Boosting brain function in later life through singing

Ask anyone in a choir why they enjoy it, and they will tell you about the euphoric effects singing has on their mental health. A team of neuroscientists and clinical psychologists based at the University of Helsinki (Finland) believe these benefits could extend to improving brain function and treating aphasia.   Professor Teppo Särkämö is … Read more

Our cells hold the secrets of ageing

Most of us think about getting older from time to time, noticing how the years slip by and counting the grey hairs. Some of us even try and fight back, rubbing anti-ageing creams into our cheeks and turning to ideas like fasting.   Biologist Dr Martin Denzel is no different, though he tends to shy … Read more

Eating your way to a healthy old age

Tweaks to our diets could be one of the most effective ways of preventing disease in Europe’s ageing population.   In 2021, more than one fifth of the EU population was aged 65 and over. Current demographic trends suggest there will be 130 million Europeans over the age of 65 by 2050. By 2040, according … Read more

Spinning silk into next-generation eye and knee implants

For thousands of years, silk has been treasured for its qualities as a beautiful material for elegant garments. But scientists are harnessing the less obvious qualities of silk to develop versatile replacement parts for human eyes and knees.   The first word that comes to mind when you think of silk is probably not “strength”, … Read more