Folic acid decreases/increases breast cancer risk. So do I take it or not?

Folic acid decreases/increases breast cancer risk. So do I take it or not?

A few years ago I was at a breast cancer conference where researchers were discussing the effect of alcohol. I had sat through a couple of hours of doom and gloom when, right at the end, one of them mentioned that taking a folic acid supplement appeared to reduce the associated risks. So, on the way home, I bought a jar of folic acid tablets and a bottle of wine to celebrate. I’ve been...

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Exercise: good for the hips, bad for the ears

Exercise: good for the hips, bad for the ears

A new study has shown that an exercise program can help people with hip osteoarthritis to delay or even avoid total hip replacement surgery. But other studies suggest it might not be a good idea to do the exercise at a gym. With noise levels commonly reaching well over 90 dB (decibels) or more, it’s the equivalent of doing your workout next to someone using a jackhammer. So you could find it...

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A Fruit Fly Made Me Do It

A Fruit Fly Made Me Do It

It seems bizarre to worry about pesticides in food when you’re being pumped full of chemicals so toxic that you have to flush the loo twice for fear of injuring the person who uses it after you. However, as I was being treated for cancer that had already spread into my lymph nodes, I was inclined to do anything within reason that might help me to get well, ‘Within reason’, of course, means...

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