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Bleach is being sold as a cure for autism. Yes, you read that right

Bleach. Some use it to clean their clothes, others to lighten their hair. But even if having a Marilyn Monroe…

Test to find your ‘real age’ could be used to predict Alzheimer’s

According to research published in the journal Genome Biology, scientists at King’s College have detected a ‘gene signature’ which could…

A vitamin C pill may be just as helpful for your arteries as going for a walk

Taking vitamin C supplements can have some of the same cardiovascular benefits as exercise, according to research carried out by…

Cold water bathing — a Victorian craze that really is good for your health

Flinging someone into a freezing pool might not sound like the best cure for a panic attack. Yet recent research…

Aspirin ‘could help immune system fight cancer’

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have made a discovery that they say could boost the power of immunotherapy treatments,…

Fizzy drinks linked to heart attacks? Don’t believe the headlines

A study by Japanese researchers, which claims that fizzy drinks are ‘associated’ with heart attacks, has generated the headlines it…

People over the age of 50 ‘becoming smarter, but also less fit’

Older people are becoming more intelligent, but also less fit, according to a study carried out in Germany by the…

Can’t bear sleeping less than seven hours? A study says your instincts are right

Insufficient sleep is a ‘public health epidemic’, according to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The organisation links…

Why do only half of people who’ve survived a heart attack follow their doctor’s advice?

The graphic below contains a surprising statistic. In a survey commissioned by AstraZeneca only half of people who had survived…

On e-cigarette safety The Lancet has decided to shoot the messenger

So the pushback begins. An anonymous editorial in The Lancet today wields the hatchet at the recent Public Health England…

Should you take aspirin to keep cancer away? For a small few the answer is yes

For several years it has been thought that aspirin might be a powerful way of reducing our risk of cancer,…

Moderate drinking does increase breast cancer risk — but the headlines have skewed the story

Having just one drink a day significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, a major study has found. The study,…

Well done Public Health England for seeing through the hysteria on e-cigarettes

If you want evidence of the mess we have got ourselves into with regard to e-cigarettes you only have to…

Dementia patients are getting younger — and researchers think pollution is to blame

Early-onset dementia is becoming increasingly common, according to a study by researchers at Bournemouth University. People in their late 40s…

Spicy food ‘might help us to live longer’

There is new evidence which suggests that eating spicy food is linked with longevity. Spice’s active ingredient, capsaicin, has anti-obesity,…

Cancer survival in England is ‘lagging behind’ in the west

According to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer, England has one of the lowest cancer survival rates…

Gene mutation ‘can make us 10 times more vulnerable to severe addiction’

A study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry reveals that a gene mutation could make us 10 times more vulnerable…

Breast cancer may be spotted years earlier thanks to discovery of biomarker

Researchers from Imperial College London have found a breast cancer biomarker in blood. This opens up the possibility of a…