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Struggling to lose weight? Some brains aren’t wired for self control

High-level brain functions play a major role in weight loss, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism.…

Engineered enzyme ‘eliminates nicotine addiction’

Scientists have engineered an enzyme that breaks down nicotine in the bloodstream before it can reach the brain, according to…

Almost half of CBT patients experience negative side effects

Over 40 per cent of patients who undergo CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) experience negative side effects, according to a new…

Public health officials are on a moral crusade

The Netherlands comes a respectable 24th out of 28th in the Nanny State Index (the fewer points, the freer the…

Newly discovered gene mutation could be used to treat diabetes and heart disease

Researchers at at Harvard Medical School in the US have discovered a gene mutation that slows the metabolism of sugar…

Five ways to beat sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea is not only a serious disorder which stops your breathing every few seconds during sleep, it is also…

Taking aspirin lowers risk of ovarian cancer, new study claims

Low-dose daily aspirin lowers a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to new research published in the journal JAMA…

Stress does reduce fertility – but only in women, new study suggests

Higher levels of stress are associated with lower odds of conception for women, but not for men, according to new…

Yo-yo dieting ‘increases risk of heart attack and stroke’

Fluctuations in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels may be associated with a higher risk of heart attack…

Back pain? It’s in your genes

Researchers from the US Department of Veterans Affairs have discovered three genetic variants associated with chronic back pain. The study,…

Fish oil drug ‘cuts heart attack and stroke risks by 25 per cent’

An Irish pharmaceutical company has announced that its purified fish oil drug, Vascepa, is linked with a 25 per cent…

The addiction industry is a pyramid selling scam

Treatment and recovery from any chronic mental health issue is best done in your own home, in your own community.…

Intense two minute workout ‘as good as 30 minutes of moderate exercise’

A few minutes of high-intensity interval exercise may be as effective as much longer exercise sessions, according to new research…

Compound found in red wine ‘alleviates knee joint pain’

A compound found in red wine could alleviate pain for osteoarthritis patients, according to a new study by Al-Rafidain University College…

Are you smarter in summer? Brain health changes with the seasons

As the hottest summer on record comes to an end, many of us will have felt the benefits of the…

Dumbing down doctors’ letters is not putting patients first

As a doctor who places great emphasis on warm and open relationships with patients, I felt self-conscious and uncomfortable this…

Technology has made us lonely and unfit – but there’s an app for that

As a nation, the UK is suffering from a health and wellness crisis. A majority of adults – 66 per…

One in four people prescribed Valium will become addicted, new study claims

One in four people given a prescription for benzodiazepine sedatives will become addicted to the drugs, according to new research…