Forget popping pills – the best way to boost brainpower is to do a crossword and play sudoku

Forget popping pills – the best way to boost your brainpower is a crossword or sudokuSupplements such as fish oils and the herb gingko biloba do not prevent cognitive declineBut simple brain-training games might, say researchers who reviewed 40 years of research By Rachel Reilly PUBLISHED: 11:53 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:09 GMT, 16 April 2013 Useless: New research says that taking pills for cognitive decline is a waste of time Supplements such as fish oils and the memory-boosting herb gingko biloba do not prevent cognitive decline, according to new research.

Taking vitamin D and calcium WON"T prevent broken bones, say leading experts

Taking vitamin D and calcium WON'T prevent broken bones, say leading experts Taking typical supplement dose provides no benefits for average post-menopausal women, finds U.S task forceBut those at high risk of weak bones should consult their doctor By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:37 GMT, 26 February 2013 The NHS recommends people over 65 take a daily vitamin D supplement Older women who pop vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent broken bones may be taking them in vain, according to leading experts.

Taking vitamin C DOES reduce the risk of a cold – but only if you exercise

Taking vitamin C DOES reduce the risk of a cold – but only if you exercise Vitamin makes no difference to couch potatoesBut in those who work out, it can HALVE the risk of a cold and help speed up recovery, say Finnish expertsChildren are more responsive to the vitamin than adults By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 18:06 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:10 GMT, 14 February 2013 Taking vitamin C to ward off a cold only helps if you exercise regularly, new research suggests.

Taking vitamin C every day DOUBLES the risk of painful kidney stones

Taking vitamin C every day DOUBLES the risk of painful kidney stones 'Excruciatingly painful' condition affects 12 per cent of men and four per cent of women in the UKSome of the vitamin C absorbed by the body is excreted in urine as oxalateThis is one of the key components of kidney stones By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 12:05 GMT, 5 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:33 GMT, 5 February 2013 Men who took vitamin C supplements at least once a day had the highest risk of kidney stones Men who take vitamin C supplements every day double their risk of suffering from kidney stones, new research suggests.

Vikings could be to blame for why Scots have highest levels of multiple sclerosis

Vikings could be to blame for why Scots have highest levels of multiple sclerosis in the world, say scientists Study found one in every 170 women in the Orkney Islands suffers from multiple sclerosisIt is the highest rate in the world and has been linked with their Norse ancestryScientists say Vitamin D deficiency could also be to blame | UPDATED: 17:45 GMT, 10 December 2012 Genetic culprit The norse ancestry of Scottish people could be at least partly to blame for high levels of multiple sclerosis People living on a group of Scottish islands could have the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world thanks to the Vikings, researchers claim.

Botox booster Zytaze: New pill "keeps wrinkles at bay for 30 per cent longer"

Is this the new Botox booster New pill 'keeps wrinkles at bay for 30 per cent longer'Pills contain zinc and an enzyme called phytase which helps the vitamin to be absorbedPack of ten costs 45; zinc supplements cost 8 for 100Manufacturer Eden says cheaper zinc tablets won't have same effectExpert says tablets may work because zinc helps to speed up healing | UPDATED: 21:52 GMT, 8 September 2012 A new pill is promising to make the wrinkle-smoothing effects of Botox injections last for 30 per cent longer.

Ronan Keating: "I"ve had a lot to cope with, but I"m learning to be happy"

'I've had a lot to cope with, but I'm learning to be happy': Under the microscope with Ronan Keating | UPDATED: 00:34 GMT, 4 September 2012 The singer and songwriter, 35, on being a worrier, playing golf and why he has a disruptive sleep pattern 'I'm a worrier.

Melanie Sykes: "Being fit has improved my sex life by 100 per cent"

'Being fit has improved my sex life by 100 per cent': Under the microscope with Melanie Sykes | UPDATED: 23:37 GMT, 20 August 2012 The TV presenter, 42, on having breast surgery, being a light sleeper and why she doesn't need to diet 'I had a boob job two years ago and it's one of the best things I've ever done,' said Melanie Sykes DO YOU GET YOUR FIVE A DAY Truthfully, no.