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2013 March

Lack of sleep can alter gene

Sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on the genes.Most people will struggle to sleep at some point in their adult lives, with many finding it a regular annoyance. As well as depriving you of the energy you need to get through the working week, a lack of sleep can…
2013 March

Study links processed meat diet with premature death risk

A European study has highlighted the possible health risks associated with eating processed meat.A large new study has uncovered an association between processed meat and risk of early death.Researchers at the University of Zurich looked at data on almost 450,000 people who were involved in the European Prospective Investigation into…
2013 March

Organic tomatoes richer in vitamins?

Despite various claims to the contrary, a new report suggests that organic food may actually be healthier than the conventionally-grown alternatives.According to latest research, organic tomatoes contain higher amounts of vitamin C and vital compounds that can help to battle a range of diseases, even though they actually tend to…
2013 March

Obesity statistics show alarming state of England's health

Official statistics have been published revealing the extent of England's obesity crisis, with just 34 per cent of men and 39 per cent of women reporting a healthy weight during 2011.According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, a staggering 65 per cent of men and 58 per cent…
2013 March

Niacin linked to increased side-effects when combined with statins

Vitamin B3 or 'niacin' appears to be associated with an increased risk of unwanted side-effects when taken alongside cholesterol-lowering statin therapy.Patients who combine niacin (vitamin B3) with cholesterol-lowering statins may face an increased risk of side-effects, new research suggests.Niacin has long been used to increase levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL…
2013 March

Chronic pain leaving millions reliant on painkillers

A large number regularly taking painkillers are worried of their dependence on the drugs.Chronic pain continues to be one of the most widely diagnosed complaints among adults in the UK. Despite this fact, there is often little in the way of conventional treatment available to patients that will help them…
2013 March

Memory loss a chronic problem for care home elderly

The vast majority in care homes suffer from some degree of memory problems.With more than 80 per cent of the care home residents in England, Wales and Northern Ireland suffering some form of dementia, it is clear that memory loss is a growing concern for the nation.According to the Alzheimer's…
2013 March

High intake of iron 'may protect against PMS'

Research suggests that certain minerals, primarily iron and zinc, may be associated with a reduced risk of premenstrual symptoms.Women with a high intake of iron may benefit from a reduced risk of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a study has found.Scientists at the University of Massachusetts' Amherst School of Public Health and…
2013 March

British women 'unaware of causes of skin ageing'

Women lack a good understanding of the causes of facial ageing, a survey has found.Most women are concerned about the impact of premature facial ageing on their appearance, but few have a good understanding of its causes, a study suggests.Research funded by Allergan Medical Aesthetics questioned 500 UK women, aged…
2013 March

Household chemicals linked to cancer and developmental disorders

When it comes to health and cosmetic products, one of the main reasons that all natural products are so popular is because they ease fears about exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals.Even in cases where studies have been undertaken into the effect of these substances, it is not always clear what…