Vaccines

Scientists have named three relatively little-known diseases they think could cause the next global health emergency. A coalition of governments and charities has committed $460m to speed up vaccine development for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus. They are asking funders at the...

Eating Spicy Food

If you enjoy eating spicy foods, this news should excite you! Researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont recently discovered an association between eating hot peppers and living longer. According to the report, Professor of Medicine Benjamin Littenberg,...

Zika Virus

Angola has announced its first two cases of the Zika virus, but it is not clear whether the strain is the one spreading through the Americas. The Portuguese news agency Lusa says one case involved a French citizen. The other was found in Viana municipality in Luanda province. Both...

Eggs

While the winter season brings lots of festivities and fun, it also tends to be the time we see an uptick in colds. From spending more time indoors to greater exposure to unfamiliar germs through travel, the winter months are a critical time to up your defenses against infection. Hand...

Obesity

Paternal and maternal weight may affect a child’s development, according to a study released this week by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research was among the first to analyze how a father’s weight may affect their children mentally. In the study, which was published...

Insomnia

Web-based therapy for insomnia is an effective option that could reach “previously unimaginable numbers of people,” researchers suggest. Although cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia, there aren’t...

Weight Loss Surgery

A common weight loss surgery is associated with long-term gastrointestinal problems and food intolerance, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on 249 extremely obese patients who had what’s known as laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, which reduces the stomach...

Nuts

You probably think we’re going to push broccoli or spinach, or some exotic food you know little about, like kimchi or spelt. But the big disease fighter you need to be eating more of is actually nuts, a super-yummy snack that could just save your life. In new research published...

Ketogenic

As the annual January weight-loss mania approaches, you may be hearing about the ketogenic diet as a way to slim down while noshing on butter and heavy cream. Some advocates say the high-fat/ultra low-carb eating plan finally helped them to get control of their body. How does it...

Heart Disease

A cheap blood test can predict which apparently healthy patients are at high risk of a heart attack. Experts say it could be better than just checking blood pressure and cholesterol to assess heart risk. So far, they have tested it only on men, but the British Heart Foundation-funded...