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Lack of British sunshine means we are now advised to take a vitamin D pill every day

New draft guidelines by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition suggest that everyone in the UK should take vitamin D…

Study finds key factor behind kidney disease

According to research published in the journal Nature Communications, patients with higher levels of a certain protein are at greater…

Why do we age? Scientists uncover a small part of the mystery

Why do we age? Scientists at Berlin’s Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology have made a discovery which could help answer…

E-cigarettes vary greatly in the amount of nicotine they produce, says study

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the developed world. According to Ash (Action on Smoking and…

Antibiotic resistance could ‘finish’ modern medicine – so don’t push the GP for those pills

Research published by the Wellcome Trust has found that most people, if they have heard of antibiotic resistance at all,…

Prostate cancer isn’t one disease, it’s five

After suicide and heart disease, prostate cancer is one of the most common causes of death for men in Britain.…

Why the bacteria in your intestines could be making you depressed

The bacteria in your intestines could be inducing anxiety and depression, according to new research carried out by scientists at…

Researchers establish that more intelligent people do live longer

The link between intelligence and lifespan is genetic, according to new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers…

The myth of the ‘middle class drink epidemic’

With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that…

Research brings promise of universal flu vaccine, protecting against strains that don’t yet exist

According to new research published in mBio, the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology, scientists may be able…

Doctors have not quite ‘cured blindness’, but the truth is still pretty remarkable

‘Doctors discover cure for blindness,’ announced the Daily Express. The headline prompted considerable scoffing – but the truth is no…

New era for Alzheimer’s research? ‘Breakthrough’ drug could be just the start, expert suggests

There is great excitement about trial results released today for a drug treating Alzheimer’s. The drug, Solanezumab, produced by Eli…

Bilingual is better – researchers find bilingual children have more grey matter

A study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex suggests that bilingual people have more grey matter in the ‘executive control’…

Thanks to worms, doctors may soon be able to predict how severe a genetic disease will be

Research published in the biomedical journal Cell has revealed that DNA can be used to predict the severity of genetic…

Suffering from tinnitus? A trial offers hope of a breakthrough

According to findings published today in the head and neck surgery journal JAMA Otolaryngology, a clinical trial in the US…

News for the anti-sitting gurus: standing up all day is not good for you either

A new study published in the journal Human Factors suggests that prolonged periods of standing are bad for our health.…

Medical researchers lobby for the right to share your data

Over 60 organisations are calling for the European Parliament to relax its data protection laws and allow medical researchers to…

Warning: Your ‘herbal’ medicines may not contain herbs

An investigation carried out by University College London and the BBC has found that herbal food supplements are often misleadingly…