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Healthier lifestyles 'could cut cancer death rates'

Friday May 20 2016

"Half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if people simply adopted a healthier lifestyle," the Daily Mail reports. A new study adds to the weight of evidence that says combining simple lifestyle changes can dramatically…

Women who regularly attend religious services 'live longer'

Tuesday May 17 2016

"Going to church could save your life," reports the Daily Mail, adding that, "Women who worship once a week are '25 per cent less likely to die early'." Perhaps surprisingly, while the first part of the headline is overly simplistic…

Study finds no link between mobile phones and brain cancer

Monday May 9 2016

"Mobile phones don't increase the risk of brain cancer, 30-year study concludes," the Mail Online reports. The Australian study found the massive increase in mobile phone use over the past 30 years was not matched by a similar rise in brain cancer cases…

Gene breakthrough promises 'bespoke' breast cancer treatment

Tuesday May 3 2016

"Breast cancer treatment breakthrough after 'milestone' genetic discovery," says The Independent, about widely reported research investigating genetic mutations in people with breast cancer...

Daily low-dose aspirin may help combat cancer

Friday Apr 22 2016

"Aspirin could help beat cancer: Daily pill can 'cuts odds of dying of breast, bowel and prostate cancer by a fifth'," the Daily Mail reports. A review of previous studies suggests low-dose aspirin could play a useful role in…

Obesity epidemic blamed for rise in womb cancer

Wednesday Apr 13 2016

"Obesity 'likely culprit' behind womb cancer rise," reports BBC News. Cancer Research UK has released data showing a marked increase in cases of womb cancer over the last two decades, and obesity seems to be the likely reason…

Choir singing may boost immunity in people affected by cancer

Tuesday Apr 5 2016

"Being in a choir could help the body fight cancer by boosting the immune system," the Daily Mail reports. The study involved 193 people from Wales who were affected by cancer in some way…

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

Friday Apr 1 2016

"One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025," The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the "UK's population to be fattest in Europe" by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major…

Diabetes drug linked to increased bladder cancer risk

Thursday Mar 31 2016

"The anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone raises the risk of bladder cancer by 63 per cent," The Daily Telegraph reports. While the actual risk increase in real-world terms is small, the results may help inform prescription decisions…

Quitting smoking overnight 'better than cutting down gradually'

Tuesday Mar 15 2016

"Want to quit smoking? Forget trying to cut down, if you really want to kick the habit 'going cold turkey is the best option'," is the headline from the Mail Online. The news website reports on a trial by UK-based researchers that aimed to assess…

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