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Why premature babies get bad eyesight

Impaired vision in extremely premature babies is often caused by brain damage, new study shows.

Calcium and vitamin D make you a survivor

A combination of calcium and vitamin D reduces mortality. This is good news for those who fear the side effects of calcium.

Putting the squeeze on food bacteria

Using twice the pressure you would find at an ocean depth of 11,000 metres we can rid food of bacteria in a new and rather delicate way.

Garlic – the new weapon against cystic fibrosis

New research shows that garlic has a substance that could be the drug industry’s new weapon against serious complications of the dreaded lung disease cystic fibrosis.

Food intolerance is linked to different disorders

Are you convinced you can’t handle dairy products, bread or fruit? Our own perceptions of having a food intolerance appear to link closely to diagnoses such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

Mindfulness helps cancer patients

New research shows that mindfulness-based therapy can effectively reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in cancer patients.

Too much vitamin D can kill you

In recent years vitamin D has become known as a super vitamin. But now a study of a quarter million Danes reveals a link between too much vitamin D and excess mortality.

’Loser monkeys’ have poor immune systems

Macaque monkeys at the bottom of the social hierarchy have weakened immune systems. Social status influences almost 1,000 genes that control the immune system. This could apply to humans too.

A farewell to Asperger’s syndrome

As of next year the diagnosis of autism types will be simplified and nobody will be diagnosed with Asperger’s.

Cries for help on mental health websites must also be heard offline

Online mental health services help people via emails and text messages. But researchers worry that their problems will stay online and fail to influence health policy in the offline world.

Three beers a day keep the doctor away

Middle-aged and elderly people can now swap their daily glass of red wine with a cold beer without worrying about their health.

Too much openness about breast cancer can be a burden

Many breast cancer patients speak openly about their disease and thousands blog about it. But such transparency isn’t positive for everyone.

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Circular economy offers new kind of consumerism

The world’s population is consuming more and more, as our numbers grow and people become more prosperous. But an increasing number of European countries want to change the way resources are consumed.