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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…

Ignore the headlines: Czechs aren’t the ‘unhealthiest people in the world’

When the Nanny State Index (which I edit) was published a few months ago, the Czech Republic came at the bottom the…

Old people should eat steak well-done, researchers say

A new study suggests that people over the age of 65 should eat beef well done to get the most…

New blood test detects myocardial infarction ‘within 15 minutes’

A new type of blood test can determine if a person has had a heart attack in less than 20…

Diabetes drug could be used to promote weight loss

There is an effective medical alternative to surgery that physicians can offer to patients with obesity, according to new research…

Common asthma drug ‘stops the spread of prostate cancer’

Researchers from the University of York have discovered that a protein in bone marrow acts like a ‘magnetic docking station’…

People who eat nuts gain less weight

People who include nuts in their diet are more likely to reduce weight gain and lower the risk of overweight…

Can sleep deprivation be used to treat depression?

Sleep deprivation – typically administered in controlled, inpatient settings – ‘rapidly’ reduces symptoms of depression in roughly half of patients,…

Cells can be ‘programmed’ to fight disease

Cells can be programmed to fight cancer, influenza and other serious health conditions according to new research by the University…

Sore muscles after a session at the gym? Drink beetroot juice, researchers say

Beetroot helps muscles recover after intense exercise, according to new research by the University of Northumbria. Red beetroot is a…