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2013 November

Elderly 'should learn new skills' to keep their mind ticking over

A new study has suggested that learning mentally stimulating new skills could be good for the mental health of the elderly.Growing old - and the health implications that may come with it - is certainly inevitable. However, there are certain things that individuals can do to help safeguard their health…
2013 October

Effects of excessive alcohol consumption explored

A new study has returned worrying results about the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption.It has long been known by anyone who is even remotely conscious of health issues that excessive consumption of alcohol is not good news. Now, a new study has revealed more specifically that it could increase not…
2013 October

Scientists uncover the secrets of 'healthy' brown fat cells

A team of scientists has identified how brown fat cells are produced - findings that could play a key role in the fight against obesity.Scientists have moved a step closer to understanding how brown fat cells can be harnessed to burn excess energy and so combat the growing problem of…
2013 October

Supplements 'may benefit postmenopausal women with invasive breast cancer'

New research has highlighted the benefits of multivitamin and mineral supplements for older women with postmenopausal breast cancer.Much has been written about the potential benefits of dietary supplements, be they vitamins, minerals, compound formulas or likewise. Some may swear by these complexes, others may not.However, sceptics will be hard pushed…
2013 October

Osteoporosis could threaten women's independence, says study

Osteoporosis could threaten women's future independence, according to a new report.It is no secret that as people grow older, it becomes increasingly important to keep a closer eye on health and wellbeing, as the body may not be as resilient in later years as it once was.To this end, new…
2013 October

Problems with breastfeeding make first-time mums 'more likely to quit'

A new study has revealed that women who have problems breastfeeding their first-born are more likely to give up trying.Many mothers may find they experience all sorts of problems when it comes to breastfeeding their babies - for example, sore nipples, trouble getting their baby to latch on, difficulties producing…
2013 October

Combination of Chinese, Western medicine to help cancer patients investigated

Cardiff and Peking universities have been working together to explore the benefits to cancer patients of a Chinese herbal medicine.After collaborating for two years, Cardiff University and Peking University have made a breakthrough in how cancer patients may be treated in future.Investigators have been exploring the potential benefits of a…
2013 October

Vitamin D supplementation alone 'not enough to improve bone health'

New research has revealed that calcium and vitamin D supplementation work together to influence bone health of postmenopausal women.A new study looking into how postmenopausal women's bone health is affected by both calcium and vitamin D intake has concluded that supplementation of the two - or of calcium alone -…
2013 October

Genes may affect how people taste sweetener, says study

New research has suggested that the way different individuals perceive artificial sweeteners may depend on their genes.A study heralding from Penn State in the US has suggested that the way individuals perceive the taste of artificial sweeteners - based on how they respond to both sweet and bitter flavours, as…
2013 October

Immune system's 'first responders' identified

The secrets behind the wound-healing powers of a special type of cell have been uncovered by a team in California.Scientists working in the US have pinpointed the special cells that work as the immune system's 'first responders' against injury, with their findings having the potential to offer new therapies to…