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Regular exercise can be as effective as antihypertensive drugs for lowering high blood pressure.
Magnesium and vitamin D go together like bread and butter. We're probably deficient in both, but it's magnesium that plays the key role in regulating levels of the 'sunshine vitamin', researchers have discovered.
Human growth hormones given to children contain seeds of a protein that has been seen in Alzheimer's sufferers. The hormones have also been suspected of being a cause of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), which causes fatal degeneration of the brain.
Some doctors still quietly believe that chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME, is more in the mind of the sufferer—but new research has finally put paid to the theory. Instead, it's triggered by an overactive immune system, a discovery that fits with the stories of ME patients who noticed their symptoms started after an infection.
It's another urban myth that can be put to bed (quite literally)—exercising a few hours before you call it a night doesn't affect your sleep.
Coffee could combat dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It contains two compounds that slow brain degeneration—and it seems to be especially effective with Lewy body dementia, one of the most common types that also incorporates Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.