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'Eating chocolate cures Ca'

The story

Eating chocolate could help beat cancer, the Daily Mail reports.

The source

US researchers published results in the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics finding pentameric procyanidin, a chemical found in cocoa, has selective cytotoxic effects on breast cancer cells in vitro.

Expert view

Dr Kat Arney, Science Information Officer at Cancer Research UK, said: 'It will be important to

discover if these chemicals have an anti-cancer effect on real tumours. Sadly, these results do not mean that eating chocolate can cure cancer.'

Chillies kill arthritis pain

The story

A jab made from chillies could eliminate the pain of arthritis, the Daily Mail reports.

The source

A US drug firm, AlgoRx Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey, has turned the capsaicin chemical found in chillies into an injectable liquid. The chemical is already used in OTC creams and gels. Initial tests on six patients with severe osteoarthritis of the knee found they remained pain-free after five weeks.

Expert view

Dr Iain Gilchrist, a member of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and a GP in Hatfield Heath, Essex, said: 'I think one has to keep an open mind. If they can show in properly conducted trials that it's effective, it could prove useful, but six volunteers and an unblended study is not enough to prove anything.'

'Obesity wonder drug'

The story

A wonder drug to help obese patients lose weight, cut their risk of heart attacks and reduce insulin problems will be available in two years, the Daily Express reports.

The source

A randomised controlled trial of rimonabant, a selective cannabinoid receptor blocker, was reported in the Lancet. Obese patients on the drug and a low calorie diet lost significantly more weight than those on the diet alone.

Expert view

Dr Susan Jebb, MRC scientist and chair of the

Association for the Study of Obesity, said: 'We're going to see and hear a lot more about this drug but it's very early days. The important thing to note is that this was an adjunct to diet.'

'Household plastics Ca risk'

The story

A hormone-like ingredient in common household plastics may cause breast cancer, the Daily Telegraph claims.

The source

A study presented to the American Association of Cancer Research this week reported that prepubertal exposure to bisphophenol A ­ found in plastic containers or cling film ­ altered gene expression in rat mammary tissue.

Expert view

Henry Scowcroft, senior science information officer for Cancer Research UK, said: 'This interesting study shows that BPA, a chemical found in some household plastics, can mimic the body's natural sex hormone, oestrogen. There is absolutely no evidence that the effect of BPA exposure seen in rats has any relevance to what happens in people.'

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