5th December 2013: Wonder cure to cure dementia
I wonder if this is another vague press release selective paste job?
Of course it is!
A drug to slow down Alzheimer’s relentless attack on the brain could be available in five years, experts said last night.
Pigs could fly.
Tests show it delays the pace of decline by more than a third in those with a mild form of the disease. And researchers believe the treatment could one day be used like statins – with a jab being given to people before they show symptoms of the devastating condition.
That’s a whole lot of "could."
Dr Eric Karran, director of research at Alzheimer’s UK, said they were “full of hope” the drug, solanezumab, would be available before the end of the decade.
The drug could help “unlock” the secrets of the disease and one day be used to “considerably” block it.
Compare the several potential future incidents of “could” to the “Wonder drug cure” headline.” Oh dear. Truly ‘The World’s Greatest Newspaper’ again.
How about another vague expert?
Professor Peter Passmore, of Queen’s College Belfast, said that drugs which change the underlying disease would be the “Holy Grail” for tackling the condition.
30th November 2013: Aspirin wards off dementia
Miracle aspirin is back! The story on the website has a different headline: Could aspirin be the simple and effective way to beat deadly diseases? I guess this is a better way to target the Express audience….
Older people can fight dementia and cancer with a daily dose of the humble aspirin, scientists say. The claim came yesterday at the launch of the largest study to find out how useful it could be in beating the diseases.
Are these scientists time travellers? The story tells us how it "can" do miracles but that is also only a claim from the launch of the study into what they already say it "can" do.
Researchers told of their encouragement after results from preliminary tests show that the common pill may prevent the two chronic illnesses. It is already routinely taken to protect against coronary disease, heart attacks and stroke. Now the study on 15,000 people aged over 70 will be the most extensive clinical trial on the use of aspirin to prevent disease in the elderly.
A bit vague like every other bloody Daily Express Jo Willey health exclusive then.
Scientists believe its protective effect may be due to its anti-clotting action helping blood flow to the brain.
Said a vague boffin.
In the study – in the journal Contemporary Clinical Trials – the team wants to establish whether benefits of a low dose of aspirin outweigh the risks linked to its use.
What does the more useful more qualified quote person at the end of the article have to say?
Dr Simon Ridley of Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “Systematic reviews of previous aspirin trials have so far showed no evidence that the drugs can benefit people with dementia, but the studies done to date have been relatively small. Large-scale controlled trials could provide more conclusive evidence.”
I should just skip to the end each time really.
26th November 2013: Doctors reveal: It’s never too late to get fit.
It must be news then, and not some bleedin’ obvious thing copied from a press release in Express Health Editor Jo Willey’s inbox. What do these exclusive revelations involve?
Taking regular exercise even in later life can make you up to seven times more likely to stay healthy.
Those who are active as pensioners can stave off major illnesses such as heart disease and dementia.
Are all future miracle cure front pages now cancelled, with a “do some exercise” story to run every day until armageddon? Think of all the money Dirty Des could save….
An eight-year British study found that those who exercised at least once a week were between three and seven times more likely to be classed as “healthy agers”.
Is there anything else we can learn from this front page news?
Across the developed world, doctors rank inactivity alongside smoking, excess drinking and obesity as a leading cause of reduced life expectancy.
23rd November 2013: Arthritis: New breakthrough
Only the second arthritis cure headline this month? I blame all those exclusive front pages about how Winter is cold. Bah!
A drug that can ease the crippling symptoms of arthritis has brought new hope to sufferers. Patients given the drug Sarilumab in trials were able to move more freely and suffered less damage to their joints.
So far, so good…
The new treatment, which involves an injection once every two weeks, has been hailed as a breakthrough in the fight to slow the progress of the incurable disease.
The year-long trial on 1,200 patients with rheumatoid arthritis improved their condition by up to 20 per cent.
Ah, the deliberately vague "up to 20 per cent" there.
Dr Neil Graham, of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, which helped create the treatment with French drug-maker Sanofi, said: “IL-6 blockade is emerging as an important therapeutic approach for rheumatoid arthritis. We are encouraged with these Phase 3 trial results.”
When do the humans get this then?
The drug could be available within 10 years following official approval.
Oh. How about the bit of balance quote at the end of the article?
A spokeswoman for Arthritis Research UK said: “The initial results from this trial look quite promising in terms of reducing painful symptoms, although Sarilumab is still under development and results of this study have not yet been published.”
20th November 2013: Aspirin at bedtime can save your life.
Can it? Really? Shall we find out?
Ground-breaking study finds that aspirin at bedtime can cut the risk of heart attack.
An aspirin before going to bed can dramatically slash the risk of suffering a heart attack, a study reveals.
His research, presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Dallas, Texas, was based on a study of 290 patients who took a 100mg aspirin either when they woke or at bedtime during two three-month periods.
A nice small study group then…
Their blood pressure and blood platelet activity was measured at the end of each period. Blood pressure was not affected but the results showed aspirin taken at night led to a significant reduction in platelet activity.
Due to the reasonably well-known (for quite some time) blood-thinning properties of aspirin?
A British expert said more research into the idea was needed.
Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We know aspirin can be vital in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Research into the best time to take a daily dose of aspirin is an interesting idea, but we would need to see much larger and longer studies before a change in practice can be recommended. For now, keep taking your daily aspirin as recommended by your doctor. If you have any concerns about your medication, talk with your GP.”
One more miracle cure front page headline ends with sensible advice that seeing a doctor is preferable to believing a dodgy racist miracles & weather press release obsessed tabloid rag.
Although it is not known exactly why aspirin works better at night, researchers believe it may slow down the production of hormones and other substances that cause clotting.
11th November 2013: New test beats heart disease
Or does it? (well…)
Breakthrough scan detects high risk patients and will save the lives of thousands. A REVOLUTIONARY test has been developed by British experts which can tell when “ticking time bomb” patients are on the brink of a heart attack.
But does it "beat heart disease"?
The simple 20-minute procedure developed at the University of Edinburgh could provide the vital clues needed to allow potential victims to be treated before an attack strikes. It uses non-invasive scanners which are already available in many teaching hospitals across the UK for cancer diagnosis.
But does it "beat heart disease"?
Professor Peter Weissberg,Medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Being able to identify dangerous fatty plaques likely to cause a heart attack is something that conventional heart tests cannot do. This research suggests that PET-CT scanning may provide an answer - identifying “ticking time bomb” patients at risk of a heart attack. We now need to confirm these findings, and then understand how best to use new tests like this in the clinic to benefit heart patients.”
But does it "beat heart disease"?
Of course not. This is the Daily Express.
6th November 2013: New wonder cure for killer flu originates from the humble turnip
Jo Willey is back on the front page of “The World’s Greatest Newspaper” with another exclusive load of old bollocks, hurrah! Turnips, you say?
A drink derived from a vegetable has been hailed as a breakthrough in the search for a cure for flu.
I shall line up some turnips to squash and guzzle right away.
Scientists believe it could revolutionise the way the killer virus is tackled.
So it’s not the “Wonder cure” of the headline, merely a thing that scientists believe might help? I would say I am shocked but we know how these things work…
They discovered that a strain of bacteria in pickled turnip, a dish popular in Japan, boosts immunity to the virus. Experts are already carrying out human trials on a probiotic drink which contains the powerful new ingredient.
If the research proves effective, a huge number of lives could be saved.
Vague vague vague…
How does this Not Actually A Miracle Cure work?
The bacteria increased the production of immune system moleclues, including flu-specific antibodies. In mice, the effects were powerful enough to prevent infection by the highly contagious H1N1 swine flu. Scientists at research company Kagome believe there could also be protection against the deadly H7N9 strain which has recently emerged in China.
Those poor Express Alzheimers Mice get all the lurgies.
It is not known whether the same effects will be seen in humans but scientists are hopeful they have found the next superfood.
So this front page miracle cure could have easily been about magical blue sweetcorn and be almost as accurate? Oh well.
4th November 2013: Ground-breaking new test to tackle the misery of Arthritis
Another arthritis cure? Well I suppose it’s better than their recent run of racist headlines…
A simple test to predict the risk of developing arthritis could be available in GPs’ surgeries within five years.
Simple and vague! No change there. The Express website misses out some of the beginning of the article but I’m sure we’re not missing much…
It is hoped the five-year study – nicknamed Sybil – will lead to better understanding of rarer genetic conditions such as spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, or dwarfism, the condition suffered by Life’s Too Short actor Warwick Davis.
Professor Mike Briggs, a world-renowned expert in skeletal genetics at Newcastle University, said: “We are after developing something that can be used in a GP surgery and I hope that within five years we would have identified several markers that can test someone’s susceptibility. It would be an incredible breakthrough if we could identify markers to make an early prognosis.”
Another non-story then.
The other quoted expert is also rather vague: “Being able to identify potential sufferers and initiate treatment that might prevent or at least slow down joint disease would be a real boost for millions.”
23rd October 2013: Eating fat is good for you: Doctors change their minds after 40 years
Hurrah! I shall now eat an entire apple pie as the ‘doctors’ say fat is now good for me. What else do the doctors say?
A diet packed with fat is the healthy way to prevent heart disease, a leading British expert has claimed.
So it’s not “doctors” but one “leading expert” saying this?
Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra says the obsession with a low-fat diet has “paradoxically increased” the risk of heart disease. Other experts have added their voices to his controversial call to end 40 years of advice to cut saturated fat – which has been described as “the greatest medical error of our time”. They claim the guidance has left millions of people at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and “led to the over-medication of millions of people with statins”. The public could just as effectively protect themselves by eating “real” food such as butter, milk and cheese and adopting the Mediterranean diet.
Bugger. It turns out this latest Jo Willey-penned masterpiece is merely a press release from a doctor who is anti-Statins. So statins are bad this week? It’s so hard to keep up.
20th October 2013: EXCLUSIVE: Jab to end super-flu: ‘Holy grail’ vaccine will give lifetime protection
Hurrah! I shall tick super-flu off my Cured By Express list! How has it been cured?
A JAB which gives lifelong protection against all flu strains could be ready within five years.
Scientists believe they have cracked the “Holy Grail” after positive results in the first human trials of a universal vaccine that works even if the virus mutates.
If it goes ahead, it could spell the end of annual flu jabs for millions and save countless lives.
18th October 2013: Back pain sufferers could be spared their agony, new medical advice reveals
Hurrah! A cure for back pain! Or is it?
MILLIONS of Britons could be spared the agony of crippling back pain by seeking early treatment, a new report has revealed.
Experts say prompt help can enable patients to get on with their lives and return to work – and slash the risk of them developing other serious conditions.
So this is just about going to a doctor if you are in pain?
Research by the Work Foundation think-tank found that Britons now take an amazing 35 million working days off a year because of back pain. The figures are the second worst in Europe and leave Britain lagging behind countries such as Estonia, Romania and Slovenia in tackling the mounting problem.
Yes, it is just about doing to see the doctor about pain.
Dr Adam Al-Kashi, of the charity BackCare, said: “This survey highlights the still unmet health and wellbeing needs of what constitutes many millions of people in the UK and worldwide.”
What magnificent journalism.
7th October 2013: SIMPLE WAY TO BEAT ARTHRITIS
It’s always "simple" and affecting "millions" in Expressland. What is this week’s miracle cure for arthritis all about?
Losing weight can save your joints from arthritis
Well, yes. Obviously. What other miracle facts does Chief Press Release Paster Jo Willey have for us?
MILLIONS of Britons could avoid the misery of arthritis by losing just a few pounds in weight, scientists have discovered.
Not quite a "simple way to beat" it but then what are the chances?
Dutch researchers have discovered how eating more healthily and taking modest exercise can help overweight people to spare their joints the wear and tear that leads to the condition.
Isn’t healthy eating and some exercise the actual real answer to all of these health bollocks articles anyway?
Scientists at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam recruited 407 women aged between 50 and 60. Although none had osteoarthritis, they were all overweight with a body mass index of 27 or higher. A healthy BMI score is anything between 18.5 and 24.9. Half the women were put on a programme of healthy eating and regular exercise while the others were told to carry on with their normal diet and lifestyle. The researchers tracked the women for more than two years and found that 20 per cent of those in the “unhealthy” group went on to develop osteo-arthritis in a knee. But in the group which adopted a healthy lifestyle, the figure was only 15 per cent.
30th September 2013: Pill that beats arthritis pain
EXCLUSIVE: New treatment cuts crippling arthritis pain by 40 per cent.
MILLIONS of arthritis patients have been offered new hope as a pill that cuts pain by up to 40 per cent is planned for wider use.
They’re really going for it with this week’s arthritis “cure”, aren’t they?
Scientists are launching a nationwide trial on how effectively the drug methotrexate relieves the agony of osteoarthritis in the knees.
It is already prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, a different condition. After a successful pilot trial, it is hoped methotrexate could also ease pain significantly for the UK’s six million osteoarthritis sufferers.
Oh those "could"s that the Express loves to use.
In the pilot, 37 per cent of patients with knee osteoarthritis had a 40 per cent reduction in discomfort.
Hmmm… what about the Arthritis Spokesperson Quote?
Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, said: “This trial could be hugely significant. Using drugs normally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis in osteoarthritis is a novel approach. We await the results with keen interest.”
27th September 2013: MIRACLE VEG!
Forget the five-a-day servings of fruit and veg… now you need seven to be healthy.
This is not an advert from The Vegetables Board, who I just made up.
For years we have been told the best way to stay healthy is to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Now scientists have discovered that if we increase our intake to seven servings a day we could slash our risk of dying early.
What about if we have 20 a day? Immortality?
According to the results, a combined fruit and vegetable consumption of more than 569g a day reduces the risk of mortality by 10 per cent and delays it by 1.12 years compared with a consumption of less than 249g a day. For every 200g increase in daily fruit and vegetable consumption, the risk falls by six per cent.
I think these figures might be simplifying what is actually a far more complicated situation. What does the Balance Quote Person say?
Tracy Parker, dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said: “These findings add to a substantial and growing body of evidence that suggests fruit and vegetables can help protect your heart and reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke. We all need to aim for five portions of fruit and veg a day but, as this research shows us, eating even more can bring about even greater benefits.”
Any other wisdom to be gained from this article?
Those who could benefit most from increasing their consumption of fruit and vegetables are those who are obese, drink alcohol or smoke.
Or they could just cut back on the booze and fags, and adopt a more active lifestyle .
26th September 2013: Statins are back! Those pesky statins have been both miraculous and dangerous, depending what the latest press release sent to Express Towers says. Now they are bloody amazing again, hurrah!
Major breakthrough as new statins will have no ‘nasty’ side-effects
Are they sure?
New “miracle” statins will help patients live without the fear of harmful side-effects from the heart pills, say scientists.They hope that the breakthrough will save thousands of lives every year because more people will be encouraged to keep taking the drugs.
This is not an advert for statins and not a vague “some time in the distant future” tale.
Eight million patients are prescribed statins but many experience adverse reactions and stop the treatment – putting them at risk of heart attack or stroke. Now a team from the University of Dundee are working on safer and better medication after groundbreaking genetic research into patients most at risk of harm from taking statins and beta-blockers. They want this to pave the way for more tailored prescriptions – and even the creation of treatments with no side-effects.
Yawn. Can we please have the standard Bit Of Balance Quote now?
Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We’ll await the results of this study with interest because currently there’s no proof that someone’s genetic makeup can decide whether they will suffer side effects from their medication. Millions of people take statins and ACE inhibitors safely and the benefits of these vital drugs far outweigh the risk of heart attack and stroke. If you think you’re experiencing side-effects from your medicines, talk to your GP who can reassure you and review the medicine and its dose.”
Common sense there. If your medication has worrying side effects you’re linkely to talk to your doctor. Maybe Express readers are lacking in common sense? What would Diana do?