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Week Beginning 11 March 2002

Euro Plans To Stop Vitamins

Bad news for vitamin-lovers this week. Ninety per cent of multivitamin and mineral preparations, and many other supplements, are likely to be removed from the shelves of UK health shops and chemists if a European directive becomes law this week. Under a move to harmonise the sale of vitamin and mineral supplements, lists of permissible supplements exclude more than 300 items available in the UK. The supplements that will be affected are those offering dozens of vitamins and minerals in one capsule.

The Daily Telegraph

Small Benefits Of Alcohol For Women

The benefits and harm of alcohol are becoming increasingly understood. Now new US research indicates that women who drink alcohol in small amounts have almost 15 per cent less chance of developing high blood pressure. However, the consumption of more than about a glass and a half of wine a day, or the equivalent, increases the risk by 30 per cent in comparison with rates in non-drinkers, according to scientists at Harvard University Medical School.

The Times

Further Advance In Understanding Of Memory

Memory is generally a scientific grey area – we know it exists but we are yet to fully understand the mechanisms that drive memory. However, scientists have taken an important step forward. US researchers have now identified a key brain protein, 'camp response element binding protein', which is involved in retaining memories, and could help explain why some are stored away and some are not. They believe that work carried out on the brain patterns of mice could one day lead to the development of drugs that could treat age-related memory loss in humans.

The Daily Mail

Exercise To Prevent Cancer

Exercise is good for us and not just for improving overall health. It can also be a very useful tool for preventing the onset of disease. Such is the case of exercise and cancer onset. The American Cancer Society is putting a new emphasis on exercise as a way of reducing the risk of dying from some forms of cancer. The five-year update of the society’s nutrition and activity guidelines says there is convincing evidence that exercise reduces the risk of breast and colorectal cancer. The report also suggests that it may have an effect against endometrial cancer and other forms of cancer as well.

The Times

Ear Disorders Associated With Smoking

If you are a smoker you are increased risk of ear disorders according to latest research. In fact, smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to suffer ear disease, according to findings revealed at an international medical conference in Perth, Australia. Research leader, Dr Zoran Becvarovski, from the USA, spent over a year researching the effects of smoking on hearing. He discovered that smokers suffer hearing-related problems such as blood loss in the inner ear and an increase in thick fluid in the middle ear.

The Daily Mail


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