“No evidence” cannabis improves outcomes
Study throws into doubt claims for medical marijuana.
Depending on who you listen to, medical cannabis is either a rising star in the world of therapeutics or an over-vaun...
Here’s a doctor’s recommended meal plan
Healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult, or bland.
Knowing what makes up a healthy diet can be really confusing. New fads and fast fixes appear weekly. At the same time...
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...
If Kennedy was alive today, he’d still be dead
Modern medicine could have done nothing to help.
Half a century after the assassination of US senator Robert F. Kennedy, a new report finds that the gunshot wounds he...
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...
Together in death, early victims of plague
Analysis identifies oldest known toxic version of plague.
Bubonic plague, the lethal, virulent bacterium behind the Justinian Plague and the Black Death, emerged in humans abo...
Now you see it, now you don’t
A blind fish is helping scientists understand eye diseases.
The Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) occurs in two distinct forms. A sighted version lives in open streams, and ...
Study links processed meat and cancers
Researchers echo warning of carcinogenic properties.
In 2015, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat...
Statins link to breast cancer protection
Study finds better outcomes for women on best-selling drug.
If you have been diagnosed with, or are at higher risk of getting, breast cancer, you might want to be on a cholester...