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…

Stem cell therapy appears to reduce deaths from heart failure

Injecting adult stem cells into the heart could potentially halve the number of deaths from heart failure, a study has…

Full-fat milk ‘protects against type-2 diabetes’

People who drink full-fat rather than skimmed milk are significantly less likely to develop diabetes, a study has suggested. The…

‘Ginger gene’ raises your melanoma risk even if you keep out of the sun

Carriers of the ‘ginger gene’ are more susceptible to melanoma, according to new research. And, although red hair and freckles…

Symptoms of a broken heart: death of a loved one raises risk of irregular heartbeat

Bereavement really can cause problems for the heart, raising the risk of an irregular heartbeat for a year, according to…

A new drug to replace statins? Don’t believe the hype

A new drug can halve levels of bad cholesterol without the damaging side effects of statins, researchers writing in the…

Smoking during pregnancy affects the baby’s DNA

Smoking during pregnancy affects the baby’s DNA, according to a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Researchers…

The answer to weight loss doesn’t lie in a can of beans

A daily serving of pulses could be an effective way to lose weight, according to research published in The American…

‘Vegetarian gene’ raises the risk of cancer and heart disease

Populations that have eaten a vegetarian diet over several generations have an increased risk of heart disease and cancer, according…

Sorry, sunbathing doesn’t extend your lifespan

Women who sunbathe are likely to live longer than those who avoid the sun, despite a higher risk of skin…

Exercise ‘knocks a decade off your brain age’

Regular exercise has a profound effect on the brain, delaying cognitive decline by as much as ten years, according to…

The alcohol wars rumble on: light drinking ‘has no health benefits’

The health benefits of moderate drinking have been exaggerated, research carried out at the University of Victoria in Canada has…

Allergy risk ‘depends on your month of birth’

New research at the University of Southampton claims that the likelihood of developing seasonal allergies depends on your month of…