Health

‘Clear link’ between depression in 20s and memory loss in 50s

There is a ‘clear link’ between episodes of depression and anxiety experienced by adults in their twenties, thirties and…

There’s no such thing as ‘junk food’ – so how will an advertising ban work?

When the government announced its public consultation on restricting food advertising on Sunday, the press release came with an intriguing…

19 Mar 2019

Ultrasound surgery ‘effectively treats high blood pressure’

A one-off operation that targets the nerves connected to the kidney has been found to maintain reduced blood pressure in…

Mentally tiring work ‘increases diabetes risk in women’

Women who find their jobs mentally tiring are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study…

Can technology and AI revolutionise the NHS?

The annual Spectator Health Summit, chaired by Alastair Stewart, is a unique opportunity for health and care leaders to examine the priorities of the NHS, the role of AI and technology and how best to allocate the budget that will determine the health service’s direction for the next decade.

15 Mar 2019

Green tea cuts obesity and inflammation risk

Green tea cuts the risk of obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health, according to a new…

The ‘planetary health diet’ – or communism through the backdoor?

In the superb Scandinavian TV series The Bridge, one of the two central figures is the autistic Swedish police detective…

12 Mar 2019

The unintended consequences of the ‘junk food’ advertising ban

It’s only been a week since Sadiq Khan’s ill-conceived ban on ‘junk food’ advertising across London’s public transport network came…

5 Mar 2019

From China to the APA, ‘medicalisation’ is used to dismiss political opponents

In the Fall of 1913, Lenin wrote a couple of letters to Maxim Gorky in which, deeply disturbed by Gorky’s support of the humanist…

4 Mar 2019

Researchers discover origins of brain differences between males and females

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered a mechanism for how androgens – male sex steroids…

Sleeping in on the weekend won’t repay your sleep debt

Sleeping in on the weekend can’t repair the damage from a week of sleepless nights, according to University of Colorado…

Plant-based meals ‘improve insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes’

A plant-based diet improves the secretion of insulin and incretin hormones in those with type 2…

Protein restores brain cells damaged by Parkinson’s

It may be possible to restore the cells damaged in Parkinson’s, according to a new study published in Brain and the Journal of Parkinson’s…

Study links diabetes and back pain

People with diabetes have a 35 per cent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and 24 per cent higher…

Eating blueberries can help lower blood pressure

Eating 200g of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel function and a decrease in…

Interval training best for weight loss, study review concludes

Interval training may shed more pounds than a continuous moderate intensity workout, according to a new pooled analysis of the…

‘I told you I was ill’ – the importance of patient communication

When analyzing reviews of hospitals on Yelp, researchers from Penn Medicine found that the word most associated with negative reviews,…

New blood test ‘objectively measures pain’

A test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers can objectively measure levels of pain, according to a report…

Measles infections reach a ten year high

A record number of people have been affected by the measles virus in 2018, according to a new report by…

Confused by the headlines on alcohol consumption? You should be

Two front page headlines based on figures from the Office for National Statistics caused confusion this week. The Daily Mail,…

8 Feb 2019

Eating healthily ‘significantly improves mood’

There is a positive association between the quantity of fruit and vegetables consumed and people’s self-reported mental well-being, according to…

New biosensor could provide early lung cancer diagnosis, research shows

Graphene – a strong material made from layers of single carbon atoms – could hold the key to unlocking the…

Statins reduce risk of major cardiovascular events ‘regardless of age’

Statin therapy reduces major vascular events, and a new meta-analysis shows this is the case even in patients over 75…

Is it better to lose weight quickly or gradually?

It makes no difference to overall health whether you lose weight slowly or quickly, according to new research by York…

Eat healthily, or else! – the plan to change your diet by force, explained

The increasingly loony Lancet is on a roll this month. After causing global mirth two weeks ago by publishing the…

28 Jan 2019

Sleep deprivation accelerates brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that sleep deprivation increases levels of the key…