People with – or at risk of – type-2 diabetes may need more vitamin D


Two new studies show that people who have, or are at risk of, diabetes may need more vitamin D to stay healthy and keep inflammation at bay.



Pine bark extract helps you travel happy


Evidence shows that extract of French maritime pine bark (Pycnogenol) lowers the risk of deep vein thrombosis and eases symptoms of jet lag in travellers.



Lutein gives a boost to IQ and creative thinking


Lutein is recognised as a vision-boosting vitamin - but a new study suggests what's good for the eyes may also be good for your brain power.



Too much sitting is bad for the brain


New evidence shows sitting for long periods can be bad for the mind as well as the body, linking it with memory problems in middle-aged and older adults.



Nanoparticles in food packaging disrupt digestion


Antimicrobial nanoparticles added to food packaging could negatively impact the way your digestive tract functions, reducing nutrient absorption and increasing inflammation.



Acupressure self-care relieves painful periods


A simple app, which provides visual guidance on effective acupuncture points, could help ease the pain of menstrual cramps and help give women a sense of control.



Get moving to get happy


We may not be sure of the optimal daily 'dose' - but for many people, maintaining a healthy levels of physical activity is an effective prescription for happiness.



Supplements in pregnancy could cut kids’ allergy risk


Women who take fish oil supplements and probiotics in later pregnancy - and during breastfeeding - may reduce their child's risk of food allergy and eczema, according to new research.



High-fibre diet treats type-2 diabetes


New research shows that a diet rich in a diversity of fruits and vegetables can help treat type-2 diabetes by changing the balance of bacteria that live in the gut.



Early exposure to thyroid-disrupting chemicals harms babies’ brains


Toxic chemicals in every day items such as food, cosmetics and plastics can disrupt the maternal thyroid hormones in pregnant women, essential for normal brain development of children.