Multivitamins not associated with heart disease risk

More than half of older adults take a daily multivitamin supplement, but evidence of any clear health benefits is scarce. The Study  remains the only randomized, large-scale, long-term trial to test whether a daily multivitamin reduced cardiovascular disease risk, and researchers found that after 11 years of follow up, there was no significant difference in risk of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) events among men who took a multivitamin compared to those that took a placebo. In a new study, published this week, investigators examined whether multivitamins might help prevent CVD events. However, their results suggest that baseline nutritional status has no clear impact on whether a daily multivitamin affects the risk of CVD or overall mortality. According to Science daily.

Insomnia associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke

Insomnia is associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, according to research.

"Sleep is important for biological recovery and takes around a third of our lifetime, but in modern society more and more people complain of insomnia," said first author Qiao He, a Master's degree student. "For example, it is reported that approximately one-third of the general population from insomnia symptoms."According to Science daily

"Researchers have found associations between insomnia and poor health outcomes," continued Miss He. "But the links between insomnia and heart disease or stroke have been inconsistent."

Could Artificial Blood soon Be on Tap?

Artificial blood grown in the lab could one day be available on tap thanks to a new scientific breakthrough. According to Daily mail

Researchers used early-stage stem cells, known as immortal cells, to grow billions of red blood cells in the lab.

The new technique could one day be used to help patients with rare blood types, the researchers said.

Artificial production traditionally relies upon a type of stem cell that usually manufactures red blood cells in the human body.

Night-time urination reduced by cutting salt in diet

The need to pee at night (nocturia) -- which affects most people over the age of 60 -- is related to the amount of salt in your diet, according to new research. According to Science daily.

Most people over the age of 60 (and a substantial minority under 60) wake up one or more times during the night to go to the bathroom. This is nightime peeing, or nocturia. Although it seems a simple problem, the lack of sleep can lead to other problems such as stress, irritability or tiredness, and so can have a significant negative impact on quality of life. There are several possible causes of nocturia. Now a group of scientists have discovered that reducing the amount of salt in one's diet can significantly reduce excessive peeing -- both during the day and when asleep.

Drug 'reverses' ageing in animal test

A drug that can reverse aspects of ageing has been successfully trialled in animals, say scientists.

They have rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function according to BBC.

The team is planning human trials for what they hope is a treatment for old age.

A scientist said the findings were "impossible to dismiss", but that unanswered questions remained.

The approach works by flushing out retired or "senescent" cells in the body that have stopped dividing.