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Childhood obesity figures vastly exaggerate the scale of the problem

I argued last month that Britain’s childhood obesity statistics are worthless. They are based on an unjustifiable assumption about the…

PHE’s ‘calorie reduction programme’: coming soon to a supermarket near you

So the crazies at Public Health England are actually going ahead with it. They really are going to put us…

Trump wants to end the opioid crisis. But what if he is himself its prime symptom?

In October 2017, Donald Trump declared a public health emergency in response to what he called a ‘national shame and…

Heart attacks more likely after sudden falls in temperature, study finds

Sudden swings in temperature are associated with a significant increase in the number of heart attacks, according to a new…

The NHS has undermined its own advice on sepsis

As we come to the end of the annual NHS winter crisis, I can only imagine that parents of young…

Cancer Research UK says most millennials will be overweight. Will the CEO put his money where his mouth is?

As has been reported in every newspaper, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is very concerned about millennials. The charity predicts that…

Beetroot supplements increase exercise capacity after heart failure

Beetroot juice supplements may help enhance exercise capacity in patients with heart failure, according to a new study published in…

For older men, total volume of exercise matters more than consistency

Exercising for just a few minutes a day is linked to a lower risk of death in older men, according…

Excess calcium may play a role in development of Parkinson’s

Excessive levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of…

No, one in three children aren’t obese – this headline-grabbing figure is a statistical invention

There is a heartwarming video on Youtube of Jamie Oliver showing a group of children how chicken nuggets are made…

Pioneering neuroscience identifies molecular pattern of psychiatric disorders

Most medical disorders have well-defined physical characteristics seen in tissues, organs and bodily fluids. Psychiatric disorders, in contrast, are define…

This new device tests the strength of cells – and it could speed up drug trials

Engineers, doctors and scientists at UCLA and Rutgers University have developed a tool that measures the physical strength of individual…

Pets improve your mental health, new study suggests

It is estimated that there are 10 million cats and 11.5 million dogs kept as pets in the UK –…

New drug ‘reverses damage caused by alcoholism’

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology have identified a drug that could potentially help our brains reverse the damage…

Blood test can reveal cardiovascular disease risk

A new blood test developed by researchers at the University of Sheffield could provide a clue as to why some…

Acne linked with increased risk of depression

Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada have found that patients with acne have a significantly increased risk of…

What’s so special about The Mayr?

The importance of good gut health is paramount in expert guidance on living well, and living long. For a fast-track…

Red wine antioxidants used in novel heart procedure

Antioxidant compounds found in red wine are advancing the treatment of heart disease. Researchers from Louisiana State University are developing…