Depression: Self-help books DO relieve the condition – and prevent it from returning even a year later


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Self-help books DO relieve depression – and prevent it from returning Patients offered books had significantly lower levels of depression four months and a year laterSelf-help books based on the principles of 'talking therapy' cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Books helped motivate people and encourage positive life changes, say Scottish researchers By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:44 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 GMT, 28 January 2013 Prescribing self-help books on the NHS is an effective treatment for depression Reading a self-help book really can alleviate depression, new research suggests.

Playing football could be the best way for men to tackle high blood pressure


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Playing football is the best way for middle-aged men to tackle high blood pressure Blood pressure levels dropped twice as much among those who played football for two hours a week compared to those given GP adviceThey also lost 4lbs of body fat on average | UPDATED: 09:18 GMT, 16 October 2012 Good news for those who have fading dreams of being the next David Beckham – a kick-about on the weekend is the best way to tackle hypertension.

Breast cancer could be triggered by just one glass of wine a DAY


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Breast cancer could be triggered by just one glass of wine a DAY International team found light drinking could increase risk of mouth, throat and breast cancerBut reviewers said study had many limitations and didn't mention the positive effect on heart health | UPDATED: 14:27 GMT, 19 September 2012 Light drinking: Previous studies have found it benefits the heart but the latest research found a link with breast cancer Just one glass of wine a day could trigger breast cancer and other tumours, scientists suggest.

Only using an asthma inhaler when having an attack is "just as effective" as daily dose


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Only using an asthma inhaler when having an attack is 'just as effective' as daily dose For two decades, mild asthma sufferers have been told to take a daily dose of inhaled steroid medicineScientists now think this treatment is no better than just inhaling when they symptoms occur | UPDATED: 11:58 GMT, 14 September 2012 Asthmatics who use their inhalers as part of a daily routine fare no better than those who use them only when they have an attack, research suggests.

Housework could reduce the risk of breast cancer


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Housework could reduce the risk of breast cancer by 13 per cent | UPDATED: 10:26 GMT, 4 September 2012 It may sound counter intuitive but housework could be good for your health.

Inhalers "can make asthma victims shorter in adulthood"


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Steroid inhalers 'can make children suffering from asthma shorter in adulthood' | UPDATED: 23:48 GMT, 3 September 2012 Children taking inhaled steroid drugs for asthma end up being slightly shorter as adults than those not using the medication, say researchers.

Chocolate may protect the brain from stroke


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Chocolate may protect the brain from stroke (and this time it's the milk variety) Most men in the study consumed milk chocolate, which has more sugar and fat than the dark varietyScientists believe protective effect comes from antioxidants called flavonoids | UPDATED: 11:09 GMT, 30 August 2012 For every 50g per week increase in chocolate consumption, stroke risk decreased by about 14 per cent Eating chocolate may reduce the long term risk of stroke, research has shown.

Chocolates and red wine may not be so good for you as scientists say there is no evidence they battle heart disease


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Chocolates and red wine may not be so good for you as scientists say there is no evidence they battle heart disease | UPDATED: 22:02 GMT, 28 August 2012 Scientists claim there is no proof that chocolate and red wine cut heart disease – despite millions hoping they do.

Heart disease: It"s never too late to exercise: Major new British study proves that starting gardening, walking and DIY in your fifties can cut…


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It's never too late to exercise: Major new British study proves that starting gardening, walking and DIY in your fifties can cut risk of heart diseaseTwo-and-a-half hours of light exercise a week can suppress inflammation in the body – which is believed to contribute to heart diseaseThe exercise simply has to raise the heart rate to be of benefitPeople of all ages can improve their health by working on a DIY or gardening project every week | UPDATED: 23:10 GMT, 13 August 2012 Stepping up exercise levels in your 50s is likely to cut your chances of suffering a heart attack in later life.

Wine "is as good as drugs for thin bones"


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Daily glass of wine ‘is as good as drugs for protecting thin bones in older women’Regular moderate intake of alcohol after the menopause helps to maintain bone strength says review teamAbstaining from alcohol leads to higher risk of developing osteoporosisNational Osteoporosis Society warned against drinking more to protect bones | UPDATED: 06:57 GMT, 3 August 2012 One or two glasses of wine a day could work as well as drugs at protecting older women from thinning bones.