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Intense exercise lasting just eight minutes can improve teenagers’ health

Teenagers who exercise three times a week for between eight and ten minutes reduce their risk of developing heart conditions,…

Diabetes drug taken by millions has unexpected benefit: making children taller

A common diabetes drug taken by millions of people seems to have an unexpected side effect: it makes children slightly…

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,…