Behind the Headlines

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Could statins treat common cause of vision loss?

Friday Feb 5 2016

"Statins could be miracle cure for blindness," reports the Express, following a new study into dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in adults...

Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens

Thursday Jan 28 2016

"Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated," The Daily Telegraph reports. A review of patient reports compiled by drug companies suggests risks may have been under-reported…

Men at high risk of getting HIV 'need preventative treatment'

Thursday Jan 14 2016

"Giving healthy gay men HIV drugs 'could help reverse epidemic'," BBC News reports. A modelling study looking at the effects of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), where drugs are used to prevent infection…

Arthritis drug could also help combat ovarian cancer

Monday Jan 11 2016

"A rheumatoid arthritis drug can kill off ovarian cancer cells in women with the BRCA1 mutation," the Mail Online reports. The drug, auranofin, was found to be effective against ovarian cancer cells associated with the BRCA1 mutation…

Antidepressant paroxetine use linked to risk of birth defects

Wednesday Jan 6 2016

"Antidepressant 'does increase your baby's risk of birth defects if taken in first 12 weeks of pregnancy','' the Mail Online reports. A study of previous data suggests the commonly used antidepressant paroxetine…

Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly?

Wednesday Jan 6 2016

"Giving pensioners high doses of vitamin D to strengthen their leg bones may put them at higher risk of a fall," The Times reports, after a Swiss study suggested high doses of the supplement offer no benefits, but do increase the risk of falling…

Vitamin D deficiency linked to irritable bowel syndrome

Wednesday Dec 23 2015

"Is vitamin D the key to treating IBS? 82% of sufferers 'are deficient'," the Mail Online reports. However, the small study that noticed the trend did not find that giving vitamin D supplements to people with IBS helped with symptoms…

Last line in antibiotic resistance under threat - News update

Tuesday Dec 22 2015

"The last line of antibiotic defence against some serious infections is under threat," The Guardian reports, after researchers found that E.coli bacteria from food products in China has developed resistance to colistin, a polymixin antibiotic…

Antidepressant use in pregnancy 'linked to childhood autism'

Tuesday Dec 15 2015

"Taking antidepressants during pregnancy almost doubles the risk of children developing autism," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers say it is possible that chemicals present in antidepressants could interfere with child development…

Is paracetamol any good for treating flu?

Monday Dec 14 2015

"Paracetamol will not ease the symptoms of flu, according to a study by doctors in New Zealand," The Times reports. A small study suggests the widely used painkiller does not help combat the overall effects of infection...

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