Health

Zinc deficiency ‘plays a role in high blood pressure’

Lower-than-normal zinc levels may contribute to hypertension by altering the way the kidneys handle sodium, according to a new study published in…

Simply climbing stairs can boost cardiovascular health, new study claims

A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health, according to new research…

No, ‘toxic masculinity’ is not an illness

During the Soviet era, the notorious Sherbsky Institute in Moscow was well known for categorising dissidence as a form of…

18 Jan 2019

You can safely ignore the government’s sugar guidelines

If you still have faith in Public Health England, last week’s episode of More or Less has the antidote. The…

18 Jan 2019

Tax, ban, regulate: the radical ‘planetary health diet’ explained

One of the secrets of the success of the nanny state campaign over the years has been the refusal of…

17 Jan 2019

Staying fit ‘cuts heart attack risk in half’

Poor cardiorespiratory fitness could increase your risk of a future heart attack, even if you have no symptoms of a…

Plant-based diet benefits heart health, endurance and recovery in athletes

A new review published in the journal Nutrients adds further evidence to the theory that plant-based athletes benefit from improvements in heart…

Forget New Year’s resolutions. Embrace your genetic trajectory

Are New Year’s resolutions pointless? This question gripped me over Christmas, as I tucked into the book of behavioural geneticist,…

9 Jan 2019

The NHS 10 year plan won’t work unless we embrace new technology

The focus of the new NHS 10 year plan is clear – prevention rather than cure. Whilst hospitals will still…

8 Jan 2019

Sweeteners aren’t healthier than sugar, new study review suggests

There is no evidence to indicate health benefits of sweeteners over sugar, and potential harms cannot be ruled out, according…

The Chenot – life and light in Azerbaijan

It’s that time of year again. Waistlines are stretching to sizes hitherto unknown. Livers are quivering. Purses are empty. The…

2 Jan 2019
Rachel Power, Chief Executive, Patients Association

Patients identify ways to address inefficiencies in cancer care

The multi-stakeholder, international initiative, All.Can announced the UK results from its global patient survey on inefficiencies in cancer care at the Britain Against Cancer conference. Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, and Chair of All.Can UK, explores the findings from the survey, and the implications for cancer care in the UK.

21 Dec 2018

How Jamie Oliver Stole Christmas

It’s been a busy old year for Jamie Oliver and his miserable band of anti-sugar, anti-salt and anti-fun campaigner friends.…

20 Dec 2018

How to talk about dementia with loved ones this Christmas

It’s that time of year when family descend from across the country for a festive celebration. At this time of…

20 Dec 2018

Childhood obesity is a fake epidemic

The NHS released the latest childhood obesity statistics earlier this month. Officially, 16.5 per cent of children aged between two…

18 Dec 2018

How to stay independent as you get older

The idea of getting old fills many people with dread, but why do we perceive ageing as a bad thing?…

17 Dec 2018

Shrinkflation: coming soon to a restaurant near you

It is less than a year since Public Health England told us that we should be consuming no more than…

14 Dec 2018

How reliable is online medical advice?

In the modern age of smartphones and the ever-growing influence of the internet, more and more people are turning to…

13 Dec 2018

Two compounds in coffee beans ‘slow progression of Parkinson’s’

Researchers have found a compound in coffee that, together with caffeine, fights Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia – two…

The fax machine bonfire has begun – now for the pager scrapheap

One of New Labour’s most pernicious legacies – and there were many – was its failed NHS IT project which…

10 Dec 2018

Drinking orange juice daily ‘cuts dementia risk by almost 50 per cent’

Middle-aged men who drink orange juice daily may be lowering their chances of cognitive decline, according to a new study…

Stressed by Brexit? Current affairs are making the nation anxious

Does just the mention of the word Brexit send your stress levels soaring? If so, you’re not alone. New research…

5 Dec 2018

Is being a night owl bad for your health?

There is a growing body of evidence that those who stay up late have an increased risk of ill health…

Measles cases are up by a third – that’s 110,000 unnecessary deaths

Measles outbreaks are often blamed on the fact that vaccines have been so successful people forget how dangerous this disease…

29 Nov 2018

Lung conditions kill more in the UK than other European countries

Death rates from respiratory illnesses are higher in the UK than similar countries in Europe, North America and Australia, according…

Stress is easier to cope with in the morning, new study suggests

Stressful events in the evening release less of the body’s stress hormones than those that happen in the morning, according…