cat

Relax, your cat isn’t a mental health risk

Is having a cat bad for your mental health? It’s not as ridiculous a question as it might sound. For…

contraceptive pill

The contraceptive pill and cancer: the benefits outweigh the risks

The contraceptive pill causes hormonal changes in the body and has long been known to affect cancer risk over the…

vitamin D

Evidence suggests vitamin D pills help against colds and flu

Taking vitamin D supplements will reduce your risk of getting the common cold or a similar infection, according to research…

heading a football

Can repeatedly heading a football lead to dementia?

Heading a football repeatedly may be a factor in the development of dementia, a study has found. Researchers gathered data…

high blood pressure

Just how promising is that ‘miracle’ pill for high blood pressure?

A new combination of four blood pressure drugs — the ‘quadpill’ — could be twice as effective as existing treatments,…

heart failure survival

Are heart failure survival rates still stuck in the 1990s?

Heart failure survival rates have not improved since 1998, a study at the University of Oxford has suggested. (But read…

Inflamed appendix? It might be better to leave it in

Appendicitis surgery in children is unnecessary in many cases, according to a study in the Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology journal.…

Switching to e-cigarettes ‘substantially’ reduces toxins in the body

E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use than conventional cigarettes, according to research published in the Annals of Internal…

back pain

Ibuprofen isn’t great for back pain, but it’s not useless either

Ibuprofen is only a little better than a placebo in relieving back pain, according to a study at the George…

exercise

Exercise may protect against depression, but this study doesn’t show it

Children who get enough exercise aren’t just more physically fit, but also have better mental health in adulthood, according to…