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Does a lack of sleep lead to a lack of self-control?

"Not enough shut-eye makes you more impulsive and can fuel addiction," the Mail Online reports. The claim was prompted by a review of evidence into the link between sleep and self-control carried out by American psychologists.The authors looked at previous research, including studies into how poor sleep affects our blood sugar regulation and apparently exhausts our internal resources and will

Gene therapy breakthrough for cystic fibrosis

“Cystic fibrosis hope as new gene therapy improves condition,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers have, for the first time, managed to successfully "smuggle" healthy copies of genes into the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition caused by a mutated gene called CFTR. The mutation causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged up with sticky

'Sleeping on it' may not be best after traumatic event

"Staying awake may be the best way to stop disturbing flashbacks," the Daily Mail reports. A small psychological experiment carried out at Oxford University suggests that sleep could possibly help embed traumatic events in the memory, in some cases. The study involved 42 students, half of whom were randomly assigned to sleep deprivation and the other to sleep at home as usual. They all watche

Orange juice and grapefruit linked to melanoma skin cancer

"Drinking a glass of orange juice or eating a fresh grapefruit for breakfast may increase the risk of skin cancer," the Mail Online reports. A US study did find a small increase in the risk of melanoma, but the benefits of unsweetened fruit juice shouldn't be overlooked. A glass (150ml) of fruit juice counts as one of your recommended five daily portions of fruit and vegetables, which in t

Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', study estimates

“Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study,” The Independent reports. This is the alarming claim of researchers who created a model of sugary drink-related deaths based on global consumption rates. They defined sugary drinks as any sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks, fruit drinks (not pure fruit juice), sweetened iced teas, sports or energy drinks, or homemade

Report warns of threat to unborn babies from CMV virus

"Thousands of pregnant women are unwittingly passing on infections to their unborn babies that cause severe disabilities," is the headline in the Daily Mail after a new report highlighted the risks cytomegalovirus (CMV) can pose to pregnancies.The paper says cytomegalovirus "can lie dormant in mother's body for years" and "is caught from other children through nappy changing and wiping mouths

GP receptionists 'could help prevent stroke deaths'

"Teaching doctors' receptionists to spot the warning signs of strokes could save thousands of lives a year," the Daily Mail reports. Educating staff about the warning signs of a stroke, such as a droopy face and speaking difficulties, could lead to improved outcomes, a new pilot study concluded. The study looked at a large sample of GP practices in one region of the UK. Researchers asked r

'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for diabetics

“Eating protein and veg BEFORE carbs…could help diabetics control their blood sugar,” the Mail Online reports. However, the advice is based on a very small study and the influence of food ordering really needs to be checked in much larger studies before it can be made an official guideline. The study involved just 11 people, most of whom had obesity-related type 2 diabetes, who ate the same m

Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones

"Taking antidepressants like Prozac to counter mood changes in menopause 'raises risk of broken bones'," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests that using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during the menopause may increase the risk of bone fracture by around 76%.While this may sound alarming, the baseline risk of bone fracture is relatively small so the 76% figure represen

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk of another'

“Women who suffer stillbirths are four times more likely to suffer the tragedy again,” the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers who have analysed previous data warn that women with a history of stillbirth should be regarded as being at high risk of another. A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy, and is more common than many people think. There are more th

Some health food brands may 'do more harm than good' claim

"'Healthy' snacks could do more harm than good," claims the Mail Online, as it reports on a series of experiments investigating the effects of fitness branding in food marketing on food consumption and physical activity. Researchers came to the conclusion that fitness branding increases consumption for people concerned with body weight (restrained eaters) unless the food is viewed as forbidde

No evidence 'cocktail of everyday chemicals' causes cancer

“Fifty everyday chemicals…could be combining to increase our risk of cancer,” is the alarmist headline in the Mail Online.A major review into chemicals commonly found in the environment, such as those found in suncream and handwash, found no conclusive proof that they were definitely increasing cancer risk.Researchers identified 85 chemicals that have the potential to cause cells to switch

Mushroom supplement could be one way to tackle obesity

"A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals," BBC News reports. A supplement from the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom (more commonly known as "reishi") slowed the pace of weight gain by apparently altering bacteria inside the digestive system of mice.In this study, the researchers aimed to see if reishi was effective in preventing obesity. They gave mice di

Elderly living near noisy roads have 'increased stroke risk'

“Living in a neighbourhood with noisy road traffic may ... increase the risk of stroke,” The Guardian reports. Researchers looked at noise levels across London and found a link between high levels of noise and increased risk of hospital admission for stroke, with the risk slightly higher in older people.This ecological study included the 8.6 million inhabitants of London and assessed day and

Could a smart insulin patch mean no more diabetic injections?

“A 'smart' insulin patch could replace painful injections to help millions of people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check,” the Daily Mirror reports; though the technology has only been tested on mice.Insulin is a hormone that plays a vital role in regulating blood glucose levels. People with type 1 diabetes, as well as advanced type 2 diabetes, require regular insulin injecti

A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

The UK media have had a field day with the suggestion that "Skinny Jeans Could Be Bad for Health". They have taken the opportunity to indulge in some shameless clickbaiting by showing photos of various skinny-jean-wearing celebs such as Russell Brand, Kate Moss, Harry Styles and the Duchess of Cambridge.By the tone of the reporting you could assume that hordes of hipsters are having skinny

Being a 'couch potato' linked to increased anxiety risk

“Being a couch potato is bad for your mental health,” the Mail Online reports. However, the evidence gathered by a new review is not as clear-cut as the headline would lead you to believe.The review summarised the results of nine studies on the link between anxiety symptoms and sedentary behaviour, such as using a computer or watching TV. Overall, five of the nine studies found a positive

Drinking 'plenty of red wine' won’t help you lose weight

Sorry to be party poopers, but The Daily Telegraph’s headline "How to lose weight – drink plenty of red wine," is simply nonsense. First, the study it reports on did not involve red wine. Second, it was carried out on mice, not humans.The mistaken headline was triggered by a study in mice looking into whether resveratrol, a plant polyphenol chemical found in the skin of red grapes, can stimul

Meningitis B vaccine 'available from September'

"All newborn babies in England and Scotland are to be offered a vaccine to combat meningitis B from September," BBC News reports. This will be the world’s first publicly funded vaccination programme for the potentially fatal disease.What is meningitis B?Meningitis B is a highly aggressive strain of bacterial meningitis that infects the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal c

Weighing yourself every day may help with weight loss

"Stepping on the scales every day could be the key to weight loss, a study has found," the Mail Online reports. This report was based on a US study which suggested daily weighing can lead to a small, though sustainable, loss in weight. The study involved 162 overweight and obese adults trying to lose weight, who were allocated to either weighing themselves daily and tracking their weight on a

New chlamydia vaccine shows promise after being tested on mice

“Researchers in the United States say they have developed a vaccine that can protect against chlamydia,” The Independent reports. Initial results in mice have shown promise in protecting against this common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK, and can lead to female infertility. It can also cause blindness in babies if their mother has a ch

Too soon to say if breastfeeding problems could be genetic

"Is your inability to breastfeed written in your genes?" the Mail Online asks. The question is prompted by animal research that discovered that problems with a protein called ZnT2 may restrict milk production after pregnancy.The protein in question helps move zinc into breast tissue cells (so it is known as a zinc transporter). ZnT2 was found to play an important role in the structure and fun

Smoking causes half of all deaths in 12 different cancers

"Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a US study estimates," the Mail Online reports. Due to similar smoking rates in the UK (19% of adults) and USA (17% of adults) there may be a similar pattern.Researchers used data from previous studies to estimate the proportion of deaths from 12 cancers associated with smoking. The researchers

Knee surgery 'waste of time', researchers argue

"Knee surgery is 'pointless and potentially harmful' for thousands of patients," the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers have looked at previous studies that had compared arthroscopic (keyhole) knee surgery with exercise or sham surgery (placebo) for middle-aged people with knee pain – specifically, knee pain caused by osteoarthritis or a tear in the cartilage, but not those with a ligament con

Could avocados hold the key to treating leukaemia?

"Avocados could hold the key to helping beat rare form of leukaemia," The Independent reports; specifically acute myeloid leukaemia, which is an uncommon and aggressive cancer of the white blood cells.The headline may give readers the impression that eating avocados may help fight leukaemia, which is not the case. Researchers were actually looking at a compound found in avocado seeds that is

Four out of ten Brits may naturally show fewer flu symptoms

Thinking of throwing a sicky? Your usual alibi might be a little less convincing after today’s report by The Independent that "Four in 10 Britons immune to flu symptoms, leading to hopes of a new vaccine". A survey of 1,414 people found that 43% of them had a type of immune cell – T cells – that partially protects against the symptoms of a flu infection.Researchers found that T cells targe

Eating chocolate may slightly lower your risk of stroke

“Two chocolate bars a day can SLASH the risk of heart disease and stroke,” the Daily Mirror reports.The headline is prompted by the results from a large study involving Norfolk residents, investigating how chocolate is linked to cardiovascular diseases. These are diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels, such as coronary heart disease and stroke.By comparing the highest chocolate c

Potential breakthrough for osteoporosis announced

"Bone could be regrown to treat osteoporosis after breakthrough," The Daily Telegraph reports. This headline follows the development of a new drug that may increase bone formation, which could potentially combat osteoporosis. But this has only been tested in the lab so far and has not yet been proven to work in humans.The researchers took inspiration from a class of drugs called thiazolidined

Does owning a cat put your family at risk of schizophrenia?

“Scientists have discovered a link between people who own cats and the development of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, and believe a parasite may be to blame,” The Independent reports.The researchers suggest that toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a type of parasite found on infected cats, may be a cause of developing mental illness in later life. T. gondii was blamed for children’s poo

Marriage health claims are inconclusive

“Marriage is more beneficial for men than women,” says The Daily Telegraph, while The Guardian reports: “Divorce not bad for your long-term health”. Both headlines are prompted by a new study looking at the long-term effects of relationships on health.The study used a UK cohort of people born in 1958, who had their relationship status assessed at various younger ages. At age 44-46, they had e News | Awards & Certificates | Promote Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Uninstall Info

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