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Losing a single night’s sleep ‘increases diabetes risk’

Losing a single night’s sleep affects the liver’s ability to produce glucose and process insulin, increasing the risk of fatty…

Eating enough whole grains can reduce diabetes risk by a third

Whole grain consumption can prevent type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology…

High-fat diet linked to episodic memory loss and Alzheimer’s risk

A diet high in fat can have negative effects on memory after just one day, according to new research by…

Energy drinks – the government bans first and asks questions later

His restaurant empire may be falling apart but Jamie Oliver can console himself that he’s still running the country. At…

Take a holiday – it could make you live longer

Taking regular holidays from work could prolong life, according to a 40-year study published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health…

Getting less than five hours sleep a night ‘doubles heart attack risk’

Middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event…

The temperance movement’s latest study proves only one thing – it is economically illiterate

It seems to be Economic Illiteracy Week in the temperance movement. On Monday, it was ‘revealed’ that places which have…

Moderate drinking lowers heart disease risk – if it’s consistent

Unstable drinking patterns over time may be associated with a higher risk of heart disease, whereas consistent moderate drinking within…

Moderate carbohydrate intake is best for health, new study suggests

Eating carbohydrates in moderation seems to be optimal for health and longevity, according to a new report published in The…

George Monbiot blames the government for rising obesity levels – there’s a simpler explanation

George Monbiot has written a curate’s egg of an article for the Guardian on the subject of obesity. Struck by…

New combination pill ‘significantly lowers blood pressure’

A new three-in-one pill to treat hypertension is significantly more effective than currently available treatments, ac.cording to a new report…

Blood test can predict kidney cancer ‘five years before diagnosis’

A biomarker of kidney disease may help predict clear cell kidney cancer – the most common form of kidney cancer…

Heart rate – how fast is too fast?

Researchers in Japan have found a marker to identify which people with abnormally fast heartbeats are at high risk of…

Compound in giant radish prevents heart disease

Compounds found in the Sakurajima Daikon, or ‘monster radish’ could help protect coronary blood vessels and potentially prevent heart disease…

Cherries improve gut health

Montmorency tart cherries can improve gut health, according to new research published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. An international team…

Data is health-tech’s greatest asset – we need to use it responsibly

Few would argue with DNA-testing company 23andMe’s mission to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. It is a…

Excess belly fat in older adults ‘linked with cognitive impairment’

The amount of belly fat a person has (the waist to hip ratio) is associated with reduced cognitive function in…

Mental health awareness may do more harm than good

In recent years there has been a huge obsession with children’s mental health. Frequently the public is told that youngsters…