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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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Why is my hangover so bad?

Tim Spector talks to the Guardian about how drinking alcohol affects our microbial population and in return the intensity of hangovers. Who among us have not suffered the awful effects of a hangover at least once?. Research shows that drinking in excess causes our gut microbes to release toxins and increase the alcohol loving microbes […]

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Gut microbes important for dietary health

Tim Spector gave an interview to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, where he discussed the latest microbiome research and advised listeners on how to improve their microbiome population and what to eat for better health. The whole interview is now available online at the following link:  

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Your gut bacteria don’t like junk food – even if you do

Tim Spector, longstanding contributor to the science media outlet “The Conversation”, explains how junk food negatively affects the diversity of our gut microbiome, essential for our wellbeing. For the sake of his latest research published in his book The Diet Myth, Tim and his son put themselves through different diets to observe its effects on […]

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