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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…

The BMA’s proposed sugar tax: simply another tax on the poor

The fat man of Europe is getting fatter. His teeth are rotting from the sugar in his coke and chocolates. He…

Even though I’m a hospital consultant, I was in despair over my diabetes. Then I tried a new drug…

I have been a type 2 diabetic for at least five years. I turned up for work to anaesthetise patients…

New research on ‘brain heritage’ could pave the way for personalised treatment

According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, the shape of the cerebral cortex – the outermost layer…

Why public health zealots are wasting their time complaining about advertising

The belief that advertising is designed to sell more of a product, as opposed to selling more of a certain…

Does veganism kill children? No, neglectful parenting does

Whether it’s for religious, ethical or health reasons, it’s not easy being vegan. The diet excludes some obvious things like cheese,…

Common anti-depressant ‘makes people less selfish’. Is this a cure for anti-social behaviour?

According to a study published in the journal Current Biology, citalopram (a common anti-depressant widely prescribed in the UK) has…

Women who want to starve their children: the hidden problem of mothers with eating disorders

Some mothers suffering with eating disorders are tempted to starve their children, according to forthcoming research from City University. Katherine Kalinowski,…

Acupuncture: how its supporters move the goalposts

I’ve always been suspicious of acupuncture. I had it once, and although the needles didn’t bother me the garbage being…

Woman dies from measles in America. Take a bow, anti-vaxxers

This article from Slate reports that a woman in Washington State has died from measles – the first death from…

Diabetes: a horrible condition, but look at all this encouraging news

Diabetes and dementia are two of the most frightening challenges facing public health today. In both cases, we don’t know…

What you need to know about ‘alcohol-related deaths’

The latest figures for alcohol-related hospital admissions were published last month and, over at the Alcohol Policy blog, James Morris lamented…