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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…
2013 October

More women paying attention to elective mastectomies

It would seem that Angelina Jolie's decision to go public about her elective mastectomy has seen more women choose the same path.Earlier this year, Angelina Jolie was praised for her brave decision to go public about choosing to have a double mastectomy, due to her increased genetic risk of developing…
2013 October

Diet more responsible for cancer than genes, says expert

Patrick Holford has said diet plays a more significant role in statistics for cancer cases than genes do.The British nutritional therapist and author Patrick Holford has claimed that diet plays just as important a role - if not a more important one - when it comes to cancer than genes…
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…