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Can having your DNA tested lead you to live a healthier life?

From a blood test to a stool analysis, measuring biochemical markers is a time-honoured way to assess health and enable…

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Cheap drug found to save lives of mothers after childbirth

A cheap and widely available drug could reduce deaths from severe blood loss after childbirth by as much as 31…

The rise of the cannabis cult: don’t believe the hype about medical marijuana

There are few substances that excite discussion quite as potently as cannabis. Explosive claims about its curative power circulate wildly…

Sound science backs fasting. Calorie counting can’t compete

Fasting is no longer merely the domain of religion — more and more people are fasting for the sake of…

Could HRT be affecting your hearing?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with a higher risk of hearing loss, according to new research published in Menopause,…

Is a beige gloop called Huel the future of food?

Food takes a lot of time: to prepare it, cook it, to wash the dishes afterwards. Ever since we started…

Were all the horror stories about dairy products and heart disease wrong after all?

Consuming full-fat cheese, milk and yoghurt does not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new…

Sorry, but drinking tequila probably won’t help your bones, after all

At Spectator Health we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but tequila probably isn’t good for your bones,…

Prince Philip retires at 96 — what lies behind his remarkable longevity?

There have been many words written about Prince Philip in recent days following his announcement of retirement from public duties…

Retirement might not be the stress-buster you’d been hoping for

Retirement is associated with lower levels of stress, but only in those with high-status jobs, according to a new paper…