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(MENAFN - AFP) Young women who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables show significantly lower rates of hardening in the arteries 20 years later, said US research out Friday.

However, men did not appear to benefit the way women did, raising questions about why a heart healthy diet may benefit one sex over the other, according to the study presented at the American College ...


(MENAFN - AFP) A third of US children tested for cholesterol have borderline or high levels, placing them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease as adults, says a study out Friday.

Researchers studied the medical records of nearly 13,000 kids in Texas aged nine to 11 who were screened for cholesterol as part of a routine checkup.

Of this group 4,700, or 30 percent, ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Global oil prices rose on Friday as traders took their cue from upbeat US economic indicators and concerns over supply disruptions in Nigeria.

New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in May, gained 51 cents to $101.79 a barrel.

Brent North Sea crude for May grew 21 cents to stand at $108.04 a barrel in London midday deals ...


(MENAFN - AFP) There is "no sensible alternative" to Russian gas to meet Europe's energy needs, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday.

Many people acted as if there plenty of other sources from which Europe could draw its gas, but this is not the case, Gabriel told a energy forum organised by the local daily Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung on Thursday.

The ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's main stock markets mostly gained on Friday following positive eurozone numbers but London was unchanged after weaker-than-expected British growth data.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was flat at 6,588.87 points around midday.

In Paris, the CAC 40 index gained 0.33 percent to 4,393.34 points and Frankfurt's DAX 30 advanced 0.73 percent to ...

28 Mar 2014   BlackBerry posts fresh losses 

(MENAFN - AFP) The struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry on Friday reported a loss of $423 million in the fourth quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, with revenues plummeting.

The company said revenues fell to $976 million in the fourth quarter -- down from $2.7 billion 12 months earlier. Sales of smartphones fell from 1.9 million to 1.3 million in the fourth quarter, the ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer, said Friday its net loss blew out to more than $3 billion last year as it was hit by record low metal prices and one-off restructuring charges.

The Hong Kong-listed Russian giant said it lost $3.22 billion, compared with a loss of $528 million in 2012, while revenue slumped 10.4 percent to $9.76 billion.

However, ...


(MENAFN - AFP) French gas group GDF Suez revealed on Friday a giant deal, the first of its kind, to ship liquefied natural gas from the United States to supply Taiwan.

The contract, of undisclosed value, will include natural gas from shale production, and is a sign of huge changes in global energy markets driven largely by the shale energy revolution in North America.

GDF ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Spain reported Friday its first fall in consumer prices in more than four years, feeding fears that the eurozone could fall into the grip of a deflationary spiral.

Consumer prices fell at annual rate of 0.2 percent in March after crawling 0.1-percent higher the previous month, the National Statistics Office said in a preliminary report.

If the initial ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The leading Russian carmaker Avtovaz reversed into a net loss last year because of a sales slump on the Russian market, the company reported on Friday.

But the new chief executive said he was confident of turning the company round.

Avtovaz, which is being absorbed by the French-Japanese group Renault-Nissan, turned in a net loss of 7.9 billion rubles ...

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