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The harms of alternative medicine: what we see is just the tip of the iceberg

Many people seem to think that the value of a therapy is determined by its efficacy: a treatment that is…

Can eating chocolate stave off an irregular heartbeat?

Eating chocolate can cut your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat by a fifth, according to research at Harvard Medical…

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The many lives of Roger Moore: like Bond, he had long cheated death

The death of Sir Roger Moore aged 89 has saddened many men of a certain generation who believed that he…

Extra inches on your waist mean a higher risk of cancer

Waist size can predict your risk of certain cancers, according to a World Health Organisation report published in the British…

David Sellu, a surgeon wrongly jailed

When Mr David Sellu, an experienced and respected colorectal surgeon, was found guilty of the manslaughter of one of his…

Exercise appears to slow the rate at which our cells age

Cell ageing appears to slow down if we keep fit and active, according to research at Brigham Young University in…

Is red meat bad for you? The evidence is far from clear

Eating red meat may raise the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, a study in the…

There is a remedy for heart failure — why hasn’t the NHS adopted it?

For most of us, the tragic events in Syria were shocking. Sarin gas caused the innocent victims’ bodies and lungs…

A triumph of the busybodies: the EU begins its crackdown on smokers and vapers

One day last summer I walked into my local e-cigarette shop and bought their entire stock of my favourite vape…

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Is a two-week beach holiday really that bad for your health?

Just two weeks of inactivity in healthy young people can reduce muscle mass and lead to an increased risk of…