Coconut oil 'as unhealthy as beef fat and butter'

Coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts.

It is packed with saturated fat which can raise "bad" cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice.

Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it may be better for us than other saturated fats, according to BBC.

The AHA, however, says there are no good studies to support this.

Autism Risk Linked to Fever during Pregnancy

Fever during pregnancy may raise the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the child, according to a study led by scientists. The effect was most pronounced in the second trimester, raising odds for ASD by 40 percent. Risk of an ASD was increased by over 300 percent for the children of women reporting three or more fevers after the twelfth week of pregnancy, according to Science daily.

People with a Strict Bedtime are More Successful, Study Reveals

People who go to bed at the same time every night are far more healthy and successful than their more spontaneous peers, new research reveals.

While the growing swell of sleep research tends to focus on the amount of time we sleep, scientists have found routine is just as key.   

A team measured sleep and circadian rhythms in 61 undergraduates for 30 days using sleep diaries, then compared that data to their academic performance, According to the Daily Mail.

Could GRAPES do Wonders for Your Teeth?

A natural compound found in grapes has been found to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay, a study says.

Scientists claim that the discovery could stop people from losing teeth and also boost the strength of fillings, allowing them to last longer, according to Daily Mail.

Grape seed extract has long been linked to health benefits such as improved heart function and better circulation. 

Now the substance could reduce tooth extractions by increasing the longevity of composite-resin fillings – or tooth-coloured fillings – which typically last only five to seven years.

An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller

An egg a day might help undernourished young children grow to a healthy height, according to a six-month study in Ecuador.

Whether soft or hard-boiled, fried or whisked into an omelette, eggs appeared to give infants a boost.

It could be a cheap way to prevent stunting, say researchers in the journal Pediatrics, according to BBC.

The first two years of life are critical for growth and development - any stunting is largely irreversible.

Poor nutrition is a major cause of stunting, along with childhood infections and illnesses.