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Independents' Day

Advising women over 40 about contraception

'Vitamin C cancer treatment'

The Story

Injecting high doses of vitamin C into the bloodstream could be an effective cancer treatment, the Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and BBC News Online report.

The Source

A US study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found high-dose vitamin C could reduce growth of cancer cells in the laboratory by 99 per cent.

Expert View

Professor John Toy, medical director of Cancer Research UK, said:

'Whether this finding will ever successfully translate into therapeutic advantage is a long way off although a phase I safety trial has, apparently, begun in the US.'

'Go vegan to lose weight'

The Story

A vegan diet is the easiest and most effective way to lose weight, the Daily Express and Daily Mail claim.

The Source

US scientists found following a vegan diet helped women lose weight more quickly than other low-fat regimes. Their study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, concluded a plant-based eating plan was an effective and healthy alternative to other low-fat diets.

Expert View

Rebecca Foster, a nutrition scientist for the British Nutrition Foundation, said: 'There

seem to be some health benefits of following a vegan diet. They tend to have a higher fibre intake, and eat more fruit and vegetables. But vegan diets are susceptible to being low in vitamin B12.'

'Killer bug in our tap water'

The Story

UK tap water could be infected with a killer stomach bug, the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail claim.

The Source

Specialists at the Health Protection Agency annual conference in Warwick discussed the presence of campylobacter, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, in UK drinking

water. They said they were confident of the quality of the drinking supply, but that regular checks should be carried out.

Expert View

Professor Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, a clinical microbiologist at the University of Nottingham, said: 'Not all species of the bug are harmful. If people are worried then water filtering is a good thing to do though not 100 per cent effective. Boiling drinking water before consumption will certainly eliminate the bug.'

'Having children late a risk'

The Story

Women who wait until their 30s before having children risk losing their baby and damaging their health, The Times, Sun and Guardian warn.

The Source

An editorial in the BMJ found women who put off having children were likely to find it hard to conceive later in life, and were at increased risk of pre-eclampsia, miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Expert View

Mr Peter Bowen-Simpkins, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist specialising in fertility, said: 'No one wants to be alarmist about this but older women must be aware their fertility will diminish. They must also consider that they have a higher incidence of problems in pregnancy.'

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