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2013 February

Lifestyle changes can reduce risk of cancer

People can make certain lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing cancer.People can make certain lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing cancer.Britons are being reminded of the difference that lifestyle changes can make to their risk of developing cancer.The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has taken the…
2013 February

Study shows benefits of vegetarian diet for the heart

Oxford University scientists have confirmed the benefits of a vegetarian diet for heart health.Vegetarians have long been convinced of the benefits of their dietary choices, and a new study appears to have confirmed their confidence in the diet.Scientists at the University of Oxford say that the risk of being hospitalised…
2013 January

'Reassuring' study finds no link between folic acid and cancer risk

Folic acid supplements do not raise people's risk of developing cancer, according to an important new study in the Lancet medical journal.A large new analysis of existing research has confirmed the safety of taking folic acid supplements.Folic acid is particularly important for women of child-bearing age, as it helps to…
2013 January

Regular aspirin use may harm eye health

A study has found a link between regular aspirin use and the eye disease AMDPeople who regularly use aspirin to reduce their risk of heart attack may need to pay extra attention to their eye health, a new study has found.Research conducted at the University of Sydney in Australia found…
2013 January

Insufficient drinking water 'increases risk of UTIs'

Women should drink plenty of water and cut out junk food to reduce their risk of urinary tract infections.Women who suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) should ensure they drink plenty of water, an expert has advised.UTIs are very common, affecting around half of all women during their lives,…
2013 January

Study reveals harmful effect of cholesterol-lowering statins on muscles

Scientists have shed light on the underlying causes of muscle pain in people who take statin drugs to improve their blood cholesterol.A group of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are recommended for those at risk of heart attack, but many people are reluctant to resort to these potent pharmaceuticals.One of the…
2013 January

Prozac celebrates 25 years but many prefer natural approach

Many people, including GPs, are switching their attention to plant-based remedies when it comes to treating low mood and depression.The antidepressant Prozac is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of its launch in January 1988.Sales of the drug have increased over the years and figures show it was prescribed almost four…
2013 January

Good nutrition 'important' for maintaining muscle mass

Experts have highlighted a number of nutritional factors that influence our muscle mass and strength as we age.A healthy, balanced diet is important throughout our lifetime, but changes may need to be made as we get older to counter the ageing process.A common problem as we age is gradual loss…
2013 January

Supplements 'most important' for determining vitamin D levels in children

A Canadian study has highlighted the importance of vitamin D supplementation for children.Much has been made of the importance of exposure to sunlight as a way of enabling the body to make enough vitamin D.But a new study suggests that, at least in children, using a high-quality vitamin D supplement…
2013 January

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Experts are concerned by the high rates of vitamin D deficiency in the UK.Vitamin D has fallen under the spotlight recently, with the nutrient playing many important roles in the body, such as supporting the development and maintenance of healthy bones and regulating cell growth.Increasingly, scientists are linking vitamin D…