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Back pain? It’s in your genes

Researchers from the US Department of Veterans Affairs have discovered three genetic variants associated with chronic back pain. The study,…

Fish oil drug ‘cuts heart attack and stroke risks by 25 per cent’

An Irish pharmaceutical company has announced that its purified fish oil drug, Vascepa, is linked with a 25 per cent…

The addiction industry is a pyramid selling scam

Treatment and recovery from any chronic mental health issue is best done in your own home, in your own community.…

Intense two minute workout ‘as good as 30 minutes of moderate exercise’

A few minutes of high-intensity interval exercise may be as effective as much longer exercise sessions, according to new research…

Compound found in red wine ‘alleviates knee joint pain’

A compound found in red wine could alleviate pain for osteoarthritis patients, according to a new study by Al-Rafidain University College…

Are you smarter in summer? Brain health changes with the seasons

As the hottest summer on record comes to an end, many of us will have felt the benefits of the…

Dumbing down doctors’ letters is not putting patients first

As a doctor who places great emphasis on warm and open relationships with patients, I felt self-conscious and uncomfortable this…

Technology has made us lonely and unfit – but there’s an app for that

As a nation, the UK is suffering from a health and wellness crisis. A majority of adults – 66 per…

One in four people prescribed Valium will become addicted, new study claims

One in four people given a prescription for benzodiazepine sedatives will become addicted to the drugs, according to new research…

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…