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A new gene study suggests there may be an increase in inflammatory chemicals during winter, which can protect against infection but could also make the body more vulnerable to other chronic diseases.
New research in roundworms sheds light on the link between food availability and ageing.
The number of usable calories in rice can be lowered by boiling it in water and coconut oil and then cooling it.
An Anglo-Saxon recipe that combines garlic, leeks, wine and ox gall may be a useful antibacterial agent, writes Pam Mason.
Pamela Mason describes research that suggests eating in a confined window of time may help to reduce weight gain.
Recent news stories have suggested that a new probiotic pill could cure both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, much more research is required before these claims can be substantiated, writes Pamela Mason.
Pam Mason explains why the flavour of what you have just eaten can change the flavour of what you eat next.
Recent research has shown the effect that some drugs, even at very low concentrations, can have on plants such as lettuce and radish.
After analysing a small study in healthy young adults, which found that eating deep-fried Mars bar caused a significant impairment in cerebrovascular reactivity in men, Pam Mason advises sticking to porridge for breakfast.
Pam Mason describes a study from the British Dental Journal, which found that 5% of Roman skulls examined showed signs of moderate to severe gum disease, compared with up to 20% of adults with chronic progressive periodontitis today.
Pam Mason describes a study that suggests slim diners have different eating habits to heavier diners.
A study of Roman gladiators’ bones indicated that they had higher levels of calcium in their diet than individuals in the normal population.
Pamela Mason explains why limiting our meat consumption may help to avoid dangerous climate change
A new sensor, implanted into the eye, may help glaucoma sufferers monitor their condition in a better way.
A recently published UK study in the journal Nanomedicine indicates that iron supplements in nanoparticle form might have fewer gastrointestinal side effects than currently available preparations
Would you consider a diet of insects?
The Western diet, which tends to be high in sugar, salt and saturated fat and low in some unstaurates, is associated with a variety of health issues from obesity and diabetes to cardiovascular disease and cancer but US researchers say that it is also a potential contributor to immune dysfunction
During evolutionary diversification of vertebrate limbs, the number of toes in even-toed hoofed animals such as cattle and pigs was reduced and transformed into paired hooves. Scientists at the University of Basel have identified a gene regulatory switch that was key to evolutionary adaption of limbs in these animals.
Climate, of course has long impacted on agriculture but unless we are able to limit the expected global temperature rise by the end of this century, the quantity and quality of food produced globally will be compromised
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