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One glass of wine could prevent bowel cancer

Researchers at the University of Leicester will present findings that one glass of wine a day could prevent bowel cancer.

Resveratrol, a plant chemical, is found in the skins of grapes and concentrated red wine.

Scientists have known for some time that the chemical has anti-cancer properties and benefits to diabetes and heart disease patients.

The new research has shown that the amount needed to help fight bowl cancer can be consumed in one large glass of wine or two small glasses.

Five milligrams is the recommended amount.

Scientists found that the low dose was more potent that the higher does of one gram.


Health Protection Agency probe after infection of student at Loughborough Grammar School

A pupil from Loughborough Grammar School has been infected with a rare form of bacteria which is linked to MRSA.

The Health Protection Agency is investigating one confirmed case of Panton- Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) in a rugby player who attends Loughborough Grammar School.

PVL infections tend to attack the skin and cause painful boils and abscesses, which are often treated with antibiotics and/or incision and drainage.

Dr Philip Monk, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at HPA East Midlands said:

“Although the risk of becoming infected with PVL S.aureus is small it can on occasion bepicked up by close contacts or in communal settings such as the gym so it is essential to always practice and maintain appropriate hygiene measures which include proper cleansing and disinfection of cuts and minor wounds, regular bathing/showering, regular changing of linen, hand washing, avoiding sharing personal items (eg toothbrushes, face cloths, towels) and keeping wounds covered.”