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Anxiety and depression: why doctors are prescribing gardening rather than drugs

Blooming marvelous! How regular gardening can contribute to better overall emotional health and wellbeing.

Forget toast and oatmeal, low-carb breakfasts reduce sugar spikes in those with type 2 diabetes

New research shows that eating a low-carbohydrate breakfast both reduces sugar spikes in the morning and reduces cravings for sweet foods in the evening, in people with type-2 diabetes.

Organic farming works with nature to reduce foodborne illness

The greater abundance and diversity of insects and soil microbes on organic farms can help reduce the level of foodborne pathogens in the soil and on fresh produce.

Long hours at the office could be killing you – the case for a shorter working week

Research shows people can be happier, healthier and more productive if they are able to balance their work and personal lives in more satisfying ways.

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Ultra-processed food causes weight gain – firm evidence at last

Scientists advise slowing down and eating a more satiating meal made from unprocessed foods, as new trial shows we tend to eat ultra-processed meals faster and so consume more calories per minute.

Food: our first and best medicine

On World Health Day 2019, chef and nutritionist Izabella Natrins says its time we educated our primary healthcare practitioners to make food our first and best medicine.

Even light physical activity has health benefits

New evidence suggests that each extra hour of light activity above three hours – including daily chores – cuts your risk of heart attack by 15%.

UK survey: Brits aren’t getting enough nutrients from food

A new government survey reveals that people in the UK are failing to meet 5-a-day goals and are not getting adequate levels of key vitamins and minerals from their diets.

A pill for loneliness? If only it were that simple

Loneliness isn’t a medical condition, so why are pharmaceutical companies trying to make a pill to help ‘fix’ it?

Alzheimer’s is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health is not the only culprit

Intriguing new research links Alzheimer’s to poor dental hygiene – but as always total health – smoking, medication use, food choices – is important too.