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Playing tennis ‘improves mood, mental health and fitness’

A new survey by the Local Tennis Leagues shows that its members have experienced a range of health benefits since…

Experimental drug ‘stops progression of Parkinson’s’

Researchers from John Hopkins University have developed an experimental drug, similar to compounds used to treat diabetes, that slows the…

New research offers hope of a blood test for Alzheimer’s

Tiny snippets of genetic material called microRNA may help with early detection of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to…

Not just a Hollywood film plot – psychiatric patients are being institutionalised for profit

A recent exposé showed what seems to amount to unethical practice in accepting referral fees by psychiatrists. One stated he…

A blood test could detect NAFLD before liver damage

Chemical compounds produced by the bacteria in our gut could be used to spot the early stages of liver disease,…

Why don’t more young women vape? EU regulations are partly to blame

The government’s current approach to nicotine and tobacco reminds me of the sex education scene in Mean Girls: ‘Don’t have sex.…

The ‘body positivity’ movement is making people blind to their weight problems

The normalisation of ‘plus-size’ body shapes is causing people to underestimate their weight, according to new research by the University…

The food supply is being taxed, regulated and reformulated – on the pretext of a lie

Earlier this week I suggested that the ‘extremely worrying’ news that children are eating twice as much sugar as the…

How moderate drinking protects the heart

The cardioprotective effects of alcohol have been known about for at least 20 years, though the mechanism behind it has…

Moving goalposts – a government-approved lifestyle is always out of reach

Something dramatic happened twenty years ago that has been all but forgotten. On June 17th 1998, 25 million Americans suddenly…

Eating lentils ‘lowers type 2 diabetes risk’

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to…

Can religious belief make you live longer?

Those with religious affiliations live an average of almost four years longer than those with none, according to new research…

Dementia ‘can be caused by hypertension’

People with high blood pressure are at a higher risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in…

The BBC is promoting carbohydrate hysteria

One of Twitter’s odder subcultures warns you of its obsessive presence with the hashtag #LCHF. It stands for ‘low carb,…

Children of older mothers ‘more likely to have heart complications’

Adult offspring of older mothers are more susceptible to heart risks in later life, according to new research published in…

The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children

We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added…

Aspirin found to stave off bowel cancer

Aspirin blocks a key process linked to the formation of tumours and several diseases, according to new research by the…

New tumour model is ‘major step towards individualised cancer therapy’

Researchers from Kyoto University have developed a new tumour model that will allow them to more effectively analyse individual human…