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  • Ibuprofen ‘could hold back ageing’

    Ibuprofen ‘could hold back ageing’

    An over-the-counter painkiller could hold back ageing, research suggests. In laboratory tests, ibuprofen was found to extend the lives of worms and flies by the equivalent of about 12 years in human terms. They not only lived longer, but seemed to...

  • Obesity ‘could be a disability’

    Obesity ‘could be a disability’

    Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday that obese people can be considered as disabled, but stopped short of saying that obesity was a condition that needed specific protection under European anti-discrimination laws. The landmark decision will be...

  • Anti-wrinkle drugs may boost lifespan

    Anti-wrinkle drugs may boost lifespan

    Drugs that smoothe away wrinkles and put a spring in your step could also increase lifespan, research suggests. Scientists have discovered that genes linked to youthful looks and supple limbs also appear to affect longevity. The study focused on...

  • We are all living six years longer

    We are all living six years longer

    Life expectancy has increased since 1990 despite rising death rates for drug use, liver cancer and diseases killing millions of children in poor countries Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990, thanks to falling death...

  • Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution

    Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health...

  • Scientists claim e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking

    Scientists claim e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking

    Evidence suggests e-cigarettes help smokers quit, but more research is needed to confirm this and find out if ‘vaping’ nicotine is better than using patches or gum, scientists said yesterday. In an international review of available evidence,...

  • Overweight? Continue to breathe out

    It will be a huge sigh of relief for anyone who sneaks in that naughty extra mince pie this Christmas – scientists have discovered you can shed the kilos simply by breathing. More than 80 per cent of body fat leaves the body through exhaling,...

  • Is Nintendo a safe Christmas present?

    Is Nintendo a safe Christmas present?

    Nintendo games consoles might be wrapped up under a lot of trees this Christmas but scientists have found that unless you take plenty of breaks from playing, you might just end up in hospital. Nintendo consoles have been linked to dozens of...

  • Baby massage for great bonding

    Baby massage for great bonding

    To get more insight into the art of infant massage, I met infant massage instructor Armelle Azzopardi Debost, who is also a mother of three boys, at a local baby show last year. A couple of months later, I was invited to one of her baby massage...

  • Dire warnings about artificial intelligence: are they justified?

    Dire warnings about artificial intelligence: are they justified?

    We have long been used to the idea that human beings represent the pinnacle on the evolutionary scale, and we have drawn the conclusion, at least unconsciously, that nothing could possibly happen to topple us from this dizzying height. And yet it...

  • Brain mechanism behind glucose greed discovered

    Brain mechanism behind glucose greed discovered

    British scientists have found a brain mechanism they think may drive our desire for glucose-rich food and say the discovery could one day lead to better treatments for obesity. In experiments using rats, researchers at Imperial College London...

  • Food support at Christmas

    Food support at Christmas

    It’s that time of year again, when we tend to overindulge in food and alcohol. The aftermath is usually a new regime at the gym, a stringent diet or a detox. However, the overindulgence will have lasting effects on our bodies, so here are some...

  • The holistic approach to training

    The holistic approach to training

    They say one bad apple spoils the lot. We see this in groups of people all too often, be they at work or play. All it takes is one negative influence in an otherwise perfectly functioning team to erode motivation, enthusiasm and productivity. A...

  • Metal blood test could trace cancer

    Metal blood test could trace cancer

    A metal detecting blood test could one day form part of a screening programme for early signs of breast cancer. Scientists have discovered that breast cancer cells contain high concentrations of zinc consisting of ‘light’ atomic variants, or...

  • Antibody could help fight disease

    Scientists have discovered a new form of antibody which could act as a key treatment to fight cancer by helping boost the patient’s immune system. Researchers at the University of Southampton have found that a particular form of antibody, called...

  • Malaria death rates fall

    Malaria death rates fall

    WHO says world has managed to halve number of people dying from infectious disease but Ebola epidemic threatens progress in West Africa Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000 and cases are falling steadily thanks to more people being...

  • Ebola nurse slams Band Aid single

    Ebola nurse slams Band Aid single

    The British nurse who survived Ebola has described the new Band Aid charity single as “cringeworthy”. William Pooley went back to work at an isolation unit in Sierra Leone in West Africa, despite having been airlifted to London after catching the...

  • Y quit?

    Y quit?

    Male smokers are three times more likely than non-smoking men to lose their Y chromosomes, according to research which may explain why men develop and die from many cancers at disproportionate rates compared to women. In a study in the journal...

  • Test highlights lung cancer risk

    Test highlights lung cancer risk

    A new test could be used to warn smokers if they are likely to develop lung cancer. Scientists have discovered that cells taken from the mouth and nose react differently to infrared light in people vulnerable to the disease. Professor Sam Janes,...

  • Important and strange milk facts

    Important and strange milk facts

    Over the years we have been used to hearing that milk is good for us. A new study has found that it can cause premature death and that it doesn’t even protect against fractures and osteoporosis. I have been writing about this frequently, and,...

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