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Moderate alcohol drinking—which is around 10 small glasses of wine a week—does protect you against the most common diseases of the heart, such as angina, heart failure and stroke, but heavy drinking increases the risk, a major study has concluded.
If high cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease (which it doesn’t), what does? The real culprit could be air pollution—from cars and industrial processes—as a major new study from China suggests.
Regular screening to catch cancer early may be good medical practice—but it doesn’t apply to prostate cancer. Men who are never screened are living as long as those who have annual check-ups, researchers have discovered.
The latest evidence suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is, effectively, ‘diabetes’ of the brain. In fact, some researchers claim the two illnesses are so similar that Alzheimer’s should really be called ‘type 3 diabetes’. This might explain why a staggering 70 per cent people suffering from type 2 diabetes go on to develop Alzheimer’s, compared with only 10 per cent of the non-diabetic population who go on to develop the debilitating brain disorder.
New research has revealed how the microbes in our gut influence our central nervous system, and healing these microorganisms may, in turn, be the answer to everything from spinal cord injury and stroke damage to mental illness. Celeste McGovern investigates