inflammation

Dark chocolate ‘reduces stress and inflammation’

Consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao (a minimum of 70 per cent) has positive effects on stress…

New scanning method detects heart problems before symptoms appear

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new imaging method to provide an early warning of coronary artery…

depression

Depression, a disease of the mind? Actually our immune system could be the culprit

When the journalist Bryony Gordon wrote about her struggle with depression she was taken aback by her readers’ reaction. In…

Evidence suggests running might (possibly) be good for your knees

Running could, contrary to popular belief, be good for the knees. A new study at Brigham Young University in Utah…

Fewer illnesses, less stress: how cold water swimming can change your life

I have always swum regularly but, one summer when the pool was closed for a couple of weeks, a friend…

Women taking aspirin may be more likely to give birth to a boy

Women who take aspirin before sex could increase the likelihood of conceiving a boy, a study has suggested. The report,…

How your personal trainer can turn you into a physical wreck

Summer is finally here and some of you may be thinking: now is the time to get properly fit. You…

A revolutionary moment for treating depression may be round the corner

Researchers have developed a blood test which can help doctors choose the best drug to treat patients with depression, according…

What you eat and drink can protect your skin from the sun

As a teenager in the late 1970s, a tan was the mark of a good holiday and the sun’s only…

‘Vegetarian gene’ raises the risk of cancer and heart disease

Populations that have eaten a vegetarian diet over several generations have an increased risk of heart disease and cancer, according…

Don’t give up on fish oil just yet. New studies show great promise

In the 1970s Danish researchers Hans Bang and Jørn Dyerberg found that the Inuit, whose diet consisted mainly of the…

Statins can mess with your muscles. Now researchers think they might know why

A discovery has been made that could shed light on why it is that statins cause problems in some patients.…

Socialising is good for us: a large circle of friends protects against poor health

A healthy social life is as important for longevity as diet and exercise, according to a study from the University…