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2013 January

Antibiotic drugs 'no help against coughs'

Natural immune support is likely to be far more effective than antibiotics for fighting off an annoying cough.Those planning to visit their GP to discuss an annoying cough may be better off seeking a more natural solution, following new research showing that commonly prescribed antibiotics are unlikely to provide any…
2013 January

Grape seed extract may hinder growth of advanced bowel cancer

Early research suggests that the more aggressive a person's bowel cancer becomes, the greater the benefits they may gain from taking supplements containing grape seed extract.Compounds in grape seed extract may be effective at preventing the growth and survival of bowel cancer cells, US scientists have found.A large number of…
2013 January

Natural tomato ingredient 'may improve cardiovascular health'

Research suggests that lycopene derived from tomatoes may have significant benefits for the cardiovascular system.Supplements containing an ingredient derived from the skin of tomatoes could have significant benefits for people with cardiovascular disease, research has shown.The ingredient, called lycopene, belongs to a group of natural plant pigments called carotenoids and…
2013 January

Poor survival for some rare cancers highlights importance of natural immune support

People need to look beyond conventional medicines to support their immune system in the fight against cancer.Some of the most common forms of cancer have had vast amounts of funding ploughed into research efforts, and survival has improved as a result. But for other, rarer types of the disease, the…
2013 January

How can shiitake mushrooms boost the immune system?

Shiitake mushrooms are packed with multiple health benefits, many of which aid the immune system.Shiitake mushrooms are an edible fungus native to Asia and are the second most commonly cultivated in the world.Animal-based studies have discovered antitumour, cholesterol-lowering and virus-inhibiting effects contained within the compounds in the food. However, research…
2013 January

Environmental pollution 'could reduce cognitive function in older adults'

Environmental pollution has been linked with a reduction in cognitive function in older adults.Environmental pollution has been linked with decreased cognitive function in older adults, according to a new study.While memory slips and dementia may often be considered part and parcel of growing older, an increasing body of evidence is…
2013 January

Effects of environmental toxins on children 'a public health crisis'

An expert has voiced his concerns about children's exposure to environmental toxins and provided a number of practical solutions for protecting against their effects.The world may be facing one of its largest public health crises ever, in the form of the effects of environmental toxins on children's health, an expert…
2013 January

Female urinary incontinence 'should not be considered taboo'

Female urinary incontinence should not be a taboo subject, claims a urogynaecologist.Urinary incontinence can be a sensitive issue for many sufferers, but a leading doctor is urging for a change in public attitudes surrounding the condition, while also raising awareness.Professor Douglas Tincello, a urogynaecologist, claims that women in particular tend…
2013 January

Sugary drinks 'could worsen osteoarthritis'

Sugary drinks could help worsen osteoarthritis, new research claims.Consuming sugary drinks could worsen osteoarthritis, especially in slim men and normal weight women, a new survey shows.The common degenerative condition affects six million older adults in the UK, and could be aggravated by drinking soft drinks.In fact, according to the Brigham…
2013 January

Health impacts on happiness, says survey

The state of an individual's health can have a serious impact on their happiness, according to a new study.Researchers from George Mason University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Chicago and the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that the disruption of the body's daily functions was directly related…