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Lack of vitamin D may 'raise dementia risk'

Thursday Aug 7 2014

Lack of vitamin D 'raises dementia risk'

People lacking in vitamin D have a higher risk of developing dementia report several media outlets, including BBC News and The Independent. A study found people severely lacking in the sunshine vitamin...

Could HIV drugs help treat multiple sclerosis?

Tuesday Aug 5 2014

HIV drugs may be help treat MS

"Could MS patients be treated with HIV drugs?" ask the Mail Online and The Independent after a new study discovered people with HIV were almost two-thirds less likely (62%) to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who did not have the virus...

Video games 'beneficial' for children

Monday Aug 4 2014

A new study looked at whether playing computer games is beneficial

Children who play video games for less than an hour every day were better adjusted than those who did not play at all, a study finds.

Tiny area of the brain linked to fear of the future

Tuesday Jul 29 2014

Tiny brain part linked to pessimism and dread

"Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression," BBC News reports. UK scientists think they have identified part of the brain responsible for feelings of foreboding. This part of the brain, called the habenula, may also be associated with depression…

Sleep deprivation may affect memory

Wednesday Jul 23 2014

Sleep deprivation may affect memory

"Sleep deprived people are more likely to … hold 'false' memories of the past," The Daily Telegraph reports. New results suggest that lack of sleep may make more people more vulnerable to develop certain types of memory problems…

Study offers insight into genetics of schizophrenia

Tuesday Jul 22 2014

Fresh insights into the genetics of schizophrenia

"More than 100 schizophrenia genes have been pinpointed," reports the Daily Mail. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers have gained further insights into the genetics of the condition, which it is hoped could lead to new treatments…

Sex addiction affects brain in 'same way as drugs'

Monday Jul 14 2014

Sex addiction effects brain in 'same way as drugs'

"Is compulsive sexual behaviour comparable to drug addiction?" The Guardian asks. UK researchers, using brain scans, found that men with a sex addiction exhibited changes to the brain, when exposed to pornography, similar to those seen in drug addicts…

'Exercise may help prevent Alzheimer's disease'

Monday Jul 14 2014

Alzheimer's 'preventable' through exercise

"Cut Alzheimer's risk by walking," the Daily Mail recommends. This advice is prompted by a statistical modelling study looking at population attributable risks (PARS) – factors known to influence the prevalence of a disease, such as Alzheimer's…

New Alzheimer’s test may help future clinical trials

Tuesday Jul 8 2014

Blood test for Alzheimer’s '87% accurate'

"Research in more than 1,000 people has identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict the start of the dementia with 87% accuracy," BBC News reports. But media claims that "Alzheimer's disease could be prevented" are premature…

Headbanging could damage your (Motör)head

Friday Jul 4 2014

How headbanging could be bad for your head

“German doctors are highlighting the dangers of headbanging after a 50-year-old man developed bleeding in the brain following a Motörhead concert,” BBC News reports. The news is based on a case report in The Lancet…

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