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How stress could be making you ill

Certain types of stress interact with immune cells and can regulate how these cells respond to allergens, ultimately causing physical…

If addicts can’t afford alcohol they’ll turn to cheaper, more potent alternatives

When minimum pricing was announced my fellow students and I were, needless to say, upset that our Tesco value wine…

Don’t put graphic warning labels on drinks – we need to inform rather than alarm

As reported in the Guardian, the Alcohol Health Alliance is concerned that only ten per cent of Britons are aware…

How to strengthen your memory, and make it work for you

We forget almost everything we learn; the gifts you received on your fifth birthday, the faces of your secondary school…

In memoriam: Irn-Bru (1898 – 2018)

As Mark Renton famously said, it’s shite being Scottish. And it’s about to get considerably worse; this month the sugar…

Regular fish consumption linked to higher IQ in children

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQ scores than those who consume…

Diabetes drug ‘significantly reverses memory loss’ caused by Alzheimer’s

A drug developed for diabetes could be used to treat Alzheimer’s after scientists found that it ‘significantly reversed memory loss’…

A bad flu season is overdue. Should we fear the ‘Aussie killer’?

As if the Australian cricket team rolling us over in the Ashes tests wasn’t bad enough, another export from the…

Dietitians like me don’t take the Pioppi Diet seriously

Why am I asking questions about the evidence-based providence of the Pioppi Diet? It is in part due to my…

‘Bad breath gene’ discovered – and it could be turned off

An international team of researchers has identified a genetic cause for chronic bad breath (halitosis), according to a new study…

Don’t call my book a ‘celeb diet’ – it’s a lifestyle medicine plan

One of the first surgical procedures I observed and assisted in as a qualified doctor was the amputation of a patient’s…

How to spot the onset of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Juxtaposition can be an odd thing. This week I gave a diagnosis to a man who had been struggling with…

Seven early dementia warning signs to look out for in loved ones this Christmas

Christmas is often recognised as the most common time of the year for noticing signs of dementia in relatives. With many people seeing family…

We shouldn’t be paying women to breastfeed – the numbers don’t add up

The Guardian reports today on an interesting real world experiment in the north of England where women have been given shopping vouchers…

High-intensity exercise ‘delays Parkinson’s’

High-intensity exercise three times a week decreases worsening of motor symptoms in Parkinson’s, according to a new trial published in…

Experimental drug ‘could transform sepsis treatment’

Researchers from the University of California have discovered that the human protein resistin could be used to treat sepsis, the…

New study reveals the dangers of common painkillers

Commonly prescribed painkillers should be given for shorter periods of time to reduce the risk of obesity and sleep deprivation,…

Are hot flushes a diabetes warning sign?

Hot flushes, the most common symptom of menopause, increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease. A new…