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What happens to your body when you’re stressed – and how breathing can help

Deep breathing has a profound effect on your body and may be one of the quickest and simplest ways to deal with stress.

Does eating at night make you fat?

Eat a good breakfast and think before you snack at bedtime – studies show that late night snacking does tend to encourage weight gain.

Promising botanicals for fighting cognitive decline

According to a recent review some herbal remedies have ‘very promising’ evidence behind them for combating cognitive decline.

Five brain-boosting reasons to take up martial arts – at any age

Martial arts practices range from the more gentle and meditative, to the combative and physically intensive – but all have benefits for body and mind.

Osteopathy can be used to treat mental health issues related to back pain

New data shows that osteopathic manipulative therapy can help both the back pain and the mental health symptoms that sometimes appear alongside it.

The best foods for arthritis symptoms – new research

The science shows that the right diet, combined with moderate low-impact exercise, can benefit people with osteoarthritis.

What’s making our children sick – and what we can do about it

With chronic disorders among children in the developed world reaching epidemic levels, parents are desperately seeking solutions to their children’s declining health; a new book could help.

Avoiding type-2 diabetes – there is more than one diet to choose from

Official advice says that the best diet to avoid type-2 diabetes is low-fat and high-fibre – but the evidence says that’s not the only option.

How creativity on prescription can improve mental and physical health

Whether it is painting, dancing, singing or creative writing the evidence shows that arts on prescription are changing the way we treat many health problems.

Artificial sweeteners may make you fat

High consumption of artificial sweeteners increases the chance of us accumulating fat in our bodies by changing the cells that make up our fat stores.