Get fit for a healthy gut


New research is helping to build a picture of how connected our body systems are and provide information that can lead to more holistic approaches to managing health and wellbeing.



Losing weight could ease symptoms of depression


Adopting a healthier diet and losing weight can help improve symptoms of depression, especially in women, according to a new analysis.



Depression’s link to gut bacteria


A large scale human trial has shown that the type and diversity of bacteria in the gut can have a profound effect on levels of depression.



Vitamin K may have a role in eye health, new research


A new study suggests getting more vitamin K could help improve eye health as we age, by boosting micro-circulation in eye tissue.



European soils contain a cocktail of pesticide residues


A new Europe-wide survey shows that the soil used to produce our food is contaminated with a cocktail of pesticides and, the researchers add, their findings may under-represent the scale of the problem.



Artificial sweeteners – no clear evidence of benefit


There is no compelling evidence to indicate important health benefits of non-sugar sweeteners, and potential harms cannot be ruled out.



Chemicals in toiletries could trigger early puberty


Girls exposed to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products before birth may hit puberty earlier, according to new research.



Heart benefits grow in green neighbourhoods


People who live in leafy, green neighbourhoods may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and strokes, according to new research.



Brain benefits with long-chain DHA/EPA fatty acids


Supplementing with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could enhance blood flow to the brain, helping to prevent memory decline as we age.



Depression, anxiety impact health as much as smoking and obesity


A new study from the US suggests that when the time comes for annual check-ups, health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious?