More Evidence Links Pesticides, Solvents, With Parkinson's

Exposure to pesticides increases the risk for Parkinson's disease (PD) by as much as 80%, according to a new meta-analysis, although the heterogeneity could not be assessed in some included studies.The analysis shows that exposure to the weed killer paraquat or to the fungicides maneb or mancozeb was particularly toxic, yielding about a 2-fold increase in the risk for PD, and that the risks...

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Dementia Breakthrough: Scientists Find Key To Early Diagnosis

Scientists believe they have found a key which could help lead to an earlier diagnosis of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.Scientists at Cambridge University's Department of Chemistry have attempted to map the pathway which creates the "aberrant" proteins at the root of such conditions.They hope it could be a much-needed breakthrough to help...

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Study: Vitamin B could curb dementia

Pharmaceutical companies have been trying, without success so far, to concoct a drug that could stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. So there’s a little bit of irony, along with a glimmer of hope, to be found in a new study that suggests that cheap, over-the-counter vitamins might have the desired effect in some older patients. The study, released online this week...

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Pain Relievers Do Not Cause Asthma, Study Finds

Some parents have been worried about giving their children pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen (paracetamol), based on reports that children who take the drugs are more likely to develop asthma. Researchers have even speculated that the rising prevalence of asthma was a result of wider use of acetaminophen, sold under the brand name Panadol, in treating childhood fevers.But a new...

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Weight loss depends on when you eat as much as what you eat

Weight may depend as much on when you eat as what, research suggests. The body clock's effect on metabolism could be an overlooked factor driving obesity, say scientists. New evidence from studies of mice suggests that 24-hour snacking, especially at night, can pile on the pounds. Restricting eating to sensible meal times, on the other hand, may help fight the flab - even with big helpings....

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OMEGA-3S MAY REDUCE BREAST CANCER RISK

A group of Canadian researchers has demonstrated that lifelong exposure to omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent breast cancer, at least in mice. The investigators worked with mice bred to develop aggressive breast tumors and genetically engineered to produce their own omega-3 fatty acids. They compared their growth with a control group of mice bred to produce only the tumors. They found that the...

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The Love Connection

Love has some very surprising benefits to your health. For example, an increase in frequency of sexual intercourse has been found to be directly correlated with a decrease in risk of breast cancer among women. Studies have also shown that having sex 3+ times per week can dramatically reduce risk of heart attack or stroke by as much as 50%. Check out this infographic to learn even more ways that a...

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Irelands banking crisis. How bad is it really?

Ireland was one of the first European countries to get hit by the financial crisis. It decided to bail out its banks at the direct cost of the taxpayer. In 2012, those banks were still overleveraged (and still are today) to the same level as for instance Cyprus, with assets over 800% of GDP. Probably only Iceland has been worse (UK?!). According to IMF/EC, 2012 Irish national debt was 117% of GDP...

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