Bedford Hill Family Practice

120 Bedford Hill
SW12 9HS
Tel: 020 8673 1720

Family Planning

All doctors are able to offer family planning advice during their normal surgery. Oral contraceptives: Please make an appointment with a practice nurse (or a GP).

  • Coils: Fitted at a Wandsworth Integrated Sexual Health Clinic
  • Contraceptive implants: We do not fit these at the surgery and will ask you to attend the Wandsworth Integrated Sexual Health Clinic
  • Contraceptive injections: Are administered by the practice nurses.
  • Emergency Contraception: Please contact a practice nurse (or a GP) as soon as possible.



NHS Choices - Behind the headlines

  • Social care reforms announced

    Most of the UK media is covering the announcement made in Parliament by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, about proposed changes to social care.

    The two confirmed points to have garnered the most media attention in the run-up to the announcement are:

    • a ‘cost cap’ of £75,000 worth of care costs – after this...
  • Can exercise offset some of the harms of regular drinking?

    "Adults who booze regularly but exercise for five hours a week are no more likely to die than teetotallers," the Mail Online reports.

    A study suggests exercise may compensate for some, but certainly not all, of the harms associated with excessive alcohol consumption. This latest study looked at deaths from...

  • Does putting the clocks forward make IVF more likely to fail?

    "Miscarriages for women on IVF 'double when the clocks go forward because the loss of an hour in bed puts more stress on a mother-to-be's body'," reports the Mail on Sunday about a study of more than 1,500 cycles of IVF treatment in the US.

    In a similar...

  • Fasting diet may help regenerate a diabetic pancreas

    "The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports.

    Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

    The pancreas is an organ that uses specialised cells known as beta cells to produce the hormone insulin,...

  • Link between herpes in pregnancy and autism is unconfirmed

    "'WOMEN infected with herpes while they are pregnant are twice as likely to have a child with autism', " The Sun reports.

    The headline is prompted by a study looking at whether maternal infections during pregnancy are associated with the risk of neurological developmental disorders such as ...

  • Five-a-day of fruit and veg is good, but '10 is better'

    "Forget five a day, eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death," The Guardian reports.

    A major review found people who regularly ate 800g of fruit and veg a day – 10 portions – had a significantly lower risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease.

    Researchers looked at more than 350 studies from...

  • Exercise 'most proven method' to prevent return of breast cancer

    "A half hour stroll a day can help women who've survived breast cancer prevent the killer disease returning," The Sun reports.

    A review of recent evidence, carried out by Canadian researchers, was prompted by the fact that many women who undergo treatment for...

  • Long-term daily drinking linked to stiffening of the arteries in men

    "Men who drink more than a pint a day over several years are at greater risk of heart attack or stroke," The Sun reports.

    A UK study found men who consistently drank more than the recommended limits had signs of stiffening of the arteries, which has been linked to an increased risk of...

  • Worrying about work out-of-hours 'may be bad for the heart'

    "Taking work home can be deadly," the Daily Mail warns.

    A small study of London-based office workers found those who reported being frequently troubled by work-related issues had patterns of heart activity associated with stress and anxiety.

    Researchers interviewed 195 adults aged between 20 and 62 (70% male) about...

  • Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by online pharmacies 'reckless'

    "Scientists found antibiotics illegally available on 45% of websites they tested," the Mail Online reports.

    This headline was prompted by research into 20 online pharmacies selling antibiotics to the UK public.

    Researchers looked at whether the online pharmacy was properly registered – and therefore legal – as well...

  • Could brain scans be used to screen for autism?

    "Brain scans could identify babies most at risk of developing autism, study shows," The Guardian reports.

    Researchers think that looking for distinct changes in infant brains could identify some children with autistic spectrum disorder...

  • 'Add vitamin D to food to prevent colds and flu', say researchers

    "Adding vitamin D to food would reduce deaths and significantly cut NHS costs," The Guardian reports.

    A review of existing data estimates that supplementing food with vitamin D would prevent millions of cold and flu cases, and possibly save lives.

    Researchers looked at data from 25 previous studies where vitamin D...

  • Heading footballs 'linked to brain damage in professional players'

    "As evidence of dementia link to football emerges is it time to stop kids heading the ball?" is the question on the front page of the Daily Mirror.

    The headline was prompted by the results of a small study where post-mortems were carried out on six ex-professional players with a history of ...

  • GPs 'failing to prescribe tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer'

    "Half of GPs unaware of drug's use [tamoxifen] in cancer prevention," The Guardian reports.

    An online survey of GPs found many were unaware of national guidelines recommending the use of tamoxifen for at risk women.

    Guidance ...

  • Online reviews of health products 'are misleading'

    "Don't believe online reviews of health products, they're 'skewed'," the Mail Online reports.

    A psychologist compared online reviews of three medical products with results from clinical trials, and found the reviews are skewed towards the positive.

    The author of the study, Dr Micheál de Barra, wanted to look into...

  • Four-in-one pill 'effective' for high blood pressure

    "Four-in-one 'miracle' pill to cure high blood pressure," is the headline on Mail Online.

    This is based on early research from Australia looking at the effect of a four-in-one "quadpill" on high blood pressure.

    The idea...

  • 'Antibiotics, not surgery, best for child appendicitis' says study

    "Operating on children with acute appendicitis may be unnecessary in many of cases," the Mail Online reports.

    The headline is a little misleading as the researchers were specifically looking at a type of appendicitis known as "appendix mass...

  • Switching to wholegrains may boost metabolism

    "Eating more wholegrain foods can help to speed up weight loss, scientists claim," the Daily Mail reports.

    Researchers found that people who ate a diet high in wholegrains absorbed less energy from food than people who ate a similar diet, but with refined grains (such as white flour).

    The study included 81 men and...

  • Shift work and heavy lifting may make it harder to get pregnant

    “Shift work and physically demanding jobs linked to lower fertility in women” Sky News reports. A small US study found a link between both activities and a reduction in both the number and quality of a woman’s eggs.

    An important fact to highlight from the start, which has somewhat been overlooked in media reports, is the study...

  • Long-term vaping 'far safer than smoking' says 'landmark' study

    "Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers," ITV News reports.

    E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not many of the harmful substances produced by smoking tobacco, such as tar or carbon...

  • Harnessing 'brute force' could be key to creating new antibiotics

    "Antibiotics 'seen using brute force to kill bugs'',"BBC News reports. The hope is that researchers could replicate the effect to create new antibiotics that could help combat the continuing threat of antibiotic resistance.

    The BBC reports on an early stage laboratory study investigating how our strongest antibacterial...

  • Does eating liquorice in pregnancy raise the risk of ADHD?

    "Avoid liquorice while pregnant: Scientists find one of its ingredients can affect a child's IQ, memory and even cause ADHD," the Mail Online reports.

    Researchers found eating liquorice in pregnancy is linked to a range of developmental issues.

    The news is based on Finnish research on almost 400 young adolescents...

  • Ibuprofen 'barely better than placebo' at treating back pain

    "Widely used anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen have little more benefit than a placebo when it comes to treating back pain," reports the Guardian.

    This is based on a study looking at more than 6,000 people with back pain, comparing ...

  • Poor sleep may affect good sex in later life

    "Good night's sleep boosts sex life for women over 50," reports the Mail Online.

    US researchers asked more than 93,000 women aged 50 to 79 about their sleep patterns, difficulty sleeping, sexual activity and sexual satisfaction. They found women who sleep five or less hours a night, or who have insomnia, were less likely to...

  • 'Computer helps patients with severe MND communicate'

    "Mind-reading machine allows people with 'locked-in' syndrome to communicate," reports the Mail Online.

    The report is based on a study that aimed to communicate with four patients unable to speak, move or blink due to a severe form of motor...

  • Diabetes could be a warning sign of pancreatic cancer

    "Experts have revealed the onset of diabetes, or existing diabetes getting much worse could be a sign of hidden pancreatic cancer," reports The Daily Express.

    The media reports follow a press release of a study presented at the European Cancer Congress (ECCO) yesterday. The research analysed nearly a million people with...

  • Breath test shows potential for detecting cancer

    "Breath test could save lives by diagnosing deadly cancers earlier," reports The Daily Telegraph. The story is based on new research into whether it is possible to detect cancers of the stomach and oesophagus (gullet) using a breath test.

    A possible "chemical signature" composed of five substances was tested...

  • Vitamin A deficiency linked to Alzheimer's disease

    "Alzheimer's may begin in the womb because mums are short of crucial vitamin, scientists warn," the Daily Mirror reports.

    New research involving both mice and humans looked at the link between vitamin A deficiency, brain development and Alzheimer's risk.


  • Anxiety and depression linked to increased cancer death risk

    "Depression linked to higher chance of dying from cancer," The Independent reports. Analysis of English and Scottish data found a link between mental distress and cancer mortality, which remained even after other factors such as smoking were taken into account.

    However, you definitely should not assume this means lots of...

  • UK survey finds around 1 in 13 women report pain during sex

    "Nearly 1 in 10 British women [7.5%] finds sex painful, according to a big study," BBC News reports.

    The study's results highlight the arguably neglected issue of pain during sex – dyspareunia – which some women may be too embarrassed...

  • New drug treatment for pancreatic cancer 'extends survival'

    "Trial finds combination of pancreatic cancer drugs extends survival," The Guardian reports.

    The results of a trial that combined the use of two chemotherapy drugs has led to calls for this approach to become the new protocol for pancreatic cancer treatment.

    The trial showed people lived an average of 2.5 months...

  • New insights into why breast cancer drugs fail for some women

    "Breast cancer drugs taken by thousands of women stop working because tumours 'outsmart' them," is the headline in The Sun.

    Around 70% of breast cancer cases are what are known as oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancers. This...

  • Warning over 'burnt toast chemical' acrylamide’s cancer risk

    "Browned toast and potatoes are 'potential cancer risk', say food scientists," BBC News reports.

    The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign about the possible health risk of acrylamide; a chemical formed when starchy foods are...

  • Youngest children in class 'more likely to be given ADHD drugs'

    "Youngest children in class more likely to get ADHD medication, study says," The Guardian reports.

    The results of an Australian study have caused concerns that, in some cases, immature behaviour may be misinterpreted as evidence of a behavioural disorder.

    In a brief report, researchers found nearly 2% of 6-15-year-...

  • MRI scans could spare 25% of men from prostate biopsies

    "Every man with suspected prostate cancer should have an MRI scan," The Guardian reports. That is the conclusion of a study looking at how well MRI scans compare with the current practice of biopsies; removing sections of prostate tissue for analysis.

    Disadvantages of prostate biopsies include the fact that they can lead to...

  • Sitting down all day 'may accelerate DNA ageing'

    "Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day," BBC News reports.

    This research looked at telomeres – often likened to the caps at the end of shoelaces, they are made up of molecules that protect strands of chromosomes from "fraying".

    Telomeres shorten...

  • A third of adults treated for asthma 'may not have the disease'

    "The great asthma myth: A third of those diagnosed don't have the condition," reports the Mail Online.

    A study in Canada found about one-third of adults diagnosed with asthma in the past five years showed no signs of the condition on retesting.

    Asthma has become a common condition, and can cause serious illness or...

  • Eating disorders in middle-aged women 'common'

    "Eating disorders…affect a small but substantial number of women in their 40s and 50s," BBC News reports. While often regarded as a "disease of the young", a new survey suggests 3.6% of middle-aged women in the UK are affected by an eating...

  • Can colic really be cured by acupuncture?

    "Is sticking needles in babies really the best way to ease distress from colic?" the Daily Mail asks.

    The question was prompted by a study that looked at whether acupuncture can help with colic in babies.


  • Hot red chilli peppers linked to longer lifespan

    "How hot chilli could help you live longer," the Daily Mail reports. A US study found that people who reported eating red hot chilli peppers had around a 13% reduced risk of premature death compared to those who avoided them.

    The study looked at adults in the 1980s and 90s who reported eating any hot chillies over the past...

  • Urine test could reveal if your diet is a threat to your health

    "A urine test that can reveal how healthy your meals are has been developed by UK scientists," BBC News reports.

    Researchers wanted to see if they could help crack one of the biggest problems confronting people trying to carry out studies into diet and health. Namely, that the most widely used method to assess diet – self-...

  • Yoga 'may improve lower back pain'

    "Yoga can help relieve the agony of back pain, a major review of medical evidence found," the Daily Mail reports.

    The review concluded there is evidence yoga may help improve function and relieve pain associated with chronic lower back pain in some...

  • A pattern of brain activity may link stress to heart attacks

    "The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests," BBC News reports.

    Research suggests that stress stimulates the amygdala. The amygdala is, in evolutionary terms, one of the oldest areas of the brain and has been linked to some of...

  • Study reveals how alcohol shifts brain into 'starvation mode'

    "Alcohol switches the brain into starvation mode, increasing hunger and appetite, scientists have discovered," BBC News reports.

    Research in mice found alcohol increased activity in a set of brain cells used to regulate appetite.

    Scientists have long been puzzled about why people often eat more when they've been...

  • Weekend-only workouts 'still give an important health boost'

    "Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often," the Mail Online reports.

    New research looked at data from almost 64,000 participants collected as part of health...

  • Reports of a 'wrinkle cure' look a little saggy

    "Wrinkles could be a thing of the past as scientists find a way to regenerate fatty cells," The Daily Telegraph reports.

    Research involving mice suggests a protein called bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) could repair skin damaged by scarring or ageing by stimulating the production of fat cells (adipocytes).


  • Some babies should be given peanuts early say new US guidelines

    "Babies should be given peanut early – some at four months old – in order to reduce the risk of allergy, according to new US guidance," BBC News reports. The guidelines are based on UK-led research that found early exposure reduced allergy risk.

    The new US guidelines, which are informed by expert panel discussions and a new...

  • People who live near busy roads have higher dementia rates

    "People who live near major roads have higher rates of dementia," BBC News reports.

    A Canadian study found that people who lived within 50 metres of a busy road were 7% more likely to develop dementia than people who live at least 300 metres...

  • Does discovery of 'severe PMS genes' offer hope of a cure?

    "Women who suffer from severe mood swings before their period have a different genetic make-up," The Sun reports.

    New research has found a link between a gene complex called ESC/E(Z) and severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

    Nearly all women of childbearing age...

  • No proof that sugar-free soft drinks are healthier, argues review

    "Soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, such as diet colas, do not help people lose weight and may be as big a part of the obesity problem as the full-sugar versions," The Guardian reports.

    While the headline may sound definitive, this was the conclusion of an opinion piece (or narrative review), not evidence based on...

  • Grandparents who babysit 'tend to live longer'

    "Grandparents who babysit their grandchildren tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, a study has found," the Mail Online reports.

    Researchers found grandparent babysitters had a 37% lower mortality risk than adults of the same age with no caring responsibilities.

    The study included around...

  • Our news predictions for 2017

    Climate change continues to impact on public health

    Despite what many commenters have said in 2016, climate change is real and is ongoing. That's the thing about science. Just because you don't believe in it, it doesn't go away.

    In 2016 we have seen evidence of the impact of climate change in a number of different ways.


  • The 10 most popular stories from 2016 - as picked by you

    10: Ibuprofen-like painkillers linked to an increased risk of heart failure 

    "Ibuprofen could raise the risk of heart failure by up to 83%," the Daily Mirror warned in September.

    But this was a misleading headline as the "83%" figure was related to an obscure type of painkiller called ketorolac and not ibuprofen,...

  • Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year

    In 2016, Behind the Headlines covered more than 300 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun.

    Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).


    In January 2016's health news...

    In a controversial study, monkeys were genetically...

  • Want to feel happier? Take a break from Facebook

    "Facebook lurking makes you miserable, says study," BBC News reports after a Danish study found regular users who took a week-long break from the social media site reported increased wellbeing.

    The one-week trial assigned Facebook users to either give up using the site for a week, or go on using it usual.

    They were...

  • New drug proves effective for both types of MS

    "A drug that alters the immune system has been described as 'big news' and a 'landmark' in treating multiple sclerosis," BBC News reports. The drug, ocrelizumab, proved effective in two related studies, for treating both the primary progressive and the relapsing remitting types of ...

  • Sugar guidelines unreliable says study funded by sugar industry

    "A study … challenged recommendations by public health officials for people to cut sugar consumption," the Mail Online reports. The study has been criticised as it is funded by companies who sell sugary products, including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and McDonald's.

    This systematic review assessed guidelines from all over the world,...

  • Diet rich in processed meat 'may worsen asthma symptoms'

    "Regularly indulging in a bacon sandwich doubles the risk of an asthma attack," is the needlessly alarming headline in The Sun.

    A French study suggests eating four or more portions of processed (cured) meats a week may worsen symptoms like wheezing – but this does not amount to an asthma attack.

    An asthma attack is...

  • New laser therapy for low-risk prostate cancer shows promise

    "A drug activated by laser light successfully destroys early prostate cancer while avoiding side effects … results have shown," The Guardian reports.

    This new technique may offer an alternative treatment to the current "wait and see" approach, also known as active surveillance.

    The main challenge of...

  • Gum disease bug linked to rheumatoid arthritis

    "Want to avoid arthritis? Then brush your teeth … bugs that cause gum infections also trigger the crippling joint pain," the Mail Online reports.

    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the cells that...

  • Sugar tax would 'cut childhood obesity'

    "Sugary drinks tax 'will benefit children most'," BBC News reports. A new study, where researchers tried to estimate the impact of a sugar tax on soft drinks, found that it would help combat child obesity as well as tooth decay.

    A proposed UK sugar tax on soft drinks is expected to be introduced in 2018.

    By modelling...

  • MRI scans in pregnancy improve diagnosis of brain defects

    "Detailed MRI scans should be offered to some women in pregnancy to help spot brain defects in the developing baby, say researchers," BBC News reports. A UK study suggests combining an MRI scan with ultrasounds could prevent misdiagnosis.


  • Long-term painkiller use 'linked to hearing loss in women'

    "Women who take paracetamol or ibuprofen just twice a week could be damaging their hearing permanently," the Daily Mail reports.

    A US study found an association between the long-term use of these widely used painkillers and reported hearing...

  • Pokémon no-go: game's exercise effects short-lived in most players

    "Pokémon GO doesn't help people to stay fit and healthy," the Mail Online reports. A survey of US players of the popular augmented reality game found the average player's daily step rate fell back to pre-game levels after six weeks.

    Pokémon GO is an app which encourages players to explore real-world destinations while "...

  • Brain tests may predict children at risk of becoming 'social burdens'

    "Brain tests predict children's futures," BBC News reports. A study found that childhood factors such as low IQ, parental neglect and poor self-control were strongly associated with "socially costly" outcomes in adulthood, including smoking and obesity.

    The New Zealand based study followed the lives of 1,037...

  • Claim high-fat diets can prevent diabetes 'unproven'

    "Diets laden with butter, cream and cheese 'can help combat surge in type 2 diabetes'," the Mail Online reports.

    But the study it reports on only followed a small group of men for 12 weeks – not long enough to determine whether the diet would prevent ...

  • Report looks at the health of the 'baby boomer' generation

    "Baby boomers should 'stay in work to keep healthy'," reports BBC News, while The Daily Telegraph warns that "Swinging sixty-somethings see swell in sexually transmitted diseases".

    Both headlines are prompted by a new report commissioned (and partly written) by the Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally...

  • Some psychotic episodes 'may be triggered by immune disorders'

    "Sufferers of psychotic illnesses 'may have treatable immune disorder'," The Independent reports.

    Researchers from Oxford University found around 9% of people presenting with psychotic symptoms also had signs of immune dysfunction.

    They found these people had antibodies in their blood linked to a condition called...

  • Child 'more likely to use drugs if mum smoked when pregnant'

    "Children are more likely to use cannabis if their mother smoked while pregnant," the Mail Online reports.

    New research suggests smoking in pregnancy could affect the genes of the child, increasing their risk of substance abuse in later life.

    The research focused on a branch of genetics known as epigenetics....

  • Moderate exercise 'better for sperm' than high intensity exercise

    "'Doing at least half an hour of exercise three times a week may boost men's sperm count'," BBC News reports.

    Researchers recruited 261 healthy married men who were randomly allocated to three different training programmes. A fourth group did no exercise as a control.

    The men's sperm was then tested at various intervals...

  • Grooming pubic hair linked to increased STI risk

    "Women and men who regularly trim or remove all their pubic hair run a greater risk of sexually transmitted infections," BBC News reports.

    A survey of around 7,500 Americans, aged between 18 and 65 years, found "groomers" had a higher rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as...

  • Handful of nuts 'cuts heart disease and cancer' risk

    "People consuming at least 20 grams of nuts daily less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions such as heart disease and cancer," The Independent reports. That was the main finding of a review looking at 20 previous studies on the benefits of nuts.

    Researchers found consistent evidence that a 28 gram daily serving of...

  • Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year

    In 2014, Behind the Headlines has covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun.

    Why not test your knowledge of 2014's health news with our month-by-month quiz?

    Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).


  • Could Parkinson's disease start in the gut?

    "Parkinson's disease 'may start in gut'," BBC News reports. New research involving mice suggests that bacteria in the gut may lead to a greater decline in motor function in patients with Parkinson's disease.

    The study involved a mouse model of ...

  • 'Not enough over-50s' taking aspirin to prevent heart disease

    "Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer and heart disease risk … study claims," the Mail Online reports.

    U.S. researchers ran a simulation of what might happen if all Americans over 50 years old took aspirin on a daily basis. Their results found that people would live about four months longer on average, adding 900,000...

  • 'No need to wait to try again after miscarriage' advice

    "Women who suffer a miscarriage should try for a baby again within six months, a major study has found," the Daily Mail reports.

    Current guidance from the World Health Organization recommends couples wait at least six months before trying to conceive again after a...

  • 'Want to live longer? Try racquet sports', recommends study

    "If you want to stave off death for as long as possible, you might want to reach for a tennis racquet," The Guardian reports.

    A study looking at the impact of individual sports on mortality found racquet sports reduced the risk of death by around 47%.

    Researchers also found reduced risks of death for people who took...

  • Lack of sleep may disrupt development of a child's brain

    "New brain scans reveal sleep deprivation damages children's brains more than previously thought," the Mail Online reports.

    Researchers measured the brain activity of children whose sleep had been restricted by four hours and found some potentially worrying signs.

    The study included 13 children aged between five and...

  • Expensive IVF add-ons 'not evidence based'

    "Nearly all costly add-on treatments offered by UK fertility clinics to increase the chance of a birth through IVF are not supported by high-quality evidence," BBC News reports, covering the findings of a review by experts in evidence-based medicine.


  • Low social status 'damages immune function'

    "Simply being at the bottom of the social heap directly alters the body," BBC News reports. The headline is based on a study in which researchers used female monkeys to simulate social hierarchies.

    Monkeys of low social status were found to have biomarkers indicating poor immune function and possible increased vulnerability...

  • Just a small cut in saturated fats 'reduces heart disease risk'

    "Swapping butter and meat for olive oil and fish does cut the risk of heart disease," The Times reports.

    The headline is prompted by the findings from a US study involving data from over 100,000 men and women, followed for more than 20 years. The results showed that consumption of different types of saturated fats was...

  • Review questions recent official vitamin D guidance

    "Vitamin D pills branded 'waste of time' and could even be 'harmful' according to new research," The Sun reports. But, despite the headline, no new research has been done.

    The news comes from a review of existing evidence published in the peer-reviewed...

  • Men's attitude towards fatherhood affects child behaviour

    "Children of confident fathers who embrace parenthood are less likely to show behavioural problems before their teenage years," The Guardian reports.

    A study found a link between positive attitudes towards fatherhood and good behaviour at age 11. The UK study involved more than 6,000 children born in 1991 or 1992 as well as...

  • Can a high-tech treatment help combat some of our oldest fears?

    "Scientists have raised hopes for a radical new therapy for phobias," The Guardian reports.

    Brain scanners were used to identify brain activity pinpointing when people are most receptive to the "rewriting" of fearful memories. The scanners used functional ...

  • Bagged salads 'pose salmonella risk,' say researchers

    "Bagged salad can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like salmonella and make them more dangerous," BBC News reports.

    Researchers found evidence that the environment inside a salad bag offers an ideal breeding ground for salmonella,...

  • Online calculator that tries to predict IVF success released

    "Couples can find out their chances of having a baby over multiple cycles of IVF treatment using a new online calculator," BBC News reports.

    The calculator is designed to predict the success of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) – often used when a woman has a...

  • Does vitamin D cut lung infection risk in older adults?

    "Why you should take vitamin D as you get older: High doses reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses by 40%," the Mail Online reports.

    Researchers in Colorado investigated whether a high dose of vitamin D in older adults living in long term...

  • Fat storage problems may increase diabetes risk

    "Inability to store fat safely increases diabetes risk," BBC News reports.

    Researchers have found links between genetic variations known to affect the storage of fat in the body and type 2 diabetes, as well as heart attacks and strokes.

    People can store fat tissue in different ways, such as in their legs and arms....

  • Study looks at nursing assistants' effect on patient outcomes

    "Patients are a fifth more likely to die on wards where nurses have been replaced by untrained staff, a major study has found," the Daily Mail reports.

    This latest research into 243 hospitals across Europe found those with more professional nurses, compared to nursing assistants, had lower death rates after surgery and were...

  • Testing sense of smell may give early warning of Alzheimer's risk

    "A new four-point test has fine-tuned smell exams to check for Alzheimer's," the Mail Online reports. The testing is based on recognising and then recalling certain distinct smells, such as lemon or menthol.

    Some people who scored badly on the test were later found to have early signs associated with...

  • First time flu infection may affect lifetime immunity

    "A person's chances of falling ill from a new strain of flu are at least partly determined by the first strain they ever encountered, a study suggests," BBC News reports.

    Researchers created a modelling study, based on historic data, which aimed to look at the reasons why past flu epidemics of ...

  • Probiotics 'aid memory in people with Alzheimer's disease'

    "Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could help improve thinking and memory for people with Alzheimer's disease," The Daily Telegraph reports after a small study found people given the bacterial supplement had improved scores on brain function tests.


  • Scouts and Guides 'grow up to have better mental health'

    "Scouts and guides provide 'mental health boost for life'," BBC News reports. A study of adults with a scouting or guiding background found they were less likely to be anxious or depressed in later life.

    But the difference in average mental health scores was quite small (2.2 points on a 1 to 100 scale). About 21% of people...

  • Teen vapers 'more likely to take up smoking'

    "Vaping raises likelihood of teenagers starting to smoke, study suggests," The Guardian reports.

    A study of US teens found those who regularly vaped were more likely to progress to tobacco smoking than their non-vaping peers.

    The study used questionnaires to assess e-cigarette and cigarette use in 3,000 adolescents...

  • Hopes raised that Zika virus could be treated in the womb

    "Scientists say they may have found a way to protect babies in the womb from the harmful effects of Zika," BBC News reports.

    Researchers have had success using antibody therapy to treat mice when they were still in their mothers' womb.

    There is evidence that...

  • Common food additives 'linked' to bowel cancer

    "Why processed food may cause bowel cancer: Common additives change gut bacteria which allow tumours to grow," reports the Mail Online.

    This follows a study in mice investigating whether common food additives (E numbers) called emulsifiers cause inflammation in the gut that...

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