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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1859

Italians who add dark chocolate to their Mediterranean diet may have even more to celebrate when it comes to the wellbeing of their hearts. A study of healthy Italians reports that regular consumption of dark chocolate is associated with low serum concentrations of C reactive protein. Researchers found a J shaped relation between eating dark chocolate and serum concentrations of the protein, with the levels lowest in moderate consumers (a 20 gram serving every three days). Small doses of chocolate may reduce inflammation and may confer cardiovascular protection (Journal of Nutrition 2008;138:1939-45,

Roll up, roll up for a rumbustious rendition of Shostakovich’s Festival Overture, Brahms’s piano concerto No 1, and Sibelius’s symphony No 5 performed by the European Doctors Orchestra at 3 pm on Sunday 9 November at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Tickets can be obtained by emailing or calling the Royal Academy’s Box Office on 020 7873 7300.

A retrospective analysis of patients who …

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