Depression, a disease of the mind? Actually our immune system could be the culprit

When the journalist Bryony Gordon wrote about her struggle with depression she was taken aback by her readers’ reaction. In…

Just one minute of intense exercise is enough to improve your health

An exercise regime known as the ‘one-minute workout’ has recently caught the attention of the media. The claim, which sounds…


Moderate drinking is good for the heart. Why won’t public health admit it?

A new study in the British Medical Journal has found that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack,…

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You can eat a healthy diet for next to nothing. Here’s the proof

It is a common belief in some circles that a healthy diet is unaffordable. Last year, the chair of the…

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The shaming of heart surgeons: how politics brought a proud profession low

During training and the early years of my consultant career, cardiac surgery was a pioneering profession. We developed techniques and…


The protein myth: why high-protein diets are utterly pointless

Nonsensical nutritional claims have been with us for years. Stanley Green, the Protein Man, paraded up and down Oxford Street…

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Clean eating has a dark side. Its gurus can no longer ignore it

‘There’s a slight irony to the whole thing, having never described myself as “clean”,’ Ella Mills says to Dr Giles…

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Why you don’t need to worry about eating brown toast

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a campaign to warn Britons of the dangers of toasting and roasting their…

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Fakery on a massive scale means we can’t trust studies from China

Imagine a therapy that supposedly cures most ailments and for which almost 100 per cent of all the published studies…

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Ignore the headlines. Diet drinks don’t make you fat

The front pages of yesterday’s newspapers had some sensational news for the yo-yo dieters and temporary gym members of post-festive…

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Why did George Michael’s heart fail?

There is still a huge amount of speculation about the exact reason George Michael died at the early age of…

Fewer illnesses, less stress: how cold water swimming can change your life

I have always swum regularly but, one summer when the pool was closed for a couple of weeks, a friend…

What to eat: Anyone for acid-free snake oil?

The alkaline diet, the raw diet, all kinds of craziness all over the internet… the only word for it is ‘nutribollocks’

From scrawny to brawny

Even geeks in Silicon Valley have mighty muscles now… this is how I joined them

Sing something simple: the therapy that helps stroke victims to speak

Melodic Intonation Therapy adds words and phrases to a familiar tune

The medical (and legal) consequences of looking at your phone in bed

It’s not my fault I look at my emails 24 hours a day — so who can I sue?

Hype and hypnotherapists: can they really do the things they claim?

It’s easy to find dissatisfied customers who spent hundreds of pounds and achieved nothing

Snakes and bladders: how patients saved a pioneering medic cast down by NHS rules

Patients at Professor Jeremy Malone-Lee’s urinary clinic are often at their wits’ end with near-suicidal despair