Prescription pills ‘no better than patches’ for smokers who want to quit

The three most common ways to quit smoking are all equally effective, according to a study published in the online…

Heart attacks are deadlier for women as ‘vague’ symptoms can be easy to miss

The risk of death following a heart attack is greater for women than men, according to the American Heart Association.…

A fibre-rich diet seems to ward off lung disease

A fibre-rich diet may reduce the risk of developing lung disease, according to research published in the Annals of the…

Frying vegetables ‘is healthier than boiling them’ — as long as you use extra virgin olive oil

The healthiest way to cook vegetables is to fry them, according to a study by researchers from the University of…

Is seasonal affective disorder just a myth? Study finds no evidence it really exists

There is no evidence that levels of depressive symptoms vary from season to season, according to research published in Clinical…

An abnormally slow heart rate won’t raise your risk of heart disease

A slower than average heartbeat does not increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in…

What you eat for dinner can change how well you sleep

Eating less fibre, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep, according…

Could man flu be real after all? Sex hormone estrogen protects women against the virus

A study in American Journal of Physiology reports that the female sex hormone estrogen has anti-viral effects against influenza, meaning…

Eating potatoes often may raise the risk of diabetes during pregnancy

Women who eat more potatoes before they are pregnant may have higher rates of diabetes during pregnancy, according to a…

A common painkiller has a side effect — it seems to fight cancer too

Diclofenac, a common anti-inflammatory painkiller, has ‘significant’ anti-cancer properties, according to research published in the journal ecancermedicalscience. The investigation into…

Imaging technology can spot heart problems at a glance

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed a monitoring device that they say will improve detection…

‘Life-saving’ device can predict your chances of a blood clot

Scientists have developed a method of detecting the likelihood of hemostasis — or blood clotting — earlier than current tests…

Socialising is good for us: a large circle of friends protects against poor health

A healthy social life is as important for longevity as diet and exercise, according to a study from the University…

Diabetes now affects four million in Britain and poor care is leading to early deaths

For the first time the number of people living with diabetes in Britain has topped four million, according to figures…

Late snackers, beware: night-time eating may be dulling our brains

Eating late at night can cause a deficiency in the type of learning and memory controlled by the hippocampal area…

It’s not all about ‘experiences’. Buying stuff makes us happy for longer

Good news, just in time for the January sales: shopping can make you happy. A study published in the journal…

A common sleeping pill helped mice recover from strokes

Mice that had strokes recovered more quickly if they received low doses of the common sleep aid zolpidem, according to…

Have trouble staying awake? Try dieting — less food ‘raises alertness and improves sleep’

Weight loss brought on by a change in diet can improve sleep, according to a study by researchers from the…