The diet to save lives, the planet and feed us all?

Image copyright Getty Images A diet has been developed that promises to save lives, feed 10 billion people and all without causing catastrophic damage to the planet. Scientists have been trying to figure out how we are going to feed billions more people in the decades to come. Their answer – “the planetary health diet” […]

High-Dose Vitamin D No Better Than Low-Dose

Image Low blood levels of vitamin D are tied to bone loss that can lead to falls and fractures. But taking vitamin D supplements in high doses showed no benefits over low-dose vitamin D, a randomized trial found. The study, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, included 379 British men and women whose average […]

How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp

They infused the brains of the animals bred to have dementia with a concentrated dose of irisin. Those mice soon began to perform better on memory tests and show signs of improved synaptic health. At the same time, they soaked the brains of the healthy animals with a substance that inhibits production of irisin and […]

Liver transplant ‘game changing’ treatment approved

Image copyright David Nasralla Image caption The normothermic perfusion machine pumps oxygenated blood and nutrients into livers outside the body A new procedure for storing livers donated for transplant has been hailed a “game changer” and approved for use on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) say perfusion machines could […]

Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK

Image copyright Getty Images Contact lens wearers will be able to recycle their lenses for free in a new UK-wide scheme launching this week. Wearers can dispose of their waste at public drop-off points, offered by Boots Opticians and other selected independent stores, or choose to have their old lenses collected. There are 3.7 million […]

Opposed to G.M.O.s? How Much Do You Know About Them?

Image Most scientists agree that genetically modified organisms, or G.M.O.s, are safe to eat. But a new study suggests that the people who are most extremely opposed to them know the least about them. Researchers surveyed 501 randomly selected adults, testing their knowledge of G.M.O.s with a series of true/false questions — for example, the […]

Breast cancer risk test ‘game changer’

Image copyright Getty Images Experts have developed a potentially “game-changing” test to predict a woman’s risk of breast cancer. It combines information on family history and hundreds of genetic markers with other factors, such as weight, to give the most comprehensive assessment possible, says Cancer Research UK. The test is not yet routinely available on […]