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Another reason to say no to antibiotics: they could stop new brain cells growing. According to a study in the journal Celi Reports, prolonged antibiotic treatment in mice seemed to affect brain function by lowering the white blood cell count in the body. More tests showed the white blood cells acted as a communicator between brain, immune system and gut.There’s some good news, though: if you have to take antibiotics, taking probiotics and exercising can help reverse this negative side effect.

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WORK IT OUT

Are you spending too many hours at your desk? Be warned, a poor work-life balance now may affect your health in years to come, shows new research. Researchers from the University of Jyvâskylâ in Finland tracked a group of businessmen over 26 years. Those who worked for more than 50 hours a week and slept less than 47 hours a week in their mid-life had poorer scores for physical health and wellbeing in older age, compared to those with normal work and sleep patterns. Time to turn off the PC and head to the gym!

A YEAR OF WELLBEING

Want to eat well, look well and live well in 2017? The Liz Earle Wellbeing Yearbook (Liz Earle. £25) is bursting with natural health and beauty tips, recipes and home ideas for spring. summer, autumn and winter. Dip into its beautiful pages for everyday inspiration – follow Liz’s two-day cleanse, make your own home herbal remedies. do a home facial massage and try her feast of delicious, seasonal recipes. It’s a beautiful gift for a friend or yourself.

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WHY YOUR DENTIST IS A DOCTOR

Dr Nigel Carter CEO of the Oral Health Foundation

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‘Cases of mouth cancer have risen by 39 percent in the past decade. İt can affect anyone and early diagnosis increases the chance of beating the disease from 50 to 90 per çent. If you have a mouth ulcer lasting more than three weeks, red and white patches or unusual spellings see your dentist immediately it could save your life. Your dentist is trained to spot mouth cancer, so don’t miss your check-up. For details, visit: mouth cancer.org.

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