Health

Getting less than five hours sleep a night ‘doubles heart attack risk’

Middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event…

The temperance movement’s latest study proves only one thing – it is economically illiterate

It seems to be Economic Illiteracy Week in the temperance movement. On Monday, it was ‘revealed’ that places which have…

23 Aug 2018

Moderate drinking lowers heart disease risk – if it’s consistent

Unstable drinking patterns over time may be associated with a higher risk of heart disease, whereas consistent moderate drinking within…

Moderate carbohydrate intake is best for health, new study suggests

Eating carbohydrates in moderation seems to be optimal for health and longevity, according to a new report published in The…

George Monbiot blames the government for rising obesity levels – there’s a simpler explanation

George Monbiot has written a curate’s egg of an article for the Guardian on the subject of obesity. Struck by…

15 Aug 2018

New combination pill ‘significantly lowers blood pressure’

A new three-in-one pill to treat hypertension is significantly more effective than currently available treatments, ac.cording to a new report…

Blood test can predict kidney cancer ‘five years before diagnosis’

A biomarker of kidney disease may help predict clear cell kidney cancer – the most common form of kidney cancer…

Heart rate – how fast is too fast?

Researchers in Japan have found a marker to identify which people with abnormally fast heartbeats are at high risk of…

Compound in giant radish prevents heart disease

Compounds found in the Sakurajima Daikon, or ‘monster radish’ could help protect coronary blood vessels and potentially prevent heart disease…

Cherries improve gut health

Montmorency tart cherries can improve gut health, according to new research published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. An international team…

Data is health-tech’s greatest asset – we need to use it responsibly

Few would argue with DNA-testing company 23andMe’s mission to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. It is a…

6 Aug 2018

Excess belly fat in older adults ‘linked with cognitive impairment’

The amount of belly fat a person has (the waist to hip ratio) is associated with reduced cognitive function in…

Mental health awareness may do more harm than good

In recent years there has been a huge obsession with children’s mental health. Frequently the public is told that youngsters…

1 Aug 2018

Two weeks of inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms

Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover,…

How to get a good night’s sleep during a heatwave

Your body temperature is connected to the overall quality of your sleep. And so, during a heatwave, our sleep patterns…

27 Jul 2018

‘Tinder for tennis’ lets you play without the commitment

As this summer’s festival of sport draws to a close, it is time for the nation to stop sitting on…

26 Jul 2018

Four simple ways to keep the brain healthy

It’s likely that you know someone who’s been affected by dementia. According to the Alzheimers Society, one in six people…

25 Jul 2018

Type 2 diabetes risk can be eliminated – if you have the right genes

Researchers from the University of Stirling have discovered a new genetic signature in people whose Type 2 diabetes improves following…

Cadbury’s low-sugar alternative won’t appease the public health lobby

Cadbury’s have announced that a new Dairy Milk chocolate bar with 30 per cent less sugar will hit the shelves…

20 Jul 2018

Moderate alcohol consumption ‘boosts male fertility’

Moderate alcohol intake is linked with higher semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count, according to new research published…

How a smart meter could save your life

As we get older it becomes easier to neglect our health. As we age we increasingly fail to notice the…

18 Jul 2018

Obesity alone ‘does not increase risk of early death’

People who have metabolic healthy obesity, but no other metabolic risk factors, have no increased rate of mortality according to…

Neck pain – the causes, how to treat it, and how to avoid it

Neck pain is a modern day epidemic due, in no small, part to our love of technology. The sedentary postures…

13 Jul 2018

Don’t sleepwalk into hearing loss – the damage is irreversible

It’s 1970 and like many teenagers, I was stationed in my bedroom playing Led Zeppelin as loud as I could…

11 Jul 2018

The new health secretary needs to bonfire Labour’s NHS fax machines

Innovative for its time, the trusty fax machine was for many decades a mainstay of office life. Across the NHS,…

10 Jul 2018

Time spent outdoors ‘reduces diabetes risk’

Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits, according to new research from the…