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Menstrual cups `safe and effective` alternative to tampons and pads

"Women can be assured that menstrual cups are as leakproof as tampons and pads," reports BBC News.

Menstrual cups are bell-shaped, made from medical-grade silicone and inserted into the vagina. Instead of absorbing blood like single-use pads or tampons, they collect blood, which is emptied, and the cup is

Posted On July 17, 2019
Heart And Lungs

High blood pressure and cholesterol in young adults linked to heart disease in later life

"Doctors should prescribe statins to patients at a younger age to slash their odds of heart disease in later life, a study suggests," reports The Sun.

Researchers in the US modelled the risk factors of 36,030 people who took part in 6 long-running studies. They estimated the effects of high cholesterol and

Posted On July 16, 2019
Lifestyle And Exercise

Healthy lifestyle reduces dementia risk even in those with genetic risk factors

"Bad dementia genes can be overcome through healthy living, study finds," reports The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper reports that regular exercise, not smoking, drinking sensibly, and eating a healthy diet have been found to reduce risk of getting dementia even if a person has a higher genetic risk of developing

Posted On July 15, 2019

Sugary drinks linked to cancer

"Drinking a third of a fizzy drink a day `increases risk of breast cancer by 22% – and fruit juice is just as dangerous`," reports the Sun.

The headline is based on a large ongoing study that assessed sugary and artificially sweetened drink intake in more than 100,000 adults in France.

All drinks w

Posted On July 11, 2019

Having fewer `friendly vaginal bacteria` linked to ovarian cancer

"Having too few `friendly` vaginal bacteria may increase a woman`s chance of ovarian cancer, and swabs can be used to spot this, say researchers," BBC News reports.

The news is based on a study that compared the make-up of vaginal bacteria in women with and without ovarian

Posted On July 10, 2019
Medical Practice

No good evidence supplements protect against heart disease and early death

"Multivitamins do not reduce risk of cardiovascular disease or prolong life, study finds," the Sun reports, while The Daily Telegraph warns that, "Some vitamin supplements can increase risk of a stroke".

Both headlines were prompted by a major new review looking at evidence from 277 trials on the effect of

Posted On July 09, 2019
Lifestyle And Exercise

1 in 5 hospital patients have alcohol-related problems

Various media sources report on the worrying extent of the alcohol problem in the UK, with the BBC and the Sun reporting that 1 in 5 people in hospital beds are heavy drinkers.

This follows a review that pooled the results from 124 studies that looked at the rate of alcohol-related conditions among 1.7 million

Posted On July 04, 2019
Heart And Lungs

Asthma attacks triple when children return to school in September

"Child asthma cases can triple at the start of the school year as returning to the classroom exposes pupils to coughs and colds," reports the Mail Online.

Doctors have suspected for years that children are more likely to need medical help for asthma in the weeks after returning to school from the summer holidays.

Posted On July 03, 2019
Heart And Lungs

Does more leg fat protect women against heart attack and stroke?

"Leg fat `better than belly fat` for older women," reports BBC News.

Researchers looked at the body composition of 2,683 women in the US who were a healthy weight and had been through the menopause.

They found women who had a higher percentage of fat around their trunk were more likely to have a

Posted On July 02, 2019

Success of HPV vaccine could lead to end of cervical cancer

"HPV vaccine programme in schools `could wipe out cervical cancer for good`," reports the Mail Online.

Researchers in Canada summarised 65 studies from 14 countries that have introduced HPV vaccination since it became available a decade ago. The vaccine targets several strains of human papilloma virus (HPV),

Posted On June 27, 2019
Older People

Household antibacterial chemical linked to weakened bones

"Chemical found in soap and toothpaste linked to osteoporosis in women," reports The Daily Telegraph.

Chinese researchers used data from US surveys to look for a link between levels of the chemical triclosan in the body and bone strength (bone mass density).

Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical

Posted On June 26, 2019

Widely used class of drugs linked to dementia

"Common drugs taken by millions `increase risk of dementia by 50%`, experts warn," The Sun reports. The drugs in question are known as anticholinergics. Anticholinergics are drugs that block the nerve chemical acetylcholine, which transmits signals to muscles and glands in the body such as ones releasing saliva or digestive

Posted On June 25, 2019