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Artificial sweeteners increase diabetes risk in just two weeks

Artificial sweeteners can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research by the University of Adelaide…

Why a high-fibre diet doesn’t always lead to weight loss

Research into the human gut microbiota is increasingly playing a role in personalising nutrition. A new study published in the International…

We shouldn’t teach children about mental health

Is it necessary for children as young as eight to understand mental health? I’m not convinced, having worked with children…

Late meal times linked with increased body fat

Eating soon before sleep is associated with higher per cent body fat, according to new research published in The American Journal…

Nutrient found in olive oil ‘linked with general intelligence’

Monounsaturated fatty acids – a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados – are linked to general…

Eating meat ‘significantly increases’ type 2 diabetes risk

Higher intake of red meat and poultry is associated with a significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, according to new…

It’s the economy, stupid – why minimum pricing won’t work

There was a reminder last week that politics produces strange bed-fellows when the Institute of Alcohol Studies (formerly known as the…

Alcoholism is ‘more damaging to male brains’

Men are more susceptible to the negative long-term effects of alcohol, according to new study by the University of Eastern…

Plant extract that ‘suppresses appetite’ discovered

An extract from salacia, a plant native to India and Sri Lanka, has demonstrated appetite reduction, satiety and blood sugar…

Is your low-fat diet killing you?

For over 40 years now we have been urged, by various bodies including the American Heart association, British Heart Foundation…

Dark chocolate strengthens the heart

Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile, according to a new…

Four coffees a day slashes early death risk

Higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to a new study by Spanish researchers. The…

Less REM sleep linked with dementia

People who get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to new research…

So-called ‘good cholesterol’ increases risk of early death

People with high levels of ‘good cholesterol’ have a higher mortality rate than people with normal levels, according to new…

Protein discovered that ‘turns off’ desire for alcohol

Researchers from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre have discovered a protective response in the liver that could be targeted…

Prostate cancer blood biomarker discovered

Metabolite patterns in the blood are indicative of prostate cancer risk, according to new research published in the journal BioMed…

Women stressed in early adulthood ‘significantly more likely’ to have a miscarriage

A history of stress can increase the risk of miscarriage by up to 42 per cent, according to a new…

Eye scan reveals Alzheimer’s years before symptoms appear

For decades, the only way to officially diagnose Alzheimer’s disease was by analysing a patient’s brain during a postmortem. More…