Health

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…

The sugar tax in Chile reduced consumption – but hasn’t improved public health

A sugar tax introduced on soft drinks in Chile has failed to reduce inequalities in diet-related health, new research has…

Playing tennis ‘improves mood, mental health and fitness’

A new survey by the Local Tennis Leagues shows that its members have experienced a range of health benefits since…

Experimental drug ‘stops progression of Parkinson’s’

Researchers from John Hopkins University have developed an experimental drug, similar to compounds used to treat diabetes, that slows the…

New research offers hope of a blood test for Alzheimer’s

Tiny snippets of genetic material called microRNA may help with early detection of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to…

Not just a Hollywood film plot – psychiatric patients are being institutionalised for profit

A recent exposé showed what seems to amount to unethical practice in accepting referral fees by psychiatrists. One stated he…

29 Jun 2018

A blood test could detect NAFLD before liver damage

Chemical compounds produced by the bacteria in our gut could be used to spot the early stages of liver disease,…

Why don’t more young women vape? EU regulations are partly to blame

The government’s current approach to nicotine and tobacco reminds me of the sex education scene in Mean Girls: ‘Don’t have sex.…

25 Jun 2018

The ‘body positivity’ movement is making people blind to their weight problems

The normalisation of ‘plus-size’ body shapes is causing people to underestimate their weight, according to new research by the University…

The food supply is being taxed, regulated and reformulated – on the pretext of a lie

Earlier this week I suggested that the ‘extremely worrying’ news that children are eating twice as much sugar as the…

21 Jun 2018

How moderate drinking protects the heart

The cardioprotective effects of alcohol have been known about for at least 20 years, though the mechanism behind it has…

Moving goalposts – a government-approved lifestyle is always out of reach

Something dramatic happened twenty years ago that has been all but forgotten. On June 17th 1998, 25 million Americans suddenly…

18 Jun 2018

Eating lentils ‘lowers type 2 diabetes risk’

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to…

Can religious belief make you live longer?

Those with religious affiliations live an average of almost four years longer than those with none, according to new research…

Dementia ‘can be caused by hypertension’

People with high blood pressure are at a higher risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in…

The BBC is promoting carbohydrate hysteria

One of Twitter’s odder subcultures warns you of its obsessive presence with the hashtag #LCHF. It stands for ‘low carb,…

11 Jun 2018

Children of older mothers ‘more likely to have heart complications’

Adult offspring of older mothers are more susceptible to heart risks in later life, according to new research published in…

The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children

We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added…

6 Jun 2018

Aspirin found to stave off bowel cancer

Aspirin blocks a key process linked to the formation of tumours and several diseases, according to new research by the…

New tumour model is ‘major step towards individualised cancer therapy’

Researchers from Kyoto University have developed a new tumour model that will allow them to more effectively analyse individual human…

Heart disease patients should aim to be active, not thin

Increased physical activity, rather than weight loss, gives people with coronary heart disease a longer life, according to a new…

Anti-obesity policies are based on the whims of celebrity chefs – and aren’t helping people lose weight

If you pay a blackmailer once, you will keep being blackmailed, and so it is no surprise that the government’s…

30 May 2018

High protein diet ‘increases heart failure risk’

For middle-aged men, eating higher amounts of protein is associated with a slightly elevated risk of heart failure, according to…

Health-at-home devices will save lives and reduce the strain on the NHS

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease in the world, impacting between around a fifth and…

28 May 2018