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Slimmers give up dieting in winter

Many people put on weight in winter as they go into “diet hibernation”, according to a survey.

Among 2,000 people questioned, at least three-quarters of slimmers admit they will pile on the pounds as cold season comes.

They are also more likely to give the gym a miss, the survey for natural weight-loss aid XLS-Medical Fat Binder revealed.

Over half of people (54 per cent) surveyed confessed to eating more comfort food than normal when it turns cold. And 35 per cent put weight on because of the social occasions involving food such as Halloween, bonfire night, the office Christmas paarty and Christmas Day.

“It is all too easy to make excuses when we know our waistlines are going to be covered up for a few months,” the Daily Express quoted leading dietitian Helen Bond, a consultant to the free XLS-Medical online weight management programme, as saying.

Thyme extract can boost antifungal drugs’ effectiveness

Pairing conventional antifungal medicines with natural, edible compounds from plants—such as thymol, extracted from the popular herb thyme—can improve the healing effects of some of these drugs, according to new research by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their colleagues.

Now-retired Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research leader Bruce C. Campbell, ARS molecular biologist Jong H. Kim, and their co-investigators conducted the agriculture-based, food-safety-focused petri-dish experiments.

Campbell and Kim’s work at the ARS Western Regional Research Center in Albany, Calif., with species of Aspergillus mold, for example, has attracted the attention of medical and public health researchers. Found worldwide in air and soil, Aspergillus can infect corn, cotton, pistachios, almonds and other crops, and can produce aflatoxin, a natural carcinogen.

A. flavus and two of its relatives, A. fumigatus and A. terreus, may impact the health of immunocompromised individuals exposed to the fungus in moldy homes.

Eating your greens best way to prevent cancer

Eating broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage at least once a week could significantly lower your risk of developing several cancers.

The research supports earlier findings about the importance of diet in cancer prevention.
Previous studies have shown that a nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables from the brassica family – which include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, watercress and radish – can kill cancer cells and offer hope of new drugs.

Sulforaphane, which is found at high levels particularly in broccoli, has been shown to destroy prostate tumours while leaving normal cells healthy. The new study found that compared with people who had no cruciferous vegetables, men and women who ate greens at least once a week cut their risk of mouth cancer by almost a fifth (17 per cent), the Daily Express reported.

The results also showed the vegetables cut the risk of oesophageal cancer by more than a quarter (28 per cent), bowel and breast cancer by nearly a fifth (17 per cent) and kidney cancer by almost a third (32 per cent).