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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…

New ‘bloodless’ patch for diabetics could end the need for finger-prick tests

Researchers from the University of Bath have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which can measure glucose levels through the skin…

New blood test detects Alzheimer’s early with 86 per cent accuracy

Researchers at Ruhr University in Germany have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease and found that it can detect…

Dairy consumption increases spine strength in men over 50

A higher intake of dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, is associated with higher volumetric bone mineral density…

Don’t believe the propaganda – sin taxes are designed to punish the poor

With the sugar tax taking effect in Britain on Friday, the Lancet has dedicated a whole issue to the wonders…

Higher protein intake has no effect on lean mass in older men

Many experts in nutrition recommend a higher intake of protein for older adults. However, few rigorous studies have evaluated whether…

Optimistic people ‘less likely to have heart attacks’

Optimistic people are more likely to have healthy hearts, according to a new study of more than 4,900 people carried…

Increased heart rate with low blood pressure could be early sign of Parkinson’s

A bedside test that matches a change in heart rate with a drop in blood pressure after a patient stands…