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Magic mushroom ingredient tested as depression treatment

Wednesday May 18 2016

"Magic mushrooms 'promising' in depression," BBC News reports. Magic mushrooms is an umbrella term for fungi that contain psilocybin. This is a psychoactive substance that can cause intense LSD-like…

Diluted apple juice 'as good as' rehydration drinks for children

Wednesday May 4 2016

"Scientists have revealed which fruit can stop toddlers crying due to stomach pains," says the Daily Mirror, missing the point of the study it reports on. The study looked at the use of diluted apple juice to prevent dehydration...

Vitamin D, fish oil and folates may enhance antidepressants

Wednesday Apr 27 2016

"Do antidepressants work better when taken with supplements?," the Mail Online asks. A new review of existing evidence suggests that, "Omega-3 fish oils, certain amino acids, folate and vitamin D" may boost the beneficial effect of antidepressants…

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…

Natural protein 'restores memory in mice with Alzheimer's'

Tuesday Apr 19 2016

"Alzheimer's symptoms could be reversed by restoring protein in brain," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers say mice with Alzheimer's disease-like symptoms showed improvement in memory tasks after being given the protein interleukin 33…

Warning issued over alarming rise in 'super-gonorrhoea' cases

Monday Apr 18 2016

"Doctors have expressed 'huge concern' that super-gonorrhoea has spread widely across England," BBC News reports. Public Health England issued the warning about the rise of a strain of gonorrhoea that has developed resistance to a widely used antibiotic…

Anti-smoking drug may also help combat sugar cravings

Monday Apr 11 2016

"Anti-smoking drugs could stub out your sugar cravings," the Daily Mail reports. A study in rats suggests that varenicline (Champix), used to relieve nicotine cravings, could also help reduce the desire to consume sugar…

Effects of vitamin D for heart failure far from 'stunning'

Wednesday Apr 6 2016

"Vitamin D can produce 'amazing' improvements in heart function," claims The Independent about the results of a recent study, while BBC News reported suggestions the results were "stunning". However, the study in question...

New drug 'effective' for those with intolerable statin side effects

Monday Apr 4 2016

"A breakthrough drug can slash levels of bad cholesterol by half without the side effects of statins," the Daily Mail reports. Statins are a class of drug used to reduce high cholesterol levels, often given to people thought to be…

Can HRT in early menopause cut heart disease risk?

Friday Apr 1 2016

"Women who take HRT drugs soon after going through menopause are 'less likely to suffer heart disease','' the Daily Mail reports. A new study found that early adopters of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) might slow…

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