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From China to the APA, ‘medicalisation’ is used to dismiss political opponents

In the Fall of 1913, Lenin wrote a couple of letters to Maxim Gorky in which, deeply disturbed by Gorky’s support of the humanist…

Researchers discover origins of brain differences between males and females

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered a mechanism for how androgens – male sex steroids…

Sleeping in on the weekend won’t repay your sleep debt

Sleeping in on the weekend can’t repair the damage from a week of sleepless nights, according to University of Colorado…

Protein restores brain cells damaged by Parkinson’s

It may be possible to restore the cells damaged in Parkinson’s, according to a new study published in Brain and the Journal of Parkinson’s…

Study links diabetes and back pain

People with diabetes have a 35 per cent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and 24 per cent higher…

Eating blueberries can help lower blood pressure

Eating 200g of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel function and a…

Interval training best for weight loss, study review concludes

Interval training may shed more pounds than a continuous moderate intensity workout, according to a new pooled analysis of the…

‘I told you I was ill’ – the importance of patient communication

When analyzing reviews of hospitals on Yelp, researchers from Penn Medicine found that the word most associated with negative reviews,…

New blood test ‘objectively measures pain’

A test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers can objectively measure levels of pain, according to a report…

Measles infections reach a ten year high

A record number of people have been affected by the measles virus in 2018, according to a new report by…

Confused by the headlines on alcohol consumption? You should be

Two front page headlines based on figures from the Office for National Statistics caused confusion this week. The Daily Mail,…

New biosensor could provide early lung cancer diagnosis, research shows

Graphene – a strong material made from layers of single carbon atoms – could hold the key to unlocking the…

Statins reduce risk of major cardiovascular events ‘regardless of age’

Statin therapy reduces major vascular events, and a new meta-analysis shows this is the case even in patients over 75…

Is it better to lose weight quickly or gradually?

It makes no difference to overall health whether you lose weight slowly or quickly, according to new research by York…

Eat healthily, or else! – the plan to change your diet by force, explained

The increasingly loony Lancet is on a roll this month. After causing global mirth two weeks ago by publishing the…

Sleep deprivation accelerates brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that sleep deprivation increases levels of the key…

Zinc deficiency ‘plays a role in high blood pressure’

Lower-than-normal zinc levels may contribute to hypertension by altering the way the kidneys handle sodium, according to a new study published in…

Simply climbing stairs can boost cardiovascular health, new study claims

A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health, according to new research…