C. elegans. Credit: © heitipaves / Fotolia Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz, Germany, have made a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the ageing process. They have identified that genes belonging to a process called autophagy — one of the cells most critical survival processes — promote health and fitness

Variety of sausage products. Credit: © volff / Fotolia Eating whole grains daily, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk, finds a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). This is the

From a teenager studying for their exams to an employee succeeding at work, thriving can be seen at all ages and across all cultures. Credit: © justtscott / Fotolia What it takes to thrive, rather than merely survive, could be as simple as feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something, according

To purify a sample of DNA and extract the circular DNA, University of Texas at Dallas researchers used a 50-year-old lab technique. They added DNA to a dense salt solution containing cesium chloride in a small test tube, then spun the sample in an ultracentrifuge at very high speeds. Circular DNA is denser and concentrates

An interactive map showing the connections between various categories of emotion. Credit: Courtesy of Alan Cowen The Emoji Movie, in which the protagonist can’t help but express a wide variety of emotions instead of the one assigned to him, may have gotten something right. A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, challenges a

Oral contraceptive pills. (stock image) Credit: © areeya_ann / Fotolia New evidence to confirm the link between newer contraceptive pills and higher risk of serious blood clots (known as venous thromboembolism or VTE) has been provided by a new study. About 9% of women of reproductive age worldwide use oral contraceptives, rising to 18% of

The findings reveal that every 5 years of oral contraceptive use reduces the risk of womb cancer by about a quarter. Credit: © Kwangmoo / Fotolia Use of oral contraceptives (usually referred to as “the pill”), even for just a few years, gives substantial long-term protection against endometrial (womb) cancer, and the longer the pill

Hormonal IUDs do not affect breastfeeding, say researchers. Credit: University of Utah Health Having a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) implanted immediately after birth does not affect a woman’s ability to lactate and breastfeed, according to new research by investigators at University of Utah Health and University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The results of

An assortment of foods containing omega 3 healthy fats acids. Credit: © autumnhoverter / Fotolia Nutrition has been linked to cognitive performance, but researchers have not pinpointed what underlies the connection. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that monounsaturated fatty acids — a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and

Dr. Jon Ramsey with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine holds a mouse. His study found that a high fat diet makes mice live longer. Credit: Don Preisler/UC Davis As more people live into their 80s and 90s, researchers have delved into the issues of health and quality of life during aging. A recent

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