Eating walnuts may help to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, research suggests.The nuts contain ingredients such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols that may all reduce the risk of the disease. Mice fed the human equivalent of two ounces (56.7g) of walnuts per day developed fewer and smaller tumours. The US study was presented to the American Association for Cancer Re Read More »
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Scientists from Glasgow University claim they have created a device which can detect malaria within minutes.Doctors have welcomed the development as more travellers go abroad without taking proper precautions against the disease. The flu-like symptoms can be missed until the patient is critically ill. Blood samples are placed in the microchip, which is designed to detect the strain of disease. Th Read More »
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Breast milk has less protein than formula, which could be why bottle-fed babies grow faster, a study suggests.There has been concern that formula-fed babies, who tend to be bigger, are "programmed" to store fat and so have a higher risk of childhood obesity. The international study of 1,000 babies, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests protein levels in formu Read More »
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Governments around the world are striving to contain a new flu virus suspected of killing more than 100 people in Mexico. Experts warn swine flu could spark a global pandemic. BBC News online put a number of your questions to flu expert Maureen Baker, Head of Pandemic Planning at the Royal College of General Practitioners. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERSMy friend has recently got back from Mexico and has b Read More »
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Smokers should be given anger management lessons to help them give up smoking, a study suggests.University of California tests on 20 people found nicotine helped calm aggression, but it was more likely from people not wearing nicotine patches. Researchers hypothesised smokers were more likely to be people prone to anger and said tackling this could be a vital part of smoking cessation services. N Read More »
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By Nick TriggleHealth reporter, BBC NewsExperts are adamant, the world has never been better prepared for a flu pandemic.History tells us that there are global epidemics every 30 to 50 years. And with the last one happening in the late 1960s, governments across the world have been on alert for the past decade. That moment could now be here with the World Health Organization describing the outbrea Read More »
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Emma WilkinsonHealth reporter, BBC NewsRestrictions on teenagers' use of antidepressants have had no measurable impact on suicide rates, a study says.In 2003, regulators warned against use of the drugs in the under-18s after concerns from clinical trials that some patients may become suicidal. Bristol university analysis of suicide rates among 15 to 19-year-olds in 22 countries from 1990 to 2006 Read More »
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Emma WilkinsonHealth reporter, BBC NewsUse of complementary therapies is "surprisingly" low among British cancer patients, a study suggests.A survey of 200 patients in London found only one in five used alternative medicine and most of those did not think it would cure them. Similar studies from the US had shown use was as high as 80%, the researchers at Hammersmith Hospital said. The s Read More »
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