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Ignore the headlines: aspirin is safe for pregnant women

There are times when published research can have a dramatic positive effect on patient outcomes. There are also times when…

Is your low-fat diet killing you?

For over 40 years now we have been urged, by various bodies including the American Heart association, British Heart Foundation…

Don’t call it ‘fat shaming’ – there are good reasons obese women shouldn’t get pregnant

A new study by Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet suggests that women are more likely to have babies with serious birth defects if they are…

Avoid early menopause by drinking two glasses of milk a day, new research suggests

Women with a higher dietary intake of vitamin D are less likely to experience early menopause, according to a new…

Exercise is more effective on an empty stomach, but proceed with caution

There’s no such thing as the perfect exercise regime for people trying to get in shape. No magic formula that…

Sound science backs fasting. Calorie counting can’t compete

Fasting is no longer merely the domain of religion — more and more people are fasting for the sake of…

Does a Mediterranean diet really protect against breast cancer?

‘Mediterranean diet could slash risk of deadly breast cancer by 40 per cent,’ said the headlines in the Telegraph and…

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Don’t bash Melinda Messenger. Anxiety about the HPV vaccine can’t just be ignored

Dr Chris Steele, the resident doctor of ITV’s This Morning, took Melinda Messenger to task on the show last week.…

Pregnant? Don’t give up the gym. Exercise helps mother, baby and birth

Most health advice for pregnant women is uncontroversial: to stop smoking, eat a healthy diet and take folic acid. However,…

HRT and breast cancer: here is what you should know

A large new study has found that the most common form of hormone replacement therapy (combined HRT) nearly triples the…

Multivitamins for healthy pregnant women are a waste of time. Doctors should say so

In my daily practice, I get frequent questions from pregnant women regarding what constitutes optimal nutrition, as rare is the…

The ‘low-fat’ dark ages are over — evidence shows the Mediterranean diet is best

More evidence has been forthcoming this week regarding the efficacy of the Mediterranean diet and its positive impact on health.…

For healthy weight loss the real evidence backs the Mediterranean diet

The current controversy between those challenging the dietary advice of the last 40 years and those who hide behind ‘expert…

Caffeine during pregnancy: this is what we know

A new meta-analysis has waded into the issue of caffeine consumption in pregnancy. Preliminary results suggest that a dose-response increase…

The war on homeopathy isn’t working. We need to call a truce

Disclaimer: I am not a believer in homeopathy, but I am rather partial to the remedies because I love the…

Fed up with scare stories about statins? Here is what you should know

It was the latest in a long stream of scare stories. ‘Statins DOUBLE the risk of diabetes,’ said the headlines.…

The Mail is wrong about the low-carb diet. It works — and there’s plenty of proof

Just when my blood pressure was coming down, the Daily Mail had to oblige with the following bit of news:…

The case against sugar isn’t closed. But we do have astonishing new evidence

My Spectator Health colleague Christopher Snowdon has strongly criticised Professor Robert Lustig’s case series, published last week, about the effects…