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  • NHS Choices January 31, 2018
    Health A-Z Symptoms, conditions, medicines, treatments and guides Find conditions and treatments Live well Articles, videos and tools from the NHS on more than 100 topics, including alcohol, diet, fitness, tiredness and weight loss, giving you and your family tips on healthy living. Visit healthy living information Common Health Questions A comprehensive lis
  • Cancer treatment response may be affected by gut bacteria November 3, 2017
    "Gut bacteria 'boost' cancer therapy," BBC News reports. The news comes from research into whether people with cancer might respond differently to cancer treatment depending on the bacteria in their gut. Researchers specifically looked at a type of cancer treatment called immunotherapy. This involves stimulating the immune system to attac
  • Could a blood test in middle age predict dementia risk? November 2, 2017
    "Tissue inflammation blood test points to dementia risk," is the headline in The Times. Researchers in the US say people who have higher measures of inflammation in middle age are likely to have less brain tissue in some parts of their brain in older age. The differences in brain volume, seen on MRI scans, were also accompanied by small differences
  • Acid reflux drugs linked to increased stomach cancer risk November 1, 2017
    "A drug commonly used to treat acid reflux is linked to a more than doubled risk of developing stomach cancer," reports The Guardian. Researchers wanted to investigate whether there's a link between medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and stomach cancer. Widely used PPIs include esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole
  • Nutrient drink for Alzheimer's has disappointing result in trial October 31, 2017
    A new study investigating the effects of a nutrient drink for Alzheimer's disease has led to very different headlines in the media. While BBC News tells us the "Alzheimer's nutrient drink falters in clinical trial", the Daily Mirror reports the drink "could help stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists". The t
  • Marriage may help lower dementia risk October 30, 2017
    "Marriage and having close friends may help protect against dementia, according to Loughborough University researchers," BBC News reports. The news comes from a study looking at the link between social relationships and the risk of developing dementia. The study included a large group of adults aged over 60 who didn't have dementia. They were
  • Afternoon open heart surgery 'leads to fewer complications' October 27, 2017
    "Afternoon heart surgery has lower risk of complications, study suggests," says The Guardian. Researchers in France were interested in whether the time of day of the operation was carried out affected the rate of complications following a type of open heart surgery known as aortic valve replacement. This involves removing the aortic valve (which co
  • Report calls for better mental health support in the workplace October 26, 2017
    "Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says," writes BBC News. This was just one of the UK media outlets that published the findings of a report looking at the extent of mental ill health in the workplace, and the related economic and social costs. Most of the media led with headline
  • Blood-thinning drugs may reduce dementia risk in people with irregular heartbeats October 25, 2017
    "Common blood thinning drugs halve the risk of dementia for patients who have an irregular heartbeat," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Sweden used the country's health registry data to assess whether people with a condition called atrial fibrillation were less likely to get dementia if they took drugs like warfarin. Atrial fibrillation
  • New genetic variants associated with breast cancer identified October 25, 2017
    "Do you have one of the 180 breast cancer genes? One in five women has a variant that raises her risk of the condition by a third" is the rather inaccurate headline in the Mail Online. The story covers 2 new studies looking for genetic variations known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). These are small variations in our DNA, some of which a