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Five things I’ve learned about dieting at Christmas

The most common advice we get about dieting at Christmas can be summed up in two words: don’t bother. It…

The secret of a successful diet: a regular flow of treats

Everybody says diets don’t work. They would work if you actually stuck to them, but you won’t stick to them,…

Ignore the cynics. A New Year’s resolution can change your life

The New Year’s resolution: to some a declaration of positive change, ushering in a new and better life, to others…

As a GP I know my terrible illness is just a cold. That doesn’t make it easier

I am a GP. I know a fair bit about colds. I have uttered the famous words ‘This seems to…

Has Cameron actually considered the realities of his seven-day GP access scheme?

David Cameron’s seven-day opening scheme for GPs sounds like an excellent idea for patients, but I’m not convinced it is.…

Calling doctors fat won’t make anyone thinner

Obesity. Everyone’s talking about it. It’s bad. Gives you diabetes, heart disease, and it makes you fat. And if you’re a…

Paracetamol might not ease back pain – but doctors should prescribe it anyway

Upon seeing the headline ‘Paracetamol does not help lower back pain’, I found myself emitting a small (well – actually…