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Confirmed: vitamin pills can cause death

Dietary supplements containing vitamin A, E and beta-carotene increase mortality significantly, new research shows. A medical consultant says healthy people shouldn’t take them.

Smoker's lung gene discovered

Researchers have identified a hereditary genetic defect which increases the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

New biobank will make research easier

The Danish National Biobank opens today. The bank has millions of frozen biological samples – which will be a goldmine for Danish researchers, says the man behind the project.

Protein that controls DNA packing identified

When the body’s cells divide, DNA is normally copied exactly into both cells. Sometimes this doesn’t happen, resulting in diseases or deformities. Researchers have now found a protein-based function that ensures correct DNA copying.

Flu drug helps severely brain damaged patients recover

A drug used for treating influenza reduces the length of the waking-up phase for patients with severe brain damage.

Searching for breast cancer gene in younger women

A very aggressive form of breast cancer, which appears to be caused by genetic mutations, is affecting women under the age of 40. Researchers will now try to find the genes responsible for the disease.

How do we train our sense of smell?

You can boost your olfactory powers − but your nose won’t be changing.

New theory: CO2 makes you fat

Danish researchers have announced a rather wild hypothesis: Perhaps we are getting fatter and fatter because of the increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

Exercise affects your genes

Going for a run affects not only our weight and humour – our genes also change when we exercise. Scientists may now be able to develop new treatment methods to reduce the risk of developing diseases in people unable to exercise.

Hormone spirals stand up to uterine cancer

Hormone spirals give protection against uterine cancer. The hormone spiral is superior compared to treatment with tablets.

Chickens cause serious infections in humans

Intestinal bacteria from poultry can infect humans and cause urinary tract infections. A new study looks into disease transmission from animals to humans in a world of increasing antibiotic resistance.

Green spaces boost your health

Living close to a green area is likely to make you a healthier and happier person, says report.