Lab report

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 April, 2013, 10:07am

Fountain of youth mapped

University of Copenhagen researchers and more than 1,000 researchers have taken a step forward in the fight against cancer with the mapping of the cellular "fountain of youth": the enzyme telomerase. The study, published in Nature Genetics, took blood samples from more than 200,000 people. The enzyme creates new ends on chromosomes called telomeres. Researchers have found a genetic correlation between cancer and telomere length.


Weight of education

Children of parents with low and medium education levels eat fewer vegetables and fruit, and more processed products and sweet drinks, according to a study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, which involved nearly 15,000 children aged between two and nine from eight European countries.

More fibre, less stroke risk

Eating more fibre may decrease your risk of first-time stroke, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. It found that each seven gram increase in total daily fibre intake - equivalent to one serving of whole wheat pasta, plus two servings of fruit or vegetables - was associated with a 7 per cent decrease in the risk of first-time stroke. The association recommends at least 25 grams of dietary fibre per day, or six to eight servings of grains and eight to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables.