B vitamins may have protective effect against air pollution

B vitamins may offer some protection against the impacts of air pollution, a small scale human trial suggests.   exhaust-smoke-vehicle.jpg Researchers in the US found that high doses of these supplements may “completely offset” the damage caused by very fine particulate matter. While the impacts of air pollution on health

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Painkillers linked to reduced skin cancer risk

Regularly taking aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer new research suggests. An Australian analysis of all studies to date found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 18%. The drugs have previously been linked to a reduced risk

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Food poverty is now a health emergency

Food poverty in the UK has now become such a big problem that it should be seen as a public health emergency according to a group of health experts. In a letter to the British Medical Journal, six leading public health figures warned poor nutrition could lead to a host

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Food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water

 The huge rise in food allergies may be linked to chemicals in tap water according to new research.Food allergies have risen sharply over the past 20 years, with 1-2 per cent of adults and 4-6 per cent of children thought to be affected. The number of children admitted to hospital

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Low vitamin D levels need preventative action

There is growing awareness about the importance of the “sunshine vitamin” – vitamin D – for you health.Low vitamin D levels need preventative action, but Professor Mitch Blair, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says more action is needed – potentially including fortifying more foods and even

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Number of Norovirus winter vomiting bug cases drop

The number of people with the Norovirus winter vomiting bug has gone down for a second week, latest figures show.But experts say the 32% drop seen in the rate of confirmed new cases over the last week alone in England and Wales does not mean the problem has gone away.

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Statins help prevent cancer in transplant patients

Statins may reduce the risk of cancer in heart transplant patients, as scientists find a new use for the drugs.Transplant patients can safely be put on statins because they may reduce the risk of cancer, a common side effect of the operation, research has found. A study of transplant recipients

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Vitamin D supplements recommended by NHS health experts

The chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, is to contact medical staff about concerns young children and some adults are not getting enough vitamin D.Government guidelines recommend some groups, including the under-fives, should take a daily supplement. However, recent research found that many parents and health professionals were

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Homeopathy treatments- biologically implausible and damaging

Homeopathic treatments funded by the NHS are “biologically implausible” and risk damaging patients’ health by discouraging them from getting proper treatment, a leading researcher has claimed.Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine at Exeter University, said homeopathic remedies had not been proven to work in clinical trials. People who still maintain

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