Health

Type 2 Diabetes: how to reduce the risk

Exercise and diet are key to reducing the likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes

14 Nov 2019

Does the ‘placebo effect’ justify the use of alternative medicine?

Researchers into to the placebo effect have seen their findings being used as justification for the effectiveness of alternative medicine

Planetary health diet ‘unaffordable’ for quarter of the population

A new study estimates that the so-called planetary health diet, which is meant to improve both human and planetary health,…

8 Nov 2019

Does Jordan Peterson’s carnivore diet work?

Peterson claims his carnivore diet has alleviated his depression but critics have been quick to lambast the diet

5 Nov 2019

PTSD: how can post traumatic stress disorder be treated?

PTSD can be treated years after exposure to trauma and yet two thirds of cases still go undiagnosed

4 Nov 2019

Obesity and smoking behind significant increase in liver cancer deaths

Liver cancer deaths have increased by around 50 per cent in the last decade and have tripled since records began,…

1 Nov 2019

Chronic itching ‘associated with depression and suicidal thoughts’

Itching is a very common symptom in patients suffering from skin diseases. In a new study on the psychological burden…

30 Oct 2019

Common medical conditions explained: high blood pressure

High blood pressure, also known as ‘hypertension’, has few symptoms but can often be addressed through lifestyle changes

28 Oct 2019

Valium prescriptions ‘almost 50 per cent higher in deprived areas of England’

Prescriptions for drugs to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal and sleep problems are highest in the most deprived areas in England,…

25 Oct 2019

Explore the Californian retreat favoured by Hollywood stars

Rancho Puerta near the Mexican border has hosted everyone from Aldous Huxley to Kate Winslet and Oprah Winfrey

21 Oct 2019

Are more people suffering from anxiety than in the past?

The rise of social media has compounded a health problem that has always existed

21 Oct 2019
exercise

Exercise before breakfast ‘burns fat twice as quickly’

By changing the timing of when you eat and exercise, you can exert control over your blood sugar levels –…

18 Oct 2019

Why the use of CEASE therapy on children with autism is wrong

This unproven and controversial theory argues that autism can be treated through the elimination of toxins in a child’s body

Newly developed capsule removes the need for injections

Many drugs can’t be taken orally because they are broken down in the gastrointestinal tract before they can take effect.…

9 Oct 2019

Dear Julie: how do I find a lasting relationship online?

Julie Burchill answers your sex and relationships dilemmas

Morning sickness ‘associated with higher autism risk’

Children whose mothers had severe form of a morning sickness during pregnancy are 53 per cent more likely to be…

4 Oct 2019

Brexit referendum ‘triggered psychotic episode’

Political events can take a serious toll on mental health, a doctor has warned in the journal BMJ Case Reports,…

2 Oct 2019
Selena Gomez

Lupus disease: how Selena Gomez shone a light on a rare autoimmune disorder

This rare condition is notoriously difficult to diagnose and, as Selena Gomez has discovered, has far-reaching health consequences

1 Oct 2019

Gwyneth Paltrow and the myth of vaginal steaming

Is there any evidence to support the purported health benefits of vaginal steaming – Gwyneth Paltrow’s health fad?

Vitamin D and fish oil show promise in cancer prevention

Vitamin D and fish oil can help to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease, according to the results of a new…

25 Sep 2019

When a care home’s not on your ‘to-do’ list

In association with Agincare   Moving into a care home. What were your first thoughts on reading those words? Resignation,…

20 Sep 2019

Is a stand up desk better for your back?

Evidence suggests that people using sit-stand desks were more engaged at work than their chair-bound peers

18 Sep 2019

Contraceptive pill ‘increases type 2 diabetes risk’

New research shows that use of the contraceptive pill and longer menstrual cycles are associated with a higher risk of…

16 Sep 2019

Short people ‘significantly more likely’ to develop type 2 diabetes

Being short is associated with a significantly higher risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in Diabetologia…

11 Sep 2019

Is eating human placenta any good for you?

The purported health benefits of eating placenta are not based on evidence

Dear Julie: should I forget my sex fantasies for the sake of my girlfriend?

Julie Burchill answers your sex and relationship questions