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...that the cancer cell tries to compensate for the lack of all these things missing in the blood after fasting. It may be trying to replace them, but it can’t.” Prof. Valter Longo and his team looked at the impact fasting had on breast, urinary tract and ovarian cancers in mice. Fasting without chemotherapy was shown to slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancer, glioma brain cance...

Fasting two days a week could prevent your brain shrinking with age, suggests new research

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Fasting two days a week could prevent your brain shrinking with age, suggests new research. Fasting was a common medical treatment in the past, but now new research suggests there may be good reason for it to make a comeback. This is because it seems to trigger all sorts of healthy hormonal and metabolic changes. Researchers have long known that cutting back animals’ calories over an extended per...

Practicing Muslims across the world are observing Ramadan

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Practicing Muslims across the world are observing Ramadan. For one month, they are fasting between sunrise and sunset. But what do Muslims do in a town where the sun never really goes down? The town of Rovaniemi in Finland lies in a land of extremes. At 66 degrees north it straddles the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. During midwinter it is cloaked in total darkness. But in the summer it is bat...

The periods of eating very little or nothing may be the key to controlling chemicals produced by the body linked to the development of disease and the ageing process

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...dy is shiny and new, but keep doing this all the time and it will break down. According to Professor Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute, one way to take the foot off the accelerator, and reduce IGF-1 levels dramatically – as well as cholesterol, and blood pressure – is by fasting. “You need adequate levels of IGF-1 and other growth factors when you are growing, but high levels later...

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US scientists found that starvation on alternate days can make people live longer by boosting brain power and shedding weight. The research team said that fasting on and off can boost brain power and help to lose weight at the same time. The National Institutes for Aging said their research was based on giving animals the bare minimum of calories required to keep them alive and results showed the...

Pope Francis has called on all people of faith, regardless of religious sect or affiliations, to observe September 7, as a global day of prayer and fasting for Syria

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Pope Francis has called on all people of faith, regardless of religious sect or affiliations, to observe Saturday, September 7, as a global day of prayer and fasting for Syria. The pontiff condemned the use of chemical weapons as a means to settle any domestic or international conflict. On September 7, staring 7 PM until midnight at St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis asked each and every relig...

Silvio Berlusconi is accused of making insulting comments about Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation with a newspaper editor

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Silvio Berlusconi is at the centre of a new controversy after claims emerged he had insulted Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. Silvio Berlusconi, the 74 year-old Italian prime minister is now accused of making insulting comments about Angela Merkel during a telephone conversation with a newspaper editor. The vulgar remarks referred to sex and Angela Merkel’s physique and were picked...

Silvio Berlusconi said in July he wanted to leave Italy, which he described as a "shitty" country that "sickened" him

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...spent the night there. According to the judicial arrest warrant issued on Thursday, a third person – Valter Lavitola, the editor of a small newspaper – maintained direct contact with Silvio Berlusconi and received the cash in monthly installments from the prime minister’s personal secretary. It was in a phone conversation with Valter Lavitola late on 13 July that Silvio Berlusconi was said b...

Scientific data seems to show that as well as helping to shift pounds, alternate-day dieting can help us live longer and reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s

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Gorging yourself on as many burgers, chips and cakes as you like one day then eating fewer calories than you find in a cheese sandwich the next might sound like a worrying eating disorder. However, this regime of chomping away to your heart’s content one day, and virtually starving yourself the next is the latest diet craze. It’s known as “intermittent fasting” or “alternate-day dieting”, and dev...

Pakistani women banned from shopping alone

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Women in Pakistan’s north-west Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have been barred from shopping without a male relative. The decision was made by Islamic clerics and tribal elders during a meeting at a mosque in Karak district and announced over its loudspeaker. Most women in Pakistan’s tribal north-west cover their heads and bodies. The step is reportedly aimed at keeping men from being di...

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has proposed a referendum on political reforms in an effort to tackle protests that have swept the country

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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has proposed a referendum on political reforms in an effort to tackle protests that have swept the country. Dilma Rouseff also promised to boost spending on public transport and focus on health and education as part of what she called “five pacts” with the people. She later met regional mayors and governors, who agreed to her plans. But some activists...

Authorities in Dubai are launching an initiative of offering gold in return for weight loss in an scheme to encourage healthier living

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Authorities in Dubai are launching an initiative of offering gold in return for weight loss in an scheme to encourage healthier living. Those interested can sign up from Friday for the initiative which lasts over the next 30 days and coincides with Ramadan, a month of fasting. For each kilogram lost, participants will receive a gram of gold, which is currently worth about $45. Those taking part &...

Pope Francis has urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect

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In his Eid message, Pope Francis has urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect, particularly by educating new generations of believers. The pontiff greeted Muslims around the world during his Sunday blessing of pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square in Rome. Pope Francis has urged Christians and Muslims to work together to promote mutual respect Pope Francis s...

Jennie Garth is dating Jeremy Salken, drummer for the electronic band, Big Gigantic

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Jennie Garth is dating Jeremy Salken, drummer for the electronic band, Big Gigantic. Jeremy Salken, 31, may be a decade younger than Jennie Garth but the couple have been going strong since October according to People magazine. They spent New Year’s Eve together, and Jennie Garth, 40, wanted to shout it from the rooftop by sharing an intimate picture of the two of them with the caption: “It’s on…...

Pope Benedict XVI has held his last Mass as Pope in St Peter's Basilica in Rome following the shocking announcement of his resignation

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Pope Benedict XVI has held his last Mass as Pope in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome following the shocking announcement of his resignation. The pontiff presided over an Ash Wednesday ceremony marking the start of the Roman Catholic Church’s season of Lent. It came two days after the surprise announcement that Pope Benedict XVI, 85, was to retire at the end of the month. In his homily, Pop...

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son, Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of Boston bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, appeared  in photos of her as a younger woman wearing a low-cut blouse and having her hair teased like a 1980s rock star. After she arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 2002, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva went to beauty school and did facials at a suburban day spa. But in recent years, people noticed a change. The Boston bombers’...

Women in Togo have been urged to abstain from sex for a week from Monday to push their demand for reform and President Faure Gnassingbe's resignation.

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Women in Togo have been urged to abstain from sex for a week from Monday to push their demand for reform and President Faure Gnassingbe’s resignation. The ban has been called by opposition coalition Let’s Save Togo, made up of nine civil society groups and seven opposition parties and movements. Opposition leader Isabelle Ameganvi said that sex could be a “weapon of the battle&#...

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Google reveals its annual zeitgeist – the people, places and things that are clicking the most with UK internet users in 2011. Top of the most-searched celebrities is US reality star Kim Kardashian, whose profile was boosted further this year after marrying and then divorcing basketball player Kris Humphries in just three months. Next behind her was Victoria Beckham, who gave birth to her a...

McDonald’s is prepared to target a more pious crowd for the season of Lent with its latest innovation - Fish McBites

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McDonald’s is prepared to target a more pious crowd for the season of Lent with its latest innovation – Fish McBites. Fish McBites was first reported on Tuesday, a day before the start of the Christian season of fasting on Ash Wednesday. It was pictured at a McDonald’s branch near Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, which may strengthen the impression that it is aimed at the fai...

Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new city exclusively for women as it bids to combine strict Sharia law and career minded females, pursuing work

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Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new city exclusively for women as it bids to combine strict Sharia law and career minded females, pursuing work. It is thought the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) has been asked to bring the country up to date with the rest of the modern world with the controversial city, which is now being designed with construction to begin next year. It is hoped...

Iranian rescue teams are searching through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors from two strong earthquakes which left at least 250 people dead

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Iranian rescue teams are searching through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors from two strong earthquakes which left at least 250 people dead. The 6.4 and 6.3 quakes struck near Tabriz and Ahar on Saturday afternoon, and more than 2,000 are believed injured, many in outlying villages. Thousands spent the night in emergency shelters or in the open and there have been more than 55 afte...

Brain scans show that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day

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Researchers have found that brain scans show that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day. Scans of 21 people showed the brain was more attracted to food if breakfast was missed and people had more food at lunch. Scientists said it made loosing weight challenging as missing meals made calorific food even more appealing. Nutrition experts say...