Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Aspirin 'fights ovarian cancer'

Aspirin and other similar painkillers may be able to fight ovarian cancer, a study suggests.

Aspirin belongs to a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, which can block a chemical called Cox-2.

Researchers in the United States have found that this protein also helps ovarian cancer tumours to grow.

Speaking at an American Association for Cancer Research conference, they said the drugs could fight the disease.

Acupuncture 'beats headache pain'

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic headaches and should be more widely available on the NHS, experts say.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, UK researchers said patients who were given acupuncture had fewer days of headaches than those who were not.

They also saw their GP less and were not as reliant on painkillers.

The government said doctors could decide to fund the therapy locally, if they felt patients would benefit.

Source BBC News

A sherry could keep doctor away

If a heavy claret is not your tipple then reach for the sherry - it could protect your heart, research suggests.

Sherry may have the same health benefits of red wine, scientists at the University of Seville think.

Drinking sherry could protect people from coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attacks.

An article in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture shows that sherry reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

The Spanish study found polyphenols in red wine, which are associated with reducing the incidence of coronary artery disease, are also found in sherry.

Source BBC News