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2013 April

Daily stress 'bad for long-term mental wellbeing'

A new study suggests that everyday annoyances can lead to mental distress and mood disorders in the long term.People who let day-to-day stress get on top of them may suffer from worse mental wellbeing in the long run, a new study has found.Researchers at the University of California, Irvine looked…
2013 April

Low vitamin D levels 'may cause adverse pregnancy outcomes'

A large new review has found 'compelling' evidence for a link between low vitamin D and adverse pregnancy outcomes.Women with insufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood may be more likely to experience adverse pregnancy outcomes such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, a review has concluded.A team of researchers…
2013 April

Vitamin D supplements 'may improve immunity in healthy adults'

A new study suggests that vitamin D may help to boost the immune system in healthy adults with insufficient levels of the nutrient.Boosting levels of vitamin D may help to enhance immunity and lower the risk of many diseases in healthy adults, a small new study has suggested.Researchers at Boston…
2013 April

Depression 'may reduce benefits of healthy lifestyle'

A study suggests that people with depression may experience elevated levels of inflammation, even if they take regular exercise and drink a sensible amount of alcohol.People with depression may need a helping hand to minimise their risk of heart disease and diabetes, a new study suggests.Researchers at Duke University Medical…
2013 April

Faster 'biological ageing' linked to heart disease and cancer

Some people experience faster biological ageing than others, and scientists believe this may increase their risk of heart disease, cancer and other age-related illnesses.Biological ageing may play an important role in the development of age-related diseases, such as heart disease and certain types of cancer, scientists have found.Researchers at the…
2013 March

Green tea antioxidants 'may lower stroke risk'

Research suggests that antioxidant compounds in green tea may help to reduce the risk of stroke.A high intake of green tea may lower a person's risk of having a stroke, new research suggests.Japanese scientists looked at the impact of green tea and coffee consumption on the risk of stroke in…
2013 March

Clogged arteries 'date back to pre-industrial times'

Atherosclerosis appears to be inherently associated with the ageing process, but that does not mean we can neglect our diet and lifestyle, experts say.Atherosclerosis or 'clogged arteries' is often regarded as a disease of the modern age, brought on by unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles.But a new study suggests that…
2013 March

Britons spend more time with chronic illness than most Europeans

A study has revealed Britain's poor performance on public health, relative to other countries in Europe.The UK is lagging behind similar countries in terms of many key health indicators, according to a major new study in the Lancet medical journal.Researchers found that Britons are enjoying longer life expectancies than ever…
2013 March

Study uncovers impact of bladder condition on sleep disruption

Older people who have trouble sleeping may benefit from treatment to ease bladder complaints, researchers say.Many older adults suffer from insomnia, but a new study suggests the condition is even more problematic in those with a bladder condition called nocturia.Nocturia is particularly common in older adults and is characterised by…
2013 March

Adolescent risk factors linked to heart disease in later life

A new study highlights the low prevalence of heart-healthy habits among young people.Many young people lead unhealthy lifestyles and have cardiovascular risk factors that could increase their chances of developing heart disease in adulthood, a study has shown.Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre looked at data on…