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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…