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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…

The Chenot – life and light in Azerbaijan

It’s that time of year again. Waistlines are stretching to sizes hitherto unknown. Livers are quivering. Purses are empty. The…

How Jamie Oliver Stole Christmas

It’s been a busy old year for Jamie Oliver and his miserable band of anti-sugar, anti-salt and anti-fun campaigner friends.…

How to talk about dementia with loved ones this Christmas

It’s that time of year when family descend from across the country for a festive celebration. At this time of…

Childhood obesity is a fake epidemic

The NHS released the latest childhood obesity statistics earlier this month. Officially, 16.5 per cent of children aged between two…

How to stay independent as you get older

The idea of getting old fills many people with dread, but why do we perceive ageing as a bad thing?…

Shrinkflation: coming soon to a restaurant near you

It is less than a year since Public Health England told us that we should be consuming no more than…

How reliable is online medical advice?

In the modern age of smartphones and the ever-growing influence of the internet, more and more people are turning to…

Two compounds in coffee beans ‘slow progression of Parkinson’s’

Researchers have found a compound in coffee that, together with caffeine, fights Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia – two…

The fax machine bonfire has begun – now for the pager scrapheap

One of New Labour’s most pernicious legacies – and there were many – was its failed NHS IT project which…

Drinking orange juice daily ‘cuts dementia risk by almost 50 per cent’

Middle-aged men who drink orange juice daily may be lowering their chances of cognitive decline, according to a new study…

Stressed by Brexit? Current affairs are making the nation anxious

Does just the mention of the word Brexit send your stress levels soaring? If so, you’re not alone. New research…

Is being a night owl bad for your health?

There is a growing body of evidence that those who stay up late have an increased risk of ill health…

Measles cases are up by a third – that’s 110,000 unnecessary deaths

Measles outbreaks are often blamed on the fact that vaccines have been so successful people forget how dangerous this disease…

Lung conditions kill more in the UK than other European countries

Death rates from respiratory illnesses are higher in the UK than similar countries in Europe, North America and Australia, according…

Stress is easier to cope with in the morning, new study suggests

Stressful events in the evening release less of the body’s stress hormones than those that happen in the morning, according…