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Pregnancy And Child

Guidelines issued on activity and screen time for babies and toddlers

"Kids under two should never be allowed to watch any screens – or they`ll get fat," warns the Sun.

The alarming headline gives the flavour of reports in much of the UK media about the World Health Organization`s (WHO) recommendations on how much time e

Posted On April 25, 2019

Widely used diabetes drug may hold potential to aid long-term weight loss

"A drug used by patients with diabetes holds potential in helping people lose weight and keep it off," reports the Mail Online.

A new study compared long-term weight loss in people thought to be at risk of type 2 diabetes who had either been advised to follow a strict diet and exercise plan, been given the

Posted On April 24, 2019
Food And Diet

Regularly skipping breakfast linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke

"Skipping breakfast may raise risk of heart disease by up to 87 per cent, study finds," The Sun reports. This follows a US study that looked at the breakfast habits of over 6,500 adults aged around 50. It then looked to see how many people died overall and the specific cause.

A third died over the next 18 years,

Posted On April 23, 2019
Pregnancy And Child

Screen time may increase chances of attention problems in children aged 3 to 5

"How just 2 hours` screen time a day as a toddler can make children more likely to `be badly behaved or have ADHD`," the Mail Online reports.

Researchers in Canada looked at parents` reports of how much time their children spent using screens each day at age 3 and 5.

They compared screen time with scores

Posted On April 18, 2019
Pregnancy And Child

Scan mums-to-be at 36 weeks for breech births, says study

"Breech baby scan `would save lives`," reports BBC News.

Researchers in Cambridge scanned around 4,000 women at 36 weeks to see whether their babies were in the breech position, meaning their bottom would come out first.

Babies are usually born head-first, and a breech presentation can be risky for

Posted On April 17, 2019

Statins `do not work` for half of people prescribed them, study reports

"Statins are not effective at lowering cholesterol levels for half of patients," the Daily Mirror reports.

Statins are a widely used and well established medicine for lowering cholesterol.

A large body of evidence has shown that statins are effective in reducing so-called

Posted On April 16, 2019
Lifestyle And Exercise

`Therapy reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome,` reports study

"Answer to irritable bowel syndrome is the mind, study shows," states The Telegraph.

The headline is based on research conducted in the UK involving people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

They were provided with different types of cognitive

Posted On April 11, 2019
Medical Practice

More research needed to show if faecal transplants help autistic children

The Mail Online reports: “Autism symptoms can be reduced 50% in children who received faecal transplants.” But further research on a much larger group of people is needed to show if the treatment works.

Faecal transplants, originally designed to treat C.diff infections, involve receiving a transplant of gut mic

Posted On April 10, 2019
Food And Diet

Dietary supplements `do not help improve health outcomes`

"Taking vitamin supplements does not help you live longer but may actually cause you harm, study suggests," reports the Sun.

A US study reports that vitamin and mineral supplements do not reduce the risk of death. And there`s a suggestion that high-dose calcium supplements could actually increase the risk.

Posted On April 09, 2019
Food And Diet

Poor diet now killing more than smoking

"Bad diets killing more people globally than tobacco, study finds," reports The Guardian.

In a new analysis, researchers have estimated that 11 million deaths around the world were related to poor diet.

They found eating a diet high in salt, but low in fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, was associated

Posted On April 04, 2019
Food And Diet

Does eating a few squares of dark chocolate a day improve blood pressure?

"Eating a few squares of dark chocolate every day `improves your blood pressure in just one month`," is the overoptimistic headline in the Mail Online.

Unfortunately for chocoholics, the study involved just 30 people, so the results are not particularly robust.

And all 30 were young healthy adults,

Posted On April 03, 2019
Pregnancy And Child

E-cigarettes `do not promote smoking in teens`

"The sharp increase in the use of e-cigarettes has not led more British children to take up cigarettes or regard smoking as normal," The Guardian reports.

There`s been some concern about the popularity of e-cigarettes among young people, and whether it could increase the number of teen smokers by making smoking

Posted On April 02, 2019