Climb a flight or two of steps, which provides a brief but effective aerobic workout and some leg strengthening. Wear gloves if the stairs are public, and hold tight to the banister

Past science suggests that any health impacts from prolonged home confinement are likely to be greatest among older people. In multiple studies, when(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: AP

US president Donald Trump has claimed he was being sarcastic and testing the media when he raised the idea that injecting disinfectant or irradiating (...)

‘It’s 00.53 am. I am exhausted. My body feels leaden, battered. But my mind, cruelly, is alert and vigilant.’ Photograph: Basak Gurbuz Derman

It’s 12.53am. I am exhausted. My body feels leaden, battered. But my mind, cruelly, is alert and vigilant. I’m scanning the horizon of my consciousnes(...)

Embracing more situations that are scary but don’t pose any serious threat – riding rollercoasters, public speaking, job interviews – is strongly encouraged.

Stress has become a defining feature of the 21st century, contributing to the mental-health crisis, fuelling a boom in mindfulness apps and even, scie(...)

If cooking, at least of starches, can alter the ecology of the gut, then have humans been shaping our microbiomes ever since we learned to put prehistoric tubers in the fire?

It was a challenge unlike any other the chef-turned-graduate student had faced: Vayu Maini Rekdal had to create a menu in which every ingredient could(...)

There are also some concerns that Apple, which has already reshaped how people live, communicate and entertain themselves, is pursuing yet another way to influence society, this time through health. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images)

In 1976, the Harvard School of Public Health and two other major medical institutions started a study on nurses that has become one of the largest and(...)

Yemeni children in the city of Taez listen to their teacher this month in a destroyed classroom at their school which was heavily damaged in an air strike during fighting between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Huthi rebels. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images

Two decades ago, nearly 10 million children did not live to see a fifth birthday. By 2017, that number – about 1 in every 16 children – was nearly cu(...)

Claire Morrissey running the 101km Eiger Ultra Trail in Switzerland last July.

It is many people’s idea of hell – running through treacherous terrain over mountains for days and nights in often hostile weather conditions – but mo(...)

Structure of the amyloid beta peptide   bound to the cell membrane. Scientists at Washington University  reported that they had devised the most sensitive blood test yet. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

For decades, researchers have sought a blood test for beta amyloid, the protein that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Several groups and companie(...)

The  most important advice: Do not check your sleep data on a regular basis. Photograph: Andrey Popov/iStock

For the last two weeks, I’ve added an extra step to my bedtime routine – strapping a computer around my wrist. The new nightly move was prompted by a(...)

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