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NEWS Fish oils help improve children’s reading skills

September 19th 2016

Fish oil supplements help children read better in school. The supplements are especially effective for children with ADHD (attention-deficit, hyperactive disorder), new research has discovered.

NEWS Men who don’t have their prostate cancer treated are living just as long

September 19th 2016

Men who opt to just have their prostate cancer monitored are living as long as those who instead choose aggressive treatment—and they’re also enjoying a better quality of life, new research has discovered.

NEWS Drinking an extra glass of water every day can help you lose weight

September 14th 2016

If you want to lose weight, drinking a little more water every day could help shed the pounds. People who drink just one extra glass of water a day are eating fewer calories, saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol, a new study has found.

NEWS The six-monthly dental check-up is unnecessary, says England’s leading dentist

September 14th 2016

The routine dental check-up every six months isn’t necessary, says England’s leading dentist. People with healthy teeth and gums probably need to see the dentist only once every two years or so.

NEWS Mid-life exercise helps prevent dementia when you’re old

September 14th 2016

Taking up moderate exercise in your mid-life—around 49 years or so—could pay dividends later, and help you maintain good mental faculties, such as cognition and memory, when you reach old age.

NEWS Chronic fatigue sufferers getting the wrong treatment—thanks to a falsified study

September 12th 2016

Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are not getting the proper treatment. The standard approach these days is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)—known as the ‘talking therapy’, which implies the problem is mainly in the sufferer’s head—but this is based on a landmark study whose results were falsified, it has been revealed this week.

NEWS Six days of Ayurvedic treatment reduces markers for heart disease and diabetes

September 12th 2016 /

A six-day course of Ayurvedic medicine—the traditional Indian approach, which includes diet, herbs, meditation, yoga and massage—can reduce the blood markers for inflammation, which has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

NEWS Five-second rule about dropped food is an urban myth

September 12th 2016

The ‘five second’ rule about dropped food is an urban myth. Food picks up bacteria from the floor no matter how long it’s left there, say researchers.

NEWS Chemo killing up to half of cancer patients in first month

September 7th 2016

Chemotherapy is killing up to half of all breast and lung cancer patients within the first month of treatment—although the drug is never cited as the cause of death, the first-ever study into the lethal effects of the drug has discovered.

NEWS Med diet twice as effective as a statin in keeping heart patients alive

September 7th 2016 /

If you’ve got a heart condition, you’re twice as likely to stay alive by eating a Mediterranean diet—rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and oils—than taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.

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