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Could a new blood test predict when menopause will start?

23 January 2020

Researchers in the US tested the ability of a blood test for anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) to predict when a woman would have her final period.

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People advised to keep using sunscreen, even though it may be absorbed through skin

22 January 2020

"Sunscreens leach up to 360 times more toxic chemicals into the blood than the FDA allows," reports the Mail Online.

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Becoming a parent and leaving school linked to weight gain

21 January 2020

2 related reviews look at the impact of 'significant life events' including parenthood, leaving school and starting work, on people's body mass index (BMI) and exercise habits.

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Weekly sexual activity linked to later menopause

16 January 2020

"Having sex weekly may delay your menopause: Scientists say not getting enough action 'makes the body choose to stop ovulating'," reports the Mail Online on a study looking at nearly 3,000 women in the US.

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Many women experience post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression after pregnancy loss

15 January 2020

"Miscarriage can lead to 'long-term post-traumatic stress'," reports BBC News.

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Are packed lunches less healthy than school dinners?

14 January 2020

"Packed lunches worse for kids than school dinners, study says," reports Sky News.

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Healthy habits add up to 10 disease-free years to your life, study reveals

09 January 2020

"Healthy habits extend disease-free life by up to a decade," the Guardian reports.

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'No evidence' that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer new review finds

08 January 2020

"Using talcum powder does NOT raise the risk of ovarian cancer as study of 250,000 women debunks fears after decades of uncertainty," reports the Mail Online.

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Could running a marathon make your blood vessels 'younger'?

07 January 2020

"First-time marathon runners can 'reverse ageing' on blood vessels by four years," the Daily Mirror reports.

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