`Chocolate good for the heart` claims sadly too good to be true

"Regularly tucking into a bar of chocolate may actually be good for us," reports the Mail Online.

Researchers in Denmark say people who eat chocolate one to six times a week are less likely to get a heart condition called atrial fibrillation than those who eat it hardly at all (less than once a month).

Posted On May 24, 2017

Lack of sleep knocks your social appeal, says research

"A couple of bad nights is enough to make a person look `significantly` more ugly," reports BBC News.

Researchers in Sweden found people rated photographs of strangers as less attractive and healthy when the people in the photographs had less sleep.

The study used photographs of healthy, mainly young,

Posted On May 17, 2017

Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic

"`Potent` new molecule in frog slime may give us new way to beat flu epidemics, say boffins," The Sun reports.

Researchers looked at secretions from the skin of a south Indian frog called Hydrophylax bahuvistara. They found it contained a peptide (a short chain of amino acids) which could kill certain flu viruses

Posted On April 19, 2017

Is bad luck the leading cause of cancer?

"Most cancers are caused by random mistakes in the genetic code when cells divide out of the blue, new research shows," the Daily Mail reports.

But this is an oversimplification of research that looked at the role spontaneous random mutations play in the development of certain cancers.

It`s well known

Posted On March 27, 2017

The pill provides `lifelong protection against some cancers`

"The pill can protect women from cancer for 30 years," is the front page headline in the Daily Mirror.

The paper reports on a landmark study that followed more than 46,000 women in the UK for up to 44 years.

The study found women who`d used the combined or

Posted On March 22, 2017

Overweight young men `more likely to get severe liver disease`

"Men who are overweight in their late teens have a higher risk of developing liver cancer in later life, new research suggests," reports ITV News. Swedish researchers also found a link to other serious types of liver disease.

The researchers assessed the link between 

Posted On March 21, 2017

New breast cancer drugs could help more than previously thought

"Up to one in five women with breast cancer could benefit from a type of treatment currently only given to patients with a rare form of the disease," The Independent reports.

Research suggests around 20% of women with breast cancer may benefit from a new class of drug

Posted On March 15, 2017

Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of one type of breast cancer

"Eating a Mediterranean diet `cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%` in postmenopausal women," says the Mail Online of a widely reported study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands.

The researchers looked at data from a study involving more than 60,000 women aged 55-69 over a 20-year period.


Posted On March 07, 2017

Wide range of cancers now linked to being overweight

"Increased risk of 11 types of cancer linked to being overweight," The Guardian reports.

A new review in the BMJ found strong evidence of a link between body weight and 11 types of cancer, most of them either digestive (such as bowel cancer) or hormonal (such as breast cancer).

The review was based on

Posted On March 01, 2017

Exercise `most proven method` to prevent return of breast cancer

"A half hour stroll a day can help women who`ve survived breast cancer prevent the killer disease returning," The Sun reports.

A review of recent evidence, carried out by Canadian researchers, was prompted by the fact that many women who undergo treatment for breast cancer

Posted On February 22, 2017

GPs `failing to prescribe tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer`

"Half of GPs unaware of drug`s use [tamoxifen] in cancer prevention," The Guardian reports.

An online survey of GPs found many were unaware of national guidelines recommending the use of tamoxifen for at risk women.


Posted On February 14, 2017

Diabetes could be a warning sign of pancreatic cancer

"Experts have revealed the onset of diabetes, or existing diabetes getting much worse could be a sign of hidden pancreatic cancer," reports The Daily Express.

The media reports follow a press release of a study presented at the European Cancer Congress (ECCO) yesterday. The research analysed nearly a million

Posted On January 31, 2017