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Gum disease linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

"Gum disease sufferers 70% more likely to get dementia," The Times reports. A Taiwanese study found that people with a 10-year or longer history of chronic periodontitis had a small but significant increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease…

Vitamin C injections could play a role in treating blood cancers

"Super-strength vitamin C doses could be a way to fight leukaemia," the Mail Online reports. Research in mice found vitamin C could help combat the effect of a mutated gene that can cause uncontrollable stem cell growth…

'Junk food' may increase cancer risk in 'healthy weight' women

"Women who eat junk food such as burgers or pizza are increasing their risk of cancer even if they're not overweight, new research has warned," reports the Daily Mail. The story is based on research from the US looking at the diet of postmenopausal women…

People who regularly groom their pubic hair at risk of injuries

"A quarter of Americans are injured and hospitalized by tidying up 'down there'," the Mail Online reports. The headline is prompted by a survey which asked 7,570 adults about pubic hair removal and "grooming" (such as waxing)…

'Alternative cancer therapies' may increase your risk of death

"Cancer patients who use alternative medicine more than twice as likely to die," is the stark message from The Independent. Researchers found that people who chose alternative medicine instead of conventional cancer treatments…

'Fat but fit' people may still be at risk of heart disease

"Concept of being 'fit but fat' is a myth, researchers say," ITV News reports after a Europe-wide study looked at associations between body weight, metabolic health and heart disease…

Reports that antibacterials in pregnancy are 'harmful' unfounded

"Warning to pregnant women, don't use antibacterial soap! Chemicals in the products can make children fat and disrupt their development," is the alarming, yet entirely unsupported, headline from the Mail Online...

Gene editing brings pig organ transplant closer

"Gene editing to remove viruses brings transplant organs from pigs a step closer," The Guardian reports after researchers used the new CRIPSR gene editing technique. CRIPSR acts like a set of molecular scissors…

Vitamin B3 found in Marmite not proven to prevent miscarriage

"Like it or loathe it, but Marmite could help prevent millions of miscarriages and birth defects around the world," is the overly optimistic headline in The Daily Telegraph. The news is based on research into just four families…

Saliva 'may speed healing' but 'kissing it better' probably won't

"Kissing it better really works: Saliva found to have properties that help speed up the healing process," reports the Mail Online. Researchers in Chile investigated how human saliva may help wounds to heal more efficiently…

'Exercise pill' could potentially help people with heart failure

"Pill that mimics effects of going to the gym could transform lives of heart failure patients," the Daily Mirror reports. While the news sounds promising, it is important to make clear the research involved rodents, not people…

Software used to screen social media photos for depression signs

"The images you put up on Instagram could be used to diagnose if you're depressed," the Mail Online reports. Researchers attempted to see if computer-driven image recognition could diagnose depression based on…

Alcohol linked to an increased risk of skin cancer

"Drinking just one glass of beer or wine a day could give you skin cancer, scientists have warned," the Mail Online reports. Researchers pooled the results of previous studies and found a small, but significant, association between alcohol…

Diabetes drug may be helpful for Parkinson's disease

"A drug commonly used to treat diabetes could help those living with Parkinson's disease," The Guardian reports. A small study suggests a drug called exenatide may have a modest beneficial effect on motor (movement) symptoms…

Gene editing used to repair diseased genes in embryos

"Deadly gene mutations removed from human embryos in landmark study," reports The Guardian. Researchers have used a gene-editing technique to repair faults in DNA that can cause an often-fatal heart condition…

Kitchen sponges may be a 'bacteria hotspot' – but no need to worry

"Study finds just a sugar-cube sized piece of kitchen sponge can contain 54 BILLION bacterial cells," the Mail Online reports. A German study sampled a number of different kitchen sponges and found they contained far more bacteria than expected…

Could discovery of 'fat switch' cure obesity?

"Obesity cure possible after discovery of fat 'switch'," is the somewhat premature headline in The Daily Telegraph. Researchers have identified a "biological switch" that controls when fat cells convert fat into energy for the body…

More older adults 'may benefit from taking statins,' study reports

"Nearly all men over 60 and women over 75 eligible for statins, analysis suggests," The Guardian reports. This is the finding of a study that aimed to see how many people in England…

Calls for GPs to offer HIV screening in high-risk areas

"Offering routine HIV tests to people when they register with new GP surgeries in high-risk areas is cost-effective and could save lives," The Guardian reports. The news comes from the findings of a large trial in the London Borough of Hackney…

Reports that frequent drinking prevents diabetes are inaccurate

"Drinking a moderate amount of certain drinks such as wine three to four times a week reduced diabetes risk by about 30%," The Guardian reports. That was the main reported finding of a Danish study looking at the impact of alcohol on diabetes risk…