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Anti-obesity ads ‘risk child stigma’

A leading US health official has warned that a campaign started by a children’s hospital to fight childhood obesity poses health risks.Alan Guttmacher, a child health expert at the National Institutes of Health, says Atlanta-based Strong4Life “carries a great risk of increasing stigma”. The campaign …

Malaria deaths hugely underestimated

Worldwide malaria deaths may be almost twice as high as previously estimated, a study reports.The research, published in the British medical journal the Lancet, suggests 1.24 million people died from the mosquito-borne disease in 2010. This compares to a World Health Organisation (WHO) estimate for …

Diabetes quadruples birth defects risk

Diabetes quadruples birth defects risk

The risk of birth defects increases four-fold if the pregnant mother has diabetes, researchers say.The Newcastle University study, published in the journal Diabetologia, analysed data from more than 400,000 pregnancies in North East England. The risk of defects such as congenital heart disease and spina …

Science decodes ‘internal voices’

Science decodes ‘internal voices’

Researchers have demonstrated a striking method to reconstruct words, based on the brain waves of patients thinking of those words.The technique reported in PLoS Biology relies on gathering electrical signals directly from patients’ brains. Based on signals from listening patients, a computer model was used …

Ulcer drugs ‘link to fractures’

Ulcer drugs ‘link to fractures’

Women who take certain ulcer drugs have a small increased risk of hip fractures in later life, particularly if they smoke, US research suggests.A study published in the British Medical Journal found a link between long-term use of proton pump inhibitors and bone fractures in …

Brainwaves ‘show risk from age of six months’

Brainwaves ‘show risk from age of six months’

It may be possible to detect autism at a much earlier age than previously thought, according to an international team of researchers.A study published in Current Biology identified differences in infants’ brainwaves from as early as six months. Behavioural symptoms of autism typically develop between …

Fried food if cooked with olive oil is good for heart

Fried food if cooked with olive oil is good for heart

Eating fried food may not be bad for the heart, as long as you use olive or sunflower oil to make it, experts say.They found no heightened risk of heart disease or premature death linked to food that had been cooked in this way. But …