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Updated : Apr 24, 2009

Wine Helps Fight Cancer

When VeryHappyPig opened a bottle of wine the night after the morning after the night before Miss VeryHappyPig wasn’t too impressed.

VeryHappyPig’s antics whilst under the influence said night before and declarations of future abstinence early the morning didn’t help. But the facts found in our latest story proved a great excuse and prevented VeryHappyPig from being slapped happier.

Drinking wine can in fact help fight cancer.

Drinking wine can increase the survival of patients with lymph cancer, new research has suggested.

Scientists who analysed data on 546 women with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma found that wine drinkers had a 76pc chance of living for five years.

This compared with a 68pc survival rate for non-wine drinkers.

The strongest link with wine drinking was seen in patients with a form of the disease known as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. These patients had a 40-50pc reduced risk of death, relapse or secondary cancer.

Drinking wine long before diagnosis was also shown to make a difference.

Patients who drank wine for at least 25 years before they were diagnosed had a 25-35pc reduced risk of death, relapse or secondary cancer, compared with those who did not.

Beer and spirits consumption was not found to have the same effect, unfortunately.



Scorchering Display By Budget Travel

Sun holidays giant Budget Travel pulled off a triple coup, as the public voted for their favourite tour companies and destinations.

Budget emerged victorious in three categories -- best family travel product, best European tour operator and best high street travel agent -- at the Irish Travel Consumer Awards, hosted by TV presenter Kathryn Thomas at the RDS.

"We're delighted with the awards that emphasise the public's confidence in us as representing good value as Ireland's No 1 holiday company," said marketing boss Clem Walshe.


Dublins Archbishop Set for Promotion

Dublin’s Archbishop Dairmud Desmond is being tipped for Vatican post as a key advisor to Pope Benedict.

Observers believe Dr Martin is among the stronger candidates to take over as president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

The Archbishop is a former secretary of the Council and served as a powerful Papal; diplomat for almost 30 years before being appointed to run Ireland’s largest diocese in 2004.

 

 

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