New Microbiome Health Index provides a “credit score for your gut”

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed a test that can predict a person’s general health status by measuring the levels of 50 gut microbial species. Called the Gut Microbiome Health Index (GMHI), the formula does not diagnose specific diseases a… Continue reading New Microbiome Health Index provides a “credit score for your gut”

Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine trial resumes in UK

Following a swift independent investigation by the Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA), large-scale Phase 3 trials for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, are recommencing across the United Kingdom after a s… Continue reading Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine trial resumes in UK

Promising naturally occurring anti-aging compound looks to human trials

An impressive new study from researchers at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging has found mice given supplements of an endogenous metabolite display significant healthspan improvements. The research follows on from other similar animal studies wit… Continue reading Promising naturally occurring anti-aging compound looks to human trials

Amazon stretches into fitness trackers and wellness with the Halo

Amazon already makes ereaders, smart speakers and tablets, and now it makes fitness trackers too. The Halo is a new wearable that straps to your wrist and feeds data on your activities and sleep patterns back to an accompanying mobile app.Continue Read… Continue reading Amazon stretches into fitness trackers and wellness with the Halo

How long should a nap be? New study suggests keep it under an hour

A new meta-analysis, encompassing more than 20 studies, suggests daytime naps lasting more than 60 minutes can be linked to higher rates of all-cause mortality and poor cardiovascular health. Although the finding is only correlational, the researchers … Continue reading How long should a nap be? New study suggests keep it under an hour

Microscopic robot would use laser pulses to walk through the body

One day microscopic robots could be crawling through your body, clearing out disease or delivering drugs. And now we’re one step closer to that future, as scientists from Cornell University have created tiny robots powered by pulses of laser light.Cont… Continue reading Microscopic robot would use laser pulses to walk through the body

Premium Sense smartwatch leads Fitbit’s latest device refresh

Fitbit has a trio of new devices to help you lead a healthier, fitter, more quantified lifestyle: the brand new Fitbit Sense smartwatch, plus updates to existing lines in the shape of the Fitbit Versa 3 and the Fitbit Inspire 2.Continue ReadingCategory… Continue reading Premium Sense smartwatch leads Fitbit’s latest device refresh

Contentious study suggests no safe level of caffeine during pregnancy

A new review encompassing dozens of prior observational studies and meta-analyses is suggesting there is no safe level of caffeine consumption during pregnancy. The review suggests a “radical revision” to current health recommendations but not all expe… Continue reading Contentious study suggests no safe level of caffeine during pregnancy

Backup livers grown in lymph nodes of pigs with liver disease

The liver performs many vital functions in the body, so its cells are quick to regenerate. Now, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered just how persistent those cells can be. In tests in pigs with severe liver damage, functional ne… Continue reading Backup livers grown in lymph nodes of pigs with liver disease

New evidence placebos work, even when people know they’re placebos

A new study is offering more evidence that placebo drugs can still work even when people are aware they are taking inactive pills. The research builds on a growing body of study suggesting “honest” placebos could have a role in modern clinical practice… Continue reading New evidence placebos work, even when people know they’re placebos