A Hidden Pattern in Your Retina May Reveal if You’re at Risk of a Future Heart Attack

Early, accurate, and simple diagnosis is important in just about every health condition you could name, and that includes heart disease. New research now suggests straightforward eye scans could identify patients with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems later on in life.   If this method of diagnosis can be developed, it would be a … Read more

Health check newsletter: England lets covid-19 rip: What happens next?

As covid restrictions are relaxed in the UK, we look at how these new policies could play out Health 25 January 2022 By Clare Wilson A woman wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus, London, England Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Hello, and welcome to this week’s Health … Read more

Covid-19 news: Strain on health services led to extra non-covid deaths

By Michael Le Page, Clare Wilson, Jessica Hamzelou, Sam Wong, Graham Lawton, Adam Vaughan, Conrad Quilty-Harper, Jason Arunn Murugesu and Layal Liverpool A volunteer paints hearts on the national covid-19 memorial, London, England Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Latest coronavirus news as of 11am on 25 January Deteriorating standards in healthcare were responsible for … Read more

We Have a ‘Sixth Sense’ That Is Key to Our Wellbeing, But Only if We Listen to It

Most people are familiar with the five senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste), but not everyone knows that we have an additional sense called interoception. This is the sense of our body’s internal state. It helps us feel and interpret internal signals that regulate vital functions in our body, like hunger, thirst, body temperature, … Read more

Gene-edited crops may be 5 years away from sale in the UK

The UK parliament passed a law to help researchers do trials of gene-edited crops in England, and the chief scientist at the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says it would take at least five years for a product to go from research trials to market Environment 20 January 2022 By Adam Vaughan … Read more

Gene-edited crops may be 5 years away from sale in the UK

The UK passed a law to help researchers do trials of gene-edited crops, and the chief scientist at the UK’s Department for Food, Rural Affairs & Environment says it would take at least five years for a product to go from research trials to market Environment 20 January 2022 By Adam Vaughan Stacks of wheat … Read more

Something in Your Eyes May Reveal if You’re at Risk of Early Death, Study Shows

A quick and pain-free scan of the human eyeball could one day help doctors identify ‘fast agers’, who are at greater risk of early mortality. Getting older obviously has an impact on everybody’s body, but just because two people have the same number of years under their belt doesn’t mean they are physically declining at … Read more

It’s Time to Upgrade Your Mask, Experts Say. Here’s Why

With the rapid spread of Omicron, many countries are rethinking their COVID mask advice for the community. Respirators have been mandatory in public places in Austria for a year. Now, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests respirators be considered for greater protection, for instance, on public transport or in enclosed crowded … Read more

Why You Should Never Quit Fruit During a Low-Carb Diet, According to Science

One of my patients – who had been struggling with obesity, uncontrolled diabetes and the cost of her medications – agreed in June 2019 to adopt a more whole-food plant-based diet.   Excited by the challenge, she did a remarkable job. She increased her fresh fruit and vegetable intake, stopped eating candy, cookies and cakes … Read more