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Neurology

`Brain changes` could provide early warning sign for Parkinson`s disease

"Scientists say they have identified the earliest signs of Parkinson`s disease in the brain, 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear," BBC News reports.

Parkinson`s disease is a degenerative brain condition caused by loss of nerve cells that produce the chemical dopamine,

Posted On June 20, 2019
Cancer

Many women unaware of the link between alcohol and breast cancer

"Millions at risk of breast cancer as 1 in 5 don’t realise booze can be to blame," reports The Sun. This headline comes from a recent study in which 205 women attending breast clinics and mammography screening appointments were asked about their awareness of alcohol as a risk factor for developing breast cancer.

Posted On June 19, 2019
Pregnancy And Child

Reality TV exposing young people to alcohol and smoking

"Reality TV encourages children to drink and smoke, experts warn," The Guardian reports.

A new study measured the amount of smoking and alcohol shown in the complete series of 5 reality TV programmes aired last year: Celebrity Big Brother, Made in Chelsea, The Only Way is Essex, Geordie Shore and Love Island.

Posted On June 18, 2019
Food And Diet

Red meat linked to higher chance of dying earlier

The Guardian gives us the bad news that "red and processed meat can shorten life", while The Daily Telegraph provides the good news that "swapping one portion of red meat a day for fish or nuts could cut risk of early death by almost a fifth".

Both headlines are prompted by a major new study into diet and health

Posted On June 13, 2019
Neurology

Warning that strobe lighting used at music festivals could trigger seizures

"Music festival lighting `can trigger epileptic fits`," reports BBC News.

Dutch researchers used records from a company providing medical services to music festivals to investigate the number of festival goers treated for epileptic seizures (fits).

They looked at 28 electronic dance music festivals

Posted On June 12, 2019
Obesity

Sleeping with light or TV on linked to weight gain in women

"Falling asleep in front of the TV could increase the risk of obesity," The Daily Telegraph reports, while the Daily Mirror suggests it`s specifically women who sleep with a light who are more likely to gain weight.

Both headlines are reporting a study aiming to see whether light exposure at night could be linked

Posted On June 11, 2019
Food And Diet

Claims that tomato juice is good for the heart not backed by evidence

"Drinking tomato juice can reduce your risk of heart disease," is the overenthusiastic headline in the Daily Mirror.

Japanese researchers offered people free tomato juice for a year, to see if it made a difference to their blood pressure or cholesterol levels. While it made no difference to the 481 people in

Posted On June 06, 2019
Mental Health

Number of girls and young women reporting self-harm in England on the rise

"Self-harm in girls and young women rising at `alarming` rate," reports Sky News.

A study based on 3 surveys of people in England aged 16 to 74 found a worrying rise in people who say they have ever self-harmed.

The overall numbers rose from 2.4% in 2000 to 6.4% in 2014. The increase in reported self-harm

Posted On June 05, 2019
Medical Practice

`Pregnancy hormone` may help treat frozen shoulder

"A hormone most commonly produced during pregnancy could be used to treat a painful joint condition according to new research," the Mail Online reports.

The research involved rats who`d undergone surgery to replicate what`s commonly called frozen shoulder in humans.

This is where scar tissue builds

Posted On June 04, 2019
Food And Diet

Does `ultra-processed` food cause earlier death?

"Heavily processed food like ready meals and ice-cream linked to early death," reports The Guardian.

The headline comes from 2 large observational studies, which found people who ate the most "ultra-processed" food were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, or to die sooner, compared with those who ate

Posted On May 30, 2019
Cancer

Major study finds no link between night shift work and breast cancer

"Night shifts do not increase breast cancer risk, study concludes," reports The Guardian.

This reassuring headline follows analysis of information about more than 100,000 women in the UK over a 10-year period.

A link between night shift work and breast cancer risk was first proposed 30 years ago.

Posted On May 29, 2019
Medication

Honey `as good as antiviral creams` for cold sores

"Honey is `just as effective at treating cold sores as anti-viral creams`," the Mail Online reports.

Cold sores are skin infections around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). You catch the virus through direct skin contact with another person who has the

Posted On May 28, 2019