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NEWS Red wine could be the key to the French paradox

May 16th 2016 /

Red wine could be the secret of the ‘French paradox’. Although the typical French diet can be high in fats and sugars, the country has a lower rate of heart disease—and it could be because the wine’s resveratrol counters the bad effects of sugar.

NEWS Omega-3 helps improve behaviour of aggressive children

May 16th 2016

Children who are aggressive and anti-social can be helped by taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements. The supplements improve their behaviour after just three months.

NEWS Painkillers stop us empathising with the pain of others

May 11th 2016

Popular painkillers like paracetamol and Tylenol don’t just reduce our pain—they also stop us empathising with others who are in pain.

NEWS Eating fish every week reduces dementia risk as we get older

May 11th 2016

The great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot was right: eating fish is good for the leetle grey cells. And that becomes even more important as we get older. Eating at least one plate of seafood every week can ward off dementia and a decline in cognitive abilities, such as memory and problem-solving.

NEWS The right—and wrong—way of taking a splinter out

May 11th 2016

We’ve all had a nasty splinter when we touch a piece of rough wood—but there’s a right way and a wrong way to get it out.

NEWS Medical error third major cause of death after heart disease and cancer

May 9th 2016

Medical error is the third major cause of death after heart disease and cancer, a new study has discovered. Up to 400,000 people are dying in US hospitals every year as the result of a procedure that went wrong because of some mistake.

NEWS Mental problems could be linked to gut infections

May 9th 2016

Mental problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder could be linked to a yeast infection in the gut. Sufferers also tend to have a history of Candida albicans infection, new research has found.

NEWS Long-term vegetarians live the longest, says study

May 9th 2016 /

Who’s going to live the longest? Those with the best chance of a long life are vegetarians who have followed the diet for 17 years, while people who eat red and processed meat every day could have the shortest life-span, new analysis suggests.

NEWS Intense 20-second work-outs have same health benefits as long sessions

May 4th 2016 /

Think exercise and an image of slogging it out in a sweaty gym for ages perhaps comes to mind. Well, think again: scientists reckon that quick bursts of high-intensity exercise could have just as much benefit.

NEWS Major mumps outbreak among the vaccinated

May 4th 2016

Harvard University has reported an outbreak of mumps—among students who have already been vaccinated. There have been 40 confirmed cases, according to recent reports.

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