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New chlamydia vaccine shows promise after being tested on mice

Friday Jun 19 2015

New chlamydia vaccine shows promise after being tested in mice

“Researchers in the United States say they have developed a vaccine that can protect against chlamydia,” The Independent reports. Initial results in mice have shown promise…

Smoking causes half of all deaths in 12 different cancers

Thursday Jun 18 2015

Smoking causes half of all deaths in 12 different cancers

"Roughly half of deaths from 12 smoking-related cancers may be linked directly to cigarette use, a US study estimates," the Mail Online reports. Due to similar smoking rates, it is likely that a similar pattern exists in the UK…

Does owning a cat put your family at risk of schizophrenia?

Monday Jun 15 2015

Does owning a cat put your family at risk of schizophrenia?

“Scientists have discovered a link between people who own cats and the development of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, and believe a parasite may be to blame,” The Independent reports…

Marriage health claims are inconclusive

Friday Jun 12 2015

Marriage health claims are inconclusive

"Marriage is more beneficial for men than women," says The Daily Telegraph, while The Guardian reports: "Divorce not bad for your long-term health". Both headlines are prompted by a study looking at the long-term effects of relationships on health…

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking

Thursday Jun 11 2015

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking

"Using social media to kick the [smoking] habit means you're 'TWICE as likely to succeed'," the Mail Online reports. A study of a Canadian social media campaign aimed at helping young people quit smoking found it…

Does your birthday affect your disease risk?

Wednesday Jun 10 2015

Birth month 'has an effect on lifetime disease risk'

"Scientists Find Surprising Link Between Birth Month And Disease Risk," the Huffington Post reports. Using data mining techniques on 1.7 million electronic medical records, US researchers found an association between…

Five-year 'death test' for older adults launched online

Thursday Jun 4 2015

Five-year 'death test' for older adults launched online

"Are you dying to know? Scientists develop death test to predict if you'll make it to 2020," The Daily Telegraph reports. The test is based on analysis of data collected from the UK Biobank…

Can a single-shot therapy session cure insomnia?

Wednesday Jun 3 2015

Claims that single-shot therapy session can 'cure' insomnia

"Insomnia could be cured with one simple therapy session, new study claims," The Independent reports. UK researchers have been looking at whether cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered in a single one-hour session can combat acute insomnia…

Poor sleep quality linked to Alzheimer's disease

Wednesday Jun 3 2015

Poor sleep quality linked to Alzheimer‘s disease

"Sleepless nights … could raise your odds of developing Alzheimer's," is the claim in the Daily Mail. A new US study did find a link between poor sleep quality and higher levels of abnormal proteins in the brain, but no cause and effect was proven…

Office workers of England - stand up for your health!

Tuesday Jun 2 2015

Office workers of England - stand up for your health!

Workers have been warned to "stand up for at least two hours a day in [the] office," according to The Daily Telegraph. It says these are the first official health guidelines on the issue…

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