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The public health lobby wants to introduce a ‘meat tax’. Don’t bet against it

Once you accept that the modern ‘public health’ movement is just the latest incarnation of the puritanism that waxes and…

Drinking coffee ‘reduces likelihood of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s’

Drinking coffee could protect against both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, according to new research by the Krembil Brain Institute. The…

Eating cheese reduces risk of heart disease, study claims

Men who eat fermented dairy products such as cheese, yoghurt and sour milk have a reduced risk of coronary heart…

Plant-based diet ‘best for type 2 diabetes’

A plant-based diet is associated with improved psychological health, a reduction in some of the known risk factors for type…

Presumed consent law will lead to fewer organ donations

So much political folly could be avoided if we focused on outcomes rather than intentions. The passing of legislation in…

Early death ‘twice as likely’ in most deprived parts of England

Rates of premature mortality are two times higher in the most deprived areas of England, compared to the most affluent…

How smart, portable medical devices are changing lives

Miniaturisation and wireless connectivity have seen the bulkiest of devices shrink down to once unfathomable sizes, allowing complex and life-changing…

A broken heart can be fatal, new research suggests

Grief can cause inflammation that can kill, according to new research from Rice University in the US. The study, which…

Struggling to lose weight? Some brains aren’t wired for self control

High-level brain functions play a major role in weight loss, according to a new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism.…

Engineered enzyme ‘eliminates nicotine addiction’

Scientists have engineered an enzyme that breaks down nicotine in the bloodstream before it can reach the brain, according to…

Almost half of CBT patients experience negative side effects

Over 40 per cent of patients who undergo CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) experience negative side effects, according to a new…

Public health officials are on a moral crusade

The Netherlands comes a respectable 24th out of 28th in the Nanny State Index (the fewer points, the freer the…

Newly discovered gene mutation could be used to treat diabetes and heart disease

Researchers at at Harvard Medical School in the US have discovered a gene mutation that slows the metabolism of sugar…

Five ways to beat sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea is not only a serious disorder which stops your breathing every few seconds during sleep, it is also…

Taking aspirin lowers risk of ovarian cancer, new study claims

Low-dose daily aspirin lowers a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to new research published in the journal JAMA…

Stress does reduce fertility – but only in women, new study suggests

Higher levels of stress are associated with lower odds of conception for women, but not for men, according to new…

Yo-yo dieting ‘increases risk of heart attack and stroke’

Fluctuations in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels may be associated with a higher risk of heart attack…

Back pain? It’s in your genes

Researchers from the US Department of Veterans Affairs have discovered three genetic variants associated with chronic back pain. The study,…