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Vitamins 'may shorten your life'
(Apr 18, 2008)

Research has suggested certain vitamin supplements do not extend life and could even lead to a premature death. A review of 67 studies found "no convincing evidence" that antioxidant supplements cut the risk of dying. Scientists at Copenhagen University said vitamins A and E could interfere with the body's natural defences.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Hope over US Alzheimer's therapy
(Apr 11, 2008)

Further research is needed into a US treatment for Alzheimer's disease that appears to produce marked improvements in some patients, experts say. California researchers believe they have found a way of improving brain cell communication by injecting a drug called etanercept into the neck. The Institute for Neurological Research team has described changes taking place in Alzheimer's patients within minutes.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Daily caffeine 'protects brain'
(Apr 3, 2008)

Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests. The drink has already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's Disease, and a study by a US team for the Journal of Neuroinflammation may explain why. A vital barrier between the brain and the main blood supply of rabbits fed a fat-rich diet was protected in those given a caffeine supplement.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Large waist 'an Alzheimer's risk'
(Mar 27, 2008)

A big waistline in your 40s could almost triple the threat of dementia in old age, according to US research. Obesity is a known risk factor for Alzheimer's, but scientists found even those of normal weight were more at risk if they had a large waist. However, the study of 6,500 people, published in the journal Neurology, found obesity and bulging stomach was still the most dangerous combination.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Alcohol 'quickly' cuts heart risk
(Mar 8, 2008)

Middle-aged non-drinkers can quickly reduce their risk of heart disease by introducing a daily tipple to their diet, South Carolina researchers say. New moderate drinkers were 38% less likely to develop heart disease than those who stayed tee-total, a four-year study involving 7,500 people found. Those who drank only wine showed the most benefit, the researchers reported in the American Medical Journal.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Genes 'play key happiness role'
(Mar 5, 2008)

Our level of happiness throughout life is strongly influenced by the genes with which we were born, say experts. An Edinburgh University study of identical and non-identical twins suggests genes may control half the personality traits keeping us happy. The other half is linked to lifestyle, career and relationships.

Read more. Source: BBC


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