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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…

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…

Paracetamol 'useless' in treating osteoarthritis pain

Friday Mar 18 2016

"Paracetamol is next to useless at alleviating arthritic pain," The Times reports. A comprehensive review of existing data suggests paracetamol should not be used in cases of osteoarthritis…

Common antibiotic for children 'ineffective in half of cases'

Wednesday Mar 16 2016

"Antibiotics used to treat common infections in children could soon be rendered useless," the Daily Mail reports. A major review of existing data found worryingly high levels of resistance to widely used antibiotics such as ampicillin…

Link between indigestion drugs and dementia 'inconclusive'

Tuesday Feb 16 2016

"Indigestion pills taken by millions 'could raise the risk of dementia by 50%'," the Daily Mail reports. A German study found a link between the proton pump inhibitor class of drugs and an increased risk of dementia in the elderly…

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