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Acupuncture reduces blood pressure levels for up to six weeks

It’s better than drugs: one session of acupuncture can significantly lower blood pressure levels of people who are hypertensive (high blood pressure) for up to six weeks. more »

Gout sufferers were right all along—tomatoes do make symptoms worse

Gout sufferers often complain that their symptoms flare up when they eat tomatoes—even though the fruit isn’t a recognised dietary trigger for the problem. But now scientists have proved them right... more »

Lemon juice blocks spread of gastric bug

Lemon juice is a natural anti-viral that can block the spread of noroviruses, which are extremely contagious and cause violent and sudden diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. more »

The supplement that reduces your body’s ageing processes

Nobody wants to get old, or suffer the chronic problems of ageing—but it may not be inevitable if the benefits of one nutritional supplement are to be believed, scientists have said this week. more »

The one in five cases of breast cancer that aren’t there

One in every five women who are told they have breast cancer doesn’t have the disease at all. Instead, they have a non-cancerous growth called a DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ)—which is still treated with aggressive surgery or radiotherapy as if it were a cancer. more »

The nine risk factors for Alzheimer’s (and the three supplements and one drink that reduce the odds)

There are nine risk factors that account for more than 60 per cent of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease—and there are three supplements, and one drink, you should have regularly to reduce your chances of ever getting it. more »

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