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Gene protection against epilepsy
Inheriting two genetic mutations - Kcna1 and Cacna1a - may offer protection against epilepsy, according to US research. Researchers bred mice with the two genes, and when they occurred in the same mouse the animal did not suffer the sudden death associated with epilepsy (Nature Neuroscience Online 2007).

Heart problems worsen Alzheimer's memory loss
Alzheimer's disease sufferers who have high BP might suffer greater memory loss than those without vascular symptoms, US research suggests. The study, involving 135 Alzheimer's patients, found those who reported vascular factors saw their rate of cognitive decline accelerate twice as fast as those who had none (AAN Online 2007).

The sweet answer to infection
Honey could drive down rates of MRSA infection, according to UK research. Consultants from Bangor, North Wales said honey could be used where antibiotics have failed. Researchers treated wounds with honey and found they became sterile in three to 10 days.

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