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Key dose of nature for health and wellbeing determined

September 04, 2019

It has long been observed that spending time in nature improves people’s health, especially their mental health. What hasn’t been known until now is how much time is required in order to see this benefit.
A new large-scale observational study led by the University of Exeter set out to answer this …

Red wine benefits linked to better gut health

August 28, 2019

The health benefits of red wine have long been debated, with many observational studies associating benefits with its consumption but no causation ever having been proved.
One piece of the puzzle has now been provided by researchers at King’s College London, with a new study into the effects of different types …

Opioid crackdown leaving chronic sufferers in a world of pain

In an effort to head off an opioid crisis of the severity seen in the US, the Australian government has introduced measures to restrict the medicinal supply of opioid painkillers.
An unintended side effect of these measures is that in some cases, they’ve left chronic pain sufferers without the medications they …

New blood screening may detect ovarian cancer two years before other methods

Ovarian cancer has a high mortality risk because it is so often diagnosed at a very late stage. In a new study, our team has shown that detection rates can be significantly improved by screening for a specific set of proteins in the bloodstream. This could mean detection of ovarian …

Antibiotic use linked to heightened bowel cancer risk

August 21, 2019

Antibiotics substantially alter the gut microbiome, but little is known about how this impacts on the risk of medical conditions affecting the GI tract.
New research published in the journal Gut has shed some light in this area, with findings suggesting a link between oral antibiotic use and risk of two …

British food the healthiest?

In a surprise result, British food has been found the healthiest on average in a survey of 12 countries, at least in terms of packaged food and drink.
Conducted by the George Institute of Global Health, the survey analysed over 400,000 products from the included countries according to Australia’s health star …

Will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

Research Checks interrogate newly published studies and how they’re reported in the media. The analysis is undertaken by one or more academics not involved with the study, and reviewed by another, to make sure it’s accurate.

You might have seen headlines recently claiming eating chicken reduces a person’s risk of breast …

Naltrexone used to avoid NOWS in prelim study

August 14, 2019

The increased use of opioids in many countries has resulted in a substantial increase in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), a condition which can still occur even if an infant is exposed to an opioid antagonist in utero rather than opioids.
Newborns affected by NOWS often require medication to manage withdrawal …

Type of meat eaten effects breast cancer risk

As one of the most common cancers in females, it’s important to know which factors influence breast cancer risk.
Previous studies have linked various cancers to type and amount of meat eaten, but relatively little is known about the effect of meat consumption on breast cancer.
It’s this knowledge gap that researchers …

World’s first blood test for coeliac disease in sight

Most of the difficulty in treating coeliac disease lies in diagnosis. Current methods involve lengthy and unpleasant exposure to gluten, followed by an endoscopy to take samples of the intestinal lining.
This may have resulted in the disease being underdiagnosed. Other serious conditions with similar symptoms can also be misdiagnosed as …

New portable monitor can detect ARDS

August 07, 2019

A portable breath monitor has been developed that is capable of quickly and accurately detecting acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). 
The development and testing of device, which is roughly the size of a shoebox, has been described in a paper in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 
Diagnosing and tracking ARDS is challenging, …

Social stress linked to post-menopausal bone density

Older women have been found to be more likely to develop brittle, facture-prone bones after menopause if they are under a lot of social strain.
In a study published in Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, high social stress was identified as a risk factor that increases bone loss in aging women. …