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  • Adventures in menstruation

    Adventures in menstruation

    Shutterstock   Fifty years ago “period” was a dirty word, and menstruation a shameful event that was not for public discussion. The recent debate about period poverty and the ever-controversial subject of the tampon tax have reignited public...

  • Exercise can make you stay young for longer

    Exercise can make you stay young for longer

    The tradition of sending a telegram to every British citizen on their 100th birthday was started just over 100 years ago by George V, who sent out just nine letters. Last year, the Queen had to sign over 16,000 birthday letters. The UK has an...

  • Eating less meat? Meatless butchers, mushroom burgers can help

    Eating less meat? Meatless butchers,  mushroom burgers can help

    From juicy chicken chunks and sausage rolls to bacon and tuna, Dutch butcher Jaap Korteweg offers it all. But there's a twist: None of the goods on display at his shop in The Hague are made from meat. Korteweg, a ninth generation farmer, became a...

  • Vitamin D linked to lower risk of cancer: study

    Vitamin D linked to lower risk of cancer: study

    Higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood may be linked to a lower risk of developing certain cancers, a study in Japanese adults reported Thursday. "These findings support the hypothesis that Vitamin D has protective effects against cancers at many...

  • Cycling can hold back effects of ageing, rejuvenate immune system, scientists say

    Cycling can hold back effects of ageing, rejuvenate immune system, scientists say

    Cycling can hold back the effects of ageing and rejuvenate the immune system, a study has found. Scientists carried out tests on 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 and compared them with healthy adults from a wide age group who did not exercise...

  • Women happier to donate kidney to partner than men: study

    Women happier to donate kidney to partner than men: study

    Women are statistically far more likely to donate a kidney to a partner than receive one, according to a study released Thursday to coincide with World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day. Based on European data assessed, 36% of women donate...

  • The 'Mandela Effect' and how your mind is playing tricks on you

    The 'Mandela Effect' and how your mind is playing tricks on you

    Have you ever been convinced that something is a particular way only to discover you’ve remembered it all wrong? If so, it sounds like you’ve experienced the phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect. This form of collective misremembering of common...

  • Touchscreens aren't impacting children's handwriting – in fact, it could be quite the opposite

    Touchscreens aren't impacting children's handwriting – in fact, it could be quite the opposite

    Shutterstock   Parents the world over are concerned that touchscreen and tablet technology is negatively impacting children’s handwriting. But while some say that technology overuse will impact developing dexterity and handwriting skills, the...

  • Vaccines save lives

    Vaccines save lives

    Vaccination is one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern medicine. It is a very effective weapon to target vaccine-pre­ventable diseases. Such is the impact of vaccination that no other medical intervention has ever done more to save lives and...

  • South Africa traces deadly listeria to sausage meat, issues recall

    South Africa traces deadly listeria to sausage meat, issues recall

    South Africans were told not to consume "ready to eat" processed meat on Sunday as the government linked a listeria outbreak which has killed 180 people to a sausage meat made by the country's biggest consumer foods group. The meat, known as...

  • More evidence weight loss surgery can improve diabetes symptoms

    More evidence weight loss surgery can improve diabetes symptoms

    Obese people who get bariatric surgery are less likely to require medication to control diabetes symptoms afterward, compared to those who don’t get operations to lose weight, a French study suggests. Researchers examined data on 15,650 obese...

  • Ancestors were plagued by toothache - millions of years before fizzy drinks

    Ancestors were plagued by toothache - millions of years before fizzy drinks

    Dental erosion is one of the most common tooth problems in the world today. Fizzy drinks, fruit juice, wine, and other acidic food and drink are usually to blame, although perhaps surprisingly the way we clean our teeth also plays a role. This all...

  • Nice hot bath? No problem for pregnant women, after all

    Nice hot bath? No problem for pregnant women, after all

    Pregnant women can exercise in warm weather and use saunas or hot baths without risking the health of their unborn child, according to a study which contradicts current advice that women should avoid getting too hot. The University of Exeter was...

  • Europe pledges to help get Alzheimer's drugs approved

    Europe pledges to help get Alzheimer's drugs approved

    European regulators are following in the footsteps of the US Food and Drug Administration with plans to help pharmaceutical companies win approval for novel Alzheimer's drugs that treat the earliest stages of the memory-robbing disease. The...

  • Link between diet and demention cannot be proved

    Link between diet and demention cannot be proved

    There is insufficient evidence to support a relationship between diet and the prevention of dementia, health officials have said. The comments from Public Health England (PHE) come after scientific advisers reviewed the evidence on nutrition and...

  • Making informed choices

    Making informed choices

    Including nutritional information on restaurant and café menus may help to tackle the growing problem of obesity, a study suggests. A new Cochrane Review of evidence found that nutritional labelling on menus may reduce a person’s calorie...

  • Being kind really does make you feel good

    Being kind really does make you feel good

    Everybody can appreciate acts of kindness. But when it comes to explaining why we do them, people often take one of two extreme positions. Some think kindness is something completely selfless that we do out of love and care, while others believe...

  • Can coffee improve your workout?

    Can coffee improve your workout?

    Caffeine is one of the most researched substances reported to help athletes perform better and train longer and harder. As a result, professional and amateur sportspeople often take it as a performance-enhancing “ergogenic” aids for a wide range...

  • Wine tied to healthier arteries for some diabetics

    Wine tied to healthier arteries for some diabetics

    Some diabetics with plaque buildup in their arteries might have less debris in these blood vessels after adding wine to their diets, a recent study suggests. For the study, researchers examined data on 224 people with Type 2 diabetes who normally...

  • Study reveals genetic clue to causes of depression

    Study reveals genetic clue to causes of depression

    Fresh insights into changes in the brain linked to depression could pave the way for new treatments, according to re­search by scientists. Their study also sheds light on why a particular category of antidepressant drugs stops working in some...