What’s the point of sex? It’s good for your physical, social and mental health

Committing to a safe and active sex life could boost your health in 2017. pedrosimoes7/flickr , CC BY-NC

TC : The act of penetrative sex has evolved over millions of years as a mechanism to deliver sperm to eggs and initiate pregnancy. But there’s more to sex than just the meeting of two sets of genes. The ‘What’s the point of sex?’ series examines biological, physical and social aspects of sex and gender. Today’s piece describes physical, social More...

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By nsnbc On Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Mediterranean diet may protect your brain in old age, new finding suggests

Paul Fletcher (TC) : Amid the contention about diets and detoxes, sugar and fats, there is at least general agreement that a Mediterranean diet – fruit, vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish – is a good thing. More...

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Emily Birch (TC) : Whether it’s Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, or just an everyday celebration, every winter, as soon as the clocks go back, the fireworks begin. And while some aren’t affected in the slightest, More...

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New Study Validates Benefits of Ancient Breathing Exercises

nsnbc : A study carried out by researchers at Northwestern University, USA, shows that nasal inhaling and exhaling through the mouth has beneficial effects among others, on memory and on coping with stressful environments. The More...

By nsnbc On Sunday, November 20th, 2016

PTSD may affect brains of boys, girls differently

nsnbc : A recent study conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that a brain region that integrates emotions and actions appears to undergo accelerated maturation in adolescent girls with post-traumatic More...

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New study: Salmonella thrives in salad bags

Primrose Freestone (TC) : When you hear the term “food poisoning” it usually conjures up images of hurried journeys to the toilet and rueful reviews while there of what was eaten the previous day. Most of the More...

By nsnbc On Friday, November 11th, 2016

Vitamin D Correlated to Breast Cancer Survival

nsnbc  : Women with high vitamin D levels in their blood following a breast cancer diagnosis are more likely to survive the disease revealed a new study. While there is a significant correlation, the causes and More...

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By nsnbc On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Not all processed meats carry the same cancer risk

Elliott & Cantwell (TC) : Eating processed meat can increase your risk of getting colorectal cancer. The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that each 50g portion More...

By nsnbc On Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

People with ‘obesity gene’ can still lose weight

John Mathers (TC) : It’s been one of the most astonishing changes in human anatomy. In just one generation, people all over the world have got a lot bigger. Although we’re also gradually getting a bit taller, More...

By nsnbc On Friday, September 9th, 2016

One in five tattoo inks in Australia contain carcinogenic chemicals

Terry Slevin (TC) : A report this week from the Australian government’s National Industrial Chemical’s Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) shows what’s in the ink that’s under the skin of more than More...