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Online tool helps men choose best prostate cancer treatment

13 March 2019

"Prostate cancer patients could be spared needless surgery thanks to NHS risk calculator," reports the Sun. UK researchers have developed a tool to estimate a man's chances of surviving 15 years after a prostate cancer diagnosis, based on age, cancer type and other health problems.

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Eye test can pick up Alzheimer's, study claims

12 March 2019

Alzheimer's could be caught early with simple eye test, according to the Daily Telegraph on a study looking at scans of the blood vessels in the retina of people with the condition.

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'Small' increase in risk of Alzheimer's disease with HRT use, study suggests

07 March 2019

"HRT may raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests" the Telegraph online reports

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Stem cell cancer treatment leaves man 'free' of HIV

06 March 2019

"UK patient 'free' of HIV after stem cell treatment," reports BBC News. Doctors report that a man with HIV, who was given a stem cell transplant to treat his blood cancer, has no detectable signs of HIV 18 months after stopping anti-HIV treatment. The man had Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system (a key part of our immune system).

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'No link between MMR and autism,' major study finds

05 March 2019

"The MMR jab does not lead to autism: Scientists debunk controversial theory yet again," reports the Mail Online. A major study has confirmed yet again that there's no link between autism and the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

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Fears bipolar patients could be on the 'wrong drugs'

28 February 2019

'A quarter of patients with bipolar disorder are being prescribed drugs which could make their symptoms worse, a new study has claimed' BBC News reports

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First-time mothers 'lose an hour's sleep a night' after childbirth

27 February 2019

“New parents face up to six years of sleep deprivation,” warns The Guardian

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Are women who work long hours more likely to be depressed?

26 February 2019

"Women who work more than 55 hours a week are more likely to suffer from depression than those who work the more standard 35-40 hours," The Guardian reports. The headline was prompted by a new study exploring the association between work and depression symptoms among British workers.

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Morning walks and frequent breaks 'as good as drugs for blood pressure'

21 February 2019

"Just 30 minutes of exercise a day 'as good as drugs' to lower blood pressure," reports the Daily Mirror. Australian researchers conducted experiments on 67 adults aged 55 to 80 to look at the effects of half an hour of walking on the blood pressure of people who were otherwise sitting down for 8 hours a day.

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Cervical cancer 'could become a thing of the past'

20 February 2019

"Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100," reports The Guardian. The headline is prompted by a new study that predicted what might happen to cervical cancer over the next 50 years. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and there are effective vaccines that can protect people from contracting HPV.

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Struggling to do push-ups? You may be at risk of heart disease

19 February 2019

'How many push-ups you can do could predict your risk of heart disease' Metro reports

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