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Zinc can be an 'effective treatment' for common colds
(Feb 16, 2011)

Taking zinc syrup, tablets or lozenges can lessen the severity and duration of the common cold, experts believe. A review of the available scientific evidence suggests taking zinc within a day of the onset of cold symptoms speeds recovery. It may also help ward off colds, say the authors of the Cochrane Systematic Review that included data from 15 trials involving 1,360 people.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Moderate exercise such as walking 'boosts memory power'
(Feb 1, 2011)

Walking for 40 minutes a few times a week is enough to preserve memory and keep ageing brains on top form, research shows. Moderate exercise increased the size of the hippocampus, an area of the brain that makes memories, in 120 volunteers. The year-long trial, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed performance on memory tests also improved.

Read more. Source: BBC

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Blocking a gene stops cancer cells spreading
(Jan 24, 2011)

A gene which encourages cancer to move around the body has been discovered by the University of East Anglia. Experiments on tissue cultures, published in Oncogene, suggest that blocking it would prevent cancers spreading. The researchers hope their work will lead to a new generation of cancer drugs within the decade.

Read more. Source: BBC


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