'It’s thought of as one of the safest painkillers to take during pregnancy, but a new study has warned of the dangers of taking paracetamol when pregnant' the Daily Mirror reports
"Having an afternoon nap twice a week 'lowers your risk of a heart attack'," reports the Daily Mail on the findings of a recent study.
'Being vegetarian 'lowers heart disease risk but increases chance of stroke'' reports The Guardian
"Ditch the Diet Coke! People who drink two glasses a day at 'higher risk of early death','' warns the Daily Mirror.
"Breast cancer: Menopausal hormone therapy risks 'bigger than thought'," BBC News reports. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is taken to relieve menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and hot flushes. But it's long been recognised that HRT is linked to an increased risk of breast, womb and ovarian cancers, as well as the risk of cardiovascular problems such as blood clots.
"Extreme 'caveman' diet of fasting every other day may help overweight patients lose nearly 8lbs in just four weeks," reports the Mail Online. The website reports on a new study that investigated the effects of intermittent fasting on weight, metabolism and a number of general health markers, such as cholesterol levels.
"Lose weight and still drink wine! It's 'good for your gut and keeps you slim'," reports the Sun. Like many "too good to be true" headlines, the story is more complicated than that. Researchers looked at the self-reported drinking habits of 916 female twins in the UK, and cross-checked their findings in similar groups from the US and Belgium. They also assessed the micro-organisms, such as bacteria, living in the women's guts. A more diverse population of micro-organisms in the gut has been linked to better gut health.
"Optimists are more likely to live longer than those who have a more negative approach to life, a US study has found," BBC News reports.
"Older adults can boost longevity 'with just a little exercise'," reports The Guardian. It's long been known that being more physically active is linked to being healthy and living longer. Now researchers who re-examined data from 8 studies, which included 36,383 people aged over 40, say the benefits are greater than previously thought, and that any intensity of activity helps.
"Growing up in air-polluted areas linked to mental health issues," reports The Guardian.
"Pregnant women who drink fluoride-treated water may have children with lower IQs," the Mail Online reports.
"Too much wheat and gluten in early stages of infancy raises risk of coeliac disease in children at risk of the condition," reports the Mail Online. Researchers looked at the diets of 6,605 children from Sweden, Finland, Germany and the US, all of whom had genetic variants that put them at higher risk of developing autoimmune conditions like coeliac disease, where the immune system starts to attack the body's own tissues.
"Facebook and Instagram are damaging children's mental health," reports the Sun as a new study suggests there's a link between frequent social media use and poor mental health and wellbeing in teens. Researchers analysed data from 12,866 young people aged 13 to 16 in England.
"A vaccine to protect against chlamydia has moved closer to becoming reality after a pioneering clinical trial found the treatment to be safe," The Guardian reports. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STI).
"Fast-food outlets on commuter routes may fuel obesity crisis," reports The Guardian.
"Miracle Flab Jab - A NEW weight-loss jab could help overweight patients shed 10lbs in just four weeks," The Sun reports.
"Children who overeat, pick at meals or are fussy when it comes to food may be more at risk of eating disorders as teenagers," the Mail Online reports.
BBC News reports: "A mobile phone app has speeded up the detection of a potentially fatal kidney condition in hospital patients."
"Coming off statins in old age raises the risk of heart attack or stroke by around a third," reports The Sun.
"Insomnia sufferers can benefit from therapy," reports The Guardian. US and European guidelines already advise GPs to refer patients with insomnia for a type of talking therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) before trying sleeping pills. But until now there's been insufficient evidence about how well CBT works in primary care settings, such as GP surgeries, rather than in specialist sleep clinics.
"Middle-aged women with waists over 35 inches have a 30% higher risk of early death," reports the Mail Online.
"Eating fish regularly slashes the risk of bowel cancer," reports The Sun.
"Eating more fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by almost a quarter," reports The Independent.