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Eyespy likes it hot—her curry, that is. And it's always nice (if a little rare) to find that something you enjoy is good for you. Who'd have thought that turmeric might help prevent leukaemia, prostate cancer, skin cancer, and colon cancer. Turmeric— Curcuma longa—is related to ginger and is essential in Indian and other South Asian foods. In laboratory experiments on cell cultures at Swansea University, curcumin, the active compound, blocked cancer promoting protein NF-kappaB. Follow-up tests on patients are now needed (www.guardian.co.uk).
It's debatable whether wealth makes you happy, but it does influence your risk of dying; each additional dollar of income results in a slightly smaller decrease in risk. Using mathematical wizardry to model what happens when you apply this to a national population over three years, New Zealand researchers found that overall mortality would reduce