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

12:30pm Friday 29th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'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...

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

12:45pm Thursday 28th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

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

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

11:05am Thursday 28th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Yoga could help asthma sufferers, research finds," reports The Independent. A major review of existing data found there is "moderate-quality evidence" that yoga improves both symptoms and reported quality of life in people with asthma…

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Vitamin D, fish oil and folates may enhance antidepressants

12:30pm Wednesday 27th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Do antidepressants work better when taken with supplements?," the Mail Online asks. A new review of existing evidence suggests that, "Omega-3 fish oils, certain amino acids, folate and vitamin D" may boost the beneficial effect of antidepressants…

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Bedbugs 'prefer certain colours'

1:28pm Tuesday 26th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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"…

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

9:28am Monday 25th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"People with heart disease have a lower risk of heart attack and strokes if they eat a Mediterranean-style diet," The Guardian reports. The study it reports on also suggests that the occasional Western-style treat probably doesn't pose much of a risk…

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'Transformational managers' may be bad for workplace health

12:30pm Friday 22nd April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Managers who pressurise their staff to go that extra mile risk harming their employees' health," the Daily Mail reports. New research suggests "transformational managers" – charismatic high achievers – may increase levels of sickness in the workforce…

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Daily low-dose aspirin may help combat cancer

8:00am Friday 22nd April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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. A review of previous studies suggests low-dose aspirin could play a useful role in…

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

3:28pm Thursday 21st April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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." The study, which took place in Sweden, found…

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UK dementia rates have fallen sharply in men

12:30pm Wednesday 20th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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

1:30pm Tuesday 19th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Alzheimer's symptoms could be reversed by restoring protein in brain," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers say mice with Alzheimer's disease-like symptoms showed improvement in memory tasks after being given the protein interleukin 33…

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

3:00pm Monday 18th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Doctors have expressed 'huge concern' that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England," BBC News reports. Public Health England issued the warning about the rise of a strain of gonorrhoea that has developed resistance to a widely used antibiotic…

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Child head injuries could harm relationship with parents

12:30pm Monday 18th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A simple bang on the head can alter a child's relationship with their parents claim academics," the Daily Mail reports. A Canadian study found children who had experienced even just a mild traumatic head injury…

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Would you trust a smartphone app as a contraceptive?

11:00am Friday 15th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"An innovative new app might provide a more effective form of birth control than the contraceptive pill," The Sun reports. The Natural Cycles fertility app combines the use of a thermometer to measure body temperature with calendar calculating…

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Zika virus 'does cause birth defects'

3:30pm Thursday 14th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … has confirmed that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects," BBC News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that…

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

3:30pm Wednesday 13th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Ditching butter for veg oil may not be better for heart," the Daily Mail reports. A new analysis of previously unpublished data from the 1960’s and 70s found no benefit in replacing sources of saturated fats with vegetable oils…

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Obesity epidemic blamed for rise in womb cancer

12:30pm Wednesday 13th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Obesity 'likely culprit' behind womb cancer rise," reports BBC News. Cancer Research UK has released data showing a marked increase in cases of womb cancer over the last two decades, and obesity seems to be the likely reason…

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Mystery of the 13 people with 'superhero DNA'

9:28am Tuesday 12th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Some people appear to be born with 'superhero DNA' that cancels out genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis," BBC News reports. A major study of over 500,000 people found 13 people who should have developed serious genetic conditions, but didn’t...

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Anti-smoking drug may also help combat sugar cravings

12:30pm Monday 11th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Anti-smoking drugs could stub out your sugar cravings," the Daily Mail reports. A study in rats suggests that varenicline (Champix), used to relieve nicotine cravings, could also help reduce the desire to consume sugar…

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Pregnancy diabetes screening should be 'performed earlier'

9:28am Friday 8th April 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

Screening for gestational diabetes often takes place during the 28th week, but a new study suggests that diabetes-related changes to the baby can occur before that time…

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