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A HERBAL extract made from plants found in Amazon rain forests could bring relief to arthritis sufferers. Researchers at Louisiana State University said the extract known as cat's claw was effective in repelling free-radicals - destructive molecules that damage cells and can lead to the development of arthritis. The herb extract has been used for thousands of years by Peruvians to treat rheumatism.

BEWARE if you have a mole on your skin and it changes colour - it's the strongest sign that it could be turning cancerous. A new study says there's no need for alarm if a mole is large. But consult your doctor if it gets darker in colour.

THE National Asthma Campaign has a new booklet for women who find it more difficult to control their asthma at certain times during their menstrual cycle. To get a free copy of Asthma And Women call the NAC's 24-hour information line on 0171 971 0444.

A NEW drug has been launched to help protect Britain's two million angina sufferers. It is estimated that half of them forget to take aspirin every day - leading to thousands of unnecessary deaths. The new drug, Imazin XL, works by combining aspirin with isosorbide mononitrate, another standard angina treatment.

HEALTHY women who exercise regularly have easier pregnancies, shorter labour and happier babies, according to Dr James Clapp, who made a 10-year study of 500 women at his health centre in Ohio, USA.

SCIENTISTS are trying to discover if a mystery gene can explain why some people develop the dangerously high cholesterol levels that can lead to heart disease. It is also hoped the research at London's Hammersmith Hospital will help doctors identify the estimated 15 per cent of patients whose abnormally high blood-cholesterol levels go undetected.

INSTORE chiropody centres opened last week at branches of Boots in Crawley, Sussex, Manchester, Burton-on-Trent and the Bluewater shopping mall near Dartford, Kent.

A NEW booklet aims to help 11- to 14 -year-olds deal with school problems such as coping with work, exams, bullying and pressure from friends or other children - and how to get the support if they are having problems. It will be of particular help to children going up to secondary school and is free if you send an SAE to: In School, Stay Cool, Young Minds, 102-108 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5SA.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 21, 1999
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