Vitamin D can protect against colds, flu: study claims

Feb 16, 2017

Vitamin D can protect against colds, flu: study claims

Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections, says a study that has reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements. A review of 25 clinical trials in 14 countries, some with conflicting results, yielded “the first definitive ...

Cancer experts urge greater focus on prevention

Feb 5, 2017

Cancer experts urge greater focus on prevention

Cancer is not an inescapable fate. But while prevention can save millions of lives much more cheaply than treatment, it remains an underfunded, much-neglected weapon in the anti-cancer arsenal, experts say. Some 14 million new cancers are diagnosed each year, according to the World ...

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

Feb 3, 2017

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

A wing-deforming virus shortens the life span of wild honeybees already contending with a startlingly long list of existential threats, researchers said Wednesday. Spread by microscopic mites, the microbe disrupts bees’ foraging and curtails their lives, experiments confirmed for the first time. “Deformed wing ...

Jan 26, 2017

Does depression boost the risk of cancer death?

People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer, researchers said on Thursday. Medical records of more than 160,000 adults in England and Wales showed that those describing themselves as psychologically distressed were more ...