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Outdated technology is putting patients at risk – but there’s an app for that

The doctors of today grew up digital, but the UK’s hospitals are a technology time warp. Top down solutions to…

One glass of red wine a day ‘protects against prostate cancer’

Drinking moderate amounts of red wine has a slightly protective effect against prostate cancer, according to new research by the…

New drug could be used to treat baldness

A new drug promotes human hair growth and could be used to treat male-pattern baldness, according to researchers from The…

Researchers identify protein that makes breast cancer fatal

New research has demonstrated that a protein called AXL influences the occurrence of metastasis in breast cancer patients In women…

Measure the weight of children every year? Bring it on

The Times reports on proposals to make weight loss part of Ofsted’s criteria when ranking schools… Schools could be forced…

New pill for breast cancer diagnosis is ‘more effective than a mammogram’

A new method for diagnosing breast cancer could be more effective than a mammogram, according to research by the University…

Anxiety could be a warning sign for dementia, new research suggests

Moderate to severe mid-life anxiety may be linked to dementia in later life, according to new research published in the…

Most energy supplements contain unsafe thyroid hormone

Many energy boosting supplements contain hormones and steroids that cause dangerous side effects, according to a new study carried out…

Common antidepressants ‘linked to increased risk of dementia’

Anticholinergic drug use is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to new research published in the BMJ. The…

Dark chocolate ‘reduces stress and inflammation’

Consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao (a minimum of 70 per cent) has positive effects on stress…

Eating more fish ‘could prevent Parkinson’s’

Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, prevents the formation of protein structures closely associated…

Increasing physical activity after heart attack reduces the risk of death

Becoming more physically active after a heart attack reduces the risk of death, according to new research by Gothenburg University…

Blood test can rule out lung cancer ‘with 98 per cent accuracy’

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have participated in a multicentre clinical trial to evaluate the accuracy of…

Statins ‘save lives of people with bad cholesterol’

Cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to save thousands of additional lives when used in people with higher levels of LDL…

A glass of wine won’t shorten your life – moderate drinking is still good for you

When bad science appears in the media, who is to blame? Sometimes it is the fault of the journalists, sometimes…

How to maintain healthy, happy relationships

A healthy, happy and intimate relationship is not guaranteed without some effort. No matter how deep the love, every relationship…

The private sector will lead the way in preventative health

One in four people still die due to preventable disease. These entirely avoidable illnesses, such as heart or respiratory disease,…

Lord O’Shaughnessy giving the keynote speech at The Spectator Health Summit (image: Anne Schwarz)

Can technology make the NHS more efficient?

As the Spectator held its inaugural health summit last week, the fraught issue of NHS funding was once again on…