Health

Britain is one of the worst nanny states in Europe

Regular readers won’t be surprised to hear that Britain is one of the worst nanny states in Europe and the…

30 Apr 2019

The true absurdity of the ‘junk food’ advertising ban, revealed

A little known fact about Transport for London’s ban on ‘junk food’ advertising is that a company doesn’t have to…

24 Apr 2019

Diabetes drug ‘may reverse heart failure’

The recently developed antidiabetic drug empagliflozin can treat and reverse the progression of heart failure in non-diabetic animal models, according…

Nerve stimulation therapy ‘shows promise for treating rheumatoid arthritis’

Bioelectronic medicine scientists at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research collaborated with counterparts from Academic Medical Center at University of…

Study reveals 38 genes involved in hearing loss

Multiple new genes involved in hearing loss have been revealed in a large study by researchers from King’s College London,…

HL: Genomics, technology and the future of healthcare

How do you fly a plane whilst changing the wings? This was the question posed by Professor Sir Mark Walport…

11 Apr 2019

Experimental drug ‘slows down macular degeneration’

An experimental drug may be twice as good at fighting vision loss as previously thought, according to new research by Johns Hopkins…

Progress made towards blood test for colon cancer

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified four blood-based protein markers associated with the pre-cancerous forms of colon cancer…

Poverty ‘leaves a mark on 10 per cent of the the genome’

A new study byNorthwestern University in the US challenges prevailing understandings of genes as immutable features of biology that are…

Sleeping pill use linked with high blood pressure

Using sleeping pills on a regular basis is linked with use of an increasing number of blood pressure medications over…

‘No evidence’ vaping is a gateway to tobacco

There is little evidence that the rapid growth of e-cigarettes between 2011 and 2015 was associated with the ‘renormalisation’ of…

The power of technology to make lives better

It was a packed house at One Great George Street on Monday morning as Health Secretary Matt Hancock kicked off…

28 Mar 2019

The campaign to make alcohol ‘the new tobacco’

If you’ve been watching closely, you’ll have seen the signs. The campaign to turn alcohol into The New Tobacco happened…

28 Mar 2019

Second male birth control pill passes human safety tests

A new male birth control pill passed tests of safety and tolerability when healthy men used it daily for a…

Thirty minutes exercise reduces early death risk ‘by half’ in least active

For those who get the least amount of physical activity, replacing a half hour of sitting time with physical activity…

‘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…