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This is the first study to link a vegetarian diet to an increased risk of stroke. But the evidence isn’t strong enough to cause alarm. From shutterstock.com

Will a vegetarian diet increase your risk of stroke?

A new study has found a vegetarian diet is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, but linked to an increased risk of stroke. This is how we should – and shouldn't – interpret the results.
While this research has merit, it doesn’t exactly tell us eating chicken reduces risk of breast cancer. From shutterstock.com

Will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

Recent reports suggested eating chicken could reduce the risk of breast cancer. In the study, those who ate chicken were at lower risk – when compared to women who ate large quantities of red meat.
If you’re depressed, the headlines might tempt you to reach out for a chocolate bar. But don’t believe the hype. from www.shutterstock.com

No, eating chocolate won’t cure depression

Depression is a serious, common and sometimes debilitating condition. And no, chocolate won't help, whatever the headlines tell you.
As keen as we may be to hear about any health benefits of drinking coffee, the headlines aren’t always what they seem. Janko Ferlic/Unsplash

Research Check: can drinking coffee help you lose weight?

Caffeine may be able to increase the function of what we call 'brown fat'. But we shouldn't immediately scramble for the closest long black or flat white and expect to see the kilos drop.
The science isn’t clear on whether organic foods can lower your risk of cancer. But eating plenty of fruit and veg – however it’s grown – can reduce your risk.

Research Check: can you cut your cancer risk by eating organic?

The participants who chose more organically grown foods over 4.5 years had slightly lower rates of cancer. But it doesn't necessarily mean one thing caused the other.
Hyperactivity and inattentiveness doesn’t mean you have ADHD. Ant Rozetsky

Research Check: are phone-obsessed teens at greater risk of ADHD?

While the study found a link between high rates of digital media use and inattention and hyperactivity, it didn't find that one caused the other. Nor did it look specifically at clinically diagnosed ADHD.
The fashion advice is generally to tighten ties so they’re tight but not too tight. from www.shutterstock.com

Research Check: do neckties reduce blood supply to the brain?

Wearing a tie that causes slight discomfort can reduce blood flow to the brain by 7.5%, but the reduction is unlikely to cause any physical symptoms, which generally begin at a reduction of 10%.
Let your tea towel dry out after each use to reduce its bacterial load. Shutterstock/antoniodiaz

Research Check: can tea towels cause food poisoning?

Yes, bacteria can accumulate on tea towels. But most of the bacteria the researchers found are not responsible for food poisoning or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
The researchers looked at cancer occurrence in those exposed to higher intakes of ultra-processed foods, compared to lower intakes. Shutterstock

Research Check: will eating ‘ultra-processed’ foods give you cancer?

The study showed that every 10% increase in consumption of ultra-processed food was linked to a 12% increase in developing some types of cancers. But it didn't show the processed food caused cancers.
This study didn’t actually measure sitting and its relationship to inflammation - which causes disease. D.Reichardt/Flickr

Research Check: will binge-watching TV increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes?

A new study has been found that television viewing increases your risk of dying from an inflammatory-related condition like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. But it's more complicated than that.

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