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Lowering homocysteine levels with folic acid

Patients who had experienced a heart attack and lowered their blood homocysteine levels with folic acid and vitamin B12 supplementation did not have an associated lower risk of heart attack, coronary death or stroke, according to a study.

Growing brain is particularly flexible

Using a combination of experiments, mathematical models and computer simulations they showed that neuronal connections in the visual cortex of cats are restructured during the growth phase and that this restructuring can be explained by...

Deadly effect of arsenic in drinking water

More than 20 percent of deaths in a study of 12,000 Bangladeshis were attributable to arsenic exposure from contaminated drinking water, new research reports.

Mediterranean-style diet improves heart function

A study of twins shows that even with genes that put them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, eating a Mediterranean-style diet can improve heart function, according to research.

Scottish people 'living dangerously'

Almost the entire adult population of Scotland (97.5 per cent) are likely to be either cigarette smokers, heavy drinkers, physically inactive, overweight or have a poor diet.

Improving HIV treatment

When applied to HIV care, the community-based model of directly observed therapy (DOT) has no effect on virologic outcomes, but significantly improves patient survival.

Assisted reproduction may risk congenital malformations

Couples considering undergoing assisted reproductive technology treatment should be informed about the increased risk of congenital malformation posed by the use of ART, the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics will...

Personality can predict fertility

A study found that women with higher levels of neuroticism and more extroverted men, are likely to give birth to a larger number of children in societies with traditionally high birth rates.

Healthy diet could combat Alzheimer's

Patients in the early to moderate stages of Alzheimer's Disease could have their cognitive impairment slowed or even reversed by switching to a healthier diet, according to researchers.

Olive oil enriched diet aids cancer survivors

Researchers have found that olive oil may offer another potential health benefit - it produces greater weight loss in breast cancer...

Acupuncture's molecular effects pinned down

A team of scientists have identified the molecule adenosine as a central player in parlaying some of the effects of acupuncture in the body.

Helping partially sighted

Thousands of people who are partially-sighted following stroke or brain injury could gain greater independence from a simple, cheap and accessible training course.

Measures bought valuable time

Containment measures introduced in Vietnam to prevent the spread of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza did not succeed in halting the virus, but may have bought health services and clinical researchers valuable time.

Concerns over NHS whistleblowing policies

Despite laws to protect NHS workers who wish to raise concerns about patient care, a BMJ investigation reveals that some NHS trusts still make it hard for staff to speak out.

Bacteria could improve digestive health

The researchers used a colony of mice raised in a large plastic bubble, called an isolator, that was completely sterile, lacking even a single bacterium.

Cholesterol crystals incite inflammation

Cholesterol crystals, known to be a catalyst for heart attacks and strokes, also cause cells to send out danger signals that can lead to the inflammation and hardening of arteries.

Alcohol linked to faster HIV disease progression

HIV disease tends to progress at a faster rate in infected individuals who consume two or more alcoholic drinks a day, according to an important new paper.

Immune system compromised during spaceflight

Research with mice indicates that immune deficiencies associated with weightlessness may pose a challenge to manned space missions to far-away destinations such as Mars.

Traits associated with prescription drug disorders

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have identified clinical characteristics associated with prescription drug use disorder in primary care patients with chronic pain.

Men with bigger wallets have bigger waistlines

In Canada, in stark contrast with the rest of the world, wealthy men increase their likelihood of being overweight with every extra dollar they make.

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