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Hot red chilli peppers linked to longer lifespan

4:30pm Monday 16th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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

4:00pm Friday 13th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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Yoga 'may improve lower back pain'

4:45pm Thursday 12th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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A pattern of brain activity may link stress to heart attacks

4:00pm Thursday 12th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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Study reveals how alcohol shifts brain into 'starvation mode'

4:30pm Wednesday 11th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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

4:28pm Tuesday 10th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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Reports of a 'wrinkle cure' look a little saggy

3:30pm Monday 9th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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Some babies should be given peanuts early say new US guidelines

4:20pm Friday 6th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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People who live near busy roads have higher dementia rates

4:30pm Thursday 5th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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 away…

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

5:00pm Wednesday 4th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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...

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

3:30pm Wednesday 4th January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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Grandparents who babysit 'tend to live longer'

4:30pm Tuesday 3rd January 2017 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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Our news predictions for 2017

12:00pm Friday 30th December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

What will be the big health news stories for 2017? We take a look in the Behind the Headlines crystal ball and offer our predictions…

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

10:28am Thursday 29th December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

We contacted our crack tech team of boffins and asked them to compile a list of 2016's most visited stories. The results were somewhat surprising. While stories on diet and exercise are always popular we weren't expecting so much interest in pubic hair…

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Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year

11:16am Wednesday 28th December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

In 2016, Behind the Headlines has 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...

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Want to feel happier? Take a break from Facebook

12:00pm Friday 23rd December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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New drug proves effective for both types of MS

4:30pm Thursday 22nd December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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Sugar guidelines unreliable says study funded by sugar industry

4:45pm Wednesday 21st December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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Diet rich in processed meat 'may worsen asthma symptoms'

3:50pm Wednesday 21st December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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New laser therapy for low-risk prostate cancer shows promise

5:30pm Tuesday 20th December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"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…

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