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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…

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…