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High-cholesterol diet causes tumours to form 100 times faster

High-cholesterol diet causes tumours to form 100 times faster

High-cholesterol diets send cancer cells into overdrive and cause tumours to grow 100 times faster, according to new research. Scientists have shown for the first time the mechanism which means fatty cholesterol significantly increases the risk of colon cancers, opening the door for new drugs which could prevent this. As well as looking at ways this cancer-boosting pathway could be blocked, researchers from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) who made the discovery are investigating whether other forms of cancer are also sent…

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Drinking alcohol raises risk of cancer by snapping DNA, scientists find

Drinking alcohol raises risk of cancer by snapping DNA, scientists find

Drinking alcohol raises the risk of cancer by damaging DNA, scientists have discovered for the first time, leading health experts to call for people to cut down on their consumption. Alcohol is contributes to more than 12,000 cases of cancer each year in Britain, but nobody had shown why it was so harmful. Now a new study by the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University, has found that when the body processes alcohol it produces a chemical called acetaldehyde…

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Eating fish may help you sleep better

Eating fish may help you sleep better

Forget warm milk. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania says that fish may be the key to a good night’s sleep. The paper, published Thursday in Scientific Reports, found an association between regular fish consumption and high sleep quality among Chinese schoolchildren, likely thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Largely as a result of that improved sleep, the researchers found, the children also scored higher on IQ tests. “There’s a relationship between fish consumption and higher cognitive functioning….

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Drinking 7 glasses of water can cut 200 calories off daily intake

Drinking 7 glasses of water can cut 200 calories off daily intake

A US study has found that drinking just 1% more water can reduce total daily calorie consumption, in particular the intake of sugar, sodium and cholesterol. In fact, drinking seven glasses of water per day could cut total daily intakes by up to 200 calories. Current guidelines recommend drinking 1 to 1.5 litres of water per day. There’s nothing new or revolutionary about that advice, especially for dieters or detoxers looking to flush out the body’s toxins. However, new research,…

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Adopting high fibre diet could dramatically cut risk of bowel cancer

Adopting high fibre diet could dramatically cut risk of bowel cancer

Corn biscuits for breakfast; veggie dogs for lunch; okra, tomato and black-eyed peas for tea. It’s probably not a diet to tempt most Americans into shedding a few pounds. But swapping westernised eating habits for the high-fibre diet of millions of people living in rural southern Africa could dramatically cut the risk of bowel cancer in the West, according to an innovative ‘diet swap’ study. In research which saw 20 Americans switching diets with 20 South Africans living in rural…

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Eating fatty fish can reduce risk of arthritis

Eating fatty fish can reduce risk of arthritis

A NEW study finds that eating a weekly portion of salmon or other fatty fish, such as trout or mackerel, could reduce your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by more than half. In a study published Monday in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish can cut the risk of chronic inflammatory disease by 52 percent. Prior research from 2009 suggests that consuming fish oils could help reduce inflammation…

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Raw vegetables and fruits counteract heart risk genes

Raw vegetables and fruits counteract heart risk genes

People who are genetically susceptible to heart disease can lower their risk by eating plenty of fruit and raw vegetables, a study suggests. It says five or more daily portions should be enough to counteract culprit versions of a gene on chromosome 9, thought to be possessed by a fifth of people of European ancestry. Healthy diets appeared to weaken its effect. The US researchers investigated more than 27,000 people for their work. The findings were published in Plos Medicine journal. These…

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