Breaking News

Smoking 'damages eyes as well as lungs'

Millions of people in the UK are putting their sight at risk by continuing to smoke, warn specialists.

Despite the clear connection, only one in five people recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds.

Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared with non-smokers, says the RNIB, according to BBC.

Antioxidants may 'feed' some cancers

Taking vitamin E - an antioxidant supplement once thought to have protective effects against cancer - may fuel the spread of the disease in some cancer patients, a new study suggests.

The new research from New York University (NYU) found that vitamin E may block the self-destructive tendencies of certain lung cancers.

Antioxidants may actually protect these tumors from destroying themselves, instead helping them to spread, according  to Daily Mail.

They advise that lung cancer patients stay away from vitamin E, and that patients more broadly should not assume that antioxidants are always the right thing to take to combat cancer.

Give children 'less sugar and more veg in baby food'

The amount of sugar in baby food should be restricted and parents should give their young children more vegetables to stop them developing a sweet tooth, a report from child health experts says.

It warns that even baby food marked "no added sugar" often contains sugars from honey or fruit juice.

Parents should offer bitter flavours too, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recommends, according to BBC.

This will guard against tooth decay, poor diet and obesity.

The recommendation is one of many included in a report on how to improve the health of children in the UK.

Scientists confirm drinking milk after eating extra spicy foods

It's long been said drinking milk after eating spicy food will help numb the burning sensation in your mouth - and now scientists have confirmed the theory.

Researchers discovered both skimmed and whole milk were the best at soothing the unpleasant sensation in the mouth, according to Daily Mail.

They say casein, the protein in milk, dulls the pain by overpowering capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick.

And if there's no milk around, sugary drinks can also overwhelm capsaicin with a sensation of sweet, according to the experts.

Earl Grey Tea: Health and Benefits.

Earl Grey tea is a flavored tea that is infused with bergamot orange. Flavored teas consist of true tea leaves that are infused or blended with fruit, flowers, herbs or spices. The rind of the bergamot orange is dried and added to black tea leaves to produce Earl Grey tea. Bergamot oil extracted from the rind is also used in certain blends. Black tea leaves are the standard for Earl Grey, but sometimes green tea leaves or oolong tea leaves are used instead.

Bergamot oranges are grown in Calabria, Italy and parts of France. The fruit more closely resembles limes in appearance. The flavor of bergamot oranges is a blend of a variety of citrus fruits. It looks like a cross between an orange and a lime, but taste more like a grapefruit or lemon. The bergamot orange tree is believed to be a hybrid of the orange tree native to Seville and the lemon tree native to Southeast Asia.