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Human cells less able to absorb protein from ‘vegan’ meat’ – Ohio study

Proteins in plant-based meat alternatives may not be as accessible to human cells as those from real meat, a study has suggested. While plants rich...

Inability to balance on one leg linked to higher mortality risk – 12-year international study

If you battle to stand on one leg, it could be a sign of something more serious than you think, with research suggesting that...

Traditional Ayurveda medicines treat type 2 diabetes – UK meta-analysis

A team of medical specialists has suggested that several traditional medicines widely used in South Asia can be effective in helping patients with type...

Optimism link to longer life span of women of all races – Harvard study

Positive thought and optimism really do affect well-being, especially if you’re a woman. According to a recent study, higher levels of optimism were associated...

Milestone delays in babies exposed to COVID in womb – US cohort study

Lags in basic milestones of infancy – rolling over, reaching for objects or babbling – have been observed in babies whose mothers caught COVID-19...

Frozen eggs more efficient than IVF for older women – US study

The largest US report of elective fertility preservation outcomes to date found that 70% of women who froze eggs before they were 38 –...

Social isolation linked to later dementia – collaborative study

People who are socially isolated have lower grey matter volumes of brain regions involved in memory and learning, a team of researchers has discovered. Their...

US cancer trial’s unexpected result: remission in every patient

It was a small trial, just 18 rectal cancer patients, all of whom took the same drug. But the results were astonishing. The cancer...

Inhaled steroids promote secretions which block treatment in severe asthma patients – US study

Patients with severe asthma produce special substances in their airways when taking medicine during an asthma attack that block the treatment from working. Two different...

Gradual slower gait a sign of cognitive decline – Australian study

Walking more slowly as you age has always been a warning sign of increasing frailty that could lead to falls and other disabilities, experts...

Breastfeeding duration linked to cognition – Oxford study

Children who were breastfed for longer were linked to higher cognitive scores, right up to the age of 14, than those who were never...

Less TV time could slash coronary heart disease cases – joint study

Watching too much TV is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease regardless of an individual's genetic makeup, say scientists. The researchers, from the...

Plant-based gels ease swallowing of paediatric pills – MIT collaboration

For most children, and even some adults, swallowing pills or tablets is difficult. To make it easier to give those medicines, researchers have created...

New DoH guidelines for mother, baby care during COVID

The National Department of Health has released new guidelines relating to mother and newborn care. Writing in The Conversation, Jeannette Wessels and Ute Feucht...

Lab study raises intriguing questions about the ‘irreversibility of death’

Retina cells reacted to light and even communicated five hours after death, raising the possibility that other cells within the system could be activated...

Cranberries could improve memory, fight dementia – British collaborative study

Adding cranberries to your diet could help improve memory and brain function, and lower “bad” cholesterol, say researchers, who hope their findings have implications...

To expose a liar, introduce multi-tasking into the equation – UK study

It is well documented that lying during interviews takes up more cognitive energy than telling the truth. Investigators can use this finding to their...

Promising dementia treatment stabilises behaviour – Australian study

Sodium selenate may slow cognitive decline and neurodegenerative damage that is the hallmark of many dementias, including Alzheimer’s Disease, found an Australian clinical trial. A...

Omicron infection improves immunity more than boosters – 2 US studies

People who are vaccinated and then get infected with Omicron may be primed to overcome a broad range of coronavirus variants, early research, not...

Dementia risk reduced with higher blood levels of two carotenoids – NIH study

Higher serum levels of two kinds of carotenoids were tied to lower risk of developing dementia over time, with dementia risk associated with blood...

Underweight odds likelier with vegetarian diet children – Canadian cohort study

A study of nearly 9,000 children found those who eat a vegetarian diet had similar measures of growth and nutrition as meat-eating kids. However,...

Seven hours is ideal amount of sleep in middle-age and older – UK-China study

Seven hours is the ideal amount of sleep for people in their middle age and upwards, with too little or too much sleep associated...

HRT should be given earlier as menopause ‘reshapes the brainʼ – Nature Scientific Reports

Hormone replacement therapy should be seen as a “protective” measure for peri-menopausal women to halt “rewiring” of the brain and should be prescribed earlier,...

Vegan diet linked to fewer rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in women – Small study

A small study of women suggests that adopting a low-fat vegan diet and then eliminating remaining trigger foods may dramatically reduce symptoms of rheumatoid...

Wearing dentures may negatively affect nutritional intake – US study

Dentures may have a significant negative impact on a person’s overall nutrition, according to research from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Dentistry....

US highway death toll messages have opposite effect, cause more crashes

Displaying the highway death toll on USA message boards is a common awareness campaign, but research has shown that this tactic actually leads to...

Anti-depressants not linked to better quality of life, over time – Saudi study

A study by a team in Saudi Arabia has found that in the long run, using anti-depressants is not associated with a significantly better...

FDA authorises breath test to detect COVID-19 in three minutes

A breath test that can pick up COVID-19 infections in patients in less than three minutes has been granted emergency use authorisation by the...

Mystery of why humans die around 80 may finally be solved – Cambridge study

The mystery of why humans die at around 80, while other mammals live much shorter or longer lives, may finally have been solved by...

Sleep apnoea breathing pauses reduced with sulthiame – Swedish trial

A University of Gothenburg study has paved the way for the first drug treatment for sleep apnoea. Compared with before receiving the treatment, breathing...

COVID-19 link to 5x higher risk of thrombotic events – Swedish cohort study

A large Swedish study has linked COVID-19 with greater risk for various of thrombotic events in the months after infection, that of deep vein...

People with epilepsy live 10-12-years shorter lives – Danish cohort study

Excess mortality is particularly pronounced among people with epilepsy and mental disorders, shows research from Aarhus University in Denmark. The study shows that people with...

Avocado consumption associated with significantly lower CVD risk – Harvard

A Harvard prospective study that followed more than 110,000 men and women for more than 30 years suggests that eating just two servings of...

Largest yet Ivermectin trial fails to show benefit in COVID outpatients

Early treatment with Ivermectin did not result in a lower incidence of medical admission to a hospital due to progression of COVID-19 or of...

GPs worldwide harshly impacted psychologically by pandemic – Meta-analysis

The pandemic has left many GPs worldwide feeling depressed, anxious and burned out, found a systematic review led by the University of York and published...

False positive readings for 50% of 3D mammograms over a decade of screening

Half of all women getting 3D mammograms will experience a false positive over a decade of annual screening, according to a study published in...

Harassment of US public health officials widespread in pandemic – Johns Hopkins

More than a third of local and state public health officials in the US who resigned or were fired in the first 10 months...

Microplastics found in human blood for first time – Dutch study

Microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood for the first time, with Dutch scientists finding the tiny particles in almost 80% of the...

Ketamine for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders – Meta-analysis

An Anglo-Canadian study found “strong evidence” that iketamine provides rapid and robust anti-depressant and anti-suicidal effects, but the effects were relatively short-lived. “However, repeated...

ALTAR trial supports antibiotic alternative for recurrent urinary tract infections

The results of the ALATAR randomised clinical trial in the UK suggest a non-antibiotic antiseptic treatment may be as good as antibiotics for preventing...