Risk of death flattens out after 105, research finds
There is no insurmountable biological limit to human longevity.
In April, the death of Nabi Tajima in a town called Kikai, on an island at the southern tip of Japan, rippled out acr...
Intelligence protects against mental illness
Studies rebalance the nature/nurture equation.
The nature-versus-nurture debate doesn’t get much more febrile than in the domains of intelligence and mental illness...
Body mass index miscalculation
BMI has ignored the weight of evolution and elementary physics.
For the first time in my life, to my horror, I noticed I had developed a spare tyre, so I put myself on a diet to get...
Bigger clothes may lead to increase in obesity
Moves to promote positive body images may increase obesity.
The introduction of plus-size clothing ranges is leading to an increase in plus-size people, research from England su...
The key to fitness: walk more or lose money
The threat of financial penalty gives incentive for exercise.
A clinical trial led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has revealed that playing on...
Rat poison detected in recreational drug
Alert issued after lethal compound found.
More than 150 people have been hospitalised and four have died in the US after ingesting synthetic cannabinoids laced...
Natural selection drivers for diseases and traits
Genetics suggest evolution as well as environment influence.
Certain complex human traits and diseases seem to be driven by natural selection, a finding which helps to explain va...
No easy fix for Alzheimer’s disease
Maybe you can save yourself by changing your lifestyle.
Hopes of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease being on the horizon took a blow when drug giant Pfizer announced in January ...
Inflammation can turn your hair grey
Research discovers why illness or stress can change hair colour.
A newly discovered link between genes that contribute to hair colour and those involved in immunity and inflammation ...
Saunas linked to lower stroke risk
Study suggests saunas might be good for good for you.
Taking a Finnish-style sauna several times a week may lower the risk of stroke, according to research in the journal ...
In your dreams: vitamin B6 boosts recall
A vitamin before bed may help you remember your dreams.
If you want to recall your dreams when you wake in the morning, take a vitamin B6 tablet before you go to bed. That’...
In vision, information is a two-way street
Untangling connections that inform visual perception.
Neuroscientists have established that the brain makes predictions about what it’s going to see. In a paper published...