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Red wine compound 'could help tooth decay and gum disease fight'

Red wine has previously been linked to a range of supposed health benefits, from helping the heart to lowering the risk of diabetes. Now a new study suggests it contains chemicals that can help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. Researchers found compounds from the drink, known as polyphenols, helped fend off harmful bacteria in the mouth. But experts warned that the findings do not offer a “green light” to drink more red wine. Drinking moderately linked to lower diabetes risk Red wine health benefits ‘overhyped’ Previous…

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Alzheimer's disease reversed in mice, offering hope for humans, new research shows

“Remarkable” — that’s how researchers are describing the results of a new study done on mice displaying traits associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The deletion of just a single enzyme saw the near total reversal of the deposition of amyloid plaques found in brains of those with Alzheimer’s, improving cognitive functions in the mouse subjects, according to the study from researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, published Feb. 14 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. These promising research findings center around deleting a gene that produces an enzyme called BACE1, which helps…

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'Gigi Hadid has Hashimoto's disease – so do I'

“Imagine having a really extreme case of flu.” That’s how 23-year-old Rachel Hill describes living with Hashimoto’s disease. She’s been talking to Newsbeat about the thyroid condition she shares with Gigi Hadid – who’s hit back at trolls who’ve criticised her appearance. The model says her weight loss is due to the treatment she’s now getting for the disease. The NHS describes it as being “caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, making it swell and become damaged”. This can lead to “tiredness, weight gain and dry skin”….

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Everyday noises may cause increased risk of heart disease: Experts

The jackhammer outside the window, the honking horns — for many of us, loud noise can be a source of stress or a frequent annoyance. Heavy road traffic, loud office conversations, live music concerts, noise from construction sites or even loud telephones can cause generalized discomfort, difficulty sleeping and irritation. Now, new research suggests that such noises might be linked to an increase in your risk of heart disease. A new study released today in the Journal of The American College of Cardiology shows that noise pollution may have a…

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Smoking even 1 cigarette a day increases heart disease, stroke risk

For those who find it too hard to quit cigarettes cold turkey, the strategy is often to cut back instead — perhaps even to as little as one cigarette per day. Now, new research published this week in the medical journal BMJ shows that this cutting back may not improve health as much as many people might think. In fact, this study suggests that smoking just one cigarette a day carries approximately 50 percent of the added risk of developing heart disease and stroke that comes with smoking 20 cigarettes…

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One cigarette a day 'increases heart disease and stroke risk'

Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large BMJ study suggests. People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said. They said it showed there was no safe level of smoking for such diseases. But an expert said people who cut down were more likely to stop. ‘Stop completely’ Cardiovascular…

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After Neil Diamond's Parkinson's disease diagnosis, here's what you need to know

Music legend Neil Diamond announced Monday he would be unable to finish the final leg of his tour because of a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Here, we take a look a few basic facts about the disease, symptoms that lead to it, and different forms of treatment. What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a long-term, neurodegenerative disease that results in movement-related problems, commonly referred to as “motor” functions. These include impaired balance and coordination, slurred speech and difficulty walking. The condition occurs in 1 percent of adults…

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