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George Monbiot blames the government for rising obesity levels – there’s a simpler explanation

George Monbiot has written a curate’s egg of an article for the Guardian on the subject of obesity. Struck by…

New combination pill ‘significantly lowers blood pressure’

A new three-in-one pill to treat hypertension is significantly more effective than currently available treatments, ac.cording to a new report…

Blood test can predict kidney cancer ‘five years before diagnosis’

A biomarker of kidney disease may help predict clear cell kidney cancer – the most common form of kidney cancer…

Heart rate – how fast is too fast?

Researchers in Japan have found a marker to identify which people with abnormally fast heartbeats are at high risk of…

Compound in giant radish prevents heart disease

Compounds found in the Sakurajima Daikon, or ‘monster radish’ could help protect coronary blood vessels and potentially prevent heart disease…

Cherries improve gut health

Montmorency tart cherries can improve gut health, according to new research published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. An international team…

Data is health-tech’s greatest asset – we need to use it responsibly

Few would argue with DNA-testing company 23andMe’s mission to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. It is a…

Excess belly fat in older adults ‘linked with cognitive impairment’

The amount of belly fat a person has (the waist to hip ratio) is associated with reduced cognitive function in…

Mental health awareness may do more harm than good

In recent years there has been a huge obsession with children’s mental health. Frequently the public is told that youngsters…

Two weeks of inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms

Just two weeks without much activity can have a dramatic impact on health from which it is difficult to recover,…

How to get a good night’s sleep during a heatwave

Your body temperature is connected to the overall quality of your sleep. And so, during a heatwave, our sleep patterns…

‘Tinder for tennis’ lets you play without the commitment

As this summer’s festival of sport draws to a close, it is time for the nation to stop sitting on…

Four simple ways to keep the brain healthy

It’s likely that you know someone who’s been affected by dementia. According to the Alzheimers Society, one in six people…

Type 2 diabetes risk can be eliminated – if you have the right genes

Researchers from the University of Stirling have discovered a new genetic signature in people whose Type 2 diabetes improves following…

Cadbury’s low-sugar alternative won’t appease the public health lobby

Cadbury’s have announced that a new Dairy Milk chocolate bar with 30 per cent less sugar will hit the shelves…

Moderate alcohol consumption ‘boosts male fertility’

Moderate alcohol intake is linked with higher semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count, according to new research published…

How a smart meter could save your life

As we get older it becomes easier to neglect our health. As we age we increasingly fail to notice the…

Obesity alone ‘does not increase risk of early death’

People who have metabolic healthy obesity, but no other metabolic risk factors, have no increased rate of mortality according to…