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Does paracetamol taken in pregnancy affect masculinity?

"Taking paracetamol when pregnant 'makes boys less manly, less aggressive and lowers their sex drive'," reports The Sun. But the alarming headline doesn't explain that the research was in mice, not humans. Researchers gave daily doses...

Sex link to older people's brain power, says study

"Sex is the key to staying sharp in old age," reports the Mail Online after researchers found older people who have regular sex scored better on two of five brain tests. Participants who had sex at least...

'Contaminated air' on planes linked to health problems

"Toxic fumes in aircraft cabins could cause serious health problems, scientists warn:" reports The Sun. This is based on a UK study investigating air contamination on aircraft and its possible effects on the health of pilots and cabin crew…

Cholesterol-lowering jab 'shows promise' for heart disease

"Cholesterol-lowering jab to help prevent heart disease," reports BBC Online. The headline refers to a recent mouse study that aimed to see whether a new vaccine could reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease…

Blood test may show if prostate cancer treatment is working

"Prostate cancer blood test helps target treatment," BBC News reports. A study found a blood test could detect which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from new drug treatment. Researchers analysed...

Is a new flu pandemic just three mutations away?

"Just three mutations are needed to make bird flu a potential pandemic strain that could kill millions," is the alarming headline from the Mail Online. However, the chance of all three mutations occurring has been described as "relatively low"…

Obese mums more likely to give birth to babies with birth defects

"Women who are obese when they conceive are more likely to have a baby with serious birth defects," The Guardian reports. Swedish researchers looked at more than a million health records and found a link between excess body mass index (BMI)…

Vegetarian dieting may lead to greater weight loss

"Dieters who follow a vegetarian eating plan lose nearly twice as much weight," the Daily Mail reports following the results of a new study. Researchers randomly assigned two groups of people with type 2 diabetes to…

Risk of aspirin-related bleeding is higher in the over-75s

"People over 75 taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major – and sometimes fatal – stomach bleeds than previously thought," BBC News reports. Aspirin can help thin the blood, so it is…

Being overweight, not just obese, still carries serious health risks

"Four million people died in 2015 as a result of being too tubby, struck by cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other killer conditions," reports The Sun. This is based on a global study that looked at how the proportion of people who…

Antibiotics and vitamin C could kill cancer cells

"Vitamin C and antibiotics could be up to 100 times more effective than drugs at killing cancer cells – without the side effects," reports the Mail Online. The news comes from the results of a study that found a new two-pronged approach using…

Owning a dog may encourage older people to exercise

"NHS should prescribe dogs to keep over-65s fit," the Daily Mail reports. The headline was prompted by the results of a new study with the rather unsurprising finding that older adults who own dogs walk more than those who don't…

An egg a day may prevent stunted growth in infants

"An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller," BBC News reports. Research involving young children in Ecuador found babies given one egg a day for six months had improved growth compared with…

Is white bread just as healthy as brown?

"Sliced white bread is 'just as healthy as brown', shock findings reveal," The Sun reports. A small study looking at the effects of eating different types of bread – white versus brown sourdough – found no significant differences…

Even moderate drinking may damage the brain

"Even moderate drinking can damage the brain," The Guardian reports. A new study, involving brain scans and cognitive testing, suggests that moderate drinking, over many years, could damage areas of the brain linked to memory…

Babies put into their own room at six months 'sleep longer'

"Babies moved into their own room at six months sleep better and are lower risk of obesity, poor sleep patterns and tantrums," reports The Sun. This is based on a US study looking at room-sharing…

TV in bedroom 'risk factor' for child obesity

"Children who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not," BBC News reports. A UK study found a link between children having a TV in their room and an increased risk of obesity…

'Everyday chemicals' linked to cancer

"Chemicals in everyday items like cosmetics linked to cancer," The Independent reports. Research involving genetically engineered human cells found that a class of chemical called aldehydes damaged a gene that prevents cancer from developing…

Cold water 'just as good as hot' for handwashing

"Antibacterial handwash is NO better than soap – and cold water kills as many germs as hot, experts claim," The Sun reports. These were the main findings of a study looking at various methods of handwashing. But the researchers only tested…

Link between stress in pregnancy and ADHD unfounded

"Stressed mothers-to-be face an increased risk of giving birth to a child who will develop ADHD or heart disease later in live," the Mail Online reports. However, the new study it is reporting on did not look at long-term outcomes in children…