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Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet

Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. With 35,000 new cases every year in the UK, and around 10,000 deaths, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Rates are higher in developed countries, which […]

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Breastfeeding linked to lower risk of postnatal depression

A new study of over 10,000 mothers has shown that women who breastfed their babies were at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who did not. A new study of over 10,000 mothers has shown that women who breastfed their babies were at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who did […]

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Mind and body: Scientists identify immune system link to mental illness

According to new research from the University of Cambridge, children with high everyday levels of a protein released into the blood as a response to infection are at greater risk of developing depression and psychosis in adulthood. This suggests a role for the immune system in mental illness. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, indicates […]

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Some saturated fatty acids may present a bigger risk to diabetes than others

The relationship between saturated fat and type 2 diabetes may be more complex than previously thought, according to the results of a large international study published today in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

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Urbanisation of rural Africa associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes

The increasing urbanisation of rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa could lead to an explosion in incidences of heart disease and diabetes. A new study carried out in Uganda found that even small changes towards a more urban lifestyles were associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

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Cambridge diagnostic tool offers on-the-spot HIV testing to millions living with HIV in Africa

A new transformative point-of-care diagnostic which gives instant results for the detection of genetic material from the HIV virus is being rolled out across Africa. The small, highly portable machine – known as SAMBA II – will help transform the lives of millions, especially HIV exposed infants who have a one in two chance of early death if HIV infection is not diagnosed within the first six weeks of life and if they are not immediately initiated on treatment.

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