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People with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids—either from fish or supplements—are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. Strangely, the fish oils don’t prevent a heart attack; they just increase your chances—by 10 per cent—that you won’t die from it.
The key to multiple sclerosis (MS) could lie in the gut. Sufferers have levels of good and bad gut bacteria that are different to those of a healthy person, say researchers, and so may not be processing the goodness from foods properly.
Researchers have located biological markers that demonstrate that ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and chronic fatigue syndrome aren’t ‘in the head’ as doctors often tell sufferers: they’re in the gut.
Three servings a day of whole grains—such as eating a piece of bread, a breakfast cereal and some brown rice—reduces your chances of suffering from heart disease or cancer, the world’s two major killers.
Up to half of the research studies into chemotherapy and other cancer treatments are fraudulent or have some element of spin to make the therapies seem more beneficial than they really are, a leading researcher has found.
The Zika virus probably hasn’t caused the epidemic of cases of microcephaly in newborns in Brazil, a major research institute has concluded. Instead, there has to be another cause (and some suggest it was the introduction of a vaccination programme for pregnant women in Brazil that coincides with the sudden increase of cases).
Powerful opioid drugs such as morphine and codeine lose their painkilling powers if they’re taken for more than three months. Patients say they are in greater pain than those not taking the drugs.
Listening to classical music doesn’t just relax us, it physically changes the levels of fats—such as cholesterol—in our blood. The music also lowers our heart rate, and is an effective treatment for high blood pressure (hypertension), a new research study has found.
Exercise is good for us, but how much is enough when we reach the age of 60 or so? Just 15 minutes of moderate exercise every day—such as taking a brisk walk—is enough to keep older people healthy and reduce their risk of premature death, new research has found.