Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
Week Beginning 29 July 2002
Alzheimer’s linked to bad diet
A diet deficient in fruit and vegetables is a prime cause of Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists working on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables and less red meat is one of the best forms of protection against the onset of the brainwasting disease, they say. People whose diets are high in fat and low in antioxidants between the ages of 20 and 65 are at greatest risk of developing the disease later in life. For those with high cholesterol, the risk of contracting it is even higher than for those people born with the Alzheimer’s gene.
Breast-feeding for longer 'cuts risk of cancer'
Women can 'significantly' reduce the risks of breast cancer by breast-feeding babies for longer, the biggest study of its kind has shown. The protective effects are so strong that 1,000 cases of cancer could be avoided in the UK each year if every baby was breast-fed for an additional six months, according to researchers at Oxford University. The study of more than 150,000 women from 30 countries also found that having more children reduced the risk of breast cancer.
The Daily Telegraph
Research points to multivitamins to reduce birth defects
Multivitamins may reduce the risk of women who suffer maternal fever during pregnancy having babies with major heart, limb or facial defects. Dr Lorenzo Botto, of the US National Center on birth defects and developmental disabilities, says taking vitamins in the months before conception and the first three months of pregnancy do not cut the risk of the fevers, but reduce complications. If the multivitamins contain folic acid, the risk of spina bifida can be halved.
Men in two minds over emotions
Psychological tests have long shown that women are more emotional than men. But no one has been able to come up with a convincing reason why. Now researchers in the US have found that men and women use different parts of the brain to recall emotional experiences. Researchers at Stanford University found heightened activity in nine areas of the women’s brains associated with memory and emotion, compared with two in men.
Those who worship more often tend to smoke less
New research shows that young adults who frequently attend religious services are less likely to be smokers or to start smoking at all. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found that young adults who attend a religious service at least once a month are less likely to smoke cigarettes, and also less likely than non-attenders to start smoking later in life. The research is reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The Daily Mail
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