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Your guide to the science that makes the news

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk of another'

Friday Jun 26 2015

Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk for another'

“Women who suffer stillbirths are four times more likely to suffer the tragedy again,” the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers warn that women with a history of stillbirth should be regarded as being at high risk of another...

Some health food brands may 'do more harm than good' claim

Thursday Jun 25 2015

Health food brands 'do more harm than good' claim

"How so-called 'healthy' snacks could do more harm than good," the Mail Online reports, after a US study found that people who were presented with a food branded as healthy were then less likely to exercise as hard as people offered a normal food option…

Everyday chemicals may contribute to cancer risk

Thursday Jun 25 2015

No evidence that 'cocktail of everyday chemicals' cause cancer

'Fifty everyday chemicals…could be combining to increase our risk of cancer' the Mail Online reports. Researchers have identified 85 chemicals which have the potential to cause cells to switch into 'cancer mode'...

Mushroom supplement could be one way to tackle obesity

Wednesday Jun 24 2015

Mushroom extract could be one way to tackle obesity

"A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals," BBC News reports. A supplement from the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom reduced weight gain by altering bacteria inside the digestive system of mice…

Elderly living near noisy roads have 'increased stroke risk'

Wednesday Jun 24 2015

Elderly Londoners living in noisy areas have 'increased stroke risk'

“Living in a neighbourhood with noisy road traffic may…increase the risk of stroke,” The Guardian reports. Researchers looked at noise levels across London and found a link...

Could a smart insulin patch mean no more diabetic injections?

Tuesday Jun 23 2015

Could a smart insulin patch lead to the end of diabetic injections?

"A 'smart' insulin patch could replace painful injections to help millions of people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check," the Daily Mirror reports; though the technology has only been tested on mice...

A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

Tuesday Jun 23 2015

A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

"Russell Brand and Kate Moss take note – skinny jeans are bad for your health," The Guardian reports. A new case report has told the story of a woman who had to be hospitalised due to nerve damage caused by prolonged squatting in skinny jeans…

Being a 'couch potato' linked to increased anxiety risk

Monday Jun 22 2015

Being a 'couch potato' linked to increased anxiety risk

"Being a couch potato is bad for your mental health," the Mail Online reports. However, the evidence gathered by a new review is not as clear-cut as the headline would lead you to believe…

Drinking plenty of red wine won’t help you lose weight

Monday Jun 22 2015

Drinking plenty of red wine won’t help you lose weight

Sorry to be party poopers but The Daily Telegraph’s headline "How to lose weight - drink plenty of red wine," is simply nonsense. The study it reports on did not involve red wine and was carried out on mice, not humans…

Meningitis B vaccine 'available from September'

Monday Jun 22 2015

Meningitis B vaccine 'available from September'

"All newborn babies in England and Scotland are to be offered a vaccine to combat meningitis B from September," BBC News reports. This will be the world’s first publicly funded vaccination programme for the potentially fatal disease…

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