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For smokers who can’t quit, are ‘reduced risk’ cigarettes the future?

Have you ever tried giving up smoking? I’ve dedicated almost as much time to giving up smoking as I have…

Higher resting heart rate is linked to an increased risk of death

A higher than average resting heart rate can lead to an increased risk of death from all causes, according to…

Australia’s health activists don’t like freedom. So now they want to redefine it

It is a sure sign that a person is against freedom when they start trying to redefine it. Even politicians…

Walking at a faster pace can halve your risk of heart disease and stroke

In old age, those of us who are most active have a significantly lower risk of future heart attacks and…

Cancer drugs still being assessed for the NHS ‘to be given to patients early’

England’s Cancer Drugs Fund, which pays for drugs the NHS deems unaffordable, is to be overhauled. Under new plans patients…

‘Post-antibiotic’ world looms as drug-resistant bacteria emerges in China

We are on the verge of a ‘post-antibiotic’ world, according to a report published in The Lancet. Researchers in China…

Mixing early rises and long weekend lie-ins is damaging for our health

Routine sleep changes, such as waking up early for work during the week, could raise your risk of developing diabetes…

Soon, dementia homes will be full of old people. Visiting their parents

‘How can we ensure that ageing societies are more prosperous societies?’ That’s the question posed by the latest Charles Street…

Drinking coffee every day will raise your chances of a long life

Drinking coffee could reduce your risk of death from heart disease and other illnesses, according to a study published in…

Women with ‘apple-shaped’ bodies are more prone to binge eating

The way women’s bodies store fat could affect their risk of developing eating disorders, according to a study published in…

Forget paleo, go mid-Victorian: it’s the healthiest diet you’ve never heard of

If you were to ask a member of the public to name a particularly healthy cuisine they might say the…

‘Silent’ heart attacks are being missed by scans and affect more people than you think

According to research in the Journal of the American Medical Association, many people suffer ‘silent heart attacks’ which go unnoticed…

Mouth cancers are on the rise. Here is how to stop them

According to figures released by Cancer Research UK, oral cancer is now the tenth most common cancer in men and…

Our obesity crisis

A complex issue with no silver bullet

For older people, strong legs equal a healthier brain

Researchers have observed a ‘striking positive relationship’ between strong legs and brain structure. The study, which was carried out on…

Barbecued meat ‘will raise your risk of kidney cancer’

Last month the World Health Organisation commissioned a report which suggests that processed meat can cause cancer. Now researchers from…

Junk food ‘not to blame for the obesity crisis’

According to research published in the journal Obesity Science & Practice, consumption of junk food is not related to body…

The case against sugar isn’t closed. But we do have astonishing new evidence

My Spectator Health colleague Christopher Snowdon has strongly criticised Professor Robert Lustig’s case series, published last week, about the effects…