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‘Significant advance’ made in heart attack repair procedure

Researchers from the University of Alabama have made a significant advancement in repairing damaged heart cells after a heart attack,…

Sugar ‘awakens’ cancer cells

Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth.…

Psilocybin ‘reboots’ the brain and reduces symptoms of depression

Patients taking psilocybin to treat depression show reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a ‘reset’ of their brain activity, according…

Psoriasis treatment target is safe, new study shows

A protein known to play a significant role in the development of psoriasis can be blocked with no risk to…

Chicago repeals unpopular sugar tax. Is it doomed to fail in Britain, too?

When nanny state campaigners talk about sugar taxes, they love to mention Berkeley, California. In 2014, the people of Berkeley…

Stable marriages linked with healthy hearts

There is an association between marital status and health, according to a new study by researchers from the Unversities of…

Is fructose as bad for you as alcohol?

Mice on a diet high in fructose suffered much worse metabolic effects than those given similar calories of glucose (the…

E-cigarettes work: I’d prescribe them if I could

As part of a debate I was involved with at the Conservative conference this week on public health policy and…

Black tea promotes weight loss

Black tea may promote weight loss and other health benefits by changing bacteria in the gut, according to new research…

Is the government finally starting to see sense on e-cigarettes?

This month is ‘Stoptober’, the annual government-backed campaign to persuade smokers to give up tobacco for good. This year, for…