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2013 June

Worrying about the effects of stress 'may affect the heart'

A study suggests that people's perceptions of stress can influence their heart health.People who worry about the effects of stress on their health may be doing themselves even more harm, a study in the European Heart Journal has found.Researchers analysing data from the Whitehall II study - which has followed…
2013 June

Science 'must focus on combined effects of environmental and lifestyle factors on health'

Combinations of environmental and lifestyle-related factors may be harming people's health.A large number of studies have looked at the effects of individual hazards on our health, but scientists now need to switch their focus to investigating the combined impact of environmental and lifestyle factors, a report has claimed.Published by the…
2013 June

Doubts cast over safety of drinking water

Research suggests that more needs to be done to ensure technologies for removing arsenic from drinking water are effective.Processes used to remove the environmental contaminant arsenic from drinking water may not be sufficiently effective, scientists have warned.Arsenic occurs naturally in rocks and leaches into water, eventually entering the water supply.A…
2013 June

Many women recover from UTIs without antibiotics

A study suggests that many women prefer to let their bodies heal naturally when they get urinary tract infections.Many women with symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTIs) prefer to let their bodies heal naturally, a study has found.Scientists at the University of Amsterdam studied 176 women who had contacted their…
2013 June

Curcumin 'may help people with depression'

A study suggests that curcumin supplements may help people on antidepressant medication to get more rapid relief from their symptoms.People with depressive symptoms may benefit from taking curcumin supplements alongside their antidepressant medication, new research suggests.Curcumin is one of the main components of the popular spice turmeric, which typically features…
2013 June

Investigational drug may help immune system to fight advanced cancer

Scientists believe an experimental type of immunotherapy could help to treat advanced cancers.An investigational drug being tested in early clinical trials could one day help to treat patients whose cancer has spread around the body, researchers claim.Scientists at Yale Cancer Centre in the US have been trialling the antibody drug,…
2013 June

Study suggests immune system stimulation may help to fight brain tumours

Scientists believe it may be possible to treat an aggressive form of brain cancer by activating the body's natural immune response.The body's own defences could be harnessed to increase a person's chances of surviving brain cancer, new research suggests.Scientists at Lund University in Sweden say that by stimulating the immune…
2013 June

Antioxidant carotenoids may slow hardening of the arteries

Men may be able to lower their risk of atherosclerosis by increasing their intake of various antioxidants.Men with high levels of carotenoids in their blood may benefit from delayed progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and ultimately a reduced risk of heart attack, new research has shown.Carotenoids are colourful…
2013 June

Lycopene may modulate genes in prostate cancer

A study suggests that lycopene may influence genes involved in the growth and survival of prostate cancer cells.An antioxidant called lycopene may reduce men's risk of prostate cancer by influencing genes required for tumour cells' growth and survival, new research suggests.Previous studies have uncovered a link between consumption of lycopene…
2013 June

Storage conditions 'may affect antioxidant levels in vegetables'

Research suggests that vegetables may produce varying levels of antioxidants depending on the ambient light conditions.A study has discovered that the environment in which vegetables are stored after harvesting may affect their levels of health-promoting antioxidants.Researchers at Rice University and the University of California, Davis, found they were able to…