Anti-ageing

Test to find your ‘real age’ could be used to predict Alzheimer’s

According to research published in the journal Genome Biology, scientists at King’s College have detected a ‘gene signature’ which could…

People over the age of 50 ‘becoming smarter, but also less fit’

Older people are becoming more intelligent, but also less fit, according to a study carried out in Germany by the…

Spicy food ‘might help us to live longer’

There is new evidence which suggests that eating spicy food is linked with longevity. Spice’s active ingredient, capsaicin, has anti-obesity,…

Why do we age? Scientists uncover a small part of the mystery

Why do we age? Scientists at Berlin’s Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology have made a discovery which could help answer…

Now John Noakes has Alzheimer’s. Is there no hope of curing this disease?

For people of my age, the news that John Noakes has Alzheimer’s is terribly poignant. He was the daredevil of Blue…

Juice your way to good health

Juice cleanses seem to be all the rage nowadays, with fresh juices popping up everywhere from Pret a Manger to…

Shore thing: leave sunbathing to reptiles or end up looking like one

Sunshine on wrinkles

Nothing concentrates the mind of a 23-year-old medical student more than the failure to buy a drink in a bar.…

Mr El-Amir in his surgery

Vision of the future

On the wall in Ahmed El-Amir’s consulting room in the Harley Street Eye Clinic is a framed antique poster depicting…

Acne as an adult? It really isn’t fair

At some time in our lives we all hark back to blissful, carefree teenage years. We conveniently forget the tricky…

Vidago Palace, Portugal

Spring awakening

Although spas have been around for centuries, they soared in popularity towards the end of the Victorian era, when it…

Communal fun and games: a grandmothers’ outing sets off from the East End, 1933

Home shopping

Speed dating on morphine probably isn’t the best way to choose a long-term partner. But it’s a bleak necessity for…

Ordinary pain

Treatment for lower back pain is undergoing a sea change. Why? Well, mainly because it has to: according to a…

Look deeper

They help us navigate the world, see what’s around us and experience the joy that smiles bring. Our eyes are…

Consultant Q&A

Q I have a real problem with floaters in my eyes. They appear to have got worse in recent years.…

Sight, space and liberty

‘My old chemistry master used to say, “You can’t buy eyes at Harrods any more, so look after yours,”’ says…

Focus on cataracts

Cataracts are the principal cause of blindness, and occur when the crystalline lens that brings light into focus on the…

Should old people start wearing stilettos?

It must, I sometimes think, be exhausting, if you actually take health advice from newspapers; diligently eating eggs one week…

Rest in peace: seven ways to stop snoring this Christmas

Did you know that snoring was bad for your heart? It’s thought to cause changes in the carotid artery and…