Eat your celery for a healthy brain

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Nitrate-rich foods such as lettuce, spinach and celery keep your blood vessels and brain healthy. The foods promote ‘good’ bacteria in the mouth, which help regulate blood vessels and neurotransmission,…

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Don’t have a heart attack, relax with a cup of cocoa
Stressed? Then don’t give yourself a heart attack—instead, top up with flavanols, found in fruit, vegetables and even the odd cup of cocoa.

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Stressed? Then don’t give yourself a heart attack—instead, top up with flavanols, found in fruit, vegetables and even the odd cup of cocoa. The flavanols can protect you from stress-induced…

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Depressed? Don’t take drugs, just exercise

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You don’t need to treat depression with drugs. Exercise, massage and touch all work better, especially for patients who are already suffering from dementia. Doctors should be looking more to…

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Covid’s X-factor discovered

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Why do some people suffer badly from a Covid-19 infection when others hardly show any symptoms? It could all be to do with proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 virus that try…

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How tea can reduce high blood pressure

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Green and black tea help reduce high blood pressure (hypertension)—and researchers have finally discovered how they do it. Compounds in the teas relax blood vessels by activating proteins, say researchers…

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Second trip for LSD as antidepressants

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Psychedelic drugs such as LSD are finally being used for their original purpose—to help people who are suffering from problems such as depression and anxiety. Neuroscientists are discovering how psychedelics…

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Drug benefits could all be in the mind

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The benefits of pharmaceuticals may all be in the mind—quite literally. A placebo, or dummy drug, works just as well as a painkiller in reducing pain, and will even make…

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Heart disease? Then watch out for your gums

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People with heart problems should pay special attention to the health of their gums. Gum disease, or periodontitis, increases the chances of a heart attack. Even people who don’t have…

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How green tea is a cancer fighter

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An antioxidant in green tea could help fight off cancer—and even help protect us from ever getting the disease. The antioxidant, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), increases our levels of a natural…

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Eat your greens, stay mentally sharp

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Eating green leafy vegetables will help keep you mentally sharp by the time you reach your late 70s. The vegetables seem to be the most important element of the Mediterranean…

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We’re naturally Covid fighters

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Although the emphasis is on getting people vaccinated against Covid-19, most people have their own natural protection from severe infection. The key is our immune system’s ability to produce antibodies…

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The 12 tests for a vaccine passport

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Twelve legal and ethical tests must be met before any vaccine passport is introduced, say top scientists. It could unfairly discriminate against the young, pregnant and those who won’t have…

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Coffee reduces prostate cancer risk

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The more coffee you drink, the lower your chances of developing prostate cancer, at least according to a new study. The only trouble is that you might have to drink…

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Covid vaccines smart, immune system smarter

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Vaccines smart, immune system smarter. When it comes to Covid-19 infection, your immune system will protect you longer, even against some of the new variants that are starting to appear.…

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You can’t cheat on a healthy diet

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When it comes to eating a healthy diet, you never really can cheat. Having the occasional pizza undoes the benefits of following a diet such as the Mediterranean, researchers have…

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Histamine response is key to understanding IBS

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Researchers are a step closer to understanding, and treating, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a gastric problem that affects around one in five adults. They have discovered that the release of…

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Five lifestyle changes that reduce heartburn

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You don’t need to take medications to manage your heartburn. Making just five changes to your diet and lifestyle is enough to end your suffering. Heartburn—more properly gastroesophageal reflux, or…

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Covid sufferers protected for several years

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If you’ve had Covid-19, you could be protected for up to several years, new research has discovered. Earlier research had suggested that infection gives you immunity for just a couple…

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Healthy gut activates vitamin D

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Our level of vitamin D is one of our key allies to protect us against Covid-19 infection—but its effectiveness could be dictated by the health of our gut. This missing…

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Cannabis halves OCD symptoms

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Smoking cannabis can halve the severity of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) symptoms. OCD sufferers report their compulsive behaviour fell by 60 percent and unwanted thoughts by 49 percent within four hours…

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Vitamin D reduces risk of deadly cancers

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Taking vitamin D supplements reduces your risk of getting deadly cancers that spread (metastatize) into other parts of the body, a major new study has discovered. The risk can be…

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Alzheimer’s could be down to a bad gut

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Alzheimer’s disease may not all be in the head. It could be triggered by an unhealthy gut and its interaction with our nervous system, new research suggests. Brain plaques, which…

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Melatonin a likely treatment for Covid

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Melatonin—the hormone that regulates our sleep cycles—could be a successful treatment for Covid-19 and halve the risk of catching the virus in the first place. The hormone affects many of…

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Most Covid patients are low in vitamin D

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More than 80 percent of Covid-19 patients are deficient in Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine’ vitamin—and doctors believe the nutrient could protect people from the virus. The vitamin is vital for…

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Our body is getting cooler

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Our bodies are getting cooler. The ‘new normal’ is more than one degree less than the standard 98.6 degrees F (37 C), which has been considered our healthy temperature for…

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MS wonder drug fails at the first hurdle

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The new wonder drug against MS (multiple sclerosis) is actually making the disease worse. The drug, known as TEPP-46, has failed badly in animal tests, one of the earliest stages…

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The seven types of Covid

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Covid-19 infection manifests as one of seven seemingly different symptoms—including gastrointestinal complaints that affect up to 20 percent of everyone who catches the virus. The seven symptoms are: · Flu-like…

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Processed food sugars could also cause bipolar

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Every mother knows that sugar affects the behaviour of her children—but scientists have discovered the sugar in processed food and drink could also be triggering bipolar disorder. Fructose corn syrup,…

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A healthy gut can even beat cholera

One bacterium in the gut's microbiome - its universe of bacteria - deactivates the cholera bacteria, Vibrio cholerae, and stops it from spreading to the intestines. The bacterium, Blautia obeum,…

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The type of e-cigarette you should never use

E-cigarettes with nickel-chromium alloy heating elements are far more dangerous than the type that uses stainless steel. The damage the nickel-chromium e-cigarettes caused is so severe and sudden that researchers…

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UV light kills Covid virus

A 30-second exposure to the light is enough to kill more than 99 percent of samples of the virus, say researchers from Hiroshima University in Japan. The light has been…

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Yoga is good for the ageing brain

Although hatha yoga - the exercise-based yoga - has many physical benefits, such as flexibility and muscle strengthening, researchers from the University of Illinois wanted to find out how it…

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The hidden dangers in ‘safe’ drugs

Nearly 40 inert ingredients in common prescription drugs have been identified as potentially causing harm to patients. The ingredients, known as excipients, extend the product's shelf life or give the…

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Vaping causes heart problems

The products also damage the lining to blood vessels, making them stiffer and less elastic, say researchers at the Arctic University of Norway. E-cigarettes also damage the lungs, and pregnant…

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Chocolate reduces heart attack risk

The effect isn't dramatic - it reduces your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by just 8 percent - but there's definitively an association, say researchers from the Baylor College of…

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Antibiotics double risk of IBD

Although the link has been widely accepted, no major study has ever confirmed that the drugs - coupled with a 'clean' environment - are a major cause of the rising…

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Copper being tested as Covid virus killer

Taking copper supplements - or eating more copper-rich foods, such as leafy vegetables, nuts and organ meats - could protect against infection, say researchers from Oslo University in Norway. It's…

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Meditation is good for the heart

The full list of heart health benefits is impressive. Meditators are only half as likely to have coronary artery disease - a precursor of a heart attack when arteries become…

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