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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…

Every NHS service now has an online score — but you are better off ignoring it

How does your GP surgery compare? In this age of information, any patient can readily go the nhs.uk website to…

Australia’s shark-punching outlaw spirit is losing its battle with the nanny state

Last September, a 20-year-old man was retrieving a goose he had shot in Australia’s Northern Territory when a crocodile dragged…

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,…