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Men who perform oral sex on women 'more at risk of mouth and throat cancers'

4:00pm Friday 20th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

'Men who have performed oral sex on five or more women are at greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, especially if they smoke' the Evening Standard reports...

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Worrying rise in reports of self-harm among teenage girls in UK

11:00am Friday 20th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Steep rise in self-harm among teenage girls,” BBC News reports. This follows a UK study that used reliable national databases to look at trends in reports of self-harm among young people aged 10 to 19 since 2001...

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4:00pm Thursday 19th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

'A drug to dramatically cut the risk of HIV infection during sex would save the UK around £1bn over the next 80 years' reports BBC News...

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'Magic mushrooms' may help 'reset' depressive brains, study claims

4:50pm Monday 16th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Magic mushrooms can 'reboot' brain to treat depression," reports the Daily Telegraph. The news is based on a small UK study that looked at the effects of psilocybin, a chemical found in magic mushrooms, on patients with severe depression...

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Pregnant women 'should avoid sleeping on back in last trimester'

4:00pm Friday 13th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New warning to pregnant women: Do not sleep on your back in the last trimester as it could cause stillbirth, claim experts," the Mail Online reports...

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Hormonal fertility tests 'waste of time and money'

5:00pm Thursday 12th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Fertility MOTs' are a waste of money," reports The Daily Telegraph after researchers in the US found hormones tested in "ovarian reserve" fertility test kits bear no relation to how likely women were to get pregnant...

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Childhood obesity soars worldwide

8:30am Thursday 12th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Shocking figures show there are now 124 million obese children worldwide," reports The Guardian.

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Youngest children in school year 'more likely' to get ADHD diagnosis

4:00pm Tuesday 10th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Youngest children in class more likely to be labelled hyperactive," The Times reports. A Finnish study raises the possibility that some children may have been misdiagnosed with ADHD, when in fact their behaviour was age-appropriate...

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Is schizophrenia risk 'around 80% genetic'?

4:00pm Monday 9th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Genetics account for almost 80 per cent of a person's risk of developing schizophrenia, according to new research," the Mail Online reports. That is the main finding of a study looking at how often schizophrenia affected both twins of a pair...

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Three quarters of honey samples contain pesticide traces

4:00pm Friday 6th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Honey from across the world is contaminated with potent pesticides known to harm bees," The Guardian reports…

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Vitamin D may prevent asthma worsening for some

5:00pm Thursday 5th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Vitamin D supplements protect against severe asthma attacks," The Daily Telegraph reports...

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Many new cancer drugs show 'no clear benefit', argues review

4:00pm Thursday 5th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Over half of new cancer drugs 'show no benefits' for survival or wellbeing," The Guardian reports. That was the finding of a study looking at the evidence supporting new cancer drugs approved between 2009 and 2013 by the European Medicines Agency…

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Study links vegetarian diet in pregnancy to substance abuse in offspring

4:00pm Wednesday 4th October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pregnant vegetarians are three times more likely to have kids who abuse drugs and alcohol," reports the Mail Online. Researchers claim to have found a link between substance abuse at age 15, and diet of the child's mother during pregnancy...

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Regularly skipping breakfast linked to hardening of the arteries

4:44pm Tuesday 3rd October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Skipping breakfast may be linked to poor heart health." The Guardian reports. Researchers from Spain found that people who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to have atherosclerosis...

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People with type 2 diabetes should 'save carbs for last'

4:30pm Monday 2nd October 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Diabetics should save bread for last at mealtime to keep their blood sugar under control," the Mail Online reports.

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Bedbugs thought to 'hitchhike' on dirty holiday laundry

4:00pm Friday 29th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Dirty laundry a powerful magnet for bedbugs, study finds," is The Guardian's headline, with The Times and The Daily Telegraph also covering this creepy-crawly story...

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Has measles really been 'eliminated' in the UK?

4:00pm Thursday 28th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

'Measles eliminated in the UK for the first time' reports The Daily Telegraph...

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Rates of newly diagnosed HIV increasing in over-50s

11:00pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"HIV rises among over-50s as they neglect safe sex" is the headline from The Times. The news is based on a European study that found more over-50s are being diagnosed with HIV compared with 12 years ago…

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High-precision radiotherapy for prostate cancer 'shows promise'

4:00pm Tuesday 26th September 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Targeted radiotherapy 'cures' prostate cancer that kills thousands," reports The Times. The news is based on a UK study of the use of high-precision radiotherapy to treat men with advanced localised prostate cancer…

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