Exercise is good for you, this we know. It helps build muscle, burn fat and make us all into happier, healthier people. But long before you start looking the way you want, there are other hidden, more immediate, molecular and immunological changes taking place inside your cells. Changes which could be responsible for protecting us from heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and even stave off old age and cancer. You may think that molecular changes may not be that much of a big deal. Surely it is fat loss and muscle gain that are the best outcomes of exercise? Actually molecular changesRead More →

An oblong head, well-arched toes, a broad chest, and nostrils tilted downward at the tipwhat could be more attractive? This is the epitomeof beauty for Bull Terriers,at least according to dog show standards. Yet, the inner workings of purebred dogs may not be quite as exquisite as their glossy fur suggests. Heart disease, kidney disease, and neurological diseases (including obsessive compulsive tail-chasing) plague purebreds of this breed. Issuessuch as these are not just relegated to Bull Terriers, either. In general, purebreds are considered more high-risk from health problems due to a lack of genetic diversity that results in inherited disorders. Inbreeding dogs as showpieces, ratherRead More →

Consumption of even full-fat dairy products does not increase risk, international team of experts says Consuming cheese, milk and yoghurt even full-fat versions does not increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to research that challenges the widely held belief that dairy products can damage health. The findings, from an international team of experts, contradict the view that dairy products can be harmful because of their high saturated fat content. The experts dismiss that fear as a misconception [and] mistaken belief. The results come from a new meta-analysis of 29 previous studies of whether dairy products increase the risk of death fromRead More →

Products claiming to fix the menopause are now a multibillion-dollar global industry. We asked the experts for their advice on what works and what doesnt Even though 80% of women going through the menopause will get symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats (and in 25% of cases they will be severe enough to affect quality of life), few are confident talking about it. A Kathy Abernethy, chair of the British Menopause Society, says: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is absolutely the best treatment for hot flushes and sweats that affect daily life. It can also help sleep disturbance caused by night sweats and isRead More →

Its the latest superfood, endorsed by wellness bloggers and celebrities, yet contains more saturated fat than lard It wasnt that long ago that the closest most Britons got to a coconut was at the fairground or on the inside of a Bounty bar. Yet in the past three years, this hard, hairy drupe (thats the official term) of the coconut palm tree has emerged as the latest superfood extolled by celebrities and health food shops for its nutritional, healing and mind-enhancing powers. Aisles of health food shops are packed with bags of flour, snacks, milk, sugar and drinks made from its meat and milk. AndRead More →