You CAN train your brain to like healthy foods: Researchers reveal diet that can kick junk food addiction

Tufts University researchers say it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods.

Golf, gardening and holidays see skin cancer soar: Number of hospital admissions for disease up by 40% in four years 

Experts are particularly concerned about the high number of older men diagnosed too late with malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease.

The full horror of hospital food: Last week, after the Mail printed shocking images of hospital dinners, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed to act. But the crisis is bigger than he thinks

One senior consultant told Good Health he finds it 'unbearable' to see seriously-ill patients unable to eat the food served to them.

From Botox to ‘grow your own’ cartilage – how to ease your bad knees

A report in the Canadian Medical Journal found that a common type of knee surgery called arthroscopy does little to help osteoarthritis.

The radical new way to treat asthma – have your tonsils out

As a young child, whenever Maximus Rashdi, from St Albans, Hertfordshire, went to see his grandparents, he had to carry his inhaler with him.

Proof that the proton cancer cure Ashya’s parents were fighting for CAN save lives

Lucy Thomas, eight, from Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester, flew to the U.S. for the treatment while battling a rare type of head and neck cancer two years ago

Nordic diet volunteers lost three times as much weight as others 

The key to the diet is only eating foods when they are in season and those who followed that diet lost three times as much weight as those eating typical fare such as meat balls, pizza and spaghetti.

12,000 MORE patients are cut from GP lists in cost-saving drive by NHS managers – without family doctor being warned

GPs say distressed patients are turning up in waiting rooms demanding to know why they have been suddenly struck after failing to respond to a letter confirming their address.

Clairol’s Nice ‘N Easy hair dye caused woman to suffer an allergic reaction requiring hospitalisation

Tina Littlewood from Catterick, North Yorks, was rushed to A&E where doctors compared her burns to those of fire victims. Six weeks later, she is still covered in scabs.

Secrets of an A-list body: Goldie Hawn’s legs

We reveal how to get the enviable physiques of the stars. This week: Goldie Hawn's legs.

When a tiny patch of scaly skin is the first sign of arthritis and heart problems

Standing at her shop counter, pharmacist Rosie Beaton, 35, who lives in Glasgow, was overwhelmed by a throbbing pain in one of her toes.

Bubbles that could help to beat bowel cancer

Tiny fat bubbles loaded with popular curry ingredient curcumin may help fight colon cancer.

How your SKIN is smarter than you think: Researchers find neurons can carry out advanced calculations to tell the brain exactly how we are being touched 

Swedish researchers say skin carries out complex calculations to send messages to the brain about what touches us.

Cure your tiredness: Enjoy hot baths and bananas for a good night’s sleep

We show you how to conquer exhaustion by making small adjustments to your lifestyle.

ASK THE DOCTOR: Will my hernia kill me if it’s not repaired?

Dr Martin Scurr consults a patient who has been told they have a double hernia. But their surgeon says she is reluctant to operate on it.

Super-fit McBusted star Harry Judd speaks out about the importance of heart health after being diagnosed with an irregular beat during marathon training

McBusted drummer Harry Judd, was diagnosed with an ectopic heart condition last April, two weeks before he was due to run the Virgin London Marathon.

Red, itchy eyes? Why watching too much TV may be to blame

Five million Britons over the age of 45 suffer from dry eyes, 20 per cent of the adult population. Half of people over 65 have the complaint.

The incredible moment a 7 week old baby hears for the first time and shares his first ever smile with his emotional parents 

An Australian video has gone viral worldwide, capturing the special moment seven-week-old baby Lachlan hears for the first time and rewards his delighted parents with his very first smile.

Katie Hopkins piles on almost 4 stone to show fat is people’s own fault

Outspoken Katie ballooned to 12 stone (right) after consuming more than 6,500 calories a day for three months. Her diet was the equivalent of 13 ready meals every 24 hours.

Electric currents applied to the brain can boost memory and treat strokes and Alzheimers

Electrical current was delivered using magnetic pulses, and also improved people's ability to learn new skills, said the Northwestern researchers.

Joan Rivers could be left ‘a vegetable or in wheelchair’ after botched procedure

The family of Joan Rivers are said to be considering legal action as doctors begin to bring the comedian out of a medically-induced coma but fear she could be left as a 'vegetable' or 'needing a wheelchair'.

Woman died of brain haemorrhage after waiting SIX HOURS in A&E for a scan that should have been done within an hour

Linda Lloyd, 63, died of a significant brain haemorrhage after she waited more than six hours to receive a vital scan at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Cheerleading saved my life: Anorexic teenager whose weight plummeted to 5st makes remarkable recovery 

Lynne Lang, now 21, from Glasgow was diagnosed with the eating disorder in 2011. Within 18 months her extreme weight loss spiralled out of control and her weight fell to just five stone.

Which is Better for Weight Loss: Low-Carb or Low-Fat?

Plus, how low you should go

What to cut, what to cut? Well, if you’re trying to lose weight, the answer's carbs. It turns out that reducing your carb intake is more effective at spurring weight loss than reining in the fat, according to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine

For the study, researchers from Tulane University randomly assigned 148 obese men and women without heart disease or diabetes to follow a low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet. After one year, participants who had been eating low-carb had lost 7.7 pounds more than those who had been eating less fat. Plus, they had greater decreases in fat mass and other cardiovascular risk factors.

MORE: Is THIS The Best Diet for Weight Loss?

But before you start raiding your kitchen looking for carbs to trash, it's important to note that, as far as this study is concerned, low-carb really isn't all that low. In the study, researchers suggested dieters only limit their intake of digestible carbs to 40 grams per day (about as much as in four slices of whole wheat bread) and told them they could eat as many grams of indigestible carbohydrates, or fiber, as they wanted. And in the end, most of the low-carb-eating participants in the study still ate more: They put away 75 to 85 grams of digestible carbs and about 15 grams of indigestible carbs a day.

Not sure how many grams you're getting of each? Look on the nutrition label. Then just subtract the number of grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate count. That's how many grams of digestible carbs the food packs.

MORE: 4 Carb Myths That Lead to Weight Gain

Easier than counting carbs, though, is just paying attention to where your carbs are coming from. "Carefully choosing your carbohydrate sources is key," says lead study author, Lydia A. Bazzano, M.D., Ph.D., a professor and nutrition researcher at Tulane University. "If most of your carbohydrates are coming from whole vegetables and whole fruits rather than white rice, potatoes, refined grains, and beverages, then improved cardiovascular health and even weight loss is likely to follow."

And while cutting your numbers of digestible carbs is helpful, this study also shows that fat can actually aid in weight loss, says Bazzano. Not only did the low-fat dieters lose less weight, but low-carb study participants were actually encouraged to replace digestible carbs with healthy fats—primarily from unsaturated sources—and protein, both of which are known to reduce heart disease risk factors like lipid profile and blood pressure.

MORE: 8 Foods That Decrease Inflammation and Help You Lose Weight


Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of Louisiana Law Threatening…

A Louisiana state law specifically designed to shutter abortion clinics across the state will not be enforced on September 1, according to a federal district court ruling issued late this evening.

Methyglyoxal ‘kills’ good cholesterol raising the risk of heart disease 

Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that 'good' cholesterol is turned 'bad' by a sugar-derived substance, known as MG.

The Type of TV Show or Movie That Will Make You Snack More

Hint: Your boyfriend doesn't get to pick your next date-night movie.

You already know your Netflix binges aren't doing your waistline any favors. But as it turns out, the more action-packed your show, the more likely you are to also binge on food, according to a new study published in Internal Medicine.

In the Cornell Food and Brand Lab study, 94 undergraduates snacked on M&Ms, cookies, carrots, and grapes while watching TV. A third of them watched the action movie The Island, a third watched The Charlie Rose Show, and the rest watched The Island, but on mute.

MORE: Can You Really Binge-Watch Netflix and Get a Workout at the Same Time?

After just 20 minutes, the students who watched The Island had eaten almost twice as much (98 percent more!) as those who watched the talk show, and the participants who watched the action movie sans sound still ate 36 percent more than those who got their talk show on. And in the calorie department, the action watchers put away 354 calories (or 314 calories if there was no sound), compared to the talk show watchers' 215.

The action-eating connection: Action flicks are about as distracting as distracting gets—so you don't notice how much food you're mindlessly shoveling into your mouth, says study co-author Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the Food and Brand Lab.

MORE: 6 Ways to Stop Mindless Grazing BEFORE It Starts

On the flip side, though, ridiculously boring shows may also promote overeating. (Like you wanted to watch them anyway!) A previous study from Sweden's Uppsala University found that women eat 52 percent more food while watching a "boring" televised art lecture compared to an "engaging" episode of a popular comedy show.

So ditch the action movies, bring on the comedies, and make sure you keep your snacks (or at least the unhealthy ones) out of arm's reach. A previous study in the journal Appetite found that the farther away your food is from your grubby little hands, the less you want to eat it—even if it's popcorn.

MORE: 8 Tips That Make it Easier to Stop Eating When You're Full


‘Lucas is our gift from Oscar’: Family’s joy after baby boy is born four months after his big brother died 

Lucas Tasker was born two weeks ago, four months after his 14-month-old brother Oscar, from Coventry, died after he was born with the main arteries to his heart wired the wrong way around.

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone traced back to a single traditional healer’s funeral

Scientists in the US have studied the blood of recent victims and believe the funeral, in Sierra Leone in mid-May, might have acted as a ‘super-spreader’ event.

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone traced back to a single traditional healer’s funeral

Scientists in the US have studied the blood of recent victims and believe the funeral, in Sierra Leone in mid-May, might have acted as a ‘super-spreader’ event.

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