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2013 September

Immune system responsible for stress-related anxiety, says study

New research has identified how cells of the immune system are responsible for feelings of anxiety in an individual who is exposed to stress.When individuals are exposed to stressful environments, the ways in which different people react will vary hugely. However, a common response is that of feelings of anxiety…
2013 August

Study suggests anaemia may increase risk of dementia

A US study has found a possible link between anaemia and dementia in later life.Older people with anaemia may be more likely to develop dementia than those without the condition, a study has found.Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco looked at 2,552 people, aged 70 to 79, and…
2013 August

Rheumatoid arthritis patients may benefit from grape seed extract

Early research suggests that grape seed extract may help to treat rheumatoid arthritis.People with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from taking grape seed extract, a natural plant-derived extract that is often included in high-quality antioxidant supplements.Researchers at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia recently conducted a study to see whether or…
2013 August

Older people with low vitamin D 'struggle with routine tasks'

A study suggests that vitamin D supplements may help to prevent physical decline among older people.Vitamin D deficiency increases the likelihood that people will struggle to perform routine tasks as they get older, a study has found.Researchers at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam looked at data on 762…
2013 August

Vegetarians 'have healthier gums'

Research suggests that vegetarians tend to have better gum health than meat-eaters, although they may be at risk of tooth decay if they fail to include enough vitamin D and calcium in their diet.Meat-eaters may need to pay closer attention to their oral health after a study by German scientists…
2013 August

Vitamin D deficiency linked to increased risk of pre-eclampsia

A study suggests that women with insufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood may be more likely to experience pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.Women with a deficiency in vitamin D - the so-called 'sunshine vitamin' - may have an increased risk of the pregnancy complication pre-eclampsia, new study has found.Pre-eclampsia is…
2013 August

Antioxidants and vitamins linked to reduced risk of cataracts

A study has shown that certain antioxidants may help to reduce the risk of age-related cataracts.People with a high intake of antioxidants and certain vitamins may benefit from a reduced risk of age-related cataracts, new research suggests.Cataracts affect the majority of people over the age of 65 and occur when…
2013 August

Caesarean delivery linked to increased risk of allergy

Caesarean section delivery may have an adverse effect on the developing immune system.Children born by Caesarean section may experience slower immune system development and an increased risk of allergies in the future, scientists have found.Researchers in Sweden and at the University of Glasgow in Scotland studied 24 children from birth…
2013 August

Antioxidants 'may treat neuropathic pain'

Early research suggests antioxidants may help to treat neuropathic pain.People with neuropathic pain - resulting from a problem in the nervous system - may benefit from taking a high-quality antioxidant supplement, new research suggests.Scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston carried out a series of experiments on…
2013 August

Build-up of toxins inside the body 'linked to economic status'

A study suggests that people are prone to accumulating different chemicals inside their bodies, depending on their income.People from all socioeconomic backgrounds are at risk of harmful toxins building up inside their bodies but the exact chemicals appear to be linked to economic status, new research suggests.Scientists at the University…