Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘It’s faster than the bus’ and other reasons why people cycle to work Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work, say scientists. The biggest study into the issue linked using two wheels with a halving of the risk of cancer and heart disease. The five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters also showed walking had some benefits over sitting on public transport or taking the car. The team in Glasgow said cycling took no willpower once it became part of the work routine – unlike going to the gym.Read More →

A groundbreaking attempt to”cure” Type 1 diabetes with stem cells began last week. Embryonic stem cell implants were given to two people, one in the US and one in Canada, with high-risk Type 1 diabetes. The researchers hope that this willhelp the patients manage the condition. The stem cells, developed by private company ViaCyte, are implanted underneath the patient’s forearm, where they take about three months to mature into islet cells. In the pancreas, these cells are responsible for the production of insulin. In people with Type 1 diabetes, these cells are attacked by the bodys own immune system. If it works, we would callRead More →

Coffee a day keeps the doctor away? Perhaps, but benefits may be down to lifestyles rather than the brew itself, researchers say People who drink coffee have a lower risk of dying from a host of causes, including heart disease, stroke and liver disease, research suggests but experts say its unclear whether the health boost is down to the brew itself. The connection, revealed in two large studies, was found to hold regardless of whether the coffee was caffeinated or not, with the effect higher among those who drank more cups of coffee a day. But scientists say that the link might just be downRead More →