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News in brief: Cleaner teeth could give us a healthier heart

BRUSHING your teeth more than twice a day could lower the risk of heart failure by more than ten per cent, according to a new study. One theory is that frequent brushing reduces bacteria living between teeth and gums, stopping it from entering the blood and inflaming the heart, say scientists from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. But the study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, adds further research is needed.

Olive oil ‘keeps the brain young’

DRIZZLING extra virgin olive oil on your dinner could help stave off dementia, a new study says. The superfood is rich in cell-protecting antioxidants that slow brain ageing and protect against Alzheimer’s and memory loss. Now research in mice shows another group of age-related diseases can be added to the list. Study author Prof Domenico Pratico, of Temple University in Philadelphia, US, said the oil defends against ‘mental decline’ and types of dementia caused by a build up of abnormal ‘tau’ protein in the brain.

NEWS BITES

■ LIVERPUDLIANS will scoff the most mince pies this Christmas — around 20 per person. People in Leeds are second with about 16 while the national average is 15. The total for all the UK will top 781million, according to Konditor.

■ THE jutting Habsburg jaw — a facial trait common to the royal house’s kings and their wives — is ‘down to inbreeding’, finds a study of 66 portraits of 15 members of the dynasty that ended with Charles II.

■ A COPY of Magna Carta given to a Kent town shouldn’t be sold abroad, the culture secretary has said. Nicky Morgan has implored Faversham not to let the 700-year-old manuscript ‘leave these shores’.

■ RESEARCHERS at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia believe they have found out why sharks’ wounds never get infected — it’s because their skin is covered in infection-resistant bacteria.

■ CHILDREN who spend a higher than average time on social media, computers and in front of TV screens feel more stressed as teenagers. However, playing video games does not have the same effect, Canadian researchers say.

WORLD BITES

■ ELEVEN people were injured when a gunman opened fire in New Orleans’ French Quarter yesterday. Ten victims were taken to hospital, while another walked in. Two were in a critical condition. A ‘person of interest’ has been detained, police chief Shaun Ferguson said. The shooting took place in busy Canal Street, where there are many nearby hotels. The city was packed with American football fans for the weekend’s Bayou Classic.

■ ALBANIA has called for US and EU aid after last week’s earthquake killed 51 people and left thousands homeless. Prime minister Edi Rama said it was ‘humanly impossible to do this [reconstruction) alone’.

■ IRAQ’S prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has resigned amid violent anti-government protests. One person died and ten were injured as security forces opened fire to stop a crowd breaching barriers in Baghdad on Saturday.

■ FIFTEEN passengers were killed when a bus plunged off a bridge into a frozen river in Siberia. A further 18 people were hurt as the front wheel on the vehicle failed as it was crossing the Kuenga River.