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July 27th, 2016 A 10-year study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Canada found that a specific type of computerised brain training game can reduce the risk of dementia by half, by strengthening neural connections and boosting the...

July 27th, 2016 Epidemiological evidence supports a strong causal association between alcohol consumption and seven cancers. The University of Otago review also found a dose-response relationship, at least partial reversal of risk when alcohol consumption is...

July 20th, 2016 The contrast could not be more stark, writes Nicola Jenvey for MedicalBrief, who in 2000 covered the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban. The failure then of former President Thabo Mbeki to abandon his government's Aids denialism cast a...

July 20th, 2016 On average, overweight people lose about one year of life expectancy, and moderately obese people lose about three years of life expectancy, found a 3.9m person study from Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard universities. The risks of coronary heart...

July 20th, 2016 Research from McMaster University challenges traditional workout wisdom, suggesting that lifting lighter weights many times is as efficient as lifting heavy weights for fewer repetitions. 'Fatigue is the great equaliser here,' says Dr Stuart...

July 13th, 2016 About 40% of the top selling sunscreens on Amazon.com don’t meet American Academy of Dermatology guidelines, found a Northwestern Medicine study. Consumers also spend up to 30 times more for products that provide the same sunscreen protection as...

July 13th, 2016 A 14-year study of nearly 1m patients found that a high cholesterol diagnosis was associated with lower risk of death in the UK's four most common cancers — lung, breast, prostate and bowel. It’s a 'very strong possibility' that statins are...

July 13th, 2016 Multivitamin and mineral supplements are unlikely to be needed by most mums-to-be and are an unnecessary expense, concludes an evidence review. The focus should be on improving overall diet and taking folic acid and vitamin D instead, writes The...

July 6th, 2016 Pasta consumption is actually associated with a reduced likelihood of both general and abdominal obesity, found a 23,000 person study by the IRCCS Neuromed Institute in Italy. ‘These results clearly show that it is wrong to demonise...

July 6th, 2016 Farmers, fishermen, and construction workers run the highest risk of dying by suicide according to a US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention study. Among office jobs, it was found that architects, engineers, entertainers, artists and...

June 29th, 2016 “You have to have chutzpah and a dash of delusion.” Those are the qualities required for a working professional in the field of HIV/Aids quips Linda-Gail Bekker, deputy director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, chief operating officer of the...

June 29th, 2016 Many private medical practitioners question their right to ask a patient to make an upfront payment for treatment. If a patient arrives at a busy general practitioner’s practice, can the receptionist request payment prior to the consultation? Is...

June 29th, 2016 Diabetes specialists across the world are calling for a radical mind-set shift in treatment for type 2 diabetes so that doctors can recommend bariatric surgery for patients. According to Business Day, they say the surgery is close to the holy grail...

June 22nd, 2016 A major pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship programme at 47 private hospitals in South Africa achieved an 18% cut in antibiotic use – saving medicines and money and improving healthcare – found a study that included researchers...

June 22nd, 2016 A University of Alberta meta-analysis found that while moderate vitamin D supplementation won’t harm the average healthy person, it is ‘ highly unlikely’ to benefit them either. Specifically, it has no discernible effect in the prevention of...
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