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'Even safe drinking is risky'
Drinking within the Department of Health's recommended 'safe' limits could put people at risk of heart disease, the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph report.
A 15-year study in the American Journal of Epidemiology scanned 3,000 people aged 33 to 45 for signs of atherosclerosis and related it to
earlier drinking habits. Consumers of seven to 13 drinks, less than the Government's top limit for men of 21 units, were
60 per cent more likely than teetotallers to have hardened arteries.
Professor Sir Richard Peto, professor of medical statistics at the University of Oxford, said: 'It runs against so much other evidence that it's probably not true. Moderate alcohol consumption involves protection, not hazard.'
'Eczema creams cause Ca'
Eczema creams could increase the risk of cancer, a report on the BBC's website suggests.
The US Food And Drug Administration ruled that two eczema creams, Elidel and Protopic, should carry 'black box' warnings on potential cancer risk after findings from animal studies.
Dr Catherine Harwood, a Cancer Research UK dermatologist, said while there were 'theoretical reasons' why the drugs may increase the risk of skin cancer, there was no 'hard data' on humans yet. 'They are very useful drugs. It's something we can't ignore but it seems the chances are remote.'
'Green tea fights cancer'
Green tea could provide the next generation of anti-cancer treatments, the Daily Telegraph reports.
An in vitro study in Cancer Research found a naturally occurring polyphenol called EGCG inhibits the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase, an established target for anti-cancer drugs.
Sue Green, CancerBACUP senior cancer information nurse, said:
'The research is encouraging as
it has shown how a naturally occurring substance helps to
inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Identification of this process may help in the development of new
anti-cancer drugs at some point in the future.'
'Cure for early menopause'
An ovary transplant procedure could offer a cure for an early menopause, The Times claims.
The story cites a second success for ovary transplantation, in which a patient made infertile by treatment for sickle cell anaemia had her menstrual cycle restored. A cancer survivor successfully had a baby last year after the operation.
Dr Martyn Walling, a GP with a special interest in female health in Boston, Lincolnshire, said:
'I would love to think this is right but we need more cases really. It's difficult to say on the basis of one case because I have had patients whose periods have returned after treatment.'