How changes in our diet can help mitigate climate change

140 countries, 140 diets, 140 different ways each of them contributes to climate change. A new US-study looked at what dietary changes need to happen across the globe to mitigate the effects of climate...

The More Active Your Brain, the Shorter Your Lifespan May Be, a New Study...

By Jamie Ducharme - Time There are many factors that influence how long somebody lives. Some, like their genes, are out of their control. Others, like their lifestyle and environment, are a bit easier...

Fake meat taste test: ‘They had to keep running away from the pan to...

Supermarket vegan patties and minces fall short on flavour, according to consumer advocacy group Choice Alyx Gorman – The  Guardian Plant-based alternative meat patties. Consumer advocacy group Choice found a range of vegan options lacked flavour...

Cardiovascular diseases date back much earlier than thought: study

DAILY SABAH Cardiovascular diseases were likely more common in ancient times and date back much earlier than currently thought, a recent U.S. study on 4,000-year-old mummies has revealed. A group of scientists led by Mohammad Madjid,...

Learning motor skills requires the ‘feeling’ part of the brain

by Public Library of Science University shows that somatosensory cortex is involved in retaining new motor skills. Published in the open-access journal PLOS Biology on October 15 the authors report that retention of motor memories is disrupted when...

Scientists shed light on how brains turn pain up or down

Pain perception is essential for survival, but how much something hurts can sometimes be amplified or suppressed: for example, soldiers who sustain an injury in battle often recall not feeling anything at the time. A...

Do Himalayan salt lamps offer health benefits?

Powerful healing aid or simply a pretty decorative lamp? We separate fact from fiction. By Claire Chamberlain If you’ve ever come across a softly glowing pink or red crystal-style lamp, chances are you’ve been looking at a...

Everything you need to know about buck teeth

Should you fix your protruding teeth or leave them to it? By Amy Curtis - Journalist and certified personal trainer Whether they run in your family, are the result of an accident, or the consequence of a lifestyle...

Athlete’s foot treatment and prevention tips

We look at the causes, symptoms and treatment of this common fungal infection. Medically reviewed by Dr Roger Henderson and based on a text by Dr Flemming Andersen and Dr Ulla Søderberg Suffering from itchy, cracked and scaly skin on your...

The keto diet: the key to weight loss or a dangerous fad?

We speak to a dietician about what really happens to your body when you mix low carb with high fat. Medically reviewed by Dr Roger Henderson and words by Naomi Mead - BSc (Hons) DipION FdSc The ketogenic diet...

Air pollution linked to risk of ‘silent’ miscarriage: study

China's extraordinarily high level of air pollution has been linked to premature deaths, respiratory illnesses and even reduced happiness. Now, a new study shows how "silent" miscarriages could be another consequence. A typical adult takes...

For low-risk thyroid cancer patients, less may be more for post-surgery surveillance

by University of Michigan Some are "minimizers," preferring to see a doctor as little as possible and to give health issues a chance to resolve on their own. Others are "maximizers" who want to treat a...

New brain research could change how concussions are treated

by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including concussions, can be caused by anything from sports injuries to battlefield trauma. And they can have fatal or lasting effects. The results of a severe concussion—problems...

The tell-tale signs you could be calcium deficient

Forget white marks on your nails (that's an urban myth). These tell-tale signs could mean you need to up your calcium intake. We all know calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth, but did...

Acid reflux: symptoms, causes and foods to avoid

Suffering from acid reflux? It's not just what you eat, but how you eat it. Medically reviewed by Dr Roger Henderson and words by Naomi Mead - BSc (Hons) DipION Do you often experience a burning sensation in your...

Burns: how to treat first, second and third degree burns

We look at the difference between between burns and when to seek medical assistance. We all burn ourselves from time to time, whether it's from a cooking accident, sunburn or running the bath too hot. Sometimes, though,...

Who says you can’t eat red meat? Food advice questioned anew

The dispute lays bare problems with nutrition research long acknowledged in the scientific world: Nutrition studies are almost never conclusive, and whatever supposed risk and benefits there are to any food are often oversimplified. ...

When studying immune cells, environment matters

by Van Andel Research Institute For years, scientists have used cells grown in petri dishes to study the metabolic processes that fuel the immune system. But a new report in Immunity suggests looking outside the dish and into...

Researcher uses sweat monitors to predict behavioral issues in adolescents severely affected with autism

by Brian Consiglio, University of Missouri When people become stressed, their bodies can respond by sweating. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri are monitoring how much adolescents severely affected by autism sweat in order to...

Itchy inner ears? Sounds like you might have eczema

What to do if you've been experiencing itchy, flakey skin inside your ears. Medically reviewed by Dr Roger Henderson and words by Stuart Gale Stressed out by incessantly itchy inner ears? If ear canal itching and flakiness is driving...