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We'd like to increase your chances of living a long and healthy life - by providing a range of evidence-based health information.

Here are some of the most recent health articles we've published: 

Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

What are they? Why do they matter? How can they help us make healthier food choices? 

A Good Night Sleep

How important is sleep for our mental and physical health? Could lack of sleep even lead to dementia? What can we do to get a good night's sleep?

Memory Aids for Dementia

Can technology help people with memory problems and support their carers? This article introduces some of the newer technologies such as ‘virtual assistants’, but it also includes more traditional technologies such as specially adapted phones and medication aids. 

Artificial Sweeteners

What are artificial sweeteners? Find out more about the different types of artificial sweetener and the pros and cons of using them.

How important is our biological clock? Do we have a built-in body clock and if so, what makes it tick? Does it affect our sleep and what are the health implications? Here are some insights into its role.

Telomeres and Ageing

Telomeres are part of our genome (our genetic make-up) located at the end of the chromosomes in our cells. Why might they be important and what can we do to protect them? 

Preventing Falls as we get older: How can exercise help?

About 1 in 3 adults living at home in the UK and aged over 65 has at least one fall each year. Preventing falls among older adults is becoming a priority worldwide. So, how can we reduce the risk of falls?

Is status a life sentence?

We have no control over our social status at birth. Does this dictate our lives, or can we change our status? If we can, does this improve our health prospects and our life expectancy?

Is status a key to longevity?

Oscar winners, on average, live four years longer than other Hollywood actors. Could social status be a key to human longevity?

Why do people live longer in Japan?

How long do people live to in Japan? Can we learn any lessons from them?

Can we dance our way to health

Dance involves physical activity and so provides health benefits as a form of exercise. However, it also has some special qualities. Find out more in our assessment of the health benefits.

Cancer Prevention Guidelines:

What are the most common types of cancer? How important are the influence of genes, lifestyle and ageing? We also consider the pros and cons of screening. 

Exercise and Live Longer

Here we review recent research into the health benefits of exercise.

Too much Salt?

Over the centuries, salt has been a highly valued commodity, traded and fought over for its unique place in flavouring and preserving our food. However, how much salt can we safely consume?  

Can we reduce the risk of Alzheimer's?

Can mental activity, a healthy diet and an active social life reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Can smoking and depression increase the risk?

How can we stay healthy longer?

We’d probably all like to live long and healthy lives. But how feasible is this? And what can we do to stay healthy longer? 

How long can we expect to live in good health?

How does the UK compare with other countries when it comes to healthy life expectancy? What are the main causes of poor health and how can we avoid them?

Can too much exercise be bad for you?

We know that exercise is good for us. Is it ever possible to do too much? What is the evidence? How much aerobic exercise is good for us? 

Can nutrients or vitamins prevent or delay dementia?

As populations age, dementia is a problem across the developed world. Might nutrients or vitamins provide a solution?  

Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi? Does it have possible health benefits? How do we know? Are there any risks we need to be aware of? 


What is meditation? Can it affect our body as well as our mind? What is the evidence? Are there any health risks? 

Mediterranean Diet Health Benefits

What is the Mediterranean Diet? Can it reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer? Can it help manage Type 2 Diabetes? Might it reduce the risk of getting Parkinson's or Alzheimer's? 

Ageing and Sense of Smell

What gives us our ability to smell? What can take that ability away? Is age a factor? What are the consequences? And what can we do if we start to lose our sense of smell? 

Why women live longer than men?

Women usually live longer than men. Why is this - and are modern day vices, such as smoking and drinking, reducing the longevity gap? 

Blue Zones 

Are there parts of the world where people seem to live longer than others? If so, why? What can we learn from the people in these areas? 

Healthy Living

What are the biggest risk factors for your health? Does your lifestyle need to be healthier? If so, how can you achieve this? And how can you keep it up? What difference can this make to your health? 

Dental Health

Could dental infection put you at risk of more serious illnesses including Alzheimer's? If so, what are the main risk factors – and how can we reduce the risks?

Can too much exercise be bad for you? 

We know that exercise is good for us. Is it ever possible to do too much? What is the evidence? How much aerobic exercise is good for us? 


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