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2013 April

Vitamin D 'vital for muscle function'

A new study shows that oral vitamin D supplementation may help to boost energy levels from within muscle cells.Vitamin D supplements can help to improve muscle function, a new study suggests.Researchers at Newcastle University and the local NHS trust recruited 12 patients with severe vitamin D deficiencies in order to…
2013 April

High levels of mercury linked to increased diabetes risk

Research has suggested a link between exposure to mercury in early adulthood and an increased risk of type-2 diabetes in later life.People who consume high levels of mercury may face an increase in their risk of type-2 diabetes, scientists have warned.The mercury in our diet mainly comes from fish and…
2013 April

Link between meat compound and heart disease underlines benefits of vegetarian diet

New research may help to explain why a vegetarian lifestyle appears to be healthier for the heart than a meat-eating diet.A compound found in red meat may promote hardening of the arteries or 'atherosclerosis', scientists have said.Research conducted at Cleveland Clinic in the US suggests that the compound carnitine is…
2013 April

Pesticide exposure in the womb 'linked to high blood pressure in adulthood'

A study has linked prenatal exposure to DDT to an increased risk of high blood pressure.Females who were exposed to a pesticide called DDT while in the womb appear to face a significant increase in their risk of high blood pressure in adulthood, a study has found.DDT (dichlorodiplhenyltrichloroethane) was first…
2013 April

Curcumin supplements may ease joint pain

People with osteoarthritis of the knee may benefit from taking a high-quality curcumin complex.People with persistent joint pain that fails to respond to conventional treatment may want to consider using a natural supplement such as curcumin.Extracted from the popular Indian spice turmeric, curcumin is included in many different curry recipes…
2013 April

Work 'the biggest cause of stress'

A survey has highlighted work as the main stressful factor in people's lives.Work is the most stressful factor in people's lives, according to new research from mental health charity Mind.A survey of more than 2,000 people, conducted by research firm Populus on behalf of the charity, found that over a…
2013 April

High levels of lead found in imported rice in the US

A study revealing high levels of lead in some rice products has highlighted the risks posed by heavy metals in our environment and food supply.Scientists have uncovered high levels of lead in rice imported from certain countries by the US.Researchers at Monmouth University in New Jersey measured the levels of…
2013 April

Vitamin D lowers inflammation in lung diseases

A high intake of vitamin D may help to reduce inflammation in people with respiratory diseases.Vitamin D has been shown to lower inflammation in the lungs associated with several respiratory diseases including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).According to new research from the US, the vitamin can play a…
2013 April

Men's bowel cancer rates rise by more than a quarter

New figures show that bowel cancer rates are on the rise in the UK, with men bearing the brunt of the increase.There has been a major rise in the prevalence of bowel cancer in recent years, particularly among men, new figures show.A report from Cancer Research UK reveals that bowel…
2013 April

Month of birth linked to immune system development

New research suggests a biological basis for the apparent 'month of birth' effect in MS and suggests a need for more studies on the benefits of vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy.A baby's month of birth may influence the development of its immune system, as well as its levels of vitamin…