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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By Martin ShanklemanBBC NewsA sixth person who worked in a Manchester University building used by Lord Rutherford, and contaminated by radiation and mercury, has died.Professor Tom Whiston, 70, a psychology lecturer, died from cancer at his home in Sussex. He occupied the building where the Nobel Prize winning scientist carried out his experiments on atomic structure using radioactive radon. An i Read More »
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An appeal for volunteers to help researchers see how dark chocolate might help fight disease has attracted 1,500 responses worldwide in a day.The scientists in Aberdeen aim to assess how flavonoids, found naturally in cocoa, could fend off heart disease. Thursday's BBC Scotland news website story had more than 200,000 hits, and researchers said it sparked replies from as far afield as America. Fo Read More »
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Most children do not exercise enough to keep themselves healthy and prevent obesity, a government survey shows.The finding is based on more than 260,000 people in England who responded to the Change4Life campaign poll. The results showed nearly three-quarters (72%) of children do not take part in the recommended hour of daily activity outside school. Change4Life was launched in January to tackle 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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