Netball: Former Silver Ferns captain dropped

The former Silver Ferns captain Katrina Rore (nee Grant) has been dropped from the New Zealand netball side. Rore, who was replaced as captain when Noelene Taurua took over as coach earlier this year, hasn't been selected in the 12 strong squad for the Quad series...

Is Butter a Wholesome Fats?

Butter is making a comeback as a healthy fat. But are the claims for the benefits of butter for real? Johanna writes: “I was recently surprised to hear a nutritionist encourage people to use butter, calling it a healthy fat. I've always avoided butter because of the...

Flu Season Size Could Differ by Metropolis Dimension

Work suggests preparedness strategy should differ by location The length of the flu season may vary depending on where you live, with large cities enduring longer periods of transmission and smaller cities experiencing shorter, but more explosive, spread, a new study...

Scientists Determine Genes Linked to REM Sleep

Mice that lack these genes do not engage in rapid eye movement sleep Scientists have known about the stage of sleep called rapid eye movement, or REM—which is associated with dreaming as well as improved learning and memory—since the 1950s. Many of its mechanisms...

Can a Low-Carb Food regimen Remedy Reflux?

A low FODMAP diet can bring relief from IBS and other intestinal miseries. But could it also be the answer for chronic heartburn? Lisa writes: “I recently came across a diet that’s supposed to help with acid reflux. In this diet, you cut way back on carbohydrates and...