Behind the Headlines

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Tai chi 'may help people cope better with diseases of ageing'

Monday Sep 21 2015

"Tai chi can help older patients with disabling conditions," The Guardian reports after an analysis of old data found the martial art may help relieve some symptoms of four age-related diseases…

Decreasing portion sizes could cut obesity levels

Wednesday Sep 16 2015

"Reducing the portion sizes … would help reverse the obesity epidemic, say researchers," BBC News reports. The researchers, who pooled the results of over 70 previous studies, found a link between portion size and overeating…

UK ban on trans fats 'would save thousands of lives'

Wednesday Sep 16 2015

"Trans fat ban could save 7,200 lives by 2020, says study," The Guardian reports. This is the conclusion of a new modelling study looking at whether banning trans fatty acids – associated with "bad" cholesterol and…

Study finds North-South divide in UK life expectancy

Tuesday Sep 15 2015

"England's richest people 'live eight years longer than the country's poorest'," The Independent reports. A major new study has found a significant difference in life expectancy of the richer South East England compared to the poorer North…

Cannabis use may affect diabetes risk in the middle-aged

Monday Sep 14 2015

"People who use marijuana may be more likely to develop pre-diabetes than those who have never smoked it," The Independent reports after a US study found a link between long-term cannabis use and pre-diabetes…

How hopping may help with osteoporosis risk in older people

Friday Sep 11 2015

"Older people could reduce risk of osteoporosis by hopping for two minutes a day," the Daily Mirror reports. A UK study found regular hopping increased bone density in older men…

No conclusive evidence that e-cigs tempt teens to smoke

Wednesday Sep 9 2015

"Young people who try e-cigarettes are much more likely to start smoking, scientists have concluded," The Daily Telegraph reports. Though the conclusion, such as it is, is based on just 16 teenagers...

Does lack of sleep make you susceptible to common cold?

Tuesday Sep 1 2015

"Sleep longer to lower risk of catching cold," says The Daily Telegraph of research on how sleep duration and quality could affect your risk of catching a cold. In this small, research experiment...

Goth teens 'at increased risk of depression and self-harm'

Friday Aug 28 2015

"Goths are three times more likely to be depressed than other teenagers, with 37% admitting to self-harming," the Daily Mail reports. A new study looked at mental health outcomes in young people who said they identified with the goth sub-culture…

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased multiple sclerosis risk

Thursday Aug 27 2015

"Lack of vitamin D may cause multiple sclerosis, study finds," reports the Guardian. A large study found people genetically programmed to have lower vitamin D levels are at an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS)…

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