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2013 October

Diet and genes combine to affect digestive health

Diet and genetics are linked when it comes to digestive health - and understanding this relationship could shed important light on the treatment of Crohn's disease.The type of food an individual eats, combined with his or her unique genetic makeup, has an impact on their overall digestive health.New research carried…
2013 October

Cholesterol treatments could lead to memory loss, scientists warn

Two commonly-taken treatments for bad cholesterol could harm cognitive function, Bristol scientists warn.Statins commonly use to lower 'bad cholesterol' levels in the blood could also have an adverse effect on memory, scientists working in the UK have claimed.At present, it is estimated that as many as seven million people in…
2013 October

New digestion model offers insight into ulcer treatment

A new medical research model based on pigs closely mirrors similar clinical case studies in humans - and could shed important light on ulcer treatment.Using a research model based on pigs, rather than mice, could be a useful way for scientists and doctors to develop more effective treatments for inflammatory…
2013 October

Health expert shuns negativity surrounding menopause

Dr Marilyn Glenville has said she doesn't think all the negative sentiment surrounding the menopause helps the situation.Throughout our lives, each and every individual will go through various natural stages that make up the fundamental life cycle of a human being. The menopause is one such stage which every woman…
2013 October

Paracetamol boosts exercise performance, study claims

The popular painkiller could improve your ability to exercise, research has found.While paracetamol may traditionally offer a source of pain relief to those suffering illness or injury, a new study claims it could also have a positive effect on exercise performance.Research published in the September issue of Experimental Physiology indicates…
2013 September

Arginine 'eases pain levels for sickle cell disease patients'

Sickle cell disease patients treated with arginine suffer less pain than those treated with opioids, scientists have foundTherapy designed to harness the benefits of arginine could be a safe, affordable and effective way of easing the pain of patients with sickle cell disease.Arginine is an amino acid which can be…
2013 September

Link between obesity, insulin resistance and fructose established

A study has discovered how fructose produced by the body could be behind obesity and insulin resistance.There are many old wives' tales that get passed between fellow dieters and people conscious of their weight about how best to keep off the pounds. However, a new study may go some way…
2013 September

Curcumin shows anti-viral potential against hepatitis C

A study suggests that curcumin could help prevent hepatitis C from entering liver cells.Curcumin appears to have powerful anti-viral properties that could help to protect patients with hepatitis C after undergoing a liver transplant, researchers have found.Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that causes severe liver disease if left untreated…
2013 September

Cell division 'master controller' discovered

The discovery of the 'master controller' of cell division could improve both understanding and treatment of cancer.Scientists believe they may have discovered the master controller behind cell division, leading some to be hopeful that this could pave the way for a better understanding - and, consequently, treatment - of cancer.This…
2013 September

Obesity gene testing 'can reduce self-blame overweight'

UCL research highlights the potential benefits of testing for the gene FTO from a weight control perspective.A study has suggested that obesity gene testing can have a positive effect on people's attitudes towards their weight.Research conducted by scientists from the Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London (UCL) found…