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Southampton researchers identify key peptides that could lead to a universal vaccine for influenza
Researchers at the University of Southampton, University of Oxford and Retroscreeen Virology Ltd have discovered a series of peptides, found on the internal structures of influenza viruses that could lead to the development of a universal vaccine for influenza, one that gives people immunity against all strains of the disease, including seasonal, avian, and swine flu. ANI

7 in 10 adult Brits have high blood pressure
70 per cent of Britain's adult population suffers from high blood pressure, putting them at risk of stroke or heart attack, according to a new survey. ANI

Smoking bans in public places may prompt smokers to smoke less at home
A study of four European countries with smoke free legislation has suggested that smoking bans in public/workplaces don't drive smokers to light up more at home. ANI

Love, chocolate and red wine 'good for heart'
Eating dark chocolates, drinking red wine and being involved in a healthy, loving relationship are good for the heart, says a cardiologist. ANI

Fluctuation in motivation can destroy our weight loss resolutions
Motivation to exercise fluctuates from week to week for many people, and these changes predict whether they will be physically active, researchers say. ANI

Switching to water, diet beverages can help cut extra kilos
Replacing calorie-laden beverages with water or diet soft drinks can help people lose 4 to 5 pounds, health experts say. ANI

Even moderate air pollution can up stroke risks
Air pollution, even at levels generally considered safe by federal regulations, increases the risk of stroke by 34 percent, researchers have warned. ANI

High school kids perform best with 7 hours sleep
16-18 year olds perform better academically when they shave about two hours off from 9 hours of sleep recommended for them by federal guidelines, a new study has claimed. ANI

Mediterranean diet can cut risk of age-related brain disorders
Researchers say that eating a Mediterranean-style diet -high in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and 'healthy' fats such as those in olive oil, while low in red meat and dairy products- helps keep the brain healthy, reducing age-related damage. ANI

Exercise in early 20s may cut osteoporosis risk
Increased physical exercise in the early twenties augments bone development and may trim down the risk of fractures in later life, a new study has revealed. ANI

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