Can deodorants cause cancer?

Women who regularly use deodorants containing aluminium salts could be at greater risk of developing breast cancer, a new study has claimed.

Swiss researchers argue long-term exposure to aluminium chloride can trigger the development of tumours which spread to other parts of the body. But previous studies have denied there is any link - and manufacturers insist products are entirely safe.

The latest study, by scientists at the University of Geneva, suggests there may be an increased risk due to the use of aluminium compounds in antiperspirants.
These compounds temporarily block sweat glands – but can build up in breast tissue and produce some oestrogen-like effects.  

While some simple deodorants, designed just to mask odour, do not contain them, most do.  AndrĂ©-Pascal Sappino, co-author of the study, looked at isolated human mammary cells and later replicated it in studies on mice.

The study found long term exposure resulted in tumours which metastasise - or spread.  He said there was  compared people's scepticism over its potential cancer-causing properties to asbestos.
'Asbestos is cheap, has very attractive industrial potential, and it took 50 years to ban it."

Source  - Daily Mail

Why eating healthily really could save your life

A healthy diet is just as effective as statins in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, scientists found. 
The daily pills - which cost less than 6p a day - offer the same amount of protection as a diet low in salt, fat and sugar, a study claims.
Both lower the levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in the blood which helps to prevent strokes, heart attacks and heart disease.   But despite the findings, statins should still be issued as the number one therapy, experts say.

Researchers from Harvard University reviewed 49 previous trials which had more than 312,000 participants combined. They noted 39,645 major vascular events had occurred and nine different interventions were used to lower LDL-C.
These therapies were then split into four groups, depending on how they worked to reduce LDL-C levels.

Source  - Daily Mail

Dilute honey 'may fight urine infections'

Honey and water might be a useful weapon against urine infections in hospital patients, say UK researchers.

Patients often have a catheter fitted, either to drain urine stuck in the bladder or to monitor urine output. But these flexible tubes can harbour nasty bugs and cause infection.

Scientists at University of Southampton have shown in the lab that diluted honey stops some common bacteria from forming sticky, hard-to-remove layers on surfaces such as plastic. In theory, a honey solution might be useful for flushing urinary catheters to keep them clean while they remain in the bladder.

Many more trials would be needed to check it would be safe to use in humans, however.

Source - BBC