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20 February 2019
"Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100," reports The Guardian. The headline is prompted by a new study that predicted what might happen to cervical cancer over the next 50 years. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and there are effective vaccines that can protect people from contracting HPV.
19 February 2019
'How many push-ups you can do could predict your risk of heart disease' Metro reports
14 February 2019
"Teen cannabis use is to blame for 60,000 people suffering depression in the UK," reports The Sun.
13 February 2019
"The elderly are being fobbed off with pills for mental health problems instead of receiving therapy," claims the Mail Online, while The Daily Telegraph reports that "NHS ageism is blocking older people's access to talking therapies". The news reports, and their sensational claims, are based on a new review looking into older people's experience of seeking help for depression.
12 February 2019
"Study links heavily processed foods to risk of earlier death," reports The Guardian. Researchers reported that middle-aged French people who ate 10% more so-called "ultra-processed" food had a slightly increased chance of dying over a 7-year period compared with those who ate less. The researchers describe ultra-processed food as "food products that contain multiple ingredients that are manufactured through a multitude of industrial processes".
07 February 2019
'Chippies are selling smaller portions of fish and chips in bid to fight Britain’s obesity crisis' reports The Sun
06 February 2019
'Adding more fruit and veg to your diet boosts your mood and emotional wellbeing' the Mail Online reports
05 February 2019
‘Women’s brains are nearly four years younger than men’s, at least in how they burn fuel, according to scans performed by US researchers’ The Guardian reports
31 January 2019
"E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers give up tobacco than other alternatives such as nicotine patches or gum," Sky News reports.
30 January 2019
"GPs with patients who have a persistent sore throat, combined with shortness of breath, trouble swallowing or earache, should consider cancer as the cause," BBC News reports.
29 January 2019
"Letting a toddler spend lots of time using screens may delay their development of skills such as language and sociability," BBC News reports
24 January 2019
'Gum disease bug could play ‘central role’ in development of Alzheimer’s' The Independent reports
23 January 2019
"Daily dose of aspirin 'not worth risk' as study warns of bleeding side-effects," The Daily Telegraph reports
22 January 2019
'A blood test that spots signs of brain damage could be used to detect Alzheimer’s disease up to a decade before symptoms show, scientists have said' The Independent reports