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Belief in your own willpower is likely to make you happier

A study published in the Journal of Personality has found that people who have more faith in their own willpower…

Aspirin ‘doubled the survival rate of cancer patients’

Aspirin is already known to raise survival rates for bowel cancer. Now a study carried out by researchers at Leiden…

Women who drink beer in moderation ‘reduce their risk of a heart attack’

Women who drink moderate amounts of beer lower their risk of a heart attack by 30 per cent, according to…

Trans fats are now said to be ‘safe at low levels’

According to a study carried out by researchers at Heidelberg University, low levels of trans fats (or trans fatty acids)…

Embrace your nervous habits: fidgeting can cancel out the bad effects of sitting all day

As Time magazine would have it, sitting is the new smoking. Health gurus say our chairs are killing us. Prolonged…

Young Europeans ‘may lead shorter lives than their grandparents’

The World Health Organisation has warned that the current generation of young people in Europe may live shorter lives than…

Game-changer for diabetes: insulin ‘dimmer switch’ discovered

Research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation has identified a ‘dimmer switch’ that controls the amount of insulin produced…

There are plenty of ways to fight dementia. Here are 10 of them

NHS Choices asks: ‘Is there a cure for dementia?’ What it should say underneath, in enormous capital letters, is ‘NO,…

Most ignore bowel cancer screening that could cut deaths by nearly half

According to a report published in the Journal of Medical Screening, more than half of people invited to take bowel…

Alzheimer’s disease is not one illness but has three distinct types

Alzheimer’s disease consists of three distinct subtypes, according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of California…

‘Our chairs are slowly killing us’: sitting down too much raises the risk of liver disease

Prolonged periods of sitting increases the prevalence of NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), according to research published in the Journal…

Why playing outside is good for children’s eyesight

According to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Guangzhou, children who spend more time outdoors are…

People in Britain are living longer. What’s the secret?

People in Britain are living five years longer on average than they were in 1990, according to Public Health England.…

Time to buy a smaller plate? Over-eating blamed on larger portion sizes

Researchers at Cambridge University say that people who eat too much do so because portion sizes are often too large.…

The Mediterranean diet: a miracle cure or PR triumph?

Food fads come and go, and nutritionists will always argue about the perfect diet, as if such a thing exists.…

A daily portion of fish is likely to lower your risk of depression

According to researchers from China’s Qingdao University, eating a daily portion of fish could prevent depression. The researchers pooled data…

Gene sequence linked to longer life and a reduced risk of cancer

According to a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, a DNA sequence variation allows certain individuals to live long…

Cancer ‘sponge’ can spot and absorb tumour cells as they start to spread

According to research published in the journal Nature Communications, US researchers have developed a ‘sponge-like’ implant that can trap cancer…