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Increased vitamin C in the diet could help protect against cataracts

Higher dietary intake of vitamin C has been found to have a potentially preventative effect on cataract progression in the first twin study of cataracts to examine to what degree genetic and environmental factors influence their progression with age. Cataract is a common condition in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy as a […]

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Keen to be healthier in old age? Tend your inner garden

The “very old” do spark our interest – but is our search for a secret to longevity actually misguided? Wouldn’t you rather live healthier than live longer in poor health? Surely, what we really want to know is how do we live well in old age. Clearly as scientists we try to illuminate these questions […]

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Fitter legs linked to a ‘fitter’ brain

Researchers at King’s College London have found that muscle fitness as measured by power in the legs is strongly associated with an improved rate of ageing in the brain. The findings, published in Gerontology, suggest that simple interventions, such as increased levels of walking, targeted to improve leg power in the long term may have […]

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Research shows high protein foods boost cardiovascular health

Our latest research in collaboration with the University of East Anglia shows that a diet high in proteins is as beneficial as exercise for our cardiovascular health. The researchers analysed diet and clinical measures from 2000 of our twins and found evidence that showed that high levels of aminoacids had a positive effect on blood […]

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TwinsUK Leads The Way In Alzheimer’s Prevention Research

Dr Claire Steves, senior lecturer at the Department of Twin Research, King’s College London, recently co-authored a seminal paper in the Journal Translational Psychiatry that describes the identification of a protein in blood that could potentially lead to early identification and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. This important breakthrough was reported world-wide and was covered in […]

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DTR researcher wins prestigious award for work on back pain

Congratulations to the DTR team led by Dr Frances Williams which has been selected as the winner of The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) prize in Clinical Studies for 2015.  The award is the most prestigious in the field for research into low back pain arising from the spine and […]

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