked at people in lower- and middle-income countries so may not be relevant to the UK…

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Anti-inflammatory drug may help prevent heart attacks

10:55am Wednesday 30th August 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Anti-inflammatory drug 'cuts heart attack risk'," BBC News reports. A major study found canakinumab – an anti-inflammatory drug originally designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis – could also reduce the risk...

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Reports that 'women have more stamina' look a little weak

11:19am Tuesday 29th August 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women have more stamina than men," is the definitive sounding, yet entirely unsupported headline in The Times. The study the headline is based on involved just nine women and eight men. Researchers asked each participant to do an exercise…

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4:30pm Friday 25th August 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Adding lithium to tap water could prevent thousands of dementia cases," reports The Daily Telegraph. Researchers found people who had lived in areas with higher levels of naturally occurring lithium in the drinking water were less likely to get dementia…

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