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February 2023
# Foreign Accent Syndrome
US cancer patient developed 'uncontrollable' Irish accent despite having never visited Ireland
The researchers said his symptoms were consistent with foreign accent syndrome (FAS).
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# urgent editorial
Over 200 health journals unite in calling for urgent action on climate change
The BMJ said it is the first time so many journals have come together to make the same statement.
# Coronavirus
At least 20% of world population may not have access to Covid-19 vaccine until 2022, study warns
A second study estimates that 3.7 billion adults worldwide are willing to have a Covid-19 vaccine.
# bmj
Social distancing rules for Covid-19 are based on outdated science, researchers argue
That’s according to research published in medical journal the BMJ.
# Study
Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should avoid caffeine altogether, research suggests
The current guidelines from the HSE suggest that pregnant women drink no more than 200mg of caffeine per day.
# hydroxychloroquine
Drug backed by Donald Trump does not help treat Covid-19, according to new research
In one study, adverse effects were more common in patients who received hydroxychloroquine.
# welfare cuts
'Unprecedented' rise in infant mortality in England linked to poverty
Welfare cuts in the last decade have taken their toll on certain communities, new research has found.
# Weight Loss
Breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day after all
New research has shown that skipping breakfast might not have an adverse effect on a person’s weight.
# bmj
Smoking and diabetes have a greater impact on heart attack risk in women than men - study
Smoking increased a woman’s risk of a heart attack by 55% more than it increased the risk in a man.
# Science
Study finds possible link between cancer and ultra-processed foods like TV dinners
The study’s authors said this “may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades”.
# Stroke
Migraine associated with heart attack, stroke, blood clots and irregular heart rate
Around one billion people worldwide are affected by migraine.
# bmj study
Smoking one cigarette a day instead of 20 'just halves your risk of a heart attack'
“In order to get the big benefits on cardiovascular disease [smokers] need to quit completely,” the lead author said.
# warning
Holding your nose and closing your mouth while you sneeze is a very bad idea
It caused one man to rupture the back of his throat, leaving him barely able to speak or swallow.
# British Medical Journal
Man developed chronic hepatitis after drinking 4-5 energy drinks a day for 3 weeks
The 50-year-old said he had begun to use energy drinks due to his “labour-intensive workday”.
# Beware
Nerf guns can cause serious eye injuries and internal bleeding, doctors warn
The warning comes after three people were hospitalised with serious eye injuries caused by the guns.
# new research
Patients should be advised 'to stop treatment when they feel better' instead of full antibiotics course
Taking the full course doesn’t combat antibiotic resistance, according to a paper in the BMJ.
# Ibuprofen
Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart attack - study
The study found that taking any dose of ‘NSAID’ painkillers for a week was associated with an increased risk of heart attack.
# landmark review
Belief that saturated fat clogs arteries is 'just plain wrong'
An editorial in the British Medical Journal finds no link between saturated fat and issues like coronary heart disease.
# Oh Sugar
Children who spend more time on phones and tablets are 'more likely to develop diabetes'
Researchers have said limiting usage of electronics can help stave off future health issues.
# Research
Study shows shift work and physically demanding jobs may lower women's fertility
Research shows that heavy lifting at work or working rotating patterns can be associated with poorer egg quality.
# Fracture
Irish doctors find unusual 'violent trauma' injury in young rugby players
The ‘acetabular fracture’ affects the socket of the hip bone.
Female students are now drinking more than male students
UCC’s student union backs the push for a ban on alcohol sponsorship in sports.
# matters of the heart
Heart attacks are hard to diagnose in women, but this test could change that
It has proved to be twice as effective when compared with previous methods.
# saying goodbye
Doctor criticised after saying cancer is 'the best way to die'
Robert Smith recognised his comments represented “a romantic view of dying”.
# idiots
It's official, science says men are idiots
“Men are idiots and idiots do stupid things”.
# type 2
Are you on shift work? It could increase your risk of diabetes
Men are most at risk, a new study suggests.
# Diet
Eating too much red meat could increase your risk of breast cancer
A new study looks at diet in early adulthood, while previous research had focused on diet later in life.
# Breast Cancer
The Sun's breast check campaign could actually harm women, warns doctor
The Sun’s campaign has divided critics in the UK with its photographs of topless women examining their breasts.
# shift work
Shift work increases the risk of heart problems
Shift work increases the risk of heart attack by 23 per cent and stroke by five per cent.
# Health
Sleeping tablets 'increase risk of cancer and death'
A new study in the British Medical Journal found that the tablets could have caused more than 300,000 deaths in the United States alone.