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Dogs 'warn diabetics' after smelling low blood sugar

Wednesday Aug 21 2013

Dogs 'warn diabetics' after smelling low blood sugar

“Dogs could be trained to warn diabetic patients when their blood sugar levels are about to become low,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The story comes from a study of 17 people with diabetes…

Claims blood test predicts lifespan are exaggerated

Wednesday Jul 10 2013

Blood test to predict lifespan claims hyped

The Mail Online promises us a “revolutionary blood test that could predict how long you'll live, what ailments you'll get – and how fast you'll age”. The Mail is not the only news organisation to make such elaborate claims…

Regular 'mini-strolls' may cut chance of diabetes

Wednesday Jul 3 2013

Regular 'mini-strolls' may cut diabetes risk

"Getting up from your desk for two minutes every half an hour could slash the risk of diabetes," is the advice in the Daily Mail. A study found that people who took a regular ‘walking break’ every 30 minutes had a significant drop in blood sugar levels…

Promising news about potential diabetes vaccine

Thursday Jun 27 2013

Promising news about potential diabetes vaccine

News of a successful trial of a vaccine for type 1 diabetes has been covered by BBC News, who reported that, "It may be possible to reverse type 1 diabetes by training a patient's own immune system to stop attacking their body…

Diabetes drugs may be linked to pancreatic cancer

Monday Jun 10 2013

Diabetes drugs linked to pancreatic cancer

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) investigation into two classes of type 2 diabetes drugs has prompted headlines in the Daily Mail. The newspaper claims "Diabetes drugs taken by thousands linked to cancer…

No proof coffee causes obesity and diabetes

Wednesday May 29 2013

Coffee linked to obesity and diabetes

'Is your caffeine fix making you fat?' is the compelling question posed by the Mail Online website, which goes on to report that a study 'shows five cups of coffee a day could cause obesity.' But the study in question…

Pollution may increase diabetes risk

Friday May 10 2013

Exhaust fumes may increase diabetes risk

‘Children's exposure to traffic pollution could…lead to diabetes' BBC News explains, reporting on a German study. The study included around 400 children aged 10…

Sugary soft drinks linked to raised risk of diabetes

Thursday Apr 25 2013

Sugary soft drinks can cause a range of health problems

'One soft drink a day increases Type 2 diabetes risk by a fifth,' The Independent warns, reporting on a European study that has examined the relationship between type 2 diabetes and sugary drinks. The study…

Hard times in Cuba linked to better national health

Wednesday Apr 10 2013

Cuban 'hard-time' diet could cut death rates

"The Cuban diet – eat less, exercise more – and preventable deaths are halved," is the advice in The Independent. This is not a new Latin diet and dance fad, but news based on research into how Cuba’s rollercoaster economic history...

Time spent sitting raises risk of chronic disease

Thursday Feb 21 2013

Deskbound lifestyle ups risks of chronic diseases

"Stand up if you want to stay healthy, warn researchers," the Daily Mail reports, as a large study has found an association between time spent sitting down and chronic disease. The study surveyed middle-aged Australian men at one point in time…

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