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Positive thoughts can help you survive cancer

Positive thoughts can help you survive cancer

A positive outlook can be the most powerful ‘drug’ for surviving cancer. People who are anxious or distressed about their cancer diagnosis are up to four times more likely to die from the disease, new research has found. Although the cancer patients were given standard therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, their survival rates varied widely, and one key factor was ...

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Red wine stops breast cancer spreading

Red wine stops breast cancer spreading

Red wine stops breast cancer from spreading, researchers have discovered this week. The wine’s ‘magic’ ingredient, resveratrol, blocks the growth effects of estrogen, which, in turn, stops the cancer cells proliferating. The discovery, made by researchers from the University of Calabria in Italy, is good news especially for women whose cancer is no longer responding to hormonal therapy. Red wine ...

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Blood test detects and locates cancer before symptoms appear

Blood test detects and locates cancer before symptoms appear

A blood test which not only detects cancer but identifies where it is in the body, has been developed by scientists. The breakthrough could allow doctors to diagnose specific cancers much earlier, even before signs such as a lump, begin to show. It is simple enough to be included in routine annual health checks alongside other tests such as for high blood ...

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Yoga and deep breathing exercises better than drugs for lifting depression

Yoga and deep breathing exercises better than drugs for lifting depression

Yoga and deep breathing exercises twice a week can lift major depression. With antidepressant drugs failing in half of all cases, it’s an effective alternative that really does work, say researchers. Reduces symptoms of chronic depression The exercises “significantly” reduce symptoms of chronic depression, researchers from Boston University Medical Centre discovered when they tested the approach on a group of ...

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Hormonal contraceptives, mammography and hair dyes increase breast cancer risk

Hormonal contraceptives, mammography and hair dyes increase breast cancer risk

In her recent doctoral dissertation, researcher Sanna Heikkinen from the University of Helsinki and Finnish Cancer Registry evaluates the contribution of the use of hormonal contraceptives and hair dyes to the spectrum of breast cancer risk factors. The analysis included self-reported survey data from 8000 breast cancer patients and 20,000 controls from Finland. According to the results, use of hormonal intrauterine ...

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New MS (Multiple Sclerosis) drug life-threatening

New MS (Multiple Sclerosis) drug life-threatening

For a drug that’s based on rat antibodies, it’s not surprising that doctors are already starting to report life-threatening side effects in patients taking the new multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab). Inflammation in their brains Two MS patients started to decline rapidly after they were given Lemtrada, and MRI scans revealed that a new form of inflammation had affected ...

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Eating too much salt doesn’t raise blood pressure, it lowers it

Teveel zout verhoogt niet je bloeddruk, maar verlaagt het

We’re told to eat less salt to keep our blood pressure in check. But a major new study is the latest to suggest the guidelines are just plain wrong. Blood pressure was higher in people who kept to the 2.3 g of sodium (around 6 g of salt) recommended daily amount, and lower in those who consumed more. Current recommendations ...

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Heart attack victims had normal levels of cholesterol

Heart attack victims had normal levels of cholesterol

As if the cholesterol-heart disease theory wasn’t discredited enough, a new study into a group of people who’d suffered a heart attack discovered that all of them had ‘average’ cholesterol levels. In other words, their ‘bad’ LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels were normal, and wouldn’t have been a warning sign of heart disease. Instead, heart disease is as likely to be ...

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Fasting slows leukaemia in children

Fasting slows leukaemia in children

The importance of fasting as a cancer therapy has been underlined once again this week with the discovery that it slows the growth of leukaemia in children. Fasting on alternate days inhibits the development and progress of cancer cells, and after seven weeks no cancerous cells could be detected in the bone marrow of laboratory mice. However, 68 per cent ...

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