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Dementia loved ones ‘benefit from visits’ – BBC News

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “After spending time with friends and family over the festive period, New Year can be a bleak and lonely time for people with dementia and their carers. It’s so important for people with dementia to feel connected throughout the year.   “Spending ...

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Sugars in Western diets increase risk for breast cancer tumors and metastasis: Study in mice points to sugar’s impact on inflammatory pathways as culprit — ScienceDaily

The findings, published in the Jan. 1, 2016 online issue of #Cancer Research, demonstrated dietary sugar’s effect on an enzymatic signaling pathway known as 12-LOX (12-lipoxygenase).   “We found that sucrose intake in mice comparable to levels of Western diets led to increased tumor growth and metastasis, when compared to ...

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Smoking ‘linked to earlier menopause’ – BBC News

Comparing smokers with women who had never smoked, researchers found those who said they smoked heavily (more than 25 cigarettes a day) were likely to have faced the menopause 18 months earlier than non-smokers.   And non-smokers who had experienced many years of exposure to passive smoke – for example ...

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Insensitive irritable bowel syndrome studied: Enteric nerves of patients with irritable bowel syndrome have reduced sensitivity — ScienceDaily

Irritable bowel syndrome affects around ten to 15 percent of people in industrialized countries. The disease is associated with typical symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and irregular bowel movements. It had long been speculated that irritable bowel syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder triggered by stress. To date, there is ...

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Inflammation can fan the flames of depression — ScienceDaily

‘Inflammation: Depression Fans the Flames and Feasts on the Heat’ appeared in a recent edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry. The study reviewed 200 existing papers on depression and inflammation.   “In the health area of psychology at Rice, we’re very focused on the intersection of health behavior, psychology ...

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