"Drinking alcohol early in pregnancy, even in small amounts, increases chances of harming your baby," reports The Independent, one of several news outlets to report on the latest study on the risks of drinking during pregnancy.
The study of 1,303 pregnant women aged between 18 and 45 years old found that women who drank less than two units a week during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy were at increased risk of complications, including premature birth.
While the risk at the individual level is still low, researchers from the University of Leeds concluded that the first trimester was the most "vulnerable period" of a woman's pregnancy....
“Children eat too much salt,” reports The Daily Telegraph, one of several news outlets to report on new findings that have led researchers to call for further reductions in the salt content of processed food.
The news is based on the results of a study assessing the salt intake of 340 children in south London by keeping a record of everything they ate and drank over 24 hours and measuring the salt content in their urine.
It found that on average, children aged from five to six ate 3.75g salt/day, children aged from eight to nine ate 4.72g/day and 13 to 17 year olds ate 7.55g/day.
Bread, breakfast cereals and ...
"E-cigarettes are encouraging a new generation to become hooked on nicotine," reports the Mail Online.
E-cigarettes are devices that deliver a heated aerosol ("vapour") of nicotine in a way that mimics conventional cigarettes. But they have lower levels of toxins such as tar than a conventional tobacco cigarette. They are marketed as a safer alternative to regular smoking, or as a way to quit.
Today's headlines followed a survey of thousands of US teenagers (who were under 15 on average, meaning that those who smoked cigarettes were underage).
It found that those who had tried e-cigarettes were more likely to have smoked conventional c...
“Blood test that can predict Alzheimer's,” was the headline used by BBC News, the Daily Mail and The Guardian today. Similar coverage was seen across many of the front pages of other newspapers.
These headlines reflected new research showing how a simple blood test may be able to detect early signs of cognitive decline and mild Alzheimer’s disease.
US researchers discovered a panel of 10 biomarkers that, with 90% accuracy, could distinguish people who would progress to have either mild cognitive impairment or mild Alzheimer’s disease within two to three years, from those who wouldn’t.
While promising, the...
"Antibiotics: 'national threat' from steep rise in patients who are resistant to drugs,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The Mail Online reports that there were, “600 reported cases of drugs failing because of resistant bacteria last year”.
What isn’t made very clear is that these 600 cases were of one very specific form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria called carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE).
Enterobacteriaceae is a large group of types of bacteria. The group includes harmless bacteria that live in the gut, as well as bacteria such as E. coli, and Salmonella that can cause