Lab Report

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 June, 2013, 11:05am

Partners in crime

Female murder victims in Southeast Asia are more likely to have been killed by intimate partners more than anywhere else in the world - or 59 per cent of half a million homicides from 66 countries over the past 20 years that were analysed in a WHO study published in The Lancet. Globally, intimate partners were responsible for 39 per cent of all female murders compared with just 6 per cent for men. The authors note that these are conservative estimates as at least one-fifth of the cases did not report the victim-offender relationship.


Iron out pregnancy risks

Taking iron daily during pregnancy can be good for you and your baby. A new study in the British Medical Journal's website found that for every 10mg rise in iron dose per day (up to 66mg per day), risk of maternal anaemia was 12 per cent lower, the baby's birth weight increased by 15 grams, and risk of low birth weight decreased by 3 per cent. The World Health Organisation recommends a dose of 60mg per day for pregnant women. Ninety grams of braised beef liver has about 6mg of iron, and fortified breakfast cereals have up to 18mg per serving.


Feeling peckish?

Here's another gluten-free cereal option for coeliac disease sufferers: canary seeds. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a variant of the seed made safe for human consumption is said to have more protein than other cereals. Coeliac disease is a gluten-caused inflammation in the small intestine.