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Rice-Based Foods For Babies And Toddlers Found To Contain Dangerous Levels Of Arsenic

Nearly 75% of rice-based foods marketed for babies and young children in the UK contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, according to a new study. The study’s authors warn that babies are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of arsenic, which can inhibit their development and cause long-term health problems, as they are at a “sensitive…

Peeling Your Vegetables Could Remove Essential Nutrients, Nutritionist Warns

If you peel your vegetables before cooking them, you could be removing essential nutrients. That’s according to nutritionist and registered dietitian Mary Jane Detroyer, who has argued that people should leave the skin on their fruit and vegetables, as it contains numerous health benefits.  “Most of the time, the majority of the vegetable’s nutrients are…

Sleep Study Links Naps To Happiness, Scientists Call Us On All To Embrace ‘Nappiness’

“Nappiness” could become the new watchword for improving our sense of wellbeing, new research suggests. Scientists have discovered a surprising link between taking short naps and happiness. And they have coined a new word to describe the contented state that follows a brief daytime doze – “nappiness”. Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, from the University of…

Group B Streptococcus Screening For Pregnant Women ‘Not Recommended’ By National Screening Committee

Screening pregnant women for Group B streptococcus (GBS) is “not recommended” by the National Screening Committee (NSC). About 150,000 pregnant women carry GBS each year in the UK and, in some cases, will pass the bacteria to their baby in labour. In January 2016, a couple appealed for the pregnancy screening to be made mandatory, after…

One In Five Breast Cancer Patients Could Benefit From Existing Drug Not Given To Them

Around 10,000 women a year in the UK could benefit from a change in how doctors issue breast cancer drugs, research suggests.  Currently, women who have inherited faulty genes linked to breast cancer – such as the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes – are treated using biological therapies, also known as “PARP inhibitors”.  But new research…

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