Vegetarians ‘live four years longer’

People who have been vegetarian for a large chunk of their lives live nearly four years longer than meat eaters,…

Cherry juice to treat high blood pressure? Don’t stock up on the stuff just yet

Drinking cherry juice is an effective way to reduce blood pressure, according to today’s headlines. Yet the research, funded by…

Drug reverses genetic changes linked to Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Rockefeller University in the US have found that a new drug is capable of reversing genetic changes associated…

Exercise’s amazing effect on the brain: time on the treadmill helps keep your mind sharp

Exercise can keep the mind young, according to a study published in the journal NeuroImage. The research suggests that people…

Gene therapy reverses ‘untreatable’ sight loss in young men

British scientists have developed a new therapy which improves the vision of people with a rare genetic disorder called choroideremia.…

A single gene is linked to several psychiatric diseases. A study may have worked out why

The death of newborn brain cells may be linked to five major psychiatric diseases, according to research carried out at…

Supportive mothers help their children’s brains grow bigger

The brains of well-nurtured children develop faster than the brains of children who are neglected, according to research in the…

A Mediterranean diet protects the heart. A bit of junk food may not harm it

Heart disease patients can lower their risk of a heart attack and stroke if they eat a Mediterranean diet, according…

Becoming a widow can improve a woman’s health

The death of a partner can improve a woman’s health, according to research at the University of Padova in Italy.…

Sleeping well may protect against Alzheimer’s

People who get too little sleep may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study in…

Loneliness ‘raises risk of heart disease and stroke by a third’

Loneliness and isolation can increase a person’s risk of heart disease and stroke, according to research published in the journal…

A new melanoma-busting therapy is a genuine advance in the war on cancer

A new skin cancer therapy eradicates advanced melanomas in more than a fifth of patients, according to trial results presented…

Study hints at power of gut bacteria to protect against cancer

Several studies have suggested that bacteria in the gut could be used to reduce the risk of certain types of…

A three-day working week ‘is better for the over-40s’

People over 40 should work three days a week if they want to avoid decreased brain function, according to a…

Living near green spaces may help you live longer

People who have access to green spaces live longer, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.…

Saturated fat ‘doesn’t harm your heart’

Vegetable oil alternatives to butter may not reduce heart disease risk, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.…

Half of heart attack survivors ‘waited an hour before seeking help’

Research carried out by the British Heart Foundation has suggested that only a fifth of people who have a heart…

Could being married increase the life expectancy of cancer patients?

A new peer-reviewed study published in the journal CANCER has revealed a link between marital status and the life expectancy…