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NEWS Half of medical researchers don’t reveal conflict of interest with drug company

August 17th 2016 /

Around half of medical researchers don’t reveal a conflict of interest with the pharmaceutical company whose drug they are assessing. This could be direct payments or some benefit in kind which might influence the outcome of the study, say researchers.

NEWS Exercise is more effective if you think it will be

August 17th 2016

Exercise is good for us—and the benefits are super-charged if we have a positive feeling about it. The added benefits aren’t all in our head: physical improvements have also been seen and measured.

NEWS People with high levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol dying prematurely

August 15th 2016

People with high levels of the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol are more likely to die prematurely—so overturning a long-held theory that it improves our health and reduces our chances of heart disease.

NEWS Aerobic exercise helps schizophrenia patients function better

August 15th 2016 /

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that is usually controlled with powerful drugs—but it can also be helped by strenuous aerobic exercise. Sufferers who have exercised for 12 weeks can function better at work and in social situations, new research has found.

NEWS Sugar addiction is all in the brain, literally

August 15th 2016 /

Spare a thought for people with a sugar craving—they really do have the food on the brain. In fact, cells in the brain are actively seeking out sugar in the blood, researchers have discovered this week.

NEWS Asthma and allergies caused by our sanitised, modern lives

August 10th 2016 /

Are allergies and diseases like asthma the result of our overly-sanitised modern lives, which include routine vaccinations and a diet of processed foods? It would seem so, as a new study of the isolated Amish community has discovered.

NEWS Exercise as good as keyhole surgery for meniscal tears

August 10th 2016

A meniscal tear is a common knee injury that usually requires surgery—but a new study has discovered that exercise could be just as effective.

NEWS Biopsy for DCIS unnecessary, say doctors who’ve already stopped using it

August 10th 2016

Women are routinely given a needle biopsy when they are diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), a benign, non-invasive abnormality in the milk ducts of the breast. But the test is unnecessary, say doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, who have already stopped using it. It could also spread the abnormal tissue to the breast.

NEWS Fat or thin: it doesn’t make any difference when it comes to a heart attack

August 8th 2016

It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re fat or thin: your chances of a heart attack—and possibly dying from it—are about the same. But being overweight or obese does increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, a study of identical twins has discovered.

NEWS Nuts are natural anti-inflammatories

August 8th 2016 /

Eating nuts is good for us, as we all know—and now researchers have discovered just why. Nuts seem to reduce levels of inflammation, a problem that has been associated with a range of chronic health problems, from heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.

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