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There’s no such thing as ‘junk food’ – so how will an advertising ban work?

When the government announced its public consultation on restricting food advertising on Sunday, the press release came with an intriguing…

Ultrasound surgery ‘effectively treats high blood pressure’

A one-off operation that targets the nerves connected to the kidney has been found to maintain reduced blood pressure in…

Mentally tiring work ‘increases diabetes risk in women’

Women who find their jobs mentally tiring are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study…

Green tea cuts obesity and inflammation risk

Green tea cuts the risk of obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health, according to a new…

The ‘planetary health diet’ – or communism through the backdoor?

In the superb Scandinavian TV series The Bridge, one of the two central figures is the autistic Swedish police detective…

The unintended consequences of the ‘junk food’ advertising ban

It’s only been a week since Sadiq Khan’s ill-conceived ban on ‘junk food’ advertising across London’s public transport network came…

From China to the APA, ‘medicalisation’ is used to dismiss political opponents

In the Fall of 1913, Lenin wrote a couple of letters to Maxim Gorky in which, deeply disturbed by Gorky’s support of the humanist…

Researchers discover origins of brain differences between males and females

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered a mechanism for how androgens – male sex steroids…

Sleeping in on the weekend won’t repay your sleep debt

Sleeping in on the weekend can’t repair the damage from a week of sleepless nights, according to University of Colorado…

Protein restores brain cells damaged by Parkinson’s

It may be possible to restore the cells damaged in Parkinson’s, according to a new study published in Brain and the Journal of Parkinson’s…

Study links diabetes and back pain

People with diabetes have a 35 per cent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and 24 per cent higher…

Eating blueberries can help lower blood pressure

Eating 200g of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel function and a…

Interval training best for weight loss, study review concludes

Interval training may shed more pounds than a continuous moderate intensity workout, according to a new pooled analysis of the…

‘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…