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For older men, total volume of exercise matters more than consistency

Exercising for just a few minutes a day is linked to a lower risk of death in older men, according…

Excess calcium may play a role in development of Parkinson’s

Excessive levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of…

No, one in three children aren’t obese – this headline-grabbing figure is a statistical invention

There is a heartwarming video on Youtube of Jamie Oliver showing a group of children how chicken nuggets are made…

Pioneering neuroscience identifies molecular pattern of psychiatric disorders

Most medical disorders have well-defined physical characteristics seen in tissues, organs and bodily fluids. Psychiatric disorders, in contrast, are define…

This new device tests the strength of cells – and it could speed up drug trials

Engineers, doctors and scientists at UCLA and Rutgers University have developed a tool that measures the physical strength of individual…

Pets improve your mental health, new study suggests

It is estimated that there are 10 million cats and 11.5 million dogs kept as pets in the UK –…

New drug ‘reverses damage caused by alcoholism’

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology have identified a drug that could potentially help our brains reverse the damage…

Blood test can reveal cardiovascular disease risk

A new blood test developed by researchers at the University of Sheffield could provide a clue as to why some…

Acne linked with increased risk of depression

Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada have found that patients with acne have a significantly increased risk of…

What’s so special about The Mayr?

The importance of good gut health is paramount in expert guidance on living well, and living long. For a fast-track…

Red wine antioxidants used in novel heart procedure

Antioxidant compounds found in red wine are advancing the treatment of heart disease. Researchers from Louisiana State University are developing…

‘Guardian molecule’ that protects men from MS identified

Men are significantly less likely to get multiple sclerosis than women, because they are protected by high levels of testosterone.…

Smaller portions, higher prices, fewer choices; public health puritans are ruining everything

January is a bleak month for many of us. I shall be glad to see the back of it, but…

These products are safer than cigarettes – why don’t the regulators want to know?

‘Evidence-based policy’ is the mantra of the public health lobby, but two events last week revealed how empty this slogan…

Study review finds that aerobic exercise reduces Alzheimer’s symptoms

A review of 19 studies that examined the effect of exercise on cognitive function has concluded that it does lessen…

Ignore this junk science – moderate drinking doesn’t cause liver disease

Sometimes the junk science that comes out of the ‘public health’ lobby is so bad you just have to laugh.…

Curcumin ‘improves mood and memory’

Daily consumption of curcumin improves the memory and mood of people with mild, age-related memory loss, according to a new…

Anaemia discovery offers hope of new fatigue treatments

Iron-restricted anemias – which are characterised by a lack of red blood cells – leave millions of people weak, tired…