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Vitamin pills ‘may shorten life’

Vitamin pills ‘may shorten life’

When it comes to vitamins, it appears you could have too much of a good thing, say researchers who report a link between their use and higher death rates among older women.Experts have suspected for some time that supplements may only be beneficial if a …

Weight loss plan ‘lacks evidence’

Weight loss plan ‘lacks evidence’

‘Nudging’ people to lose weight by thinking about their lifestyle shows little evidence of success, an analysis of published data suggests.It showed the step-by-step behavioural approach used in hospitals and clinics led to an average weight loss of 2kg or less. The report, by The …

Children’s packed lunches ‘lack fruit and veg’

Children’s packed lunches ‘lack fruit and veg’

Parents are failing to put enough fruit and veg into their children’s packed lunches, health experts have warned.The School Food Trust, which examined 3,500 packed lunches in England in 2009, says about 40% of lunchboxes do not contain any fruit or vegetables, compared with 10% …

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 …