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‘I told you I was ill’ – the importance of patient communication

When analyzing reviews of hospitals on Yelp, researchers from Penn Medicine found that the word most associated with negative reviews,…

New blood test ‘objectively measures pain’

A test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers can objectively measure levels of pain, according to a report…

Measles infections reach a ten year high

A record number of people have been affected by the measles virus in 2018, according to a new report by…

Confused by the headlines on alcohol consumption? You should be

Two front page headlines based on figures from the Office for National Statistics caused confusion this week. The Daily Mail,…

New biosensor could provide early lung cancer diagnosis, research shows

Graphene – a strong material made from layers of single carbon atoms – could hold the key to unlocking the…

Statins reduce risk of major cardiovascular events ‘regardless of age’

Statin therapy reduces major vascular events, and a new meta-analysis shows this is the case even in patients over 75…

Is it better to lose weight quickly or gradually?

It makes no difference to overall health whether you lose weight slowly or quickly, according to new research by York…

Eat healthily, or else! – the plan to change your diet by force, explained

The increasingly loony Lancet is on a roll this month. After causing global mirth two weeks ago by publishing the…

Sleep deprivation accelerates brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that sleep deprivation increases levels of the key…

Zinc deficiency ‘plays a role in high blood pressure’

Lower-than-normal zinc levels may contribute to hypertension by altering the way the kidneys handle sodium, according to a new study published in…

Simply climbing stairs can boost cardiovascular health, new study claims

A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health, according to new research…

No, ‘toxic masculinity’ is not an illness

During the Soviet era, the notorious Sherbsky Institute in Moscow was well known for categorising dissidence as a form of…

You can safely ignore the government’s sugar guidelines

If you still have faith in Public Health England, last week’s episode of More or Less has the antidote. The…

Tax, ban, regulate: the radical ‘planetary health diet’ explained

One of the secrets of the success of the nanny state campaign over the years has been the refusal of…

Staying fit ‘cuts heart attack risk in half’

Poor cardiorespiratory fitness could increase your risk of a future heart attack, even if you have no symptoms of a…

Forget New Year’s resolutions. Embrace your genetic trajectory

Are New Year’s resolutions pointless? This question gripped me over Christmas, as I tucked into the book of behavioural geneticist,…

The NHS 10 year plan won’t work unless we embrace new technology

The focus of the new NHS 10 year plan is clear – prevention rather than cure. Whilst hospitals will still…

Sweeteners aren’t healthier than sugar, new study review suggests

There is no evidence to indicate health benefits of sweeteners over sugar, and potential harms cannot be ruled out, according…