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News Archive

Is Milk Not so Good After All?

Image of cow illustrating article about how milk might not be healthy

Milk is heavily promoted by the Dairy industry as a source of Calcium and being good for bones but a new paper published in the British Medical Journal has found that higher intake of milk in women is not associated with a reduced fracture risk and may also be linked to increased risk of early death.  As with all medical studies though, caution is needed in making changes on the basis of this new information.

Are Antibiotics Associated with Childhood Obesity?

Image of an obese child illustrating a possible link between obesity and antibiotic use in infancyA study published in JAMA pediatrics on 29/09/2014 has found further evidence for an association between the use of antibiotics in infancy and early childhood obesity.

The study, conducted in North America showed that children who received broad-spectrum antibiotics (these kill a very wide range of bacteria) were 1.11 times more likely to be obese than those who had not been exposed to antibiotics.

Turmeric Compound Stimulates Brain Stem Cell Proliferation

Picture of dried turmeric illustrating article about how turmeric is not useful in alzheimer's disease

A recent article in the Daily Mail Newspaper (26/09/2014) suggested that 'Eating a Curry a Day Helps Beat Dementia' which was too good a claim not to be investigated further.

Turmeric is an interesting herb.  A member of the Ginger family, it is widely used in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine and is used in many supplements.  It contains a number of compounds that are known to be bio-active and are currently under intense investigation in the hope that they will be found to be useful for health.

Paracetamol in Pregnancy - Possible ADHD Link

Pregnant abdomen illustrating article on possible link between paracetamol use in pregnancy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DsiorderA new study from Auckland has suggested a possible link between taking paracetamol in pregnancy and the later development of ADHD.

This is consistent with findings in an earlier study in Denmark and has triggered a review of the status of Paracetamol in pregnancy by Medsafe, the government agency that licences medication for use in New Zealand.

 

The study is published in the PLOS One journal and is available free for public perusal.

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