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2013 January

Fruit and veg 'good for mood'

Eating seven or eight portions of fruit and vegetables each day could be good for people's emotional wellbeing.People who are feeling blue may benefit from increasing their intake of fruit and vegetables, a new study has shown.Currently, we are advised to eat at least five daily portions of different fruits…
2013 January

Beta-carotene 'may protect against type-2 diabetes'

Early studies suggest that people whose genes make them susceptible to developing type-2 diabetes may benefit from boosting their intake of beta-carotene.People with a particular genetic predisposition to type-2 diabetes may benefit from taking supplements containing beta-carotene, preliminary research suggests.Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine looked at people with…
2013 January

High-dose vitamin D 'may reduce risk of respiratory tract infection'

A study suggests that people with recurring respiratory tract infections may benefit from boosting their levels of vitamin D.People who are prone to developing respiratory tract infections may benefit from taking a high-quality vitamin D supplement, new research suggests.Scientists at Sweden's Karolinska Institute looked at 140 patients with symptoms of…
2013 January

Tamiflu saga suggests pharmaceuticals can't always be relied upon to fight disease

Doubts over the effectiveness of key anti-influenza drug Tamiflu highlights the importance of helping the body to fight illness the natural way.There's little doubt that many pharmaceuticals have an important role to play in fighting illness, but the ongoing controversy over the influenza drug Tamiflu highlights the importance of not…
2013 January

Figures show three-fold rise in prostate cancer risk

There has been a significant increase in the number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer.Figures published by Cancer Research UK show that men's lifetime risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer has almost trebled over the last 25 years.Whereas just one in 20 boys who were born in 1990…
2013 January

Diet changes 'effective' at reducing inflammation

Simple dietary changes can greatly reduce people's levels of inflammation and could even decrease their chances of developing many chronic diseases, scientists say.People with inflammatory diseases could benefit from as simple an approach as altering their diet, new research suggests.A number of chronic diseases involve inflammation, including heart disease, autoimmune…
2013 January

Researchers find genetic basis for eczema

Scientists may have improved their understanding of the causes of eczema, but there is still no cure and the best approach may be a natural, topical one.US scientists say they have discovered an underlying genetic cause of eczema - a find that could one day lead to new therapies for…
2013 January

Loneliness 'may harm the immune system'

A new study suggests that lonely people may need to take steps to bolster their immune system.People who are recovering from a serious illness need to take steps to nourish their immune system, but it seems that those who feel socially isolated need more help than others in this respect.A…
2013 January

Majority of Brits 'ignorant about cholesterol'

A survey suggests that seven in ten Britons do not know their own cholesterol level.Most people do not know their own cholesterol levels, according to a new report from Flora pro.activ.Researchers discovered that 70 per cent of survey respondents did not know their cholesterol level, with just one in four…
2013 January

Could pesticides in your tap water be to blame for your food allergy?

Research suggests that chemicals found in tap water and pesticide-treated fruits and vegetables may weaken your immune system and increase your risk of food allergies.Food allergies seem to be on the increase around the world, with recent studies confirming a significant rise in their incidence, particularly among children.Allergies are caused…