Midlife obesity linked to heightened frailty risk in older age

Frailty often wrongly perceived as purely wasting disorder, say researchers Findings highlight importance of keeping trim throughout adulthood to minimise risk Carrying far too much weight, including a midriff bulge, from mid-life onwards, is linked to a heightened risk of physical frailty in older age, finds research published in the open access journal BMJ Open. Frailty […]

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Probiotic bacteria found in fermented foods might help dispel bad breath

Lactobacillus salivarius and reuteri, Streptococcus salivarius, Weissella cibaria may work Probiotic bacteria usually found in fermented foods, such as yoghurt, sourdough bread, and miso soup, might help dispel the embarrassment of persistent bad breath (halitosis), finds a pooled data analysis of the available evidence, published in the open access journal BMJ Open. Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus reuteri, […]

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Top 10 most read in November: maternal BMI and milk, sleep patterns and glaucoma, acupuncture and pregnancy, and coping strategies after cancer treatment

The number one spot in our top 10 monthly most-read chart has been retained by Zemedikun and colleagues. The authors’ analysis of chronic conditions that are associated with periodontal disease has impressively placed top of the most-read chart for the last four months. However, we also have four new entries into the top 10 most read during […]

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Top 10 most read in October: trial enrolment, COIs, community care, and brown vs white rice associations with diabetes risk

  The number one spot in our top 10 monthly most read chart has been retained by Zemedikun and colleagues with their analysis of chronic conditions that are associated with periodontal disease. This paper has made a strong showing ever since it was first published. However, we also have four new entries into the top […]

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Acupuncture can relieve lower back/pelvic pain often experienced during pregnancy

And no observable major side effects for newborns of mums-to-be who opted for therapy Acupuncture can significantly relieve the lower back and/or pelvic pain frequently experienced by women during their pregnancy, suggests a pooled data analysis of the available evidence, published in the open access journal BMJ Open. And there were no observable major side effects […]

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Poor quality sleep may be linked to heightened risk of irreversible sight loss (glaucoma)

Findings underscore need for sleep therapy in those at risk + eye checks in poor sleepers Poor quality sleep, including too much or too little shut eye, daytime sleepiness, and snoring, may be linked to a heightened risk of developing irreversible sight loss (glaucoma), suggests a large UK Biobank study published in the open access […]

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Children very vulnerable to severe injury from quad bike use

Public education campaigns on potential dangers urgently needed, say researchers Children are very vulnerable to severe injury from the use of quad bikes, also known as ATVs, finds research published in the open access journal BMJ Open. Public education campaigns on the potential dangers associated with their use are urgently needed, say the researchers. First developed […]

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Scant evidence to support roll out of social prescribing policy internationally

Inconsistent evidence for improvements in social support, physical function, or primary health services use Limited evidence for improvements in self-rated health and quality of care There’s scant evidence to support the roll out of social prescribing policy internationally, concludes a review of the available evidence, published in the open access journal BMJ Open. The review found […]

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Top 10 most read in August: glucocorticoid use and brain structure, identifying COVID-19 with wearable sensors, and alcohol consumption after minimum unit pricing

Earlier in the year COVID-19 papers were still dominating our top ten chart, but in August the list included a range of topics. Three new additions to the list have been highlighted below. Association between glucocorticoid use and brain structure At number three in the chart we have Van der Meulen et al. with a prospective […]

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