Health

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…

Telemedicine must be embraced to improve and save lives

Just as technology has changed the way we shop, book a taxi, hold business meetings, and even find a parking…

23 Nov 2018

Smoking rates plummet as vaping becomes more popular

A new study examining the relationship between vaping and smoking finds that cigarette smoking dramatically decreased between 2013 and 2017, just…

How to make your home dementia friendly

A dementia diagnosis is life changing, but it doesn’t mean that you have to up sticks and change everything. Instead,…

19 Nov 2018

How enzymes keep you healthy

Digestive enzymes have been (figuratively) under the microscope recently, with fantastic claims that they can do everything from curing depression…

16 Nov 2018

Weightlifting for just an hour a week reduces stroke risk

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by…

New phone app can identify heart attacks ‘with near accuracy of ECG’

A smartphone app that monitors heart activity can determine if someone is having an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (a heart attack…

Calories burn faster in the evening, new research shows

The number of calories people burn while at rest changes with the time of day, according to new research by…

The public health lobby wants to introduce a ‘meat tax’. Don’t bet against it

Once you accept that the modern ‘public health’ movement is just the latest incarnation of the puritanism that waxes and…

6 Nov 2018

Drinking coffee ‘reduces likelihood of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s’

Drinking coffee could protect against both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, according to new research by the Krembil Brain Institute. The…

Eating cheese reduces risk of heart disease, study claims

Men who eat fermented dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and sour milk have a reduced risk of coronary heart…

Plant-based diet ‘best for type 2 diabetes’

A plant-based diet is associated with improved psychological health, a reduction in some of the known risk factors for type…

Presumed consent law will lead to fewer organ donations

So much political folly could be avoided if we focused on outcomes rather than intentions. The passing of legislation in…

29 Oct 2018