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Coffee may prevent depression

Coffee may prevent depression

Women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to get depressed, research suggests.It is not clear why it might have this effect, but the authors believe caffeine in coffee may alter the brain’s chemistry. Decaffeinated coffee did not have …

Car fumes ‘raise heart attack risk

Car fumes ‘raise heart attack risk

  Breathing in heavy traffic fumes can trigger a heart attack, say UK experts.Heart attack risk is raised for about six hours post-exposure and goes down again after that, researchers found. They say in the British Medical Journal that pollution probably hastens rather than directly …

Smoking in films ‘encourages teenagers to take it up’

Smoking in films ‘encourages teenagers to take it up’

    Teenagers who watch films showing actors smoking are more likely to take it up, new UK research suggests.Experts who made the link by questioning 5,000 15-year-olds say their findings should prompt a change in film certification so that under-18s are no longer exposed …

An apple or pear a day keeps strokes at bay

An apple or pear a day keeps strokes at bay

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables with white flesh may help to protect against strokes, says a study in the journal Stroke.But Dutch researchers say they do not know why people with a high intake of apples, pears, bananas or cauliflower reduce their risk of …

Fatherhood ‘lowers testosterone to keep men loyal’

Fatherhood ‘lowers testosterone to keep men loyal’

Men appear to be biologically wired to care for their babies, say researchers who have discovered levels of testosterone go down after fatherhood.This drop in the male hormone presumably makes the dad more family-oriented and less likely to stray, say the Northwestern University team. Testosterone …

Soil bacterium helps kill cancers

Soil bacterium helps kill cancers

A bacterium found in soil is a showing promise as a way of delivering cancer drugs into tumours.Spores of the Clostridium sporogenes bacterium can grow within tumours because there is no oxygen. UK and Dutch scientists have been able to genetically engineer an enzyme into …

Psoriasis ‘linked to stroke risk’

Psoriasis ‘linked to stroke risk’

People with psoriasis have nearly three times the normal risk of stroke and abnormal heart rhythm, according to scientists in Denmark. A study of 4.5 million people, published in the European Heart Journal, showed the highest risk was in young patients with severe psoriasis. Researchers …

Shopping ‘may improve health’

Shopping ‘may improve health’

Shopping prolongs life, at least for the over 65s in Taiwan, according to research.Even after adjusting for factors like physical and mental infirmity, men and women who shopped daily lived longer than those who shunned retail therapy, say scientists.Shopping may provide companionship, exercise and an …

Working long hours ‘raises heart attack risk’

Working long hours ‘raises heart attack risk’

Working more than 11 hours a day rather than the usual 9am to 5pm markedly increases heart disease risk, say UK experts.The magnitude of risk goes up by 67% for people who work long hours, they say in Annals of Internal Medicine. The University College …

Back sleep babies’ flat head link

Back sleep babies’ flat head link

Advice to lie babies on their back for sleep to avoid cot death is having a side-effect – more infants now have a flat head as a result, say experts.US researchers say the rate of flattened head or plagiocephaly has risen significantly since guidance on …

Heart beat problem ‘largely avoidable’

Heart beat problem ‘largely avoidable’

Over half of all cases of the most common type of heart rhythm disturbance could be avoided by “clean living”, such as avoiding smoking and eating more healthily, say scientists.If individuals were to maintain a healthy weight and normal blood pressure and abstain from tobacco …

Drugs ‘can prevent breast cancer’

Drugs ‘can prevent breast cancer’

Women at high risk of developing breast cancer should be given preventative drugs, according to an international panel of cancer experts.Writing in the Lancet Oncology, they said drugs such as tamoxifen could reduce the chances of developing breast cancer.Such a policy would be similar to …

Sleep hormone ‘may slow dementia’

Sleep hormone ‘may slow dementia’

A drug containing the sleep hormone melatonin is to be tested in Scotland to find out if it helps reduce the effects of dementia.Glasgow-based firm, CPS Research, aims to recruit 50 people with Alzheimer’s disease for the clinical trial of the drug, Circadin. Alzheimer’s patients …

Antibiotics have ‘little effect’ on cough and phlegm

Antibiotics have ‘little effect’ on cough and phlegm

Taking antibiotics for a bad cough which produces green or yellow phlegm is of little benefit, says Cardiff University research.A study of over 3,000 adults from across Europe found that patients producing coloured phlegm are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics by their GP. Yet …

Early-warning diabetes test hope

Early-warning diabetes test hope

Experts believe a simple blood test could spot diabetes up to 10 years before the first symptoms of the disease occur.By looking at levels of five amino acids in the blood US researchers were able to correctly identify people who went on to develop type …