Behind the Headlines

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Job insecurity may increase adult asthma risk

Tuesday Sep 23 2014

Job insecurity may increase adult asthma risk

"People fearful of losing their jobs are 60% more likely to develop asthma," The Independent reports. A German study found that rates of newly-occurring asthma were higher in people who reported feeling insecure about their future job prospects…

Cosmetics blamed for raised child asthma risk

Wednesday Sep 17 2014

Household chemicals may up child asthma risk

"Chemicals in make-up and perfumes fuelling rise in children with asthma," reports the Mail Online. One scientist, the website claims, suggests that women should take measures such as checking the contents of their make-up and avoiding using…

Regular walking breaks 'protect arteries'

Tuesday Sep 9 2014

Regular walking breaks 'protects arteries'

"Just a five-minute walk every hour helps protect against damage of sitting all day," the Mail Online reports. Researchers found that people who took five-minute “standing breaks” every hour had improved blood flow…

Heart failure drug could 'cut deaths by a fifth'

Monday Sep 1 2014

Heart failure drug will 'cut deaths by a fifth'

“A new drug believed to cause a 20 per cent reduction in heart failure deaths could present a 'major advance' in treatment,” The Independent reports. The drug, LCZ696, helps improve blood flow in heart failure patients…

Study finds plain cigarette pack fears 'unfounded'

Friday Aug 29 2014

Plain packs don't lead to 'unintended consequences'

"Cigarette plain packaging fear campaign unfounded," reports The Guardian. After Australia introduced plain packaging laws in 2012, opponents of the legislation argued it would lead to a number of unintended consequences…

Are good neighbours really life-savers?

Tuesday Aug 19 2014

Are good neighbours really life-savers?

'Having good neighbours can help cut heart attack risk, study shows' The Independent reports. A US study has found an association between high levels of 'social cohesion' and reduced heart attack risk…

High-salt diet linked to 1.6 million heart deaths

Thursday Aug 14 2014

Too much salt in the diet is believed to cause cardiovascular disease

"Salty diet 'causes 1.6 million deaths worldwide each year'," reports The Daily Telegraph. It goes on to quote a researcher saying this is "nearly 1 in 10 of all deaths from cardiovascular causes worldwide". This scary-sounding headline...

'Safe' stem cell therapy may help stroke recovery

Monday Aug 11 2014

Stem cells: providing hope in many therapeutic areas

BBC Online today reports that "Stem cells show promise in stroke recovery". This accurate headline comes from a study showing how a new technique using a patient's own stem cells...

Salt content in cheese 'too high', say campaigners

Thursday Aug 7 2014

'Salt cuts have saved lives,' says study

"Halloumi and blue cheese saltier than seawater,” reports The Daily Telegraph, following the publication of research on the salt content of cheeses sold in the UK. Researchers looked at 612 supermarket cheeses...

Study probes effect of NHS Health Checks

Friday Aug 1 2014

NHS Health Checks 'waste of time' study argues

"Health MOTs routinely offered to over-40s on the NHS may be a waste of time," the Mail Online reports. The report says researchers have found no difference in the prevalence of diseases such as diabetes in GP practices that offer NHS Health Checks…

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