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Sad news for those who suffer from SAD: the condition is probably a myth

Would you rather, at this moment, be standing at a bus stop in the rain, on your way to a…

Resist the green juice brigade. The detox is a delusion

The New Year detox is upon us in its many guises, and although we know that the entire premise is…

Don’t believe scientists who say all drinking is bad. Light boozing has strong benefits

Alcohol consumption has been a part of most human cultures since prehistoric times. While drinking practices vary by culture, ranging…

Anti-sugar fanatics are watching how many biscuits you buy

Today is the start of Sugar Awareness Week. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s because it has just…

Forget paleo, go mid-Victorian: it’s the healthiest diet you’ve never heard of

If you were to ask a member of the public to name a particularly healthy cuisine they might say the…

Bacon may cause cancer but here is why you shouldn’t be worried

The presenter Karl Pilkington once said that if he could be a super hero he would like to be ‘Bullshit…

A wonder drug could eradicate Aids. So why isn’t it offered in Britain?

You have probably never heard of Truvada, but it is a pharmacological breakthrough that has the potential to consign Aids…

Cheese, ‘as addictive as crack cocaine’? Heavy users don’t need to worry

‘Cheese is “as addictive” as heroin, say scientists’. ‘Cheese is like crack, according to research’. ‘Shock study reveals cheese is…

Dispatching dementia

Scientists are finally making breakthroughs in the search for a cure.

Alas, poor Yorick. And spare a thought for the rest of us

The art of dying well

Do we want to live as long as modern medicine allows us, or only so long as life is sweet? By Margaret McCartney

The EU’s attack on e-cigarettes will bring a golden age of vaping to an end

Walking down most British high streets you could be forgiven for thinking that e-cigarettes are more common than tobacco. It’s…

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…

From potions to pills, the biggest anti-ageing myths (and scams) revealed

Nobody likes getting old. It’s one of the first things we figured out about ourselves, when we started writing down…

Cold water bathing — a Victorian craze that really is good for your health

Flinging someone into a freezing pool might not sound like the best cure for a panic attack. Yet recent research…

Jamie Oliver’s guilty sugar secret: his own recipes are full of the stuff

Imagine a country in which state-subsidised television networks wheel out popular celebrities to scare the masses into supporting more taxes.…

Can’t bear sleeping less than seven hours? A study says your instincts are right

Insufficient sleep is a ‘public health epidemic’, according to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The organisation links…

On e-cigarette safety The Lancet has decided to shoot the messenger

So the pushback begins. An anonymous editorial in The Lancet today wields the hatchet at the recent Public Health England…