Bedford Hill Family Practice

120 Bedford Hill
Balham
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...

  • Weak link between grandmums' smoking and autistic grandkids

    "Smoking in pregnancy hurts your grandkids by 'increasing their risk of autism'," The Sun brashly reports.

    Researchers looked at data spanning multiple generations and reported a link between girls with autism symptoms and having a...

  • Binge drinking could trigger abnormal heart rhythms

    "Why Oktoberfest could be damaging your heart" is the somewhat strange headline in The Times.

    Researchers who attended the annual Bavarian beer and folk festival found binge drinkers were more likely to have abnormal heart rhythm patterns.

    This could be of potential concern – in extreme cases, abnormal heart...

  • New glaucoma test could save millions from blindness

    "It might be possible to treat the main cause of permanent blindness before people notice any loss of vision," BBC News report.

    A proof of concept study of early testing for glaucoma – the most common cause of sight loss – had promising results.

    In...

  • Regular exercise for the over-50s 'sharpens the mind'

    "Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50," BBC News reports.

    A review of existing data found both aerobic exercise and strength training appeared to improve cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, and how well people carry out tasks. 

    The review...

  • Four cups of coffee 'not bad for health' suggests review

    "Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day carries no health risk, experts say. Scientists said those who stick to that limit have no need to worry," reports The Sun.

    This was based on a review of studies that looked at the effects of caffeine on health. The researchers specifically investigated the effect of having more or...

  • Children with regular bedtimes 'less likely to become obese'

    "Regular bedtimes make children less likely to be obese as adults," is the slightly misleading Mail Online headline. This follows a study looking at the link between household routines in early childhood and obesity at age 11.

    Researchers analysed...

  • Reported link between diet drinks and dementia and stroke is weak

    "Diet drinks triple your risk of stroke and dementia," the Daily Mail reports, as US research found a link between daily intake and increased risk. However, the chain of evidence is not as strong as reported.

    The researchers analysed data from an ongoing US cohort study to see if consumption of sugar or artificially...

  • Cycling commuters have lower rates of heart disease and cancer

    "Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work," BBC News advises, prompted by a new study that found UK commuters who cycled to work had lower rates of cancer and heart disease, compared to other types of commuters.

    The study was well designed as it included more than 200,000 adults...

  • Two older drugs could be 'repurposed' to fight dementia

    "Depression and cancer drugs offer hope for dementia sufferers," Sky News reports. The headline is prompted by a study looking at the effect of two drugs – one used to treat depression and another being trialled for cancer treatment – on neurodegenerative diseases.

    Neurodegenerative diseases are conditions that cause...

  • Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic

    "'Potent' new molecule in frog slime may give us new way to beat flu epidemics, say boffins," The Sun reports.

    Researchers looked at secretions from the skin of a south Indian frog called Hydrophylax bahuvistara. They found it contained a peptide (a short chain of amino acids) which could kill certain flu viruses in the lab...

  • Touchscreen-using toddlers may sleep less

    "'Touchscreen-toddlers' sleep less," BBC News report. Results from a survey of UK parents suggest every hour a child spends using a touchscreen device was associated with an hour's less sleep a night.

    Reports such as this are likely to cause concern to many parents, as touchscreen devices, such as smartphones and tablets,...

  • Being both under and overweight may increase migraine risk

    "People who are too fat or too thin are 'more likely to suffer from migraines'," reports The Sun.

    Researchers reviewed data from 12 studies involving 288,981 people and concluded obese people have a 21% increased risk of migraines, compared to those of healthy weight.

    ...

  • Could your tattoos put you at risk of heat stroke?

    "Do you have a tattoo? You may be at-risk of heat stroke as inked skin produces significantly less sweat than normal," the Mail Online reports.

    A small US study, involving 10 men, found tattooed skin produced less sweat, which could lead to over-heating.

    The drug pilocarpine was used to induce sweating on the...

  • Daily diet of fresh fruit linked to lower diabetes risk

    "Eating fresh fruit daily could cut risk of diabetes by 12%," the Mail Online reports.

    A study of half a million people in China found those who ate fruit daily were 12% less likely to get type 2 diabetes than those who never or rarely ate it...

  • Brain cell reprogramming therapy shows promise for Parkinson's

    "New technique in which brain cells are reprogrammed could one day provide a cure for Parkinson's disease," The Independent reports.

    Researchers, using mice with Parkinson's disease, "reprogrammed" cells to replace the nerves lost in the condition. These nerves produce the messenger chemical dopamine, and help to...

  • Growing up with a pet may boost a baby's bacterial health

    "Having a pet dog…can help reduce the child's chances of developing allergies and becoming obese in later years," claims the Daily Mirror, in a somewhat misleading report.

    Researchers did find a link between pet ownership and an increased diversity of "healthy bacteria" in infants, but didn't look at long-term...

  • Tea not proven to 'shield you against dementia'

    "It's tea time! How at least two cups a day can shield you from dementia," reports the Mail Online. This rather optimistic headline reports on a Singaporean study of around 900 Chinese people aged 55 and above.

    The study searched for a potential link between tea consumption and development of dementia. It found the risks of...

  • Antibiotic use linked to 'pre-cancerous' bowel changes

    "Taking antibiotics for more than two weeks increases your risk of bowel cancer by 73 per cent," reports the Daily Mail.

    However, the study it reports on did not look at rates of bowel cancer. What it did find is an...

  • Reports that Marmite prevents dementia are laying it on a bit thick

    "A daily slice of Marmite on toast may help prevent you getting dementia," the Daily Mail reports, with little justification.

    A small study did find that Marmite had an effect on electrical activity in the brain, but there is no evidence this would prevent dementia.

    The study involved 28 people in their early 20s....

  • Firefighters warned about heart attack risk

    "Working in hot temperatures increases the risk of suffering a heart attack," BBC News reports.

    It has been known for some time that the leading cause of death amongst serving firefighters is heart attacks and not fire-related injuries as some...

  • British babies 'among the world's biggest criers' claim unproven

    "Babies in Britain, Canada and Italy cry more than elsewhere," The Guardian reports. But the review the newspaper is reporting on only found reliable data from a handful of nations so the accuracy of the claim is unclear.

    Researchers looked at previously gathered data on colic patterns. ...

  • Morning after pill 'less reliable' for women over 11 stone

    "Women who take morning-after pill could still fall pregnant if they weigh more than 11 stone," the Daily Mirror warns.

    New guidelines on emergency contraception discuss recent evidence that body mass index (BMI) and overall...

  • Moderate drinking may reduce heart disease risk

    "A daily pint or glass of wine can slash the chances of a suffering heart attack by a third," reports The Sun.

    Researchers found that people who drank alcohol within moderate drinking guidelines were less likely to have a first episode of a range of heart and vascular diseases than those who never drank alcohol.

    This...

  • Mixing alcohol and energy drinks 'may be a risky cocktail'

    "Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could be a risky combination, leading to a greater risk of accidents and injuries," BBC News report.

    A review of evidence found a number of potential risks, but the picture was not as clear-cut as reported.

    Energy drinks are drinks that contain high amounts of caffeine. Some people...

  • The pill provides 'lifelong protection against some cancers'

    "The pill can protect women from cancer for 30 years," is the front page headline in the Daily Mirror.

    The paper reports on a landmark study that followed more than 46,000 women in the UK for up to 44 years.

    The study found women who'd used the ...

  • Overweight young men 'more likely to get severe liver disease'

    "Men who are overweight in their late teens have a higher risk of developing liver cancer in later life, new research suggests," reports ITV News. Swedish researchers also found a link to other serious types of liver disease.

    The researchers...

  • New drug shows promise in preventing heart attacks

    "The cholesterol drug that outperforms statins: Patients on the medication are '27% less likely to suffer a heart attack'," the Daily Mail reports.

    The drug, evolocumab, makes the liver more effective at removing "bad" cholesterol from the blood.

    But the Mail's headline is somewhat misleading, as evolocumab...

  • Grandparents 'may be first to spot autism in a child'

    "Grandmas are usually the first to spot autism in children," the Mail Online reports.

    The headline was prompted by a US online survey of parents and family members of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    Researchers...

  • Can yoga and breathing really help 'cure' depression?

    "Taking yoga classes can help ease depressive symptoms, a new study says," reports the Mail Online.

    A small study from the US found yoga was associated with a clinically significant improvement in depression symptoms.

    Researchers recruited 32 people...

  • Ibuprofen claimed to raise cardiac arrest risk by a third

    "Taking common painkillers like ibuprofen 'increases your risk of cardiac arrest by a THIRD'," The Sun reports.

    Researchers found a link between the potentially fatal heart problem and ibuprofen use, as well as another type of ...

  • New breast cancer drugs could help more than previously thought

    "Up to one in five women with breast cancer could benefit from a type of treatment currently only given to patients with a rare form of the disease," The Independent reports.

    Research suggests around 20% of women with breast cancer...

  • Children's screen time linked to diabetes risk factors

    "Children who are allowed more than three hours of screentime a day are at greater risk of developing diabetes," The Guardian reports.

    In a new study, UK researchers found a link between three hours or more of screen time and risk factors for type...

  • Children's screen time linked to diabetes risk factors

    "Children who are allowed more than three hours of screentime a day are at greater risk of developing diabetes," The Guardian reports.

    In a new study, UK researchers found a link between three hours or more of screen time and risk factors for type...

  • Hair loss drugs linked with erectile dysfunction

    "Men who take this drug [finasteride] to combat baldness are 'five times more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction'," The Sun reports.

    While this may sound hair-raising, the actual evidence the paper is reporting on is not a major cause for concern.

    This US study looked at a medical records database to see how common...

  • Parents told to use pram covers to protect babies from air pollution

    "Parents warned to use pram covers to protect babies from air pollution," reports The Daily Telegraph.

    The advice is prompted by a UK study where researchers simulated a normal walk to school in Guildford, involving parents pushing a pram or carrying a younger child in their arms while accompanying an older child to school....

  • 'Tooth loss link to increased risk of dementia'

    "Dementia breakthrough: Brushing your teeth 'can help ward off devastating condition'," reads the Daily Express.

    The news is based on a study that found tooth loss was associated with an increased risk of dementia.

    The study involved...

  • Substance found in red wine 'helps fight ageing'

    "Red wine can 'help fight the ageing process' – but how much would you have to drink?," is the question posed by The Sun, after a US study suggested resveratrol, a substance found in the skin of red grapes, may help keep our muscles and nerves healthy as we get older.

    But the story might also ask "and are you a mouse?...

  • Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of one type of breast cancer

    "Eating a Mediterranean diet 'cuts deadly breast cancer risk by 40%' in postmenopausal women," says the Mail Online of a widely reported study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands.

    The researchers looked at data from a study involving more than 60,000 women aged 55-69 over a 20-year period.

    At the start of...

  • Is red hair gene linked to increased risk of Parkinson's?

    "Redheads are more likely to develop Parkinson's," claims the Mail Online after a study found the gene that makes people with red hair susceptible to skin cancer also increases the risk of brain disease.

    But the study didn't actually look directly at redheads (human ones, anyway). Instead, it used mice to look at whether a...

  • Artificial mouse embryos created

    "Artificial human life could soon be grown from scratch in the lab, after scientists successfully created a mammal embryo using only stem cells," reports The Daily Telegraph. This is an extremely premature claim as it is based on a laboratory study using mouse stem cells. Stem cells are cells that have the potential to be...

  • Regular activity may help some people stay 'fat and fit'

    "You can be fat and healthy," is the misleading headline from the Daily Mail. While a Dutch study did find that activity could help avoid the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with...

  • Wide range of cancers now linked to being overweight

    "Increased risk of 11 types of cancer linked to being overweight," The Guardian reports.

    A new review in the BMJ found strong evidence of a link between body weight and 11 types of cancer, most of them either digestive (such as bowel cancer) or hormonal (such as breast cancer).

    The review was based on more than 200...

  • Early warning signs of some cases of heart attacks 'being missed'

    "Early warning signs may have been missed in up to one in six people who died of a heart attack in English hospitals," BBC News reports.

    A review of hospital records found 16% of people who died of a heart attack were admitted in the previous 28...

  • 'Avoid fads and stick to diet guidelines,' say US heart experts

    "Avoid celebrity fad diets and just eat your greens to stay healthy," the Daily Mirror reports.

    A review carried out by US cardiologists found little evidence fads like juicing and coconut oil prevent heart disease and other...

  • 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).

    The...

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